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Installing Speakers In Factory Lower Fairings

I recently purchased a set of the newer style factory color matched lower fairings for my 2016 Road Glide Special. I also purchased OEM speaker pods to install a pair of Polk MM651 speakers. There were no baffles provided with the speaker pods. It seems to me that there should be something behind the speaker. Or am I thinking about this wrong? As of now, the speaker would just bolt into the opening and have an open cavity of air down to my feet.

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I would think there would be also. I'm planning on getting the Hogtunes ones to compliment the rest of the audio upgrades.



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I recently purchased a set of the newer style factory color matched lower fairings for my 2016 Road Glide Special. I also purchased OEM speaker pods to install a pair of Polk MM651 speakers. There were no baffles provided with the speaker pods. It seems to me that there should be something behind the speaker. Or am I thinking about this wrong? As of now, the speaker would just bolt into the opening and have an open cavity of air down to my feet.



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Not sure if the speaker pod changed for the 15-16 models, but I have the HD speaker pods on my 13. They fully encase the speaker. There is no opening down to the feet. The pic below is a set of hogworkz, but the HD is a similar design. ImageUploadedByMO Free1456367898.611664.jpg


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Speaker Pods Box Boxes 6 5" for Harley Touring Lower Vented Fairings Black HD | eBay

i Used these too, had'em painted. Didn't care for the HT because the 7.25" speakers didn't sit flush, they stuck way out and the grills would NOT hold up. The Studs the grills slid on to broke regularly, and the kept separating from the plastic.


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Here are a couple of pictures.

The newer style lower fairings:


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These pods are hollow and without a back. You can actually see the speaker wire hanging out of the lower fairing in the top picture. I am thinking about picking up some Dyna Mat speaker baffles. Will likely test these out without anything behind them first. Still waiting for the amp to get here anyway. That should be here tomorrow. Then I will need to run power, ground, etc.

Any suggestions on how to route the wires into the upper fairing? Is there a correct path for the wires to take from the lower fairing tot he upper fairing?

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Ive seen some pods on eBay with enclosures for the new style for around $150. I just order new style lowers painted vivd black for $218
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Any suggestions on how to route the wires into the upper fairing? Is there a correct path for the wires to take from the lower fairing tot he upper fairing?

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Those look great, My wires are run on the underside of the top of the crash bar.


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I've used those speaker baffles in my work car to try to contain some of the noise and to make sure they didn't get hit by water since the car is a Cracker Jack box. They seemed to work decent, they are not the cure all but I think they would defiantly help your situation. They are pretty sizable so you'll have to do some trimming, and maybe smash them in to get them to fit. But the good news is they are pretty cheap in case they don't end up working for you.


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Finishing up a couple of other "needed" upgrades and then I will be getting back to the speaker and amp install.

What I have is 4 Polk MM651 speakers and a Soundstream Stealth 4 channel amp. Will I need to flash the factory head unit for this install?

I haven't read the amp install manual yet and it has been a while since I have installed sound equipment. Do I split the line out from the head unit into each line in on the amp? Any suggestions on wiring this configuration would be greatly appreciated.

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Finishing up a couple of other "needed" upgrades and then I will be getting back to the speaker and amp install.

What I have is 4 Polk MM651 speakers and a Soundstream Stealth 4 channel amp. Will I need to flash the factory head unit for this install?

I haven't read the amp install manual yet and it has been a while since I have installed sound equipment. Do I split the line out from the head unit into each line in on the amp? Any suggestions on wiring this configuration would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
I can't speak of a flash or line leveler or nothing. I seen folks on this forum do it all 3 ways. As far as hooking up an amp by way of (high level hook up), you'll use the oem speaker wires , front/ rear, right /left, positive/negative. You run those wires into the line leveler or amp input accordingto your choice , then run the new speaker wires out of your amp. You'll also need battery power /ground, remote / switched power line . Most amps don't use a remote power line to switch the amp on/ off if your wired by way of high level . Instead, it uses the high level input that's already coming from your oem speaker wires. Follow your amps manual.

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