Here's how it was done with a Soundstream amp
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post #101 of 108 (permalink) Old 10-03-2015, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Swomack View Post
With my 14" Sports Flair and the JBL's and the latest software upgrade,
I can hear my stereo no problem at 70-75 mph. I'm planning on getting an amp and then they will finally get some power, these will be great. Your right about the volume level at 80% and not much more volume. The amp will take care of that. The reason I started this thread was to show them another option besides the usual. I think for only using the head unit, they are a big improvement over stock. 3 Way Loudspeakers are great. Just my opinion.
Lemme know if you find a reasonably priced amp to match up to these bro. That should surely help. I was just disappointed in the amount of improvement so far from stock. Must be the "sum of the parts" kind of deal in my case. Windshield should help as well I am sure.
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post #102 of 108 (permalink) Old 10-08-2015, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by jmyrick6 View Post
Removed the head unit and mounted the Sound Stream Amp upside down underneath the radio mount. It's tight, but it fits without modifying anything in the area. Connected the remote wire for the amp to the red with yellow stripe wire for the head lamp, that's how the amp turns on/off by the ignition switch. Went to Home Depot and bought 2 five foot, 8 gage red and black wires and added a fuse block for a 40 amp fuse for the power wire. I'm only running the 2 fairing speakers, so I'm using the front portion of the amp, will use the rear portion of the amp at a later date for bag lid speakers. Unplugged the speaker connections and connected the input wires from the amp to the speaker connection from the head unit. Then connected the speakers the amp. Had to adjust the gain on the amp to just under half and switched the crossover switch to HP 80HZ. If you go this route, I think you will happy with the out come...I am! I hope this helps.
I installed the same amp. You're correct, it's really tight, but it does fit. I took the 2 bolts out that hold the radio mount to the inner fairing. I was able to flex the inner fairing enough enough to drop the HU back in. All I could find was a 30 amp inline fuse holder. It works fine. I'd rather take the seat off to replace a 30 amp fuse, than pull the fairing to replace the 40 amp fuse in the amp. I connected the remote wire to the powerport/cigarette lighter. I grounded the amp to to the upper crashbar bolt. I cut the connectors off the OEM speaker leads, and connected the wires to the supplied input pigtail. I reused the OEM speaker connectors on the new speaker output leads. I connected the pigtail ground to a bolt inside the fairing. the amp got zip tied under the OEM HU bracket.
I have no flash or line leveler, (magic box) and no plans to add one in the near future. I have the AVC off, and the bass & treble turned down 3 bars. Occasionally, a track on my playlist will distort, and I will either turn down the volume or advance to the next track. I suspect the tracks themselves are responsible. I was pulling a steep grade today @ 70 mph and could hear the music clearly. I'm running Cobra Powerport headers and Khrome Werks SS mufflers.
I am in no way, an audiophile, but this is a huge improvement. For $59 (speakers) & $106 (amp) I don't see how you can go wrong.