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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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RGU audio upgrade???

Ok everyone. So I'm looking to upgrade my stereo in my 13 RGU. Some things I do need in the system.
- need to keep the stock HK radio (gonna send it out for Preamp outputs)
-(anyway to hookup Bluetooth to it to stream music from pandora via BT to the HU?)
- I do really like the J&M set ups with the LEDs behind the grills however I do have a Polk Audio hookup (family member works for Polk)
- speaker wise. I'd like to start with upgraded speakers in the front fairing, & the rear TP speakers but also add speakers into my lowers. I need my amp(s) to have the ability to add speakers into my inner if I wish later on
- need to be able to retain my stock hand controls.

As some of you know. I follow a few members audio builds here however with all the information comes confusion as well so any and all suggestions are welcome. I truly appreciate it.

Sorry for yet another build my system threads.

I'd like to stay in the $700-1000 range.


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I can say that I am happy with my J&M setup....360 watt 4 channel amp, Rokker XT speakers for the fairing and speakers for the lowers. The lower speakers sit nice and flush...looks way better than the HD Boom audio ones.

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Putting LEDS in the speakers isn't really that big of a deal and is a whole lot cheaper DIY than buying the set up. You can go with Polk speakers since you get a great discount, (I'd probably go with the MM series since they sound good and are marine grade or DBs), For amps it depends on where you want to mount it, also who you like, examples are Arc, JL, Hawgwired, Soundstream, and Rockford to name a few.

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So I've really been researching this lately and I'm slowly narrowing it down... I think.
I really wanna stick to a 6 speaker configuration for now (upper fairing, vented lowers and TP pods) however I want to retain the option to upgrade and add speakers into the inner at some point if I want. So this leaves me with the need to house 2 4 ch amps. I want them to stay in the fairing.

As far as amps go. I really like the specs of the PN4.520D however due to its size I can get them in the upper I believe however no inners for me then.
I've looked at a ton of manufacturers and I believe I'm gonna have to stick with RF PBR300x4, PN4.320D, or the Biketronics BT4180. Any opinions or suggestions?

- I like the hawg wired amps but them only being 2 ch amps, I believe I'd end up with 4 amps and I think that would be too taxing.

As far as speakers are concerned.
I like the Hertz HCX165(100W [email protected] 4ohm), JL C5(75W [email protected]), Polk DXi6500([email protected]) or the HW ZX6.5(100W [email protected]).
- I like the RF T165 however it's a little low at 70W RMS com paired to the others and again I also like the PolkMm651's however they are 2ohm speakers and I think I'd like to stay in that 4ohm realm as I'm not overly speaker savvy.

I think I'm gonna go Components in the upper fairing with coaxials in the vented lowers and 5.25" coaxials in the rear speaker pods for now.

As far as other equipment needed...

I'm going with HW adapters, Biketronics adapter for retaining stock handlebar controls, amp kit(any one in particular everyone likes?), some poly fill, and CVO vented lower speaker pods with grills.


Anything thing else as far as equipment needed? Any and all criticisms or suggestions are welcome.


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Dont choose a speaker based on power ratings. Just because theyll handle 200+ watts do not mean theyll sound good or get loud. Look at their sensitivity ratings and their frequency responses. If possible go and listen to each of your choices as well.

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Rockford T series, Alpine Type R, JL, Focal, & Hertz HCX are all good speakers. Do a little research . Hertz, Focal, & JL are gonna be your best investment. Alpine are good also and fairly inexpensive. 6.5's can be bought for just about $100 a pair.

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Rockford T series, Alpine Type R, JL, Focal, & Hertz HCX are all good speakers. Do a little research . Hertz, Focal, & JL are gonna be your best investment. Alpine are good also and fairly inexpensive. 6.5's can be bought for just about $100 a pair.
How are these as far as water goes? Do they hold up well with rain and washes?

I hear great things for Focals & Hertz. I also have experience with JL's also from my car days. Great speakers.


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Dbell. Your a big fan of JL correct? Which do you like? I've been looking into the C3 & C5 component systems long with the infinity Kappa speakers. Just looking into some info. Thanks.


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Lol, I don't have anything JL, though I know there amps are good. I have Hawgwired amps with Focal and Infinity speakers. Right now for the money I'm supper happy with the Infinity Kappas.

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Have you looked at personal watercraft amps and speakers they are less expensive and will handle the weather? Bluetooth module to use, that works fairly well is from fusion I just added aux port to rear of radio and used adapter cable.
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