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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-12-2018, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to run speakers to lowers

Hey all, need some advice. I have a 2015 RG Special. I have a extra set of speakers and painted lowers for speakers that I got for free. So I thought I would try the speakers and pods to see if it makes any difference. Not adding an amp at this time and i have read through the discussions on here that speakers in the lowers don't help much, but since I have the stuff laying around thought I would try it anyways. So the problem is, I took of the nose and for the life of me can not figure out if there is another set of wires for the the rear. If there is, where the hell are they? If not, what are the options to get the speakers working? I've looked through the post and there is alot of talking about tapping into the 35 pin connector on the radio, but those seemed to be referring to earlier bike years. Thanks for the help.
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Hey Badbird496,

Adding speakers to lowers helps alot, more sound coming at ya, however not adding an amp or aftermarket speakers I can see how people would say that doesn't help much.

I added lowers and speakers, have 4 kicker speakers in front, and now my wife and I can enjoy music of all kinds at any speed, highest I put my volume is 3/4 way up during high winds.

As for 2015 I am not sure the setup on the rear of the radio and I am sure some one will chime in to help out.

Good luck and have fun!

https://www.roadglide.org/53-audio/3...s-worth-3.html post#26 shows my lowers.
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Hey Badbird496,

Adding speakers to lowers helps alot, more sound coming at ya, however not adding an amp or aftermarket speakers I can see how people would say that doesn't help much.

I added lowers and speakers, have 4 kicker speakers in front, and now my wife and I can enjoy music of all kinds at any speed, highest I put my volume is 3/4 way up during high winds.

As for 2015 I am not sure the setup on the rear of the radio and I am sure some one will chime in to help out.

Good luck and have fun! <img src="https://www.roadglide.org/images/smilies/cool.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Cool" class="inlineimg" />

https://www.roadglide.org/53-audio/3...s-worth-3.html post#26 shows my lowers.
I saw your bike during one of my searches. Looks great. Are those polk speakers? I know an amp would make a huge difference but gotta believe 2 more speakers will help some and considering i have the parts, might as well go for it. I dont ever ride 2 up so it would be just for me


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There should be a molex plug by the headlight, you'll need a the other half of the plug from vtwin audio.

https://vtwinaudio.com/product/v-twi...g-kit-3-2-2-2/

The rear speaker output is not activated unless its a Ultra, you would need the dealer to flash the radio to turn it on.


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You may really consider adding an amp to push power to the speakers. They won't perform as they should without it.

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I saw your bike during one of my searches. Looks great. Are those polk speakers? I know an amp would make a huge difference but gotta believe 2 more speakers will help some and considering i have the parts, might as well go for it. I dont ever ride 2 up so it would be just for me
The rear pods are Polks 6.5 slim pushed by a rockford punch 2 channel, but the front 4 are Kicker 6.5 (KICKER 43CSC654 CSC65 6.5" 6-1/2 on Amazon.) and pushed by a SS pn4.1000, sounds great so far and have ridden in rain and still holding up like a champ, I am not a audio expert by any means, just my opinion.
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There should be a molex plug by the headlight, you'll need a the other half of the plug from vtwin audio.

https://vtwinaudio.com/product/v-twi...g-kit-3-2-2-2/

The rear speaker output is not activated unless its a Ultra, you would need the dealer to flash the radio to turn it on.
Thanks, I knew about the flash for 4 speakers, but I didn't know they would not work at all with out the flash. Seems stupid, but hey it makes them $90.00. Thanks for the link, its on order and with that I am pretty sure I should be able to find the plug it goes to!


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You may really consider adding an amp to push power to the speakers. They won't perform as they should without it.
That's pretty much what I have heard, I will be adding a amp down the road just cant swing it right now. The speakers should work with the amp, so all I will have to do down the road is add the amp. Sounds like all I will need for the amp later is of course the amp, the mount, plug and play wiring and a DSP?! Sound about right?!


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Depending on what route you take, a line leveler maybe all you will need from Biketronics instead of the DSP. But I'm no sound guy.

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I replaced my factory speakers with a set of Polk and then added lower fairings with another set of Polks. I wanted to avoid the dealership to flash my radio. I do all my own work on my motorcycle and vehicles. I am not a fan of dealerships.

I bought one line leveler from Biketronics and a Soundstream amp. The amp was very small but still puts out something like a total of 1000w peak. Itís been awhile though, I could be remembering the power wrong.

Front left and right channels go into the line leveler and split from there into four speakers. You will only have left to right balance. You will not have front to rear fade control because your rear channels have not been activated through the flash. Rather then spend the money on the flash at the dealer and wasting time there, I spent a little more money on an amp and line leveler and couldnít be happier.

Hope it works out for you.

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