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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old 01-09-2019, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Going to try and attempt the aftermarket audio install on my 2018 Harley RG

Hi guys,
How are you,

Happy New Year to everybody 2019!
Well, I finally did it!
I bought my whole audio upgrade in pieces and here it is:

DSR1 Rockford Fosgate signal processor
(2) - 6.5' inch Fairing HERTZ Mille 165.3 speakers
1 Diamond Audio Micro4v2 600 watt amp
American Hardbag wiring kit:

Quantity:* * Item:
1* * * * * * * * *DSR1 fuse connection (use between DSR1 battery connection and DSR1)
1* * * * * * * * *2015+ Biketronics road glide amp mount
1* * * * * * * * *RCA EFX coaxial 1 ft connectors (male)
1* * * * * * * * *8 AWG Main harness POWER KIT for motorcycle amp connect with remote turn on and fuse
(ST-AK8) by Metra.*

1* * * * * * * * *Plug n' Play Speaker Connectors for Front Speaker Pods
1* * * * * * * * *14' and Up Harley Front Speaker inputs for RCA Kit
1* * * * * * * * *Rear Lid Speaker Inputs with quick disconnects
1* * * * * * * * *Split Backbone harness*


I'm going to attempt to do this install by myself
Any and as much help and support I can get from you guys would be AWESOME!!!
Wish me Luck

(I'm not going to have to flash it because I got the DSR1 processor which will hopefully take care of the whole flattening of the EQ curve signal).

Thanks
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Well, you certainly went all in.......................

It looks like your parts list was well researched and considered, so I'm assuming the physical installation of the gear isn't going to present much of a challenge to you. I'd guess your biggest challenge is going to be getting it tuned properly with the DSR.

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I read good things about the DSR1. Here is a link on the subject, they have a file setup just to flatten out the HD EQ curve. Some good reading as well. Unfortunately I cannot post links as I don't have enough posts. So you will need to type the link in by hand.

The reply doesn't like the www so you can search below.

americanhardbag.com/pages/dsr1-files



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Congrats, that Diamond Amp should work fine for those Hertz speakers....Give us a feedback after install....Good luck.


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Can't wait to hear how this install goes because I have a very similar setup that I will be installing in a few weeks with several components from American Hard Bags. Good Luck! Keep the pics coming!
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John, it sounds like you're all ready for your audio update.
If you have any further questions or run into any trouble don't hesitate to ask for help.
You can PM me anytime also and I'll do whatever I can to assist you.
Best of Luck Bro!
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Going to try and attempt the aftermarket audio install on my 2018 Harley RG

Mount the 4V2 on top of the headlight.

Use the amp mount for the DSR1 under the radio.

Remove the speaker pods to remove stock speakers and install hertz = zero chance of scratching your fairing as opposed to trying to put them in while on the bike. While you have them off, split the pods and silicone them. Do not silicone the drain hole. Let the silicone cure before installing speakers.

Don’t forget the splitter to use for remote power on signal for amp.

Did you get the BT spacer ring for the speakers? I believe the magnets will hit the pods without them, but not 100% positive.

Whatever size/type of inline fuse you have for the amp buy at least one extra and keep it in your tool kit. The internal fuse on the amp is 50W, I went with 60 for a little headroom.


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I've been following these audio threads for quite a while.

That's the first I've heard of splitting the pods and silicone them. Can you educate us other folks as to why and how?

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I've been following these audio threads for quite a while.

That's the first I've heard of splitting the pods and silicone them. Can you educate us other folks as to why and how?

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The how is easy. After removing the pods from bike there’s 5 or 6 screws that hold the pod halves together. Remove them and it’s a tongue and groove like setup. Run a continuous bead of silicone in the groove and put them back together. Leave the drain hole open just in case any water gets in there it has a way out. I don’t really think water would get in the pods but left mine open as most others seem to.

There’s 2 schools of thought on the why. Some guys say it helps tighten up the sound a bit, especially on budget speakers that are known to be bright such as the kappas. Others reported a “huffing” or vibrating sound and felt it was from speakers pushing enough air that it was “leaking” through the pod halves. Silicone cures this. I think that would’ve been very difficult to hear at any significant speed or volume, but I wasn’t going to be the one to do the install and find out the hard way and have to redo it all again.

I used it on both my bikes. It may or may not help the sound but it certainly doesn’t hurt anything to add it.

There are examples on the other forum of the byproducts of silicone curing having ill effects on cheap speakers. I’ve got no personal knowledge of it but let mine sit overnight before installing speakers because I wasn’t about to risk tearing up high end hertz. I’ve done installs for buddies that didn’t want to wait and slapped it all back together right away with no ill effects.


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Did you get the BT spacer ring for the speakers? I believe the magnets will hit the pods without them, but not 100% positive.
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Hey Roadie, some folks have said that if you remove the magnet cover the MPX speakers will fit without the spacers. Just an FYI.


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