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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Everyone seems to recommend replacing the stock HU with a commercial one.

2 Questions:

1. I primarily listen to music off my phone with the input jack to the HU...so are the sound clarity issues with the stock HU related to reception...or all sound and a commercial unit would still improve this?

2. What/how do you mitigate water damage?

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 11:29 AM
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Everyone seems to recommend replacing the stock HU with a commercial one.

2 Questions:

1. I primarily listen to music off my phone with the input jack to the HU...so are the sound clarity issues with the stock HU related to reception...or all sound and a commercial unit would still improve this?

2. What/how do you mitigate water damage?
The stock head units arent the best and yes most replace them with aftermarket units. The companies that sell the install kits usually sells a splash shield to help keep the water off of them. Aftermarket unit offer different options like bluetooth and ipod controls and more wattage to be able to use better speakers, connections to add amplifiers and many more features. Now with that said, if youre using the aux port to be able to listen to music from your phone then you shouldnt have any reception issues unless the radio or speakers are taking a shitter. The aux port doesnt use radio frequencies. Its direct from the phone or ipod

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Everyone seems to recommend replacing the stock HU with a commercial one.

2 Questions:

1. I primarily listen to music off my phone with the input jack to the HU...so are the sound clarity issues with the stock HU related to reception...or all sound and a commercial unit would still improve this?

2. What/how do you mitigate water damage?
1. Sound issues are related to the stock stereo just being some sh*t. Yes, an AFTERMARKET head unit will make this better.

2. You get a splash shield for about $20 from Hawg wired or Biketronics. But even with that, you still need to be extra careful because its just a shield.

Your other option is to send your radio out to iron cross audio and let them put you some bluetooth and rca outs on your stock radio. I believe that those two items will cost you about $160. I did the aftermarket thing, but I am now in the process of sending out my head unit to them to get the mods because the aftermarket radio is just not suitable for me and my lifestyle with my bike. Good luck to you whichever route you choose.

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