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Being hearing challenged, I am considering adding and amp to crank up the volume. Unfortunately I am clueless. I would like something small enough to tuck away in the fairing but powerful. I only have the two speakers in the fairing, no lowers, and no saddlebag speakers. Is this relatively simple or a major PITA. I don't know how to operate the BOOM system very well but I dont want to lose any functions. Any suggestions, comments, and or experiences are appreciated, even snarky ones if they are amusing.


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Relatively simple but there are so many options it can make your head spin fast.

How much you gonna spend?


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There are a couple of "easy" options if you are wanting to upgrade your stereo sound. I just went through this with my '18 RGS about a week ago.

Hog Tunes - Complete kit with new speakers, amp, all mounting hardware and brackets and all wiring - no radio reflash required and is plug and play - Kit is about $400 + install unless you do it yourself
Boom audio - You would have to buy the amp and amp install kit and have the radio reflashed at your local Harley dealer so that the bike would know it has an amp now. - About $600 + install and flash
Rockford Fosgate - Complete kit with speakers, grilles, amp, multiple mounting brackets and all hardware - plug and play but you do need your radio flashed to "2 speakers, 1 amp" either by an Indy with a Techno Research setup or by your local Harley Dealership - $799 + install and flash

I went with the Rockford Fosgate kit because like you, I will only have the speakers in the fairing. I can't add lowers because I have a chopped engine guard and I don't see myself ever adding saddlebag lid speakers.

I know there are a ton of other options, brands, speakers, amps, etc.. out there and I'm sure someone that knows more about those than me will chime in, but these are the 3 "easy" answers that may help.
Another thing you can do is get a little taller windshield. I was surprised when I put my 10" LRS windshield on how much that helped sound levels too.
 

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This is all very informative, BTW my windscreen is 15"
thank you for your input.

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I Am getting ready to install some audio improvements,Got a Cerwin Vega B-52 $120,Infinity Kappas $90,Bt 355 Line Leveler $85 RCA 1.5 cables $6,HD universall Amp Install kit $20,On a budget an did some Research for the money this is one of your better setups.
 

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Personally I would stay away from Hogtunes, Boom and J&M kits, they are way overpriced for what you get, and sound quality. For an easy install I would recommend a Biketronics setup hands down over the others. They are a bit pricey but like what has been said, they have a lifetime warranty and excellent customer service. If you are willing to do a bit more work then you will need a Biketronics BT 355 Lineleveler that will balance out the crappy signal coming from the radio, an amp and speakers. The options for amps and speakers will depend on your budget and listening preference. The setup listed above with the Kappa's and CV B52 is a great budget option for 2 speakers. I have installed many of those with no complaints. If you have plans for a 4 speaker setup later on you will be money ahead to get a 4 channel amp with enough power now.
 

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Personally I would stay away from Hogtunes, Boom and J&M kits, they are way overpriced for what you get, and sound quality. For an easy install I would recommend a Biketronics setup hands down over the others. They are a bit pricey but like what has been said, they have a lifetime warranty and excellent customer service. If you are willing to do a bit more work then you will need a Biketronics BT 355 Lineleveler that will balance out the crappy signal coming from the radio, an amp and speakers. The options for amps and speakers will depend on your budget and listening preference. The setup listed above with the Kappa's and CV B52 is a great budget option for 2 speakers. I have installed many of those with no complaints. If you have plans for a 4 speaker setup later on you will be money ahead to get a 4 channel amp with enough power now.
Spot on set-up....Used by so many members on HDF and been proven to work with the Boom HU. Lots of options and certainly budget friendly....Good luck and report
 

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Does this system require a reflash?


It doesn’t “require” it, but biketronics recommends it when using their line leveler. The line leveler is set to optimize sound based on radio output with a 0 amp 4 speaker flash.


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I bought boom amp and it was ok... I would never spend that much on that amp. Being said I'd sell it to you lol. I have deaf, love speed, and I put my stock windshield back on lol. I went with Rockford fosgate and think its a great buy.
 
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