Personally i would like to see under peoples fairings.. specifically how and where thier amps are mounted
Here is a picture under my fairing. I am fixing to pull my fairing apart and try out a few other options. Mounting and wiring the Rockford Fosgate PBR300x4 was really easy. One important lesson learned was to ensure that you buy a quality amp kit or go out to a stereo shop and buy quality components. I don't have a picture, but the cheap 10gauge power wire in this picture melted/burnt up on me twice just past the 30 amp fuse coming off the battery. After that I went out and bought 5ft of quality 8 gauge power and ground wire with a inline 40amp fuse. It has been solid every since, even in 115 degree weather in the Arizona desert.Personally i would like to see under peoples fairings.. specifically how and where thier amps are mounted
I will post pictures in the next couple days showing how I routed the wires coming off the battery to avoid them from getting to close to the header. Also the Rockford Fosgate PBR 300x4 can handle 8 gauge wires ( barely) which IMO make a big difference with all that heat being generated in that area. Just go with a 40 amp inline fuse instead of a 30amp.Watch how you route the wires leading to the battery, don't let them get too close to the head pipe or it will melt the wire loom. Yes, this happened to me, didn't smell too great.
I drove down to Tucson, AZ and visited Mike at HMD520 to check out a set of his 6x9 speaker lids first hand. I liked what I saw (plus his other projects) and brought them home. They were not cheap, especially after paint, but for me they were well worth it. The 6x9's bring the entire set up alive and complement the entire bike. Plus I like the look of the HMD520 lids over most others I've seen. Even the guys at Rolling Arts in Tempe, Arizona said they were pretty good quality. They just need some more sanding and smoothing before paint.I haven't seen much on 6x9 speaker lid replacement options.
Being in southrern Arizona, rain isn't that common here, besides monsoon season. But the sun sure can reak havoc on anything exposed to it. I have been caught in one brief light drizzle that did not do anything to the speakers. As far as that goes, I'd say to purchase marine grade speakers with an open/accessible speaker grill (so you dry out any pooled water)if rain is common for you. The lids come with extra rubber liners to create a tighter seal when closed. Additionally you could always experiment with a spray on sealant and dynma to creat a tighter seal around the speaker itself. I dynamited the inside of my fairing and lids and am going to coat them with boom mat spray in a few days. The only other option I have looked into is buying the lid covers from Victory that you can toss on in the event of bad weather. Cross Bike Saddle Duffel Vinyl Covers - Gray | Victory Motorcycles Storedirt rider.. id love to do 6x9 in the bag lids liek that... but since i commute on mine and i DO get wet, im concerned about those speakers being exposed and leaking into the bags ( that i do use for storage) have you had yours inthe weather yet? How did they old up?
Thanks AVGJOE4, it's still a work in progress. Sounds great while parked, but I'm looking to try metra baffles and in hopes of getting better acoustics while moving down the road. Plus I'm not blown away by my Rockford speakers. Looking at buying some Hertz... But they carry a little more $$$ per pair! I had Polk DB651s in the fairing which I think sounded better than the pricey Rockford T1650-S components I have in there now. Maybe the baffles will help. I'll know this weekend after I install them.
They are Rockford Fosgate T1692's http://www.amazon.com/Rockford-Fosg...?ie=UTF8&qid=1441244326&sr=8-2&keywords=T1692 the lids can take most any 6x9 speaker, it's typically the speaker grill that comes in different shapes. The lids were designed for Rockford's and Alipne's. When you hunt for 6x9's you just have to see if they have a similar shape to the grills and make sure they have a return policy!What 6x9 speakers are those? will just about any fit?