Passenger volume control


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dtrider
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Passenger volume control

Postby dtrider » Sun Apr 05, 2015 8:52 am



Due to different hearing issues, I generally like the music volume louder than my wife would prefer. Because of this I'm thinking about getting her her own volume control. It looks like there are two types: the J&M module that plugs into the system and mounts to the passenger grip, or an in-line type that I'm guessing is essentially just a variable resistor on the lower cord. Since I would have the main volume turned up I'm guessing that the in-line type would work (she wouldn't be able to go louder than what I have the volume set to, but she could turn it down), but would that turn down the intercom volume also? I like the idea of the J&M module since it would be mounted on the handle instead of in the cord and flopping around. Plus it looks like it would be more flexible as far as volume control goes? I assume that it would still turn down both the music and intercom volumes together? Anybody have experience with these things?


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Re: Passenger volume control

Postby curley » Sun Apr 05, 2015 11:44 am

I have the J&M that mounts on the grip...if you mount it the way they intended on a 2012...the grip is useless to the passenger...wifey likes to hang on when we blitz the local canyons....some thoughts:
1) the unit from J&M works for both the 1500 as well as the 1800 ( so they claim)...the cord is kinda short for a 1800
2) gotta take the seat off to install the unit
3) the unit's cord replaces the OEM intercom connector....to get the new (J&M) connector to "stow" in the clamp on the left side of the bike ( shifter side) and have the "controller" usable for the passenger....I had to notch out (with a round file) the top of the saddle bag "lips" (both sides) that are hidden under the seat...not too much but enough to allow the cable to meet both the clamp on the left side and the mount on the right side...because the cable is too short for a 1800 IMO.
4) I used industrial velcro on the plastic part below the right side "cubbie" and mating velcro on the side of the controller to secure it onto the bike.
5) the controller "sticks out" now and allows for the passenger to control the volume and to hang on...see pix below
6) the volume control for the passenger on this unit is a "master" volume control...it controls "all" audio coming into her helmet to the same level ( music is turned down, intercom is turned down, gps is turned down, etc...)...turn the remote all the way down, you have to set yours... and then have her bring her volume up to a comfortable level for her hearing level...hope this helps
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Re: Passenger volume control

Postby dtrider » Sun Apr 05, 2015 12:46 pm

Thanks. I like the idea of mounting it on the storage cubby instead of the handle. Might make it a bit easier when you have to take the seat off too. Does it impact her access to the volume control or PTT any? Outside of the mounting/installation issues, how do you like it functionally? Is it a true separate volume control or is her max volume still dependent on what you have your volume set to?
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Re: Passenger volume control

Postby themainviking » Sun Apr 05, 2015 2:27 pm

I have one that runs inline with the passenger sound cord. It just plugs into the main system, and the helmet plugs into the volume control. With it in place the volume to the back is already less than what it is to the front, and my passenger can then adjust lower if they wish. Works well according to my passenger.
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Re: Passenger volume control

Postby curley » Sun Apr 05, 2015 2:52 pm

a) mounting on the plastic below the cubby works well as far as accessibility to the controls...problem is the silk screened nomenclature on the side of the control is now "hidden" as it is the side that get's velcroed to the plastic/cubby....it's only (3) controls and each control is a different type of switch...easy to remember what switch does what ( rocker switch turns off all audio, PTT switch works to transmit CB, and rotary switch on end controls all volume levels)...can't honestly answer the PTT question ( don't have a CB...yet) but access to the PTT is easy to find and the industrial velcro is pretty strong...don't see any issues (breaker, breaker)
b) Volume control...IMO is fully DEPENDENT upon YOUR settings...it is NOT an independent volume control from yours...as I wrote above:
1) set the volume on the passenger remote to minimum
2) set the bike's many volume levels ( Audio, intercom, navigation, Mike/audio off, CB) to your liking (if you have nav, watch out for the volume level...it'll surprise you!)
3) have the rider increase the level (slowly) on the remote to make her happy ( testing 1,2,3....can you hear me now???)
Since YOUR volume level is higher than her's- the remote will work well...if it was the other way around ( she needed more volume than you) you'd be SOL
hope this helps...shop around for pricing...the J&M price (direct)was the highest I found




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