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Hello,So I just bought my 2015 CVO RGU and was thinking that I would install speakers into my lowers but then when I asked my friendly parts counter person about this I was told NO NO NO you can not do that.If you look at the HD audio chart it also shows that you cannot install speakers in the lowers. When I asked the parts person WHY??? they couldn't answer that part of the deal just said the catalog shows you can't and that was that.Other CVO's are allowed to have lowers installed into the lowers so why not the RGU? So I figured I would ask here and maybe someone in the know can explain it.

If I am understanding things correctly if I want to upgrade my system I would need to replace my current amp and speakers with a aftermarket system OR use ONLY HD products to upgrade? If it is something in the current amp that won't allow me to add lowers then my choices might be being made for me. What is making the newer bikes so expensive to upgrade?
 

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If you look at the HD chart on what works and doesn't work it shows they won't work on the CVO but will work on the RGU which is also twin cooled.
So I am wondering if it has something to do with the Stage II system that is installed in the CVO's?

Yes a few companies make pods to mount speakers in the twin cooled lowers. But as I said in my original post from my understanding if I try to use non-HD parts I have to update the complete system to aftermarket. You can't piece meal a system like you could on the pre-2014 bikes.
 

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I think SOUNDZ makes an adaptor/kit that will work for lowers as well. There is a forum member that is a dealer for them that can answer questions.
 

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I called the HD customer service line for Boom systems and asked. Funny story is that the reason they don't approve it on the CVO RGU is handling issues. WTF????
How can an amp and two speakers added to your lower fairing cause handling issues? But that was the answer I got.

Looking at all the parts I have to buy just to add lowers to my CVO I can buy an aftermarket system and then sell my Stage II system to someone who wants it.
 

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I called the HD customer service line for Boom systems and asked. Funny story is that the reason they don't approve it on the CVO RGU is handling issues. WTF????
How can an amp and two speakers added to your lower fairing cause handling issues? But that was the answer I got.

Looking at all the parts I have to buy just to add lowers to my CVO I can buy an aftermarket system and then sell my Stage II system to someone who wants it.
Nothings worse than when someone gives you a bullshit answer.
 

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Funny story is that the reason they don't approve it on the CVO RGU is handling issues. WTF????
How can an amp and two speakers added to your lower fairing cause handling issues? But that was the answer I got.

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Because the CVO Road Glide Ultra is a wet head. The radiators for your coolant system are located in the lowers, leaving no room for speakers.

Hogtunes makes an adapter to install 6.5" speakers in liquid cooled lowers. There may be others as well;

Liquid Cooled Lower Speaker Adaptors

Nope, they'll fit. A guy a few towns over from me has the stock HD setup in his 2015 SESG and it's a wethead.
 

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Nope, they'll fit. A guy a few towns over from me has the stock HD setup in his 2015 SESG and it's a wethead.
Thanks for adding that information. I wasn't even considering the use of HD Boom! speakers. For the life of me not sure why anyone would go that route when there are plenty of 2 Ohm aftermarket options that would sound much better.

However, I do stand corrected and educated :)
 

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Thanks for adding that information. I wasn't even considering the use of HD Boom! speakers. For the life of me not sure why anyone would go that route when there are plenty of 2 Ohm aftermarket options that would sound much better.

However, I do stand corrected and educated :)
I'm agreeing that there is so much better than the Boom speakers and once you add up all the parts they require you to have the other systems make so much more sense.

I was looking at just adding the Boom lowers but it is almost $800 to do that. You can replace the stock amp and stock 4 speakers for $800-1,000 and then add lowers for $4-500 and have a lot better system when you are done.
 

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I'm agreeing that there is so much better than the Boom speakers and once you add up all the parts they require you to have the other systems make so much more sense. I was looking at just adding the Boom lowers but it is almost $800 to do that. You can replace the stock amp and stock 4 speakers for $800-1,000 and then add lowers for $4-500 and have a lot better system when you are done.
@ Wildman, I've been at this Road Glide audio thing since 2015. I've done so many audio upgrades now that I ought to consider doing it professionally as a side-gig or my "retirement" job.

To your point, I'm currently working on an Ultra upgrade for a family member. He opted out of lowers and the adapters (against my recommendation) because he was more concerned with the front stage and tourpak solution (for his wife because they ride 2-up the majority of the time). We went with;

Stinger SPX700X4 (found on sale at the time for $199 but price has since jumped back to $299)
X4 MMAT PA601-CX for fairing and tourpak $109 a piece with weather treatment (total $436)
VTwin Tourpak adapters $99.00
Biketronics BTBOC "Ultra" breakout harness $269 regular (but Donna gave him a 20% forum discount + veteran discount)
Various installation parts (power & ground wire, power line fuse, speaker wire) approximately $50

So Justin is all in for just a little north or south of $1K. And his new system will blow Boom! out of the water.
 

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Thanks for the list of items you used. A lot has changed and I'll be the first to admit I am lost as to what is good audio anymore.

I had J&M system on my old bike and am not going to go with their product this time. I like being able to just get everything at one spot but if I'll get a better system by putting it together with multiple brands then that is what I'll do.
 
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