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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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$400 audio upgrade

I have been struggling to hear my tunes on the highway on my 15 Special but I just couldn't get myself to plunk down large amounts of cash to listen to tunes on a premium bike that came from the factory with economy sound. Heck the Yugo's came out with better sound than the Road Glide does.

After some research and help from many of you (@wevesspot ) from THE BEST SITE ON THE INTERNET I finally have tunes I can enjoy even at 80+ MPH.

The parts list;
$160.00 Cerwin Vegas B54 1200 watt 4 channel watt amp-eBay.
$110.00 Infinity Kappa 62IX -eBay
$76.00 Biketronics BT355 Line Leveler (discount code)
$7.00 gold plated RCA male to male couplers - Amazon (I miss Radio Shack)
$16.00 10 feet each of red and black 10 gauge wire- auto parts store
$8.00 (approx.) five quick splice connectors, four butt connectors, two heavy duty ring terminal connectors, two 6" red and two 6" black 18 gauge wire, 18" red 18 gauge wire & some zip ties.-my garage
$4.00 40 amp inline fuse holder-my garage
$1.00 40 amp fuse-auto parts store
$10.00 liquid tape. auto parts store.

$391.00 total cost.

After replacing the stock speakers with the Kappa speakers I pulled the tank and seat so that I could run the 10 gauge wires back to the battery and hooked the black straight to the battery negative post and the 10 gauge red wire with inline 40 amp fuse holder to positive post. The ring terminal connectors were used to connect to the battery,, after all connections were made,, of course.

The amp comes with RCA wires with male connectors. So does the Biketroncs BT355 so I used the male to male couplers to connect the line leveler to the amp input wires. The stock HD radio output speaker wires plug directly into the line leveler.

The 6" short red and black wires were butt connected to the amp speaker output wires to give some length to the amps wires. I used four of the quick splice connectors to connect the amps speaker wires to the stock wires that run to the speakers.

The 18" of red 18 gauge wire was ran from the remote (REM) of the amp to the positive wire of the 12 volt plug in at the fairing (AKA cigar lighter). I used the fifth quick splice to connect to the plug in wire.
The REM acts as the switch to turn the amp on. It is connected to a switchable power source so that when it senses power coming on at the 12 volt source it starts to pull power from the battery. This is so you do not have to install secondary switch for the amp.

After all the connections were made I covered them all with two coatings of the liquid tape.
I then set the amp on top of the headlight and zip-tied it to the plastic brackets that the headlight wire connections were mounted to. Those connections got moved into a hole on the upper left side of the fairing.

The line leveler got taped to the top of the amp.

I turned the tunes on, adjusted the amp to what I thought was the sound I wanted, installed the fairing back on and the wife and I took a ride. I hit the highway, cranked it up to 80+ and didn't have to push the sound past 12 clicks. If I went past 14 clicks it hurt the hears.

There were some songs with more bass than others that caused some distortion so after we got back from the ride I pulled the fairing, checked to make sure the amp had stayed put, then adjusted the amp to take the distortion out.

When I first started looking to improve the sound on the bike I was thinking about adding speakers to the crash bars but with this set up it will not be necessary.
Yeah I could get louder with more speakers but I'm not looking to be a rolling boom box. I just wanted to hear Bob Seger as we are Rollin Away.


Here's a shot of the installed amp.




Thanks to all of the knowledgeable folks on these forums. You guys are very much appreciated.

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Very nicely done!
Nothing like completing the work on Your own.
Glad that it all worked out to Your liking.
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Congrats and thanks for sharing your miles of memories of tunes....Solid System.
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Nice job. I put in an amp and speakers over the winter. What a difference. Enjoy the new tunes.
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Sad that you have to spend anything to be able to listen to your music.

With the OEM windshield, Modular helmet, and ear plugs, I can't hear the stereo unless I am stopped. I don't even bother. With the 16" shield and lowers installed I can hear the music but I won't run this way in the heat.

I can't imagine how loud I would need to play it in order to really enjoy it and I'd rather not announce my presence to everyone out enjoying their day in their yards.

When I had my Vulcan Voyager I could listen to the music through the headset as well as the speakers which was the best of both worlds. The treble would come through the headsets and I could feel the base through the fairing speakers. My '16 RGU didn't allow both to be on at the same time.

If I really want to hear music while riding I will put my ear buds in and play MP3s or stream from my phone.


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Sad that you have to spend anything to be able to listen to your music.


If I really want to hear music while riding I will put my ear buds in and play MP3s or stream from my phone.
Yeah, it kind of is. If I was buying a low budget bike I would have nothing bad to say but beings these are premium bikes they should come with a premium sound.
Oh well ,, I guess thatís part of the Harley tax.

Iím not a fan of hear buds. For one they hurt my ear canals after awhile plus they drown out noises around me that I may need to hear to keep from being a hood ornament or speed bump or the sound of an engine clatter just before it grenades.
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Yeah, it kind of is. If I was buying a low budget bike I would have nothing bad to say but beings these are premium bikes they should come with a premium sound.
Oh well ,, I guess thatís part of the Harley tax.

Iím not a fan of hear buds. For one they hurt my ear canals after awhile plus they drown out noises around me that I may need to hear to keep from being a hood ornament or speed bump or the sound of an engine clatter just before it grenades.
I always wear foam ear plugs when riding and can actually hear more since the wind noise is cut out. With the ear buds I only play the music loud enough to be background "elevator" music but they have to fit well to also cut out the wind noise.

Without foam ear plugs I can't hear anything but the wind.
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Yeah, it kind of is. If I was buying a low budget bike I would have nothing bad to say but beings these are premium bikes they should come with a premium sound.

Oh well ,, I guess thatís part of the Harley tax.



Iím not a fan of hear buds. For one they hurt my ear canals after awhile plus they drown out noises around me that I may need to hear to keep from being a hood ornament or speed bump or the sound of an engine clatter just before it grenades.
If they hurt, they are too big. Put a smaller end on them or buy a smaller size.

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If they hurt, they are too big. Put a smaller end on them or buy a smaller size.

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I've found some ear plugs that I can wear all day but not ear buds. After buying several pairs I just gave up. The amp and speakers is a much better fix than ear buds.

These ear plugs from Safari Land have been the best I've found. They knock out the wind noise but let music and voice come through. Plus they come with a metal tube with cap that attaches to a key ring.

https://www.safariland.com/products/...n-1218591.html

They come with two different size outer plugs and you put the tiny red plug in the size that fit your ears.

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I've found some ear plugs that I can wear all day but not ear buds. After buying several pairs I just gave up. The amp and speakers is a much better fix than ear buds.

These ear plugs from Safari Land have been the best I've found. They knock out the wind noise but let music and voice come through. Plus they come with a metal tube with cap that attaches to a key ring.

https://www.safariland.com/products/...n-1218591.html

They come with two different size outer plugs and you put the tiny red plug in the size that fit your ears.
For ear plugs I "have" to find medium or small. Large or universal fit are too big. I've found some cheap ear buds that come with 3 sizes silicon plugs. The smallest feels like it will fall out but it doesn't. I think there are Philips brand. Some day I might try custom made.

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