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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-23-2016, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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I would appreciate radio suggestions

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I'm riding a 2012 FLTRU and am looking at replacing the stock speakers with the J&M performance series audio kit with 6 speakers and amp
SKU: JHAK-HRU11-3606SP , I am looking to replace the head unit as well but would like to keep the handlebar control functions. What radio would sound best with this setup based on your experiences?
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I ended up going with an Alpine CDE-164BT with a Biketronics Retro Radio kit to keep the stock functions of the handle bar controls. Alpine makes great head units in my opinion and this one in particular you can change all the display colors to match anything, plus it's really tune-able with Bluetooth.
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As always, "best" is a relative term. You can't go wrong with an upper end Kenwood or Sony and they offer plenty of adjustability. I'm not a JM fan and think the sound is way too tinny at higher volumes, but that's just my opinion. If you did a blind test of your amp/speakers with multiple different upper end HUs I'm willing to bet most people couldn't tell the difference one from the other. Maybe one sounds a little better with one source than the other and maybe one has an extra feature or 2, but you can't really go wrong.

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I'm riding a 2012 FLTRU and am looking at replacing the stock speakers with the J&M performance series audio kit with 6 speakers and amp
SKU: JHAK-HRU11-3606SP , I am looking to replace the head unit as well but would like to keep the handlebar control functions. What radio would sound best with this setup based on your experiences?
Thanks for chiming in

I have that setup, except just 4 speakers. I went with the Jensen HD1BT. That combination is seriously loud and clean.... and all of the hand controls work. It's plug and play. There are other options out there. But for me WATERPROOF is a must. A lot of aftermarket head units are not even close. Aquatic also makes a nice waterproof radio.






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Is this something I could do myself? I'm Good with straight forward instructions but drilling and cutting and splicing is beyond my current skill set, so the simpler the better
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Is this something I could do myself? I'm Good with straight forward instructions but drilling and cutting and splicing is beyond my current skill set, so the simpler the better

My setup was pretty much plug and play. The instructions were very good. But when things are either color coded, or keyed to different size plugs, even a caveman could do it. The radio was 4 bolts, and plug it in. Doesn't get any easier than that. The speaker blade connectors are different sizes, so you can't plug them in wrong, unless you really try








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Is this something I could do myself? I'm Good with straight forward instructions but drilling and cutting and splicing is beyond my current skill set, so the simpler the better
I just picked up a head unit (Kenwood) from Crutchfield. They gave a huge discount on the additional mounting things I needed. I only had to hookup 3 wires.. However I'm using an AMP with RCA connections.

Took five minutes, and had the handlebar controls working as well! Nice package, and to my door in 3 business days.

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I went with the Alpine 149BT and Hawg Wired control kit and V-Twin Audio mount kit. Very happy and YES you can do the install yourself. Very easy and both Hawg Wired, Alpine and V-Twin Tech support are very helpful

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I am running the Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5UBT headunit. Direct plug and play no additional equipment. Retain handlebar controls. It's a GREAT unit.

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Like already mentioned, the "best" is very subjective. For the most part, any radio will work. Find one with the options YOU like and require and go from there. Alpine and Sony are probably the most popular brands. I went with a Pioneer HU, vtwin audio install kit, pac controller with the scosche harness, a single 4 channel amp in the fairing, 6.5 polks in the fairing and 6x9 polks in the saddlebag lids. Are any of my choices "the best"? Absolutely not, but everything worked out great for me and my budget.

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