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Can I run 4 ohm speakers as replacements? What are the drawbacks if any. Not an audio wiz, excuse my ignorance :laugh:
 

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Your 15RGS has a 2 ohm speakers. Just adding 4ohm speakers will cut your volume in half since they are double the resistance. What is your ultimate goal and how deep are you pockets? You can get a pretty decent upgrade on a fairly small budget to include speakers and an amp to drive them.

A GOOD budget speaker is the Infinity Kappa 62.11i's. They are 2 ohm and can handle a decent amp and won't break the bank.
 

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Well, thought of going with the Hogtunes setup, but been hearing alot of bad stuff about them. And how bass is really lacking. So I was looking into Kicker or Infinity. But alot of the Kicker stuff is 4ohm. I don't wanna spend a ton. Think I've decided to just put a quality 4 channel amp, upper and lower fairing speakers instead of the additional speaker lids. Since I just ordered some lowers :wink:
 

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I am not going to tell you where to go, but there are VERY DECENT setups out there for $500... plug and play.. speaking of 2 speakers and an amp. If you are sold on piecing together your own system, it can get nerve-racking...I said CAN. You have to deal with connections and wiring... etc....

there are good threads out there with lots of info on audio upgrades.. from budget builds to high-end. I would do some research on systems that will fit your budget... don't 'settle' if you can help it.
 

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There are a lot of options if you want to piece together a system or purchase a pre-packaged system...if it were me I would look at the others before considering Hogtunes.

As other have said...using 4 ohm speakers will cut the power in half.
 

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Sent an email to Soundz to see what his cost would be. But thinking it's gonna be pricey. Basically I want the best "bass for the buck", and of course increased volume >:)
 

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Well, thought of going with the Hogtunes setup, but been hearing alot of bad stuff about them. And how bass is really lacking. So I was looking into Kicker or Infinity. But alot of the Kicker stuff is 4ohm. I don't wanna spend a ton. Think I've decided to just put a quality 4 channel amp, upper and lower fairing speakers instead of the additional speaker lids. Since I just ordered some lowers :wink:
Rock, head over to hdforums & read up on the audio system section over there to find options for a budget system. The guys there will steer you right & you'll be able to put together something that is so much better than stock
 

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There are a lot of options if you want to piece together a system or purchase a pre-packaged system...if it were me I would look at the others before considering Hogtunes.

As other have said...using 4 ohm speakers will cut the power in half.
That's what I've been hearing and am doing. Their system seems easy to installed and priced ok. But heard some issues that have me searching for a better solution
 

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That's what I've been hearing and am doing. Their system seems easy to installed and priced ok. But heard some issues that have me searching for a better solution
You can do soooo much better than HT.....
 

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Rock, head over to hdforums & read up on the audio system section over there to find options for a budget system. The guys there will steer you right & you'll be able to put together something that is so much better than stock
Been poking around there too. Been hearing great things from Soundz Customz. So gave them a shout. I want a plug and play system that is complete, since I'm not looking to have a "custom" system and want it easy for me to do myself.
 

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Thanks for the insight on the 4ohm, that's definitely not what I am looking for then. The quest continues... lol

My trouble is I don't know how an amp, not designed for the HD radio, connects and then how to set the amp so I don't blow speakers.
 

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Been poking around there too. Been hearing great things from Soundz Customz. So gave them a shout. I want a plug and play system that is complete, since I'm not looking to have a "custom" system and want it easy for me to do myself.
Also look at Cameron Johnson from bad azz baggers on FB or garage bagger audio, I guess it depends on your budget. Don't know if most "kits" are gonna be $500 or below, seems they run more in the $700 range. Also look into biketronics, I'm pleased so far with my 4180 amp & Titans, but it was $700 after the rgintro coupon code. But, it was also completely plug & play & came with line levelers.
 

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I can budget $700-1000 on a system. But key for me is easy install, plug and play, ease of understanding etc. Oh and not having to have Dealership do a flash would be great!
 

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I went with the Hog Tunes RG Ultra kit due to pricing and ease of install. Not a ground shaking system upgrade, but I'm good with it.
Got a good deal on Amazon.com. Are there better options? no doubt about it. Too many other upgrades that require some serious coin I would rather spend my hard earned money on. Just my 2 cents worth.
 

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Been poking around there too. Been hearing great things from Soundz Customz. So gave them a shout. I want a plug and play system that is complete, since I'm not looking to have a "custom" system and want it easy for me to do myself.

Rock,

I have Soundz Level IV system... call Peter and tell him what you want to do with how much... he will set you up.

I just received another Level IV system from him yesterday that I am installing in my old 14SGS for the new owner....same system I have in my 15RGS....it rocks.

If you are on FB... hit up Chris Lowe and Harley Davidson Bagger Stereo...
 

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I went with the Hog Tunes RG Ultra kit due to pricing and ease of install. Not a ground shaking system upgrade, but I'm good with it.
Got a good deal on Amazon.com. Are there better options? no doubt about it. Too many other upgrades that require some serious coin I would rather spend my hard earned money on. Just my 2 cents worth.
Cool, that's good to know and I'm not looking for the "best" system necessarily. Haven't ruled them out, just digging deeper into options. Don't wanna be wishing I went with something more suited to my tastes though. How do you feel the sound quality and bass is on your setup? Right now I just have the JBL GTO638 in fairing and no amp. And want more volume/bass.
 

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Rock,

I have Soundz Level IV system... call Peter and tell him what you want to do with how much... he will set you up.

I just received another Level IV system from him yesterday that I am installing in my old 14SGS for the new owner....same system I have in my 15RGS....it rocks.

If you are on FB... hit up Chris Lowe and Harley Davidson Bagger Stereo...
Cool brother, will do!
 

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Bass is O.K. Good enough for my red neck music. I can cruise the interstate @ 70 mph and get decent sound quality out of it. If your happy with your speakers, an aftermarket amp might be all you need in order to get a higher level of sound and save a few shekels.
 

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Will be adding speakers in the newly ordered lower fairings, so figured it was about time to look for a system to accommodate the total package. Not satisfied with current speaker/sound.
 

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Thanks for the insight on the 4ohm, that's definitely not what I am looking for then. The quest continues... lol



My trouble is I don't know how an amp, not designed for the HD radio, connects and then how to set the amp so I don't blow speakers.

Harley's radio is just an antiquated version of all the other mobile radios in the world, with some added gaskets for waterproofing.

All stereos connect one of two ways:

High level-speaker wires from radio to amp.

Lo level- RCA preouts from radio to amp.

There are pros and cons to each. The biggest difference is that with the high level hookup, the signal has already passed through the radio's internal amp and with low level it has not. ALL amps add some measure of distortion to your sound signal, so when using high level into an aftermarket amp, the distortion is amplified too creating less than optimal sound. That's why you'll read about guys using line levelers and magic boxes. These devices strip the distortion off of the signal and provide clean signal to your amp. Harley doesn't install RCA preouts so you HAVE to go the high level route.

My advice is that if you don't know audio well enough to mix and match yourself, go with someone like Soundz Customz. They use high quality equipment(Arc amps, Focal speakers), already tuned when it gets to your door.

Some of the less expensive stuff adds up when you replace it once or twice due to unhappiness or not being able to hear it at highway speeds. Everything sounds good in the garage. Bass at 80+ is the goal. It doesn't come cheap. I've got about $3k in mine and it rocks, but you can get the Soundz Customz level IV for $2k and I've heard it. It rocks too.


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