FLTRX Audio Odyssey….. Pt I
My intention was to do an audio upgrade to my new 2013 Denim Black Roadglide in stages so as to spread the cost over a period of time. Well, that what I intended…. This is my story…
My name is FLTpilot, and I am an audiohaulic….
*** Warning…. I “work” lots of midnight shifts so I have lots of time to tell a boring story! This installment is mostly the backstory… You have been warned***
Along the road to my perfect motorcycle I stumbled onto Mutazu http://www.mutazu.com/products.php?c...rts&s=prod.php
and the ‘reasonably’ priced lower fairings. This led to a plan for audio upgrades on a cost justifiable scale not entirely sanctioned by the crib keeper….
After researching audio on this board and several others I came across 2 posters who impressed my with their systems and knowledge so I wrote some posts and sent some pm’s and broke out the creditcard(s)… H-Donut from roadglide.org and UltraNutZ from HDForums were my main protagonists in my journey. There were many others who provided inspiration/direction/food for thought and I thank everyone for this. I also visited just about every vendors site and read all I could find on each product. The only thing I did not have was friends/acquaintances who had systems I could listen to so I went into this deaf as to what the outcome might be….!
I promised UltraNutz I would do a write-up so here is my first installment.
I decided on Iron Cross Audio’s HDPDPLUS2 iPod Interface http://www.ironcrossaudio.com/ipod-h...dsonradio.html
for my first install and this was done hastily before my Ky trip (no pix!!) so it will not be part of this write-up except to say I thought a lot about how I wanted each component of the system to operate and where I wanted parts to be placed. The idea was to place the iPod Interface on top of the radio (like the HD interface as the HDPDPLUS2 has the correct mount for this) and run the cable into the left glovebox from inside the fairing where the iPod would be kept for easy access, and an extension cable would run from the glovebox to a mount for an iPhone based GPS planned for the future. Switching between the two involves unplugging the iPod and plugging the extension cable into the end of the HDPDPLUS2’s cable. The final install and plan will be covered in a future installment, but in the meantime the cable was run through the inner fairing tunnel, in front of the gauge cluster, through the glovebox lid. This turned out to not be such a good temporary cable routing as the cable rubbed on the inner fairing where it entered the glovebox and made some history marks on the inner fairing.
My planned system (phase 1) was J&M fairing speakers and lower fairing speakers http://www.jmcorp.com/SeeProducts.asp?PF=45
(I am of the mentality that bigger IS better so I chose J&M, which may or may not have been the best choice. Just bear with me to see why) , Rockford Fosgate (RF) PBR300x2 amp http://www.rockfordfosgate.com/produ...ch®-amplifiers
wired in a 4 speaker config in series to show a 4ohm load to the amp, HDPDPLUS2 iPod
Interface, and the stock HD-HK Headunit (STILL not ready to part with it!). I would add another amp and speaker lids to the saddlebags at a future date. Meantime I would wire a 4-gauge power wire into a distribution block under the fairing and leave one leg un-tapped. Using 8-gauge from the block to the amp(s). Of course, there would be a fuse under the left side cover next to the cycles fusebox of the 30 amp variety until I installed the other amp.
My reasons were these… I did not want to spend the higher entry cost of the J&M amp selections. Likewise for Hogtunes and other “pre-built kits”. I do have some talent for mechanics/electrical/stereo installations. I am a jack(***) of all trades and master of none AND I like to “do it yourself!” I considered amps from Arc and Clarion and others but saw H-Donut and UltraNutz’ posts and after being thoroughly exhausted by the possibilities, decided to rely on their opinions and others who had similar setups.
The rate of new packages arriving at my door was about to become adversely proportional to the rate of ‘homework’ I was doing on the various boards so things developed quickly here!
So I ordered the J&M Rokker fairing speaker kit and the Rokker Lower fairing kit. I also ordered the RF 300x2 and sat back to wait. As I waited I saw posts from UltraNutZ about the Soundstream Picasso PN4.520D Nano Amp http://soundstream.com/store/car-aud.../pn4-520d.html
and found it on BestBuy on-line for sale through an authorized retailer so I thought, what the heck… I will order that and hook all up, changing my speaker ‘plan’ to using the 4 channel Picasso amp for the fairing and lower fairing speakers and just leave the RF for the future rear channel speakers…. (ahhh, Phase 2 going out the window here!)
But wait, theres more!
As this was coming together I was also getting together the ‘kits’ needed to wire it all up… Speaker wire, power and ground wire, distribution block, dielectric grease, polyfill (recommended by UltraNutZ), crimp connectors, iPod/iPhone 30 pin to mini (new) pin extension cable, etc.
I also decided on the Iron Aces Speed Shop GPS/iPod-phone mount http://www.ironacesspeedshop.com/pro...-gps-mount.cfm
and asked my wife for it for my July B-day. Side-note—It is such a handsome piece I have decided to make a clear plastic removable mount rather than cover it up with an ugly and permanent iPhone mount. The number of trips I go on is limited as I can barely get a day off from work and when I do it is for family reasons at this time so I can remove the mount and store it in a glovebox (locks to be installed when RoadGlideGoodies.com sends them)