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So let me start this by saying, thank you to a good buddy, friend, and all around good guy, CPBedor.
This day started by loading the bike for the 4.5hr drive to Chris's house at 1:30. We arrived about 6pm and caught up a bit. After unloading the bike in the nice heated, beautiful garage, (thanks to his wife for the awesome paint work) we started pulling the bike apart. It took all of 25 mins to make this this Road Glide look like a Road King.
I had to bale at 7 to take my parents to dinner, but Chris continued to prep some wiring.
So now about the build.
This is phase 1 of a 2 phase build. All items purchased from Andy Denton here in the forum. Between he and Chris they helped lay out this build.
Fairing is a set of Euphoria鈥檚
Tour pak is a set of Hertz SPL
SD1200.4 4ohm amp
Limitless lithium battery
Custom made wire harness
Stinger 9000 RCA鈥檚
Audio Dynamic DSP
Feel free to look through the photos and ask any questions
Again, many thanks go to Chris for all the help on the install and the tuning, and to Andy for the guidance and taking my 馃挵. 馃槵
We will continue the install tomorrow morning, and I will post more.
Best
Pete
 

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Some more of the harness Andy made for the set up
 

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@Peter1003 Congrats Brother!
You are definitely in Great Hands with Chris and Andy, they are both extremely knowledgeable in Motorcycle Audio.
Post up a Video of Your New Sound System once it is completed. I am sure it sounds Awesome.
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Ok, my ass is tired and my back is screaming at me. Chris is correct, we were in the garage for a long day. We intentionally spent extra time doing everything the right way to make it clean and neat. Everything front to back wrapped in tech flex, sealed ends with heat shrink, etc.
Here are a few photos of today鈥檚 work.
if you look close, you may be able to see that the power and ground is actually run through the frame, yes you heard that right, power and ground are inside the frame pipes.
Tomorrow will be just an hour or two to wrap up the the rear Hertz speakers tuning. So far I am extremely pleased with the sound
Thanks Chris and Andy!
 

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Here are a few of the wiring in the frame. One thing to note on this build. The tank never came off, and no additional wiring is under the tank in the tray.
 

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Tech flex, as you call it, is damn near mandatory for wiring for anyone that wants to do the job right. It's interesting how you can run wiring through the frame. Is that an M8 thing?
 

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@cpbedor how hard is it to install that amp rack, in terms of removing the inner fairing. About to re do system to make it cleaner and move some speakers around. Sorry to hijack your thread @Peter1003. Very clean install looks amazing
 

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Pete pulled his bike in the garage and the entire front end was sitting on the ground 25 minutes later. Taking the inner off is a piece of cake. For the rack you need to cut the stock radio bracket so the rack will fit in there. Once the radio bracket is cut, hit it with some spray paint and then there's four screws that will reattach it to the inner. From there, it'll hang on the frame bracket. Put the Lex rack on, line up the four holes and put in the four bolts. Done.

One thing I'll mention is if you're using a SD amp with a fan on the bottom, (or any amp with a fan on the bottom, before you mount the rack on the bike, cut a hole in the lex plate so it has a little breathing room.

Aside from remembering to do that, it's as simple as it gets. Then its a matter of routing wires bundles and putting it all back together.

Pete has pictures of where I cut the stock radio bracket but there's also a video on Lex's website that shows exactly where to cut.
 

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Well let鈥檚 wrap this phase 1 of the build post.
it was a long Saturday and a couple hours on Sunday for tuning. Chris had a late night Friday after I left continuing to prep and run wires.
I can say this after we completed, if you think you have everything you need, ask others and double check. If you think you have something better and it will work because you already have it, think again and just buy what the 鈥渢he Guy鈥(Chris) says. I am speaking from experience, I now have to open the fairing back up to replace my RCA鈥檚. I had 4 sets of Stinger 9000 RCA鈥檚 new in the box left over from my old build and thought 鈥渉ell these are $180 a set RCA鈥檚 they will be great. Well they are, but they don鈥檛 fit and are not nearly as flexible as the Stinger 4000鈥檚 for $15 a set.
The things that I think set this install above the average installs are:
1:Take the time to use tech flex and heat shrink on all wires.
2: Wiring through the frame rather than under the tank in the tray
3: Multiple stages of tuning. A: Setting the gains with an SMD and checking it with a VM to make sure you are sending the right power to the speaker. B: Setting your DSP with a base line tune. C: Using an RTA to real-time set each frequency where it needs to be.
Final thoughts on the build:
I would only do 2 things differently, 1: ordered the right RCA鈥檚 (yes I was being stubborn) 2: replaced the radio at the same time, as I鈥檓 now going to order one.
I am happy with what I have as a starting place to build off of, other say it is amazing but I鈥檓 looking for more. This is by no means the fault of anyone or the components I have, they sound great and take a shitload of power. Super clear and super loud. They will pair great with a set of 10鈥檚 in the bags and then tune the components to play to a higher frequency.
Have great friends by your side. I could have installed this all myself. It would not have been as detailed or done in a weekend, but it鈥檚 more enjoyable hanging with a buddy. I could not have tuned it without the help of Andy and his equipment, nor could I have tuned without Chris鈥 experience.
So here are a few more photos from the weekend. It won鈥檛 allow me, or I can鈥檛 figure out how to add videos.
Chris and Andy, thank you and feel free to add to this.
Pete
 

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Glad you got your tunes going. You probably have more $$ in audio than I do in my entire bike, lol. Nice job鈥..

My OCD / ADD side really digs that garage!!!!
Roost, you would be surprised at how reasonable the costs are for a system like this. Yes, I could have saved some money and opted for a few lesser cost items but in the end the cost is what it is for only installing the right speakers once.
Chris has a great garage, oh and wife that brought us snacks and made us dinner. He got a good one!!
 

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I'll add that tuning with an RTA makes life real easy but it's not a substitute for the human ear. We can pull out nasty frequencies and bump up a speaker's mechanical shortcomings and build that nice, flat baseline tune but everyone's ears are different. Once the gains are set and baseline RTA is done, listen to it. Take it on the road. Make slight adjustments until it sounds the way you like it while riding on the road. The vast majority of us are building rider bikes and it doesn't matter what it sounds like sitting in the garage. Things change on the road and we have to make those adjustments.

Pete is well on his way. The best part about what was done this weekend was we built for the expansion. Adding 10s will take an hour at best. All the wires are run for speakers and amps. We're ready to just drop in the new amp and bolt on the bags and we're ready to retune!
 
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