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I hope I can help some of you that are looking to upgrade your sound. I was advised to go with Bagger Nations Super Stereo System by my indy shop, they said they have installed many and it's the best bang for the buck.The system consists of four 6.5 inch coaxil speakers and the PBR300x4 amp, which was installed in the stock and inner fairing. I have ultra and take several trips a year and my wife needless to say uses every bit of cargo space we have so I needed to stay away from the lids and lower fairings. After having this system for almost a year I am just not that impressed. From parked to about 60 mph it sounds ok anything faster than that sounds distorted, I have a 12 inch Cockwerks shield that might have something to do with that. Even parked I thought I would get more base than I do. I get more base out of my 20 year old boombox in my garage than I do with this system.
The question now is what do I do know? Buying a whole new system after spending almost a thousand bucks less than a year ago is not going to fly with the boss. I am thinking of replacing the stock fairing speakers with a better sounding speaker and move the fosgates to the lowers and share the power with the inner fairing speakers might be the most cost effective way to go. I hate not being able to listen to speakers in advance before you buy so I have been pouring over this forum for months for ideas and it seems most are happy with their Rockers, Zx's or Focals. If Focals which model ? I am very open to speaker suggestions or another cost effective method. Sorry if this is long winded but this has been building up for months.
 

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Your not going to get good bass unless you put 6x9 in the lids, and your not going to get clean sound above 60 mph no matter what anybody says or how much you spend; loud - yes, clean - no. Above 60 it's earbuds all the way!
That being said I put JL Audio C3 components in my CVO and they sound WAAY better than stock, if powered with a good amp. I'm in the process of putting Hertz HCX 690 in the lids, powered by the new Hawg Wired RS400 amp. Should sound good, hoping for good bass up to 60, we'll see.
 

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could try a PBR300x2 parallel wiring with boost dial

it's a step up in sound quality, imho

$163 with dial, free shipping

dial adds noise while in use, but also adds usable high/low 18db boosting

if the OL gets grouchy, I play some Steely Dan, quick

first trip around the backwood with BlackCow and PEQ, was a joy
 

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I heard Micheal Ballards Bike last year @ the Columbus,Ohio EZ Rider Show.
2 R/F's amps and he had Saddlebag Lids!
I'm just not that impressed w/the R/F stuff.
I've got 2 'Power Series' shallow mount Coaxials, allong w/2 ZX Hawg-Wired 6.5 inch speakers in the Fairing. I think it sounds kila!
But its also being powered by a PSC3004 Hawg-Wired Amp.
Ballards Bike is 'LOUD' but it aint as 'Clean' as mine is. Even my Bud-E said so, and he was rite there next to me, the whole time!
Bang for ur Buc?,...at 1st? ,..mayb?
But as u well know , a year down the line, UR having 2sd thoughts!
Saddlebag lids, would be good for u, I think.
Put a Luggage Rack on ur Tour Pak to compensate for the lids. Lids dont take up ur saddlebag space, unless ur Cramn ur lid shut.
Ya just mite wanna think about changing out ur stock radio.
Again,...I aint putn down the R/F stuff, but man, Ballards bike was LOUD!
Just wasnt real Clean. imho
Ur Ole Lady would DIGG the Lids, believe me!
Power them w/a Hawg wired PSC1502, or a PSC3004, then u'll have X-P-A-N-DA-B-I-L-I-T-Y!!!
Hope this helps.
 

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Your not going to get good bass unless you put 6x9 in the lids, and your not going to get clean sound above 60 mph no matter what anybody says or how much you spend; loud - yes, clean - no. Above 60 it's earbuds all the way!
That being said I put JL Audio C3 components in my CVO and they sound WAAY better than stock, if powered with a good amp. I'm in the process of putting Hertz HCX 690 in the lids, powered by the new Hawg Wired RS400 amp. Should sound good, hoping for good bass up to 60, we'll see.
Might be true about the bass, if you mean BOOM, BOOM, BOOM bass, but I have to disagree about clean sound above 60. On my '09 I had a pbr 300x4 running two RF coaxials in the fairing and two JL Audio coaxials in the lowers and it was clear as fast as I ever rode it once I put a 12" windshield or better on it.

On my '13 RG Ultra (I took the tourpak off), I installed one of the new hawg-wired RS400 amps running a set of alpine spr 60c components in the fairing and a pair of spr 60 coaxials in the lowers. I got rid of a couple of gauges for the tweeters on the components, but it is CLEAR! I spent:

$270 for the speakers
$399 for the amp
$50 for the ar65 6.5 speaker adapters(they install without cutting the OEM "nubs")
$50 for the amp install kit
$55 for HD lower fairing speaker pods
$18 for paint( I painted the lower pods vivid black myself)
$20 for speaker wire
A few bucks on misc connectors from Lowe's

400 watts and clear as I've ever heard on a motorcycle moving down the street at 70+ MPH. I have a cee bailey 15in TRSSC windshield.

I also found through trial and error, that your windshield is almost as important as your sound system.
 

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non-duplicated parts means a smaller footprint no more satellites
just another 300w amp, referring to the new CS line from HW

hawg wired is moving the right direction, I am all about seeing them succeed

the smiley faced remote is a bit "R2D2 v. post office" looking, do I really need a smiley face telling me my remote battery is at discharged state?

people mentions caps, wire quality, battery upgrades

an ultra is a 10 speaker system waiting to happen, maybe finding speakers that are loose and loud right outta the box, or well know for low end punch

SSL are getting good reviews, and stated numbers bigger than RF

I'm stuck in my system, until something needs to change, long story short,
if hawg wired took on a couple sales reps, the two guys wanting free t-shirts, we could lift gate down some demo bikes and install a system while people watch, and hopefully sell 6 or 7 kits a drop, just a thought
 

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I plan to have cyclesounds/vtwin audio modify my lids so I can install another pair of 6.5 coaxials and I'll put a set of 5 1/4s in the tourpak pods. Probably power those 4 with a CS300. That will give me 550 good clean watts all the time, and 700 when I attach the tourpak.....which isn't that often.
 

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Yes. It sounds like I'm eventually going to have to go with speaker lids to get the thump I want But I will start with new speakers in the stock position. How does the zx compare with focals? Does anybody have experience with those? Thanks.
 
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