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Had this put in a couple of weeks ago on my 2016 RGS. BT had a 20% off sale over Christmas and I also mentioned hdforums, which I'm also a member of and got another 10%. Package included 2 Titan speakers, amp, hardware and plug and play wiring.

Took it to a good indie I know for the install. Was 3.5 hours. Gold I did too, as I am not that savvy with the tools.

Even with the discount, the whole endeavor was expensive, but worth it. On the freeway at 80 I can hear the music at 2/3 volume. I actually have to turn it down on some songs. Not sure it's as clear as I want it, but I am on a motorcycle, after all.

Overall I'm happy and glad I did it. Good people at biketonics.

http://www.biketronics.com/2015-and-up-rg-bt2180-amp-speaker-package/
 

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First of all, congrats on the system & the excellent deal you got on that setup. 30% off is nothing to sneeze at! I'm looking at the BT kit as well, now I'm thinking I should hold off till near Xmas this year & hope for them to run another special! So I kind of get the feeling like you're slightly disappointed? Were you expecting it to be louder? Clearer? Are you running the stock windscreen?

Most reviews I read about BT stuff is typically very complimentary of the clarity of the sound. Wondering what in particular you are thinking might be improved with the system?

The other option I'm considering is a Cerwin vega & arc motos, price ends up being about the same when it's all said & done when you add in the line leveler & wiring harness
 

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First of all, congrats on the system & the excellent deal you got on that setup. 30% off is nothing to sneeze at! I'm looking at the BT kit as well, now I'm thinking I should hold off till near Xmas this year & hope for them to run another special! So I kind of get the feeling like you're slightly disappointed? Were you expecting it to be louder? Clearer? Are you running the stock windscreen?

Most reviews I read about BT stuff is typically very complimentary of the clarity of the sound. Wondering what in particular you are thinking might be improved with the system?

The other option I'm considering is a Cerwin vega & arc motos, price ends up being about the same when it's all said & done when you add in the line leveler & wiring harness

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It's definitely loud enough. I think I may be losing a little clarity from the source iPod I'm using. I'm playing around with the volume and eq this weekend and will let you know. I'm running the iPod at about 80% volume. There's lots of variables with the settings and even individual songs.
 

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The loss of some clarity/volume is due to the rushmore stereo. The BT line leveler has helped a lot, but still not perfect at getting rid of some of the signal distortion issues. I had their setup in my 13 and it is awesome, the 6.5s are on my counter waiting for bike to come back from paint (a week late already) and I know it won't sound as good as the 7.1s with an aftermarket HU and amp, but will blow the stage II crap away and still sounds better for less money (not to mention a lifetime warranty) than the other turnkey kit products out there.
 

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Had this put in a couple of weeks ago on my 2016 RGS. BT had a 20% off sale over Christmas and I also mentioned hdforums, which I'm also a member of and got another 10%. Package included 2 Titan speakers, amp, hardware and plug and play wiring.

Took it to a good indie I know for the install. Was 3.5 hours. Gold I did too, as I am not that savvy with the tools.

Even with the discount, the whole endeavor was expensive, but worth it. On the freeway at 80 I can hear the music at 2/3 volume. I actually have to turn it down on some songs. Not sure it's as clear as I want it, but I am on a motorcycle, after all.

Overall I'm happy and glad I did it. Good people at biketonics.

2015 and Up RG BT2180 Amp & Speaker Package - Biketronics Inc

200 bucks and a couple of hours and I am in the same boat. I do have a few regrets but works good. Do your research and audio can be done by the owner. I hate overpaying. Over pay for one thing...less I have to spend on the next upgrade. Mine also is not clear at highway speed but good enough to know what song I am listening to. A good windshield will help. Harleys are something else. Good luck and thanks for the updates.
 

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I'm with you on not overpaying JJ, but I went down the same path you have with my SG, had maybe $350 into the system. I guess I was ok overall with that system, which was an RF 300x2 & kappas with the stock HK radio, and eventually the head unit started crapping out on me which was the impetus I needed to make the trade to the RG. Payed $23000 for a new radio & they threw in a bike for free! Haha!

While I will say for $350, that system was ok, I wasn't thrilled with the sound quality overall. It got washed out pretty easily & if I turned it up louder to overcome road noise/speed, those kappas got pretty harsh sounding.

I guess Im really considering the plug & play aspect of the BT system as a bit of a value add in this case. Plus for all intents & purposes, the speakers are HAT's which seem to be highly regarded in the audio world. Oh well, can't take it with you. I still may investigate some more DIY setups, but from what I'm finding, those run about the same price as BT's stuff anyway.
 

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Well, I used the discount t code that Biketroincs offers RGorg members & pulled the trigger on a RG kit, but upgraded to a 4180 amp for a measly $100 more. This will give me full flexibility going forward to add either speakers in some lowers, bag lids, or both! After listening to multiple YouTube clips, I think I'm going to be pleased with the outcome. It's definitely going to blow away the current stock sound!
 

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Well, I used the discount t code that Biketroincs offers RGorg members & pulled the trigger on a RG kit, but upgraded to a 4180 amp for a measly $100 more. This will give me full flexibility going forward to add either speakers in some lowers, bag lids, or both! After listening to multiple YouTube clips, I think I'm going to be pleased with the outcome. It's definitely going to blow away the current stock sound!
Congratulations! Been putting a few miles on mine now that it stopped raining. Been tiring different setting s etc. really glad I did the BT. I'll bet you're going to be happy.
 

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Congratulations! Been putting a few miles on mine now that it stopped raining. Been tiring different setting s etc. really glad I did the BT. I'll bet you're going to be happy.
Thanks! I talked to Bill at BT several times as I was trying to make up my mind whether I was going to put a diy kit together or go with the BT kit & he gave me a really good comparison & his thoughts of the diy stuff & BT, with no sales pressure. I was thinking about the arc motos & arc 600 amp, which Bill thinks highly of, but it would've been even more than BT.

Although, now I wish I would've waited a couple of extra days for their Presidents' Day sale as I would've saved even more $$!!
 

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Got the kit installed & tested late last night, took a bit longer than I had expected, but i also had never pulled apart my fairing before, so that always slows me down as I tend to be extra careful to not break something. It does sound damn amazing! I haven't tried the sound with the engine running which I know changes the radio eq, but it was loud & clear. Still in the garage with the door closed & I couldn't go above 1/2 volume as it was almost too much to take.

Unfortunately I didn't get any pics of the install as I was purely focused on just getting the job done. However, for the most part the instructions the BT has online are all you need. There are a couple of gaps in their instructions that are really not needed as what needs to be done is fairly obvious.

There's nothing difficult about the install save for that effing amp plate, which held me up for a while, trying to figure out how to hold the amp in place while fishing it in there. I'm also not a fan of the vhb used to hold the amp. Definitely would've liked to see a more robust attachment method, plus I ended up having to use my own vhb tape as the stuff that was on the amp wasn't holding.

Otherwise, the kit was as plug and play as it gets, truly dummy proof, which was awesome, everything needed is there, no running to the hardware store!
 

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I meant add that I haven't put any polyfil in the pods yet either, so I'm hoping for a bit more bass response once I do so. But the sound quality was really good, an amazing difference from stock. I did a comparison test of before & after, it was no contest. The stock speakers are muffled & muddy, & I could start hearing distortion at around 2/3 volume. Whereas the 4180 & Titan II's were crisp, clear & the system was significantly louder at 1/2 volume than stock.

I did immediately silicone up the edges of the pods while we installed the components per the instructions, but there was no mention of polyfil. Does it make that much of a difference?
 

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I did immediately silicone up the edges of the pods while we installed the components per the instructions, but there was no mention of polyfil. Does it make that much of a difference?
From what I've read most guys aren't doing it. In the old fairings without pods it seems to have helped. Those that did it in the new pods seem to report very little if any change and it doesn't take much to get packed in there too tight. Still waiting on my bike to come back from paint, won't be using any in it.
 

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I did immediately silicone up the edges of the pods while we installed the components per the instructions, but there was no mention of polyfil. Does it make that much of a difference?
So I've done polyfil with BT's and without, I've done polyfil with 602's and without, and I've done polyfil with 6.2's and without.

The only difference I could tell was with the BT's and that difference is minimal at best. Is it worth $10 and a trip to wal-mart? I guess that depends on how you feel about going to wal-mart, personally I wouldn't make a trip just for polyfil :p

I do have my pods sealed, that does make a difference but not in loudness or bass. Sealing the pods eliminates any whistling through the unsealed edges when the speakers hit hard.

This is on the 15+ RG pods, much bigger than any of the other pods so far.
 

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Do the Rushmore RoadGlide pods need to be sealed? If yes, is it necessary to remove the pods from the bike, split the pods, apply rtv, and reassemble/reinstall....or do I leave the pods on the bike and just apply a finger bead along the seams?

I'll be installing a BT RG 2180.14 kit in couple of days and would like to know. I had the fairing off my bike tonight and the pods appeared screwd tightly together from the factory.
 

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Do the Rushmore RoadGlide pods need to be sealed? If yes, is it necessary to remove the pods from the bike, split the pods, apply rtv, and reassemble/reinstall....or do I leave the pods on the bike and just apply a finger bead along the seams?

I'll be installing a BT RG 2180.14 kit in couple of days and would like to know. I had the fairing off my bike tonight and the pods appeared screwd tightly together from the factory.
The BT instructions say to seal the pods, so I would. I've seen a youtube vid where the person was holding a piece of felt or something near his pods to show how much air leaks from the seam, you could also hear the "chuffing" as BT calls it on the video.

There is no need to remove the entire pod, the outer half comes off of the inner half by removing the 8 -10 torx screws holding the two halves together. The inner half stays connected to the fairing. You'll be able to tell once you take a closer look at the assembly.

As for sealant, I used the GE kitchen & bath clear silicone II as it has a fast cure time and also would allow me to get the pods apart in the future if I ever needed to for some reason. I'd think RTV might be on the aggressive side....it may never come apart!

Just run a small bead in the "channel" of the inner pod (it has a tongue & groove type joint between the inner & outer pod halves).

Also, when disassembling the parts to mount the amp, make it easy on yourself and go ahead and disconnect the harness leading to the radio (as you face the front of the bike, it's the left side main harness coming from the backbone of the bike) to put some slack in the harness. Makes fitting the amp mounting bracket in there much easier. The two center wiring harnesses are meant to sit "outside" on either side of the plate. I was trying to secure the amp bracket with the harnesses squished behind the plate, it just doesn't work and the amp plate doesn't sit flat against the inner fairing support like it's supposed to.

Also count on getting your own VHB tape for the bottom of the amp to attach it to the amp plate. The stuff on the amp I got was useless and also didn't even engage the plate fully.
 

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I installed the BT465 speaker kit with Hogtunes grill, silicone and all in my '15 RGS However...its a really tight fit. I used three of the supplied 1" screws to mount the adapter plate to the pod. Then, when I tried to line up the BT speaker with the plate, all I can do is secure two machine screws and a fourth 1" screw into the last hole per the BT instructions.

It seems the large magnate is bumping up against the ridge inside the pod. Would it hurt to grind that ridge down to gain a little bit of clearance? between the magnate and the pod? What your the other BT465 doing gain that much needed 1/8 of an inch?
 

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I installed the BT465 speaker kit with Hogtunes grill, silicone and all in my '15 RGS However...its a really tight fit. I used three of the supplied 1" screws to mount the adapter plate to the pod. Then, when I tried to line up the BT speaker with the plate, all I can do is secure two machine screws and a fourth 1" screw into the last hole per the BT instructions.

It seems the large magnate is bumping up against the ridge inside the pod. Would it hurt to grind that ridge down to gain a little bit of clearance? between the magnate and the pod? What your the other BT465 doing gain that much needed 1/8 of an inch?
When I did mine it was a pretty tight fit as well, but they did fit without having to grind anything. You're positive you have the spacer rings positioned correctly & the speakers are lined up on the spacer holes per the diagram? Might not hurt to triple check...
 
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