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Holy shit!!! Ok I am buying a new bike and wanted to keep my hand controls with a tunes upgrade. 3k for this upgrade just seems insane!!! Is this right and is there anything cheaper that you can keep Controls? I was told this is without the XM radio and that is another 350. I know nothing about audio stuff BTW... Any info please. This is on a 16 RGU
 

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I'm not sure what the issue is with the hand controls. The add on kits are amps and speakers and have nothing to do with modifying the head unit or its controls. That part is a non-starter.

As far as add on amps and speakers go, the HD stuff isn't that good. There are several packages after market systems available that can be bought and professionally installed for a lot less and will provide better performance.

I only have fairing speakers but my indy sound dealer, who the local HD shop refers buyers to, put an Arc Audio MPAC 8 kit in my 15 RGS for around $550. I'd buy the bike and then do some audio shopping. However, if the dealer is banging you like that on the stereo upgrade, how bad is he hitting you on the bike?
 

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Walk away from that,,, no wait. RUN as fast as you can. I see plenty of speaker and amp upgrades on the Rushmores for a lot less than that with better sound. They were also having issues at first with the amps shutting down or sounding like crap. That and you lose part of your left saddlebag.

I saw a post on FB a few weeks back where one amp (diamond something or another) and 2 sets of speakers (forget the brand but they were $600 a set) installed on a new bike like mine and the thing was amazing for about $2k installed. I'll try to remember the brands of the EQ that was used and post it up.

You keep the same head unit so your hand controls will work just fine.
 

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I agree with the rest of the statements. I put the J&M XXtreme Rokker 330 watt amp with the two speakers and it performs flawlessly. They give us a good discount and I know right now they are giving 20% off for the Daytona Bike Week. I think I got around $700 in mine and is an easy install yourself. Plug and play. Some others on here can comment on other brands that works well too.
 

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I am looking for a good quality sound that we both can hear on the highway. I want a 4 speaker system and buddy has a 15 CVO so that sounded good. That is where I started looking at Boom. Also do not want to give up a space in bags. Thanks
 

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Don't do it BoxerCop. I have the Boom I audio system 4 speakers on my 15 RGS it was already on the bike when i bought it slightly used. It sounds ok but not worth the dough. My buddy went full on Boom II on his street glide and even tho he feels it sounds great, he even says you can do better for lots cheaper.
 

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$3k? Jeezus.

Boxercop, for $3k in aftermarket stuff, you could put a system together that would be competition quality audio.

Do some reading here and pop over to HDforums and look through that audio section. There's a lot of good info over there for guys looking for a quality audio upgrade. The thing to remember is, HD doesn't have the market cornered on plug & play, "works with stock" audio upgrades. A lot of companies now offer audio kits that are ready to go....all you have to do is install the amp, speakers, run power & ground and plug in some harnesses.

Put some research into it before springing the dough, you'll be glad you did!
 

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I went with the boom, it don't work! That system is junk ! It was ripped out and j and m put in. I am very happy with the j and m. Feel free to private pm me and I'll tell you what ever you want to know. I strongly suggest you do not do with a boom2 it will not sound like the display ever.
 

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Like everyone has stated, stay away from Boom. You are going to pay double if not triple the price that most of us have for systems that blow Boom out of the water. I have roughly 600 bucks into my set up on my RGU. 4 speakers, head unit, and amp all replaced. I still have full controls on my bars to change volume, tracks, and input. I can hear everything going down the interstate at 80.
 

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Like everyone has stated, stay away from Boom. You are going to pay double if not triple the price that most of us have for systems that blow Boom out of the water. I have roughly 600 bucks into my set up on my RGU. 4 speakers, head unit, and amp all replaced. I still have full controls on my bars to change volume, tracks, and input. I can hear everything going down the interstate at 80.
This. The addition of an amp and speaker package should have zero effect on your hand controls unless you're changing the head unit. And even then, there's metra or biketronics kits that allow you to retain the controls with aftermarket head units.

I'm a biketronics fan, but that's because that's what I went with, but yeah, you can do so much better for so much less!
 

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I've been doing a lot of research on this also. I have decided to go with Biketronics RG 14 and up kit. I spoke with Bill at Biketronics just yesterday about my plans and this is what he told me. The RG 14 and up kit includes the 2180.14 amp, titan 6.5 speakers, and all hardware. I am planning on putting the rear speaker pods on mine (added the tour pack when I bought the bike). He told me they are recommending the Alpine SPR60 speakers for the rear. All four will hook up to the 2180.14 amp with no problem. With this set-up, you will lose front/rear fader control. But if you want to upgrade to the 4180 amp, (another $100), it will permit you to have fader controls.

If you search this forum, you will also find various discount codes. I mentioned that I was planning on using the RGintro code, and he confirmed this would take $100 off. So it actually washes out with the amp upgrade.

I have spent several weeks creeping around this site for information, and will pulling the trigger on the Biketronics system real soon.
Just my 2 cents….
 

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I've been doing a lot of research on this also. I have decided to go with Biketronics RG 14 and up kit. I spoke with Bill at Biketronics just yesterday about my plans and this is what he told me. The RG 14 and up kit includes the 2180.14 amp, titan 6.5 speakers, and all hardware. I am planning on putting the rear speaker pods on mine (added the tour pack when I bought the bike). He told me they are recommending the Alpine SPR60 speakers for the rear. All four will hook up to the 2180.14 amp with no problem. With this set-up, you will lose front/rear fader control. But if you want to upgrade to the 4180 amp, (another $100), it will permit you to have fader controls.

If you search this forum, you will also find various discount codes. I mentioned that I was planning on using the RGintro code, and he confirmed this would take $100 off. So it actually washes out with the amp upgrade.

I have spent several weeks creeping around this site for information, and will pulling the trigger on the Biketronics system real soon.
Just my 2 cents….
Yeah, was going to do the same thing, ended up using the rgintro code & upgrading to the 4180 for future expansion purposes. Figured I'd go with max power off the bat.


With that being said, I could add bag lids & 6 x 9 speakers & even change my fairing speakers to something like a focal KRC (which I may do next year) for less than what this proposed boom system would cost. Something else for the OP to consider....
 

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If you search this forum, you will also find various discount codes. I mentioned that I was planning on using the RGintro code, and he confirmed this would take $100 off. So it actually washes out with the amp upgrade.
I tried the "rgintro" code and the Biketronics website will not accept it. Is this still active or is there a secret handshake needed? I was already planning to use the "rgorg" code for 10% but another $100 discount is worth asking about. Does anyone know?
 

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I tried the "rgintro" code and the Biketronics website will not accept it. Is this still active or is there a secret handshake needed? I was already planning to use the "rgorg" code for 10% but another $100 discount is worth asking about. Does anyone know?
I just checked it out now and it accepts it for the 2015+ RG kit, but maybe it's only valid for the kits? What are you trying to order?
 

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I also made the beginners mistake of going with a Hog Tunes Big RG kit. It was ok, but for the $ it sucked!
Just had the Arc Audio kit installed; 600W amp, 4- 6.5" Arc Moto's, 2- 5.25" for the TP, all installed for around $1400 and there is absolutely no comparison to the other junk.
 
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