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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-09-2019, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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My guess is that your Hogtunes AMP doesn't have any external control for gain or frequency, but I'll confess I'm not an expert on their AMPs. Without looking at the AMP or seeing a picture I'd be lost.

I'll make a recommendation though (and please don't take this as me dissing on your current gear). Ditch everything Hogtunes related and give yourself a proper audio upgrade. You've got one set of Kappas already so leave those in place.

Now add;

Cerwin Vega B54 AMP
Another pair of Kappas or PA style speakers for the lowers
BT BT355 Line Out Converter

With some proper tuning that will blow the socks off what you're currently running.

What year / model bike are you running?


No dissing taken here! I’m dumb when it comes to this stereo stuff and can use all the help I can get. I went with the Hogtunes initially because it was the only thing available at the time that: 1. Had speaker pods for the lowers and 2. Was plug and play, not requiring a new flash from the dealer.

It was a huge improvement over the stock setup but I’m ready to get something better now.

What does the equipment you’ve suggested require? Will the amp mount in the existing bracket? A flash?

I bought two sets of Kappas but the Hogtunes lower pods are too shallow, got to figure that out. They may just go in the tour pak but I rarely ride with it.

Thanks for your help!


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Peyton, what model year is your ride?


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Peyton, what model year is your ride?


2016 FLTRU.


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Sorry about that, realized you added the year/model in your thread title.

The problem with Amplifiers without any external adjustments is the inability to match gain levels and adjust sound frequencies to best match the characteristics of the audio gear you're using and the type of music you listen to. So, for me one of the first steps of a decent audio upgrade is selecting an AMP with adequate power delivery specifications that has external adjustments for the gain and frequency settings.

Since you are going with two pairs of speakers (fairing + lowers) a four channel AMP makes the most sense using a standard wiring scheme. There are plenty of decent 4-channel AMPs that can be had for less than $200.

Cerwin Vega, Soundstream and NVX come to mind. I personally like the CV B54 for pushing 2 pairs of 2 ohm speakers. It has plenty of power for that, it is reasonable in size so easy to install, and it won't break the bank.

I think you said you already had 2 sets of the Kappas. That is a fine starting point. One set fit without any issue in the fairing (which they should have as I've installed several there). The other set won't fit in the lowers because of depth. First thing to do there is find out how much more clearance you need in the lowers. If it's 1/2" or less you can simply pick up a set of speaker ring spacers in the appropriate width. Whether you need 1/4", 1/2" etc.


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