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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-29-2016, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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15 RGS stereo upgrade

Hey guys, my bike is currently torn down in the garage, with all the parts out for powder coat, and I thought this would be a good time to begin sinking into the audio upgrade aspect of my bike.

So far all I have done audio wise was upgrade my stock fairing speakers to a set of JBL GTOs, and I scooped up a set of brand new unfinished saddle bag lids (take 5x7 I believe) iv always been a fan of soundstream amplifier, but iv never done a bike install. I'm looking into the Soundstream picasso 520.4 at the moment. Iv read up a bit on this amp, and unless you guys know something I dont, I seems like a good match, size wise and price wise. My question is...

What goes into the amp install? Could someone forward me a thread, iv been unlucky to come across. I under stand Removing the fairing, and mounting the amp, but as for the electrical install, I could use some material to read up on

Also, for 5x7 speakers for the rear, what's a best bet type speaker?
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I followed this basically (modified for RG )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ_OAWEvMoc

essentially, run a power (with fuse block) and ground from battery to fairing. Remote turn on from cigarette lighter outlet (there are other "key on" power sources to tap into). radio to line leveler or line out converter to amp. amp to speakers.

rockford fosgate has yaffee's install instructions also which could help but that's yaffe's kit so you'll need to modify for your install
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Well I understand iv gotta run power and ground from the battery to the amplifier, and the speaker wires from the Amo to the speakers. The remote can be ran from a cigarette lighter or something. How to you connect the stereo to the amplifier, Do the factory HU have rca outputs?
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Well I understand iv gotta run power and ground from the battery to the amplifier, and the speaker wires from the Amo to the speakers. The remote can be ran from a cigarette lighter or something. How to you connect the stereo to the amplifier, Do the factory HU have rca outputs?

If the new HU is like past units, there are no RCA outputs. You must run the speaker wires from the HU to the amp high level inputs. In this config, the remote wire from the amp to the cig lighter is not needed as the amp uses the signal from the HU as the prompt to turn the amp on.


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Well I understand iv gotta run power and ground from the battery to the amplifier, and the speaker wires from the Amo to the speakers. The remote can be ran from a cigarette lighter or something. How to you connect the stereo to the amplifier, Do the factory HU have rca outputs?
if your amp will accept high level you can do that else you need some sort of line out converter.

I used Biketronic Line Levelers as it's the best option for sound quality without changing the head unit or purchasing a processor of some sort. The stock Rushmore head units are programmed with a weird EQ curve and it plays hell on high power amps.
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Oh ok I understand. Basically the same concept as an rca adapter, which I have used in the past for adding amplifier to stock HU in past vehicles before.

Also, I'm going to be running the Boom Saddle Bag lids. Iv been doing alot of reading about certain speakers fitting and others not. I believe mine accept a 5x7 speaker. Is anyone familiar with a speaker that bolts right up with these lids without modification?
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but to wore up the amp. Power wire from amp to battery. Ground to ground. Speaker wire from head unit to the rca adapter and rca's to the amp. No need for remote wire? And speaker wires back to speakers.

Do I need to run multiple rca adapters for a 4 speaker set up? I see cycle sounds sells there "magic box" and they have they specified front and rear.

Also, afterwards iv heard you need to have the dealer flash the Head unit? What does this cost?
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Rcs carry Singnal from head to amp. If you use Biketronics in line filter all you need is 1 short rca cable then speaker wire to speakers.
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Rcs carry Singnal from head to amp. If you use Biketronics in line filter all you need is 1 short rca cable then speaker wire to speakers.
Great! Iv actually got an rca adapter on my electrical box out of a previous vehicle. I can use that. I know they say you gotta have HD flash the Head unit if you go that route.

Anyone know what they charge for the flash? Trying to figure out if it would be less expensive to use the rca adapter I have, and pay hd to flash it. Or just buy the magicbox, and not have to pay for the flash
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