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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-22-2016, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Biketronics vs J&M

Looking at this Biketronics: 2015 and Up RG BT2180 Amp & Speaker Package
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J&M Rokker Extreme # RXEK-330SP2-15RG

Both are 2 speaker (fairing) and amp kits. Big difference in price. Is J&M that much better than Biketronics?
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I have the J&M setup, more than happy with it. The customer service from John was above and beyond. If you shop it around the price is about the same.
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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-22-2016, 09:52 AM
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Biketronics is by far and aaway a superior product with awesome customer service and a lifetime warranty on all their products. Here is a great forum for Harley audio gurus:

Audio Systems - Harley Davidson Forums

You will learn a lot by reading over there.
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Personally, I didn't have good luck with J&M products. I found them to be unreliable. Yes, when I had problems, they did replace them (amp, once under warranty and another time with a refurbed unit out of warranty). I just got tired of the failures and having to take the fairing on and off repeatedly to troubleshoot and/or replace parts. I ended up going with Hawg Wired amps. Very happy with them.

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I don't have any experience with J&M. I have the Biketronics BT2180 with their 7.1 speakers in the fairing and their 6.5s in my lowers. It sounds good and you can't beat the warranty. The one thing I don't like about the bt2180 is there are no adjustments on the amp. I had an arc amp and Polk speakers on my streetglide and it sounded good also. I did a ton of research over the years. The only reason I didn't go with J&M is that there seems to be a love hate relationship with them. People either really like them or don't. They also are priced pretty high. The combination of negative reviews and price kept me away. Try to find someone with both systems and listen to them and talk to the owners. That is the best way to make this decision.

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Running the 4 Ch J&M with the XT since 2013 no issues at all. Also have the biketronic radio adapter no issues at all. Both good products IMO. Opted for J&M amp cause have the mounting plate and all necessary components to connect the HD HK radio, latter replaced the HK radio if didn't have the J&M amp provably would go other route.

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I also had issues with J&M, Bad speaker then 2 failed amps. On the speaker I paid the difference for the upgrade. Amp #1 I never mailed the warranty so I ate that one. #2 was replaced under warranty after many e-mails and phone calls. Next issue the whole system goes and I spend my $$$$$ elsewhere.

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No experieince with J & M. But my biketronics stuff cranks and is crystal clear

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I started with J&M in 13 RG, replaced it after a few months. Got tired of getting embarrassed by guys with systems that cost a ton less and more than held their own sound wise. Their stuff is better than boom, but not worth the money IMO. I sold my J&M and went with the BT 7.1 and 2180 - absolutely love it. Can't beat a lifetime warranty if anything does go wrong. Will never spend another penny on J&M, way too arrogant for my taste and overpriced IMO. My new 16 is sitting at the dealers, picking it up next week. The 7.1s don't fit in the Rushmore RG, already have my new BT 6.5s sitting on the counter waiting for the bike.

BT customer service and lifetime warranty can't be beat, wouldn't take another J&M system if they gave it to me for free. Like someone else said, it's a love hate thing.

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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-23-2016, 03:55 PM
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After doing my research here and at Harley Davidson Forums I went with Biketronics. I liked that they made their amps on site and use HAT ( Hybrid Audio Technology) speakers, not to mention their lifetime warranty and great customer service. The company is very low key and doesn't claim their the best, they just let their products and customers do the talking.

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