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Cross Country Tour Stereo upgrades


I've seen numerous threads on stereo upgrades and they are all over the place.  Im trying to get as much information as possible and to upgrade for the best cost/value/quality/sound;  What are some of the setups that you as other members have installed in your own bikes ?  Cool amplifier operation along with use of 6.25" speakers is definitely a priority for this install.  Looking to keep all the components that need to be purchased under around 800 bucks or so.   

For that kind of $$ you can do most anything reasonable you want.
My set up is a Rockford Fosgate PBR300x4 that I got off Amazon for $165 and free shipping.
I now have 6 1/2" speakers in the front. SORRY, I honestly forget at the moment what kind they are. Polk ???? I do remember they were $139 on amazon and that was a great deal and free shipping as well
I have the XC so I only need 1 pair of speakers but you will need 2 pair. I would say the 6 1/2" in front with adaptor rings and Polk 5.25 Dxi in rear. This amp is 4 channel so front and rear work great in the bike. I installed everything in a buddy's XC Tour and it just rocked. Sure someone will always push the envolope but the above is very very good and reasonably priced.

SmokeXC
2013 Anti Freeze Green XC
D&D Exhaust, Rockford Fosgate Amp w/ Kicker speakers, Gust. +2" smoked Flip Shield, Fork lowers, Vic backrest(when required)

Man o Man...I'm so torn on this.  I put in the Kicker speakers from Ma Vic in my '12 XCT.  Then I had a ARC Audio 125.4 put in.  Here's my take.

Sound is better and louder - no question.  Problem is that at anything over 70 mph, you lose so much bass, and have so much road/engine/exhaust noise, it's almost worthless.   I'm trying to decide if a speaker upgrade will improve that or not.  The guy at the install shop said he could pump 1000 watts thru the speakers, and at those speeds, it would all sound like crap.

Really not sure if it's worth it or not. 

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smokeXC said...


For that kind of $$ you can do most anything reasonable you want.
My set up is a Rockford Fosgate PBR300x4 that I got off Amazon for $165 and free shipping.
I now have 6 1/2" speakers in the front. SORRY, I honestly forget at the moment what kind they are. Polk ???? I do remember they were $139 on amazon and that was a great deal and free shipping as well
I have the XC so I only need 1 pair of speakers but you will need 2 pair. I would say the 6 1/2" in front with adaptor rings and Polk 5.25 Dxi in rear. This amp is 4 channel so front and rear work great in the bike. I installed everything in a buddy's XC Tour and it just rocked. Sure someone will always push the envolope but the above is very very good and reasonably priced.




Was looking at a similar setup with the amp and speakers.  Need some more punch than what the stock setup gives me.  Thanks for the info... 

I was riding in a group ride back in July. A couple was on a Harley Ultra offset to my right rear. He and his girlfriend came up to me during a stop and ask me what radio station I was listening to? I said why? They said I have the loudest stereo on a motorcycle that they ever heard and they liked the music that was playing. They both said they could hear mine loud and clear from behind me. I laughed and told them it is my Ipod music I'm playing. They both laughed and said No wonder they couldn't find the station. Harley guy ask how I got it so loud and clear,............. so I had to let him in on the fact I had an amp under the fairing and 6 1/2" upgraded speakers in there as well. LOL

BTW, you can only do 5 1/4" in the trunk without major work BUT the trunk acts as an enclosure and the bass is better. Simple test is open and close the trunk lid and listen to the difference. There are also a vendor maybe two now that have designed lids for our saddlebags that a 6 1/2" speaker mounts into. I think this is my next direction for more sound.

Last update on September 28 2012, 9:26 pm by smokeXC.
SmokeXC
2013 Anti Freeze Green XC
D&D Exhaust, Rockford Fosgate Amp w/ Kicker speakers, Gust. +2" smoked Flip Shield, Fork lowers, Vic backrest(when required)

smokeXC said...


I was riding in a group ride back in July. A couple was on a Harley Ultra offset to my right rear. He and his girlfriend came up to me during a stop and ask me what radio station I was listening to? I said why? They said I have the loudest stereo on a motorcycle that they ever heard and they liked the music that was playing. They both said they could hear mine loud and clear from behind me. I laughed and told them it is my Ipod music I'm playing. They both laughed and said No wonder they couldn't find the station. Harley guy ask how I got it so loud and clear,............. so I had to let him in on the fact I had an amp under the fairing and 6 1/2" upgraded speakers in there as well. LOL

BTW, you can only do 5 1/4" in the trunk without major work BUT the trunk acts as an enclosure and the bass is better. Simple test is open and close the trunk lid and listen to the difference. There are also a vendor maybe two now that have designed lids for our saddlebags that a 6 1/2" speaker mounts into. I think this is my next direction for more sound.





Ive sourced out all the same components you've used but and looking at the Polk db series instead of the dxi. Both are marine grade and the specs are alike except for the top mount depth for which the db is less at 1 11/16th".  Did you use the slim version of the dxi or the regular. Also where did you get your adapter rings ?   Item number for them ??  When installing did you run all new speaker wire to everything ?  Thanks again for all your info...

Last update on September 29 2012, 12:26 am by bfdvp71.

was a stereo installer in my younger days,  I saw a guy install  a small sububwoofer in each of his saddle bags. I think they were in its own enlcosure to keep air tight. He only had a 100 watts mano to them but had them tuned perfectly. at higher speeds you need a bass boost and the front speakers need to handle at least  to 60-80hz at low frequency and above. Most bike speakers  only spec to 150hz and above. As long as the crossovers and gains are set corerctly they wont distort.  here is a free tip, 

TIP TIP Behind your speakers on the fairings remove the speakers and fill with acoustical filler/foam makes them sound bigger and keeps the woofers in control. You can also use standard home insulation just make sure it is packed very loosely.  Also consider another speaker if you have the room firing into the fairing , make this a mano mid bass signal and it will make your front speaker sound huge. Just little tricks I learned in my day.   


Last update on September 29 2012, 7:09 am by Myfirstvic.

I don't know much for sure. I think speakers were regular depth. My buddy bought everything that was talked about here in the past for his XC Tour. I just installed it all. They were the 5 1/4" Dxi trunk mounted speakers.

As far as mine goes, an XC with only 2 speakers, I don't have the box anymore. I can't for the life of me remember what they are. They are 6 1/2" though.  All of my info on the rings are gone too. I did this a while back and just followed what folks were using on here and another Vic site. They were direct bolt up. Speakers to the rings then rings to the bike locations, very simple. I did find an old PM about the baffle enclosures. They were from Sonic Electronic. Got them online as well. AND GOOD TIP from above, I put some material in behind my 6 1/2's from an old bass enclosure from years ago. Not sure of the difference but I was told the same thing. It makes it better so I believed it and followed though and put a little in.

SmokeXC
2013 Anti Freeze Green XC
D&D Exhaust, Rockford Fosgate Amp w/ Kicker speakers, Gust. +2" smoked Flip Shield, Fork lowers, Vic backrest(when required)

Have the Fosgate amp with Focal 6.5" speakers and I also used the sound matt inside my fairing..

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RF amp here as well with 6.5" Hertz speakers, biketronic adapter rings had to be modified a bit. I hear the hawg wired adapter rings work better. The amp and speakers however totally rock!
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