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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-09-2018, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I recently bought a used XM radio adapter from another Victory rider with the understanding that it was "plug and play". Lots of folks on the Victory Owners Group on Facebook said it was so. Well it isn't. The 2016's radio doesn't automatically detect the XM receiver and Victory dealers can't program it to because Victory (Polaris) lost their license from SiriusXM (If you're not making motorcycles why should we let you do anything?). Anyway the manufacturer of the XM receiver, Radio Sound Inc requires you to send in the receiver AND your radio so they can program them to work together and since the receiver is out of warranty there is a service charge, of course. I'm feeling screwed over lots of ways!

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I maybe wrong, but I remember when I bought mine for a 2011 model bike the guy I bought it from said that they were two different XM radio one was for like a 14 and back and the other was 2015 up

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There was a difference in radios there somewhere. I would have to go see my left over parts. I bought the SENA dongle thing for blue tooth and the plug on the cable I ordered was different than what my 2013 needed. So I would have to think the XM deal would be the same. IF your persistent and hardheaded like I am you can order a plug that fits from like digi-key and pull the pins and fit in new plug.
As far as the "polaris lost their licence" thing, I would call bunk!!. They make Indians and would think they have XM and also the 3 wheeler thingy has a radio.

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The manufacturer will reprogram the radio to recognize the XM receiver without charge. I just needed to send the radio and receiver into Radio Sound, Inc. in Kentucky which I did last Tuesday.

The other part of the story is that the Rider that I bought the receiver from still refuses to accept any responsibility for the receiver not working as a plug and play as he advertised it was. His excuse is that I didn't ask the right question and therefore he didn't have to divulge that it was plug and play only for the model years 2012 thru 2014. So not all Victory riders are completely honest. Be careful out there. There are crooks everywhere.

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That sucks...... You would expect that any info that a person had would be freely and honestly relayed.

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Well someone is ripping me off. Either the SOB that sold me the XM receiver or the SOBs at Radio Sound, Inc.

Radio Sound finally got around to checking my radio and sent me an email saying that they couldn't reprogram my radio because it had "corrosion issues" and that the XM receiver had a blown capacitor. I could buy reconditioned units from them for $400. What the hell!

I talked to them this morning and they graciously agreed to "fix" my radio for nothing after I told them that it worked just fine when I took it out of the bike. Whoopee! But I still had to buy another XM receiver for $200. I agreed to pay the ransom.

So, be very careful folks and don't do any business with Radio Sound unless you absolutely have to.

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As far as the XM deal goes, I would contact the seller. And if bought off e-bay I would dispute the charge. Not right if someone tells you it is working order then its toast. I would get the OEM radio working and get that XM snap or what ever it was mentioned earlier that was a movable unit from car to car.

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As far as the XM deal goes, I would contact the seller. And if bought off e-bay I would dispute the charge. Not right if someone tells you it is working order then its toast. I would get the OEM radio working and get that XM snap or what ever it was mentioned earlier that was a movable unit from car to car.
I bought the xm off of Facebook Victory Buy, Sell or trade page. The seller hasn't been at all cooperative.

I already have a Sirius receiver installed in the trunk that I use for reception but I wanted full control thru my radio. The good news is that Radio Sound sent my stuff back last week. It's coming via UPS snail and should be here Thursday. They have yet to charge my credit card. Maybe they actually have a heart and aren't going to charge me.

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I received the radio and receiver back from Radio Sound and installed them. They work great. The seller of the receiver gave me back $100 as a bit of an apology, I guess. Radio Sound did charge me $200. So all in all the setup cost me a bit over $350 plus the cost of the XM subscription which I transferred from my Sirius receiver.

I guess I'm happy..... I get good tunes where ever I ride out here in the far west!
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