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Speaker Upgrade

Postby Bad Blake » Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:50 pm



Has anyone upgraded the audio speakers on an 1800? I have an 08 and am upgrading the speakers on my Valkyrie Interstate, thought about doing the same on the Wing. If this has been done, what speakers did you upgrade to and did you add an amp?



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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby Steve F » Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:03 pm

From what I've seen, lots of folks have been installing these:

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107DB501/P ... html?tp=98

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby lorenedopp » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:37 am

Does anyone know if the suggested speakers are waterproof? I have been looking to upgrade as well and want something that can hold up in rain.

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby Ga. Reb » Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:19 pm

When I purchased my used 2003 Gl1800 with a 2010 Motor Trike kit, there were no back speakers at all.
I never worried about it till this past month, while the weather was to bad to ride I went ahead and purchased off of EBay a set of factory Honda
speakers. Water proof the whole 9 yards. Really didn't know how much you had to do to install them. It was a job. Remove the trunk liner,
remove the trunk, take the arm rest apart, etc. well after all was said and done, it was well worth the effort.
The speakers made a world of difference.
Oh yea, since I had the boxes open, I installed a set of Blue angle eye led's, Front and back. Looks great at night.
Up grade or stock, just make sure that they are weather proff.
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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby crock4 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:19 pm

I just ordered a kit with a 200 watt amp from Bazooka for my 2001 wing. I like the headset, but sometimes like to hear the open air sound. I listen to it that way too when I am working on the bike. Should get a lot more volume out of it. Will post again when it is installed. Great price, couldn't pass it up.
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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby thrasherg » Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:24 pm

Please do post up the details when you get it, I have a 2004 (No amp for the rear speakers) and often wonder if it's worth changing the speakers and fitting a rear amp (Like on the newer (2006 or later) goldwings).

Would very much like to hear about your experience. I have the honda rear speakers fitted (at least I think they are the honda speakers, they were on the bike when I purchased it and just assumed they were honda speakers!!) but they are not very loud so an upgrade seems like a nice must-have..

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby crock4 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:40 pm

thrasherg wrote:Please do post up the details when you get it, I have a 2004 (No amp for the rear speakers) and often wonder if it's worth changing the speakers and fitting a rear amp (Like on the newer (2006 or later) goldwings).

Would very much like to hear about your experience. I have the honda rear speakers fitted (at least I think they are the honda speakers, they were on the bike when I purchased it and just assumed they were honda speakers!!) but they are not very loud so an upgrade seems like a nice must-have..

Gray

Should be in this Saturday according to the tracking info. As soon as I get them installed will post and let you know. :)
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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby thrasherg » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:17 pm

Many thanks, I look forward to hearing your findings.. :lol:

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby crock4 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:29 pm

I got the Bazooka speaker kit installed on my bike Sunday. Pretty easy install with the included plug and play gl1800 wiring harness. It was well worth the money (376.83). More volume than I will probably use, nice clear sound. It came with 4 speakers, and the amp. I didn't care too much about the boom, boom so opted not to get the additional woofer. I also didn't want to fill up my trunk, as I already have a JM digital music player also mounted there. I priced this system at several other places. The name of the company is Half Price Car Audio. Look under motorcycle for whatever model you are interested in.
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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby thrasherg » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:47 pm

And are the speakers waterproof?

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby crock4 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:50 pm

thrasherg wrote:And are the speakers waterproof?

gary


Gary, They are sold as a GL1800 motorcycle kit, and made of butyl rubber. They are supposed to be, but have not gotten them wet yet. I will post as soon as I either wash the bike or ride it in the rain.

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby thrasherg » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:57 pm

Many thanks Bob, but I suspect I will go ahead and order a set based on your comments so far.. Its about time I treated my wing to a little TLC!! :lol:

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby crock4 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:42 am

thrasherg wrote:Many thanks Bob, but I suspect I will go ahead and order a set based on your comments so far.. Its about time I treated my wing to a little TLC!! :lol:

Gary


I plan to ride today, and will probably wash my bike this weekend just to ease my own mind. That way if there is a problem I will be the only one to suffer, so hold off and I will let you know.

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby crock4 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:12 am

thrasherg wrote:And are the speakers waterproof?

gary


Sorry to take so long getting back, I just wanted to cover all the bases. I guess I got a little ahead of myself. I just assumed that because the kit was sold as a motorcycle specific unit that waterproofing would not be an issue. There was nothing stating this in the literature that came with it, so I contacted Bazooka directly about it, and was told the speakers were NOT waterproof. :( :( Too bad because the system sounds great.
It is installed now so I will enjoy it as long as it lasts. I don't ride in a lot of rain, and I did hose off the bike without any problems so we will see. I just wanted you to know everything I know about it. I should have done more investigating before I got so excited about what a great deal it was, and rushed off to buy it.
If this caused you, or anyone else any problems I sincerely apologize, and in the future will keep my opinions to myself unless I have ALL the facts before I open my big mouth, and insert my foot. :oops: :oops: :oops:

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby themainviking » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:42 am

Well, the Bazooka amp is available without speakers, so the amp, combined with the Polk speakers shown above, which can be purchased for under $200 for four speakers, would give a waterproof system that should sound fantastic. Here for the speakers:

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_912 ... db501.html

Amplifier Here:

http://www.halfpricecaraudio.com/Bazook ... ON-AMK.htm

This should be good to go, for a great sound. Cost runs around $420 for a four speaker and amp system, or $355 if you only get two speakers to add on.
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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby thrasherg » Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:00 pm

Many thanks Bob, fortunately I was too lazy to order the parts so I can do as the Viking suggests and get the amp and polk speakers..
Many thanks for sharing your experience.

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:59 pm

You should try J&M. I upgraded my speakers several years ago and am very satisfied with them.

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby crock4 » Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:52 am

crock4 wrote:
thrasherg wrote:And are the speakers waterproof?

gary


Sorry to take so long getting back, I just wanted to cover all the bases. I guess I got a little ahead of myself. I just assumed that because the kit was sold as a motorcycle specific unit that waterproofing would not be an issue. There was nothing stating this in the literature that came with it, so I contacted Bazooka directly about it, and was told the speakers were NOT waterproof. :( :( Too bad because the system sounds great.
It is installed now so I will enjoy it as long as it lasts. I don't ride in a lot of rain, and I did hose off the bike without any problems so we will see. I just wanted you to know everything I know about it. I should have done more investigating before I got so excited about what a great deal it was, and rushed off to buy it.
If this caused you, or anyone else any problems I sincerely apologize, and in the future will keep my opinions to myself unless I have ALL the facts before I open my big mouth, and insert my foot. :oops: :oops: :oops:

Bob


Just an update on these speakers. After 10 days on the road, part of it in some pretty heavy rain, the speakers are still working fine so I guess they will hold up ok. Had a chance to ride a new one with the surround sound. That is definetly a sweet sound. No need for any upgrade there. Factory amp gives it plenty of volume too.
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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby Mike 545 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:51 am

Has anyone come-up with an idea or creation, to cover the front speakers? I mean, while washing the bike. It doesn't have to be permanent, but that would be nice. Why didn't Honda deal with that issue?

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby Sally » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:50 pm

Good thread.. I've been looking to upgrade also.. good stuff.Thanks :lol: :lol:

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby themainviking » Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:22 am

thrasherg wrote:Many thanks Bob, fortunately I was too lazy to order the parts so I can do as the Viking suggests and get the amp and polk speakers..
Many thanks for sharing your experience.

Gary


Hey Gary, did you ever spring for this setup, and if so, how did it work out? I would love to know what four of those polk speakers sound like with a decent amp. I replaced the two back speakers on my 2009 with the polk speakers, and they have a lovely sound, but do not seem as loud as the factory ones were. I originally ordered four of the Polk db501 speakers, and only used two, so I have a spare two sitting in my workshop. It turns out the fronts are 6.5s, so db651 would be the right ones. I have not yet even looked for those ones.
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Re: Speaker Upgrade - without an added amp

Postby lorenedopp » Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:36 am

Ok, sorry if I missed it in all the responses, but I have a 2006 and don't really want to add an amp to the system. What does everyone recommend for just replacement speakers that sound good, sound loud, and sound clear? I would replace both front and back.

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby dragon2000 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:05 am

themainviking wrote:
thrasherg wrote:Many thanks Bob, fortunately I was too lazy to order the parts so I can do as the Viking suggests and get the amp and polk speakers..
Many thanks for sharing your experience.

Gary


Hey Gary, did you ever spring for this setup, and if so, how did it work out? I would love to know what four of those polk speakers sound like with a decent amp. I replaced the two back speakers on my 2009 with the polk speakers, and they have a lovely sound, but do not seem as loud as the factory ones were. I originally ordered four of the Polk db501 speakers, and only used two, so I have a spare two sitting in my workshop. It turns out the fronts are 6.5s, so db651 would be the right ones. I have not yet even looked for those ones.


Reving this thread regarding speaker upgrades.

I too don't want to install an amplifier however am wondering, will the Polk db651 speakers fit both the front & rear? Also there are two models, the db651 & the db651s therefore which one is recommended?

From what I am reading if I am correct, the db501 model will fit both the front and back however the volume is not as good.

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_912 ... db501.html

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_911 ... db651.html

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_911 ... b651s.html

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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby themainviking » Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:04 am

Steve, the DB501 will not fit both front and back of your bike. The fronts are DB651. All polk speakers require a bit of hole modification to fit where the stock speakers were. The Polks have a great sound, but you need to turn the volume up some to get to the original speaker volume. Better sound, but not as loud. Nice speakers though.
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Re: Speaker Upgrade

Postby dragon2000 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:37 pm

Thanks for the info Viking.

I guess to take advantage of the quality one would have to buy the amplifer.

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