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So I have a 2015 Road Glide Special with the 6.5 infotainment. Naturally I had the same problem as everyone else, couldn't hear above 50 mph or so. Now I know the change your windscreen, seat, etc. However I'm not putting a tall windshield on my bike because I think they look stupid (my opinion). So I ordered a set of JL C5-650X component speakers, Rockford Fosgate PBR300x2 amp, Cycle sounds magic box, 50 foot spool of 14 gauge speaker wire, 10 foot {each} of 10 gauge power/ground wire, amp rack off ebay, and a hidden antenna kit from Harley. First thing is to remove the outer fairing, headlight, stock radio, stock speakers. I removed my speaker pods from the bike to make fitment of the JL speakers easier (note if you go with the JL C5's you will need to drill out the screw holes on the speaker for the Harley screws to fit through). Next I discarded the stock wiring harness that connected to the stock speakers and out to the connector. Then I ran my wires from my speakers to my crossovers then to my amp. My remote wire I tapped into the power side of the hidden antenna. The hidden antenna instructions tell you to run the wires on each side around the inside of the fairing, however, I didn't see the purpose so I left them coiled and just laid them on top of the radio (reception is just as good if not better than with the factory whip). The power and ground I ran from the amp directly to the battery following all stock wiring under the tank for a clean look. Install a 50 amp mini anl fuse in the little tray in front of the battery on the power wire side. Then just hook up your cycle sounds magic box to the amp via the interconnect cables and the speaker plugs from the magic box to the factory plug and you are good to go. I will post up some pics of my installation. Feel free to ask me any questions and I will be glad to help if I can.
 

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Did you apply any sealant to the pods to restrict air and potential whistling? I'm doing my install next weekend
 

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No need. The speaker pods fit tight and I heard no distortion or noises while tuning the crossovers and amp.
 

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Did you apply any sealant to the pods to restrict air and potential whistling? I'm doing my install next weekend
i split the pods and applied RTV to the seals and put them back together. There is a drain hole that I didn't do and there was a hole where the wires went through that had a plug stock. I didn't seal those holes at first and it was a mistake.

If you put a good amp and speaker it will push a lot of air. I had air leaking between my speaker rings and the inner fairing, the drain hole, and the wire hole. Each hole made a lot of noise to the point it sounded like the speaker was distorting. I filled the holes and it fixed the problem now no buzzes or air sounds just clean music.
 

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Did you apply any sealant to the pods to restrict air and potential whistling? I'm doing my install next weekend
i split the pods and applied RTV to the seals and put them back together. There is a drain hole that I didn't do and there was a hole where the wires went through that had a plug stock. I didn't seal those holes at first and it was a mistake.

If you put a good amp and speaker it will push a lot of air. I had air leaking between my speaker rings and the inner fairing, the drain hole, and the wire hole. Each hole made a lot of noise to the point it sounded like the speaker was distorting. I filled the holes and it fixed the problem now no buzzes or air sounds just clean music.
What did you do about then speaker rings and fairing? Foam or weatherstripping?
 

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I am running Biketronics 2180 with 6 1/2" Hybrid Audio imagine coax from biketronics with a BT-355 line leveler.
I'm looking at this same system for a winter upgrade or a kit from soundzcustomz. How do you like your BT setup? I like my music loud, clear & heavy. I've found five finger death punch puts speakers to the test, will I be able to crank some FFDP & make my ears bleed with the BT? Ok, maybe no bleeding ears, but does it get loud & clear enough in your opinion?
 

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Lv junior I'm also running that speaker with a magic box JLAUDIO hx280.4 bridged =140 per channle! Sounds great no need for any thing else.wow I did not know about the BT 2180 I was just reading the spec.sounds like a great unit.
 

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I'm looking at this same system for a winter upgrade or a kit from soundzcustomz. How do you like your BT setup? I like my music loud, clear & heavy. I've found five finger death punch puts speakers to the test, will I be able to crank some FFDP & make my ears bleed with the BT? Ok, maybe no bleeding ears, but does it get loud & clear enough in your opinion?
It is not going to get loud like it would in a car where there is containment but I can hear it clearly inside my house with all the doors closed. It will get loud enough to damage your hearing after long exposure. It is only a 6.5" so you are not going to get the aggressive in your face kick drum like you need to really appreciate a song like that but it is still full and the kick drums are still decent. I cranked Metallica and pantera and was pretty impressed for a set of 6.5's

Lv junior I'm also running that speaker with a magic box JLAUDIO hx280.4 bridged =140 per channle! Sounds great no need for any thing else.wow I did not know about the BT 2180 I was just reading the spec.sounds like a great unit.
I have heard the magic box and the BT355 will blow it out of the water when it comes to fullness. The magic box has too aggressive of a HPF in it and you lose almost all of your base. The BT-355 will give you all the base your speaker can handle and is tunable so you can set the HPF to your combo to get the most out of your speakers.
 

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Lv junior can you give me a little more info on the bt355 (your experience with it and the magic box) re: have you listen too them together? thinking about dumping my magic box. Thanx you, you seem to be knowledgeable about both.
 

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It is not going to get loud like it would in a car where there is containment but I can hear it clearly inside my house with all the doors closed. It will get loud enough to damage your hearing after long exposure. It is only a 6.5" so you are not going to get the aggressive in your face kick drum like you need to really appreciate a song like that but it is still full and the kick drums are still decent. I cranked Metallica and pantera and was pretty impressed for a set of 6.5's


I have heard the magic box and the BT355 will blow it out of the water when it comes to fullness. The magic box has too aggressive of a HPF in it and you lose almost all of your base. The BT-355 will give you all the base your speaker can handle and is tunable so you can set the HPF to your combo to get the most out of your speakers.
Cool, sounds like it's a winner. I know BT gets high praise on hdforums, just like to get real world application experiences from many sources. Nice thing about the BT system is once HD pulls their head out & fixes the whole flash thing, one could remove the line leveler for a more pure sound.
 

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I wouldn't count on that! We are most likely on our own.and that just fine with me I would rather not depend on the mo.co. too do the rite thing.it is more enjoyable to chat with motorcyclist. Than the manufacturers.
 

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Shaner87 or others.... Any tips for releasing the connectors to the radio? Radio harness, UBS connector, AM/FM connector and GPS connector. It is not obvious how to release them, at least 3 look different and I do not want to damage them. Thanks!
 

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99% of the amplifiers for Harley Baggers that we currently ship all over the world are tuned for the STOCK HARLEY FLASH ,,,, as it should be ,,,,

WHY? ,,,,, because the Harley dealers CANNOT do today with the Harley digital technician, what J&M can do with the DiagBike radio software ,,,,

therefor our systems must be tuned to provide maximum performance with the STOCK HARLEY RADIO as delivered from the factory on their new bike ,,,,,

for the 1% that may be reading this, or want their system to be just a notch above the rest, we provide this special flashing service, and subsequent specific custom amplifier tuning ,,,,,,

in summary, for 99% of the riders, it is a simple choice, as the J&M ROKKER XX Extreme KITS J&M Rokker XX Installation Kits that are tuned for the STOCK HARLEY RADIO will outperform by a significant margin, the Harley Boom I & II audio systems, at a more competitive price ,,,,, and the rider never needs to worry about going to his/her Harley dealer to try and get some special flash ,,,,,,, that simple ,,,,
 

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Lv junior can you give me a little more info on the bt355 (your experience with it and the magic box) re: have you listen too them together? thinking about dumping my magic box. Thanx you, you seem to be knowledgeable about both.
A few of my friends have the magic box and one of my friends is a major custom builder that does stereos in all of their builds. I tried a loaner magic box on mine and it had no bass. None of my friends using it with different speaker and amp combos have any bass either.

The BT-355 is similar in function to the magic box from what I can tell but with one big difference. The BT-355 has an adjustable HPF that allows the user to set the cutoff for the bass frequencies. The result on a set of 6.5" speakers is a fuller sound with a lot more punch on the kick drum frequencies. If you went with 6x9's or 8's in the bags you could adjust the HPF even lower to really improve the system. With the magic box it is what it is no matter what and typically that means the bass cutoff is too high and leaves you wanting more bass
 
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