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Well Today (Friday) was my birthday and I decided to leave work early, wait for the delivery from Hawg Wired and do my stereo install. I just got done with it. Had a problem getting the amp to fit, but ended up making a bracket and after a lot of Trial and error, I got the JL Marine 200/2 amp to fit and wow am I glad I did. This thing sounds freaking awesome with only two speakers. The Kicker KS series speakers sound great and as with all Kicker speakers they know how to manage bass even in components.

Anyway, two pictures of the glove box, if you look closely you will see the left side has the USB port to the radio mounted flush on the back wall so I cam plug a stick in loaded with music. One the right side I added another Power port inside the glove box for whatever. I will mostly use that to charge my phone while riding.

All and all 8and a half hours of strait work and the bike stereo is finished. Now I get to wake up and ride....lol

Here is what I used......

-Kenwood KIV-701 Multimedia head unit (No CD player, not Marine)
-JL M200/2 amplifier (Marine 2 channel 75w RMS)
-Kicker KS65.2 Component speakers (not Marine)
-Hawg Wired Radio Bracket and Control harness
-Hawg Wired Adaptor Rings
-Kenwood flush mount USB extension













 

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Thanks guys.

It is loud and crisp. I was going to go with JL components but I wanted 6.5 and they did not make them in marine grade. So When I was looking I didn't want to spend 400 bucks on the C3s and then have them ruined if they got wet. So the next ones down were about $250 and the Kicker KS were the same price. The Kickers had a fuller sound for my needs. I'm not looking to add subs, or any other speakers so these fit my needs perfectly. I decided to mount the tweeters in the center of the speaker so I can spray the cloth speaker covers with Scotch Guard at a later date and see how that helps with giving them a little protection against the rain.

All I need to order now is that Sidecar Cycles rain cover and I'm golden.
 

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Good job Husky job well done!
 

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Looks really nice, well integrated, and coherent with the rest of the fairing. JL Audio makes excellent mobile audio. I have the 900/5HD amp and a W3 sub in my 4Runner. I'm not as big of a fan of Kicker.

Do the harnesses you used provide any use of the handlebar controls for volume, CD operation, mode, station switching, etc? Do you have to interact with the head unit to operate it? If you use an iPod, can you control it?

Sometimes I wonder if different speakers than my J&M speakers would sound better with my J&M amp. Your speakers are 4 ohms, and the J&M speakers are 2 ohms. I would think the lower impedance would tend to draw more power from the amp, however it is offset by the fact that they are sensitive speakers that are also lower in weight.

Thanks for any info.
 

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I was just looking at that same head unit today. Can you see it at all in daylight? I am really interested in your thoughts on the head unit and if you still have your handlebar controls.
 

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Now, that's a freaking amp!
You gonna hang a cinder block on the other side for balance?? :D ;)
LOL that amp is actually not overly heavy. It measures 7 inches x 6.75 inches x 2 inches.

I'm working on adding the Sirius box to the other side but waiting for my buddy at the audio store to get an answer from Kenwood on what one I need (long story).
 

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Looks really nice, well integrated, and coherent with the rest of the fairing. JL Audio makes excellent mobile audio. I have the 900/5HD amp and a W3 sub in my 4Runner. I'm not as big of a fan of Kicker.

Do the harnesses you used provide any use of the handlebar controls for volume, CD operation, mode, station switching, etc? Do you have to interact with the head unit to operate it? If you use an iPod, can you control it?

Sometimes I wonder if different speakers than my J&M speakers would sound better with my J&M amp. Your speakers are 4 ohms, and the J&M speakers are 2 ohms. I would think the lower impedance would tend to draw more power from the amp, however it is offset by the fact that they are sensitive speakers that are also lower in weight.

Thanks for any info.
The Hawg wired controls allows me to control volume, source (radio, USB, IPOD, etc) and to move up and down in the lists. I do not use an IPOD so I am not sure how in depth the controls go but you can atleast scroll through songs up or down.

Only interaction I need to do with the head unit hands on is when I did the initial Audio set up (has settings for speaker distances, x-over, equalizer built in, highway boost, bass boost, and that is just the tip of the iceburg).

I am not normally a fan of Kicker, but they do know their bass. For the money they gave a fuller range than the JLs in the same class. Personally I wish JL would have had speakers in the price range that had a fuller sound. I have been a long time JL user since back when I was in the sport compact scene.

I wish I had a quality mic to record this on Youtube for you guys, but it will end up being like all the crapy exhaust sound videos....lol :D
 

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I was just looking at that same head unit today. Can you see it at all in daylight? I am really interested in your thoughts on the head unit and if you still have your handlebar controls.
Daylight can be a little troubling in direct sunlight but I have not played with all of the display settings yet. Biggest problem with that is the angle. If this would be in a Batwing fairing it would be less of an issue.

As for the handlebar controls, I have the Hawg Wired kit and it works flawlessly. I'm sure the biketronics kit will work just as well.
 

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The Hawg wired controls allows me to control volume, source (radio, USB, IPOD, etc) and to move up and down in the lists. I do not use an IPOD so I am not sure how in depth the controls go but you can atleast scroll through songs up or down.

Only interaction I need to do with the head unit hands on is when I did the initial Audio set up (has settings for speaker distances, x-over, equalizer built in, highway boost, bass boost, and that is just the tip of the iceburg).

I am not normally a fan of Kicker, but they do know their bass. For the money they gave a fuller range than the JLs in the same class. Personally I wish JL would have had speakers in the price range that had a fuller sound. I have been a long time JL user since back when I was in the sport compact scene.

I wish I had a quality mic to record this on Youtube for you guys, but it will end up being like all the crapy exhaust sound videos....lol :D
Thanks for the info. That setup kicks-ass. :D
 

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Can you post another shot that clearly shows where you mounted the component tweeters? Thanks...
 

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Can you post another shot that clearly shows where you mounted the component tweeters? Thanks...
I do not have a picture of them. The tweeters came with , surface mount cups, flush mount rings, flush mount angle rings, and center stems for the woofer cones. I opted to use the stems that way I could keep everything behind the speaker covers.

The mounting diameter for the tweeters requires 1 /3/4 inches and I couldn't find a location on the fairing up high that had a flat surface to have it mount correctly. The other option was to use gauge holes, but I wanted all of my gauges.
 
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