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All, I am planning to upgrade the sound system with the approaching winter season, my 2003 has a custom paint job that limits some of the options….can anyone give me any feedback on the below list of system components for my upgrade??

Sound system upgrade plan:
Kenwood KDC-X997
2 pair RF T165 in fairing (factory location and inner)
1 pair RF T1693 in rear bags (mounted facing inward due to paint)
1 RF P3SD2-8 8” Sub in one bag
1 RF PBR300X4 on the front fairing
1 RF PBR300X2 on the 6x9’s
1 RF PBR300X1 on the sub
Additional battery in the other bag

A bit curious if I should be looking at Marine grade products…??
Thanks for any and all comments
 

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Though I like the RF amps and have owned them myself, for about the same price (even less a lot of places), the Sound stream nano amp is class D and a better choice IMO, unless you have already purchased the equipment. And if you do go with the RF amps, stick with the 300x2 and wire the four up front speakers in parallel since they're 4 ohms to make the load 2 ohms.
 

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Though I like the RF amps and have owned them myself, for about the same price (even less a lot of places), the Sound stream nano amp is class D and a better choice IMO, unless you have already purchased the equipment. And if you do go with the RF amps, stick with the 300x2 and wire the four up front speakers in parallel since they're 4 ohms to make the load 2 ohms.
I need to hire you as a Stereo System Consultant. As SSC you would build a kick ass system and oversee install lol.




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Agree with DB on the amp situation there are some better options other than the RF, As far as marine grade I have run none marine grade for over 5 years with no issues and I have been caught in some serious rain.
 

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Though I like the RF amps and have owned them myself, for about the same price (even less a lot of places), the Sound stream nano amp is class D and a better choice IMO, unless you have already purchased the equipment. And if you do go with the RF amps, stick with the 300x2 and wire the four up front speakers in parallel since they're 4 ohms to make the load 2 ohms.
I actually am purchasing the equipment wholesale so the non retail price is very friendly and has a very positive review and past history with my SSC as mentioned by "GlideShark". I can understand the wiring advice, completely....Thanks for the feedback!!
 

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My main concern is more with washing my bike than rain as I try to not get caught in the rain....still a lil green @ 8 months riding experience for my comfort zone on wet roads, lol
 

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Kenwood KDC-X997
2 pair RF T165 in fairing (factory location and inner)
1 pair RF T1693 in rear bags (mounted facing inward due to paint)
1 RF P3SD2-8 8” Sub in one bag
1 RF PBR300X4 on the front fairing
1 RF PBR300X2 on the 6x9’s
1 RF PBR300X1 on the sub
Additional battery in the other bag
you are on the right track with multiple speaker locations and amps

I'd add the sub last, as you might find the inward 6x9's enough

plus the bass notes eat juice

I have 2 PBR300x2 amps
4 speakers wired in parallel
2 speakers on the second amp

PBR300x2 can run a PEQ dial, mildly helpful, but works, I have those.

went about 3 versions into my setup before deciding to use stacked component speakers, which are made by hawg wired and HAT respectively.

vertical mount coaxials shouldn't give you a problem, it's only when the rain has a chance to pool, most are IPPL or coated at the factory to exceed their 1 year warranty
 

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try to not get caught in the rain..
stuck 1000 miles from home are the time I always find the most challenging and when it seems to start raining

the old adage, you can always pull over, which mostly works unless in a wide open space

I saw your email, and sent you a response in case the PBR300x2 were the ones you were going with, they fit x1 and x4 also, but I like the x2 better for most apps
 

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BigPoppi76,

I don't know if you've already purchased the items, but you do have a good list. As far as the RFs... I've used them (PBR300X4 and PBR300X2) and ended up changing them out for a JL XD600/6. The PBRs did a pretty good job, but there were some limitations on how you can run them. Mainly, you cannot run the 300X4 at 2ohm. My setup is similar to your yours. I have two sets of RF PPS4-6s in stock and inner fairing, a pair of SST-05s replacing the lower gauges and a pair of JBL GTO804s in the bags firing inside. The JL XD600/6 gave me the flexibility to run the system like I wanted. Currently, the entire front stage running off channels 1&2 and the subs are bridged across channels 3&4 and 5&6. The mids and tweets see about 100w each and the subs see about 200w each. It is plenty loud. In the future I plan to remove the 8s and run a pair of 6X9s in the bags. This will enable me to dedicate a single channel to each speaker (one set of mids is on a 2-way passive crossover with the SSTs). If you have not spent the money, I'd consider the JL or Hertz HPD over the RFs. They are the better option.

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Thanks for the advice on amp selection....only purchase thus far is the fairing amp brackets. Still reading and looking at the options on equipment as well as some other items that will be part of the winter project....a lot planned and only want to have it apart for wiring once I hope, lol
 
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