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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-17-2013, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Today is teh day I get the new bike. Stereo is all stock. Here is what I need.

Head unit
Adapter rings
6.5" speakers
2 channel amp
mounting bracket for head unit
hand control module
splash guard for stereo

Let me know what you would do for this. I am leaning towards marine grade stuff as I ride every day and will eventually get caught in the rain. Thoughts on this?

Is the sound quality as good with marine grade speakers like the polk mm651's or are the infinity kappas way better? Everyone has their own opinion but I would like to build a killer sounding system at a reasonable price which I consider to be around $800-1000 for good components. I need a USB jack on teh front of the stereo and one on teh back would be nice too.

Last system was Alpine ida x 305 with kappas 6.5 front and +6x9 rears. I am not doing more than 2 speakers now as you cannot hear them enough to matter. At least that is my current opinion. I don;t want inner fairing speakers as that is too much hassle. I want to keep saddlbag space for stuff, not speakers.

I got the h donut rf pbr bracket on teh way. Do I need a particualr adapter ring? I read about someone needing to shave something down earlier. What is that? As plug and play as possible is preferable.

Thanks for all the help. I need this thing to rock at 90 mph.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-17-2013, 09:18 AM
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Drew you are going to get all kinds of answers/help on this one.

Since your budget is 1k
Get one of the Sony head units you can normally catch them on sale Crutchfield
Adapter rings someone has some hog wired on here for 40 bucks shipped buy them before I buy them.
Amp since you are not doing inner fairing speakers get the arc mini the newer version bx has a fan and is stable down to 2 ohms so you can run 4 speakers off it. Plus it is 2x125watts..and will fit in the inner fairing. No bracket just some Velcro I promise it won't move.
You should be able to get those 3 items for under 350... Leaves you 650
100 for splash guard (I don't have one so this is a guess)
F the marine grade speakers unless you are going to just sit out in the rain or stand over your bike with a hose you can do without them.
Some good speakers about 400-500
150 left for the other items you mentioned.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

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Which sony head unit? Links please? So many choices.
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Which sony head unit? Links please? So many choices.
DSX Series should be a 100-200&300 series
iPod tray USB up front can't remember on the back.
I have the 210 series 300 is Bluetooth
Also get the best set of component speakers you can afford for your 6.5

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the PBR300x2 is 192w x 2 at least mine is

my second one 183w x 2 - ( at 2ohm, 135w x 2 at 4ohm )

I think going the PBR300x2, you gain a few things, cost saving, tons of power and remote EQ, also out of the way rigid installation, if you were the deciding to add the extra speakers, you mentioned the bracket which also helps position the amp for cooling

bridge stacked components will give you the best sound and weather features by way of sealed cones, I am talking about the hawg wired ZX speakers.

speakers are where you want to spend your money.

but I'm not saying buy a $900 set of morels or focals either.

it's a bike, and will be harsh at times, so companies geared toward bikes have those advantages.

HAT tweeters are a little bright, but i57-2 has some real nice bump, but again that from the bags also.

the i57-2 from HAT are about $350 a pair - but they're just speakers in a box

hog tunes makes a 5x7 ring, but I think you have to do the kit, not sure

then your at 2ohm v 4ohm

4ohm speakers are better for running in parallel, from a 12v standpoint and current amp configs for high and full range, 2ohm peak usable output usually highest

I'm still back at another set of kappa's would be good.

polkMM are high output also.

just keep in mind, they're not components, so can collect moisture more readily.

but you can't go wrong with the ZX, they'll back you up if something happens and a relatively a steal considering the quality. those are only 90db though, but 250w max v. 94db with the kappas and the same for the MM's

tough choice.

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here's a scenario

you have $200 into the rockford with bracket and remote PEQ dial

spend another $300 on a set of ZX

leaves $500 fo radio and cradle, about right, but $350 might do it

if it's still not jamming enough, you can either add a set of inner fairing wall speakers, I recommend the $30 pioneer TS-G1644R based on timber match to the ZX

or you can purchase a set of $150/pr massive audio M6B 97db woofers and replace the hawg wired woofers to just make it really loud

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IToldu & Donut gave you some great info..Here's my $0.02.

Head unit: to many choices, I prefer high-end Kenwood.

Amps: to many choices as well. It really Depends on your mounting location. I love JL Audio, but a lot of people use the alpine 4/500.

Speakers, to many choices.. Make sure you select a well made set, high RMS, are 2 or 3 way speakers & have a built in or attached crossovers.

Try to make sure you are aware of the ohms of the headunit, speakers & amps. You want them to match up.. Ex, 2 or 4ohms. your choice will impact your sound & the longevity of your equipment.

Radio Cradle, control harness & speaker adapter, I recommend HW.

Radio cover, not to many choices. I used Sidecar cycle. It's over prices until you need it.. LoL

Get quality gauge speaker wires.. Walmart had the best prices for me.

Use 4-8 gauge wire for positive & negative wire from the battery to the fuse block then to the amp.

Fuse distribution block that has 4 gauge going in & 4-8 gauge wire out.

Good set of RCA cables, no cheap ones. I got mine from Radio Shack.

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We will all give close to the same ideas I figure.

Radio (I went with Alpine with bluetooth because they are $100-$150 and good)
Cradle (Hawg Wired) $250 with the harness included
Harness Adapter (Hawg Wired)
Speaker Adapter (Hawg Wired) $40 on classified
Amp (Rockford PBR 300x2 with EQ knob) $170 on Amazon with knob
Amp Mount (Contact H-Donut) $40
Speakers (Up to you. I'm running a pair of JBL MS-62cin stock location but have also ran Hertz ESK165. They are both great speakers. JBL have a little more Treble.) These are $250-$350 depending on where you get them from.

With this said its all an opinon but at the high numbers equal $1000 plus whatever your amp wiring cost, and a splash guard which is $100 from side car cycles. But you can do it for under $1000.

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Thanks for the suggestions so far. There are so many choices out there. The stock system is terrible but at least I can hear at speed at full volume. Too many choices out there. It seems I will get 1 part at a time due to budgetary constraints. Not even sure what I am going to start with. I like the Alpine I had on the other bike ida 305. It is a bit pricier than a lot of other stuff out there but I only want to buy one head unit etc. I have told myself nothing will be added until the bike is paid off but not sure I can make it that long. We'll see how the stock system fares with Pandora on the way to work tomorrow.
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the set of rokker xx listed up in the for sale section are a good deal

but I think there might be a sale pending

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