New front speakers?

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Re: New front speakers?

Post by Davek80514 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:31 pm

ratherberiding wrote:I'm an idiot. Here's the link I forgot to post: ... ingdocs-20
Thanks for the info on the baffles. I'll check them out.

And just to add info...

DEI 050311 Boom Mat Speaker Baffles 4 inch Round Slim $6.82
Click picture for link.

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Re: New front speakers?

Post by Mh434 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:34 pm

I replace my rear, rattly speakers with DB401's. I'm reasonably happy with the sound (as others have said, pretty much zero bass, but I don't think the OEM amp actually makes any bass anyway.

One thing I AM happy about is the fact that the DB's are truly waterproof. Nice to know while washing the bike, and realizing that the speakers resemble little buckets of soapy water! I personally like Kenwood speakers, but are they waterproof? It's a serious concern here in the rain belt...

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Re: New front speakers?

Post by ratherberiding » Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:44 pm

They are Polypropylene speakers so I would guess that they are. They have cloth surrounds though, so I would imagine constant immersion may damage them, unless you were to gently spray the surrounds with a silicon based waterproofer. I don't know what idiot at Honda designed those rear speaker enclosures, but that whole design is a water trap. I wasn't so concerned about the issue because the fronts are relatively well protected now with the baffles to keep road mist out from inside the fairing, and they fall under the windshield. I also live in Colorado which is like a desert compared to where you live.

I opted not to install the backs yet (I'm going to use them there as well) because I'm looking at scrapping the dinosaur Honda radio system anyway. I have the regular '88 Goldwing, which has no CB, just the radio/cassette and intercom. I'm not a fan of messing with tapes or CD's, so I'm going to replace it with a better amplified system that is based on digital media, and has an easy to use flat touch screen interface. I plan on pairing it with a Bluetooth headset/microphone system that can also be used passenger to driver, and can also be paired with a compact electronic Bluetooth enabled CB radio. Eventually, as my coins in the piggy bank permit, my goal is to have the whole thing wireless and digital. I plan on eliminating the handlebar controls and using the remotes that invariably come with the new radios and mount the remote where the existing handlebar controls are.

Right now though, it sounds good, I made the mod to the tape deck with a plug for an MP3 player, and am using my old LG Revolution cell phone that as the MP3 player which as a player only works fine and gives me a big touch screen display, and am ordering a waterproof case for it. I will Velcro it to the shelter cover, and it can be powered by a USB plug into my lighter adapter, and paired with my Bluetooth stereo ear buds if I want. The only real drawback to the set up is that the Honda radio draws a LOT of power, is running the tape deck motor constantly to play the MP3's, and has a puny amplifier.

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Re: New front speakers?

Post by delyrey » Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:55 pm

what size baffles 4 inch?

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Re: New front speakers?

Post by GillesGLW » Fri May 27, 2016 9:31 am

Hello Everyone,

Greetings from Switzerland, and thanks for your valuable input on the forum.
I was looking to replace my front speakers on my GL1500 and after looking at the Polk, I finally ordered the Kenwood KFC-E1065 and the boom mats.

I'm confident it will improve the sound quality. I've also changed my helmet headset, it was more than needed... :D

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Re: New front speakers?

Post by ron5378 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:08 pm

Hi GillesGLW,

How about you speaker ? The Kenwood KFC-E1065 is good sound.

Thank you.

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Re: New front speakers?

Post by kane67 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:47 pm

I have Kenwood E1065's front & back (bought last summer) and they are ok. Old ones were crap so compared to them these are much better.
Yesterday I installed Install Bay baffles under front speakers (rear later), but didn't road test yet (heavy rain). Rear ones are water trap so need to make drain hole, speaker wires up another way.
I don't like drain water along speaker wires ;)

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Re: New front speakers?

Post by Uncle Fester » Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:31 am

I just finished INSTALLING the Kenwood speakers talked about earlier, and when I first installed them I was NOT happy, terrible sound, low volume, just a bad deal over all.

So anyway, I reopened the dash, and looked around to see if I had a lose/ disconnected wire or something, and found out I had a maybe 1/32 to 1/16 of a inch gap all the way around the speaker, so I got my hands on some XTC brand 4" shallow speaker baffles, reinstalled everything (what a pain those baffles are !) and now they sound GREAT !

If you are going to use baffles to make 4" speakers fit, get longer speaker bolts , it will make lining everything up much easier.

These are the speakers I used : ... &cp=1&lp=4

and these are the baffles I used , except I got them locally : ... ml?tp=2809
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Re: New front speakers?

Post by Sir Rides Alot » Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:26 pm

If they were mentioned in this post..
I must of missed them but has anyone tried "Kicker" or "Kicker Impulse" speakers on the front or back?
Not sure how water resistant they are but they sure sound awesome in cars/trucks. :)

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Re: New front speakers?

Post by offcenter » Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:51 pm

I want to thank all of you who did the research and posted here about changing your front speakers.
The speakers on my '99 SE sounded horrible, very screechy to the point where they were almost painful,
so annoying that I would turn off the stereo.
Today I installed the Kenwood speakers from Best Buy and the foam baffles.
I now have decent bass response and the stereo is a pleasure to listen to.
I took it out for a long ride after finishing up. It sounded so good
that I didn't want to come home. LOL!!!!

OH yeah....Now I have to do the rear ones!
But that will have to be next weekend's project.
Tomorrow I'm going riding!!
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Re: New front speakers?

Post by offcenter » Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:47 pm

Just got done replacing the rear speakers!
Again, worth every four letter word!
(what a pain in the ... getting the speakers in those
rear housings with the foam baffles.)
A bit of creative surgery took care of it.
Took it out for an evening test run.
...Cruising to The Moody Blues "Your Wildest Dreams"!!
...a very appropriate song!
Thanks again for the "how-to" folks!
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Re: New front speakers?

Post by fdxhawkr15374 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:34 pm

I recently sold my gl1500 ,over this winter I installed a set of the kenwood KFC1065r speakers in the rear but never did install the other set that I purchased for the front . I have the set brand new in the box never opened and a pair of baffles for sale . I paid $39.00 from best buy and I think 7 bucks each baffle . I have no use for them I now have a gl 1800 . I live In schererville Indiana If anyone is interested I would let speakers and baffles go for $30.00 bucks again the speakers have never been taken out of box baffles are uncut .

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Re: New front speakers?

Post by JPochron » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:56 pm

Did you have a hard time getting them to fit? I just purchased a 1995 GL1500 Aspencade trike and there were no rear speakers. I purchased a pair of Kenwood KFC-1095PS on amazon and after opening the rear speaker enclosure i'm wondering if they're going to fit there's very little room there. Also I don't see any place to connect the speakers so I'm wondering if the wiring harness wasn't installed or if the previous owner removed the speakers and harness they removed the CB also.



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Re: New front speakers?

Post by landisr » Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:51 pm

Rear speakers did not come standard on your bike, so 'missing' wires should not be cause for concern. Honda offered a kit as an option, but I don't know if they're still available. The aftermarket still sells them, and they typically come with speakers, plug and play wiring, and a fader switch.

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Re: New front speakers?

Post by JPochron » Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:30 pm

Thank you for your response. I received the speakers and they fit perfectly in as far as where the screws go and I also purchased foam baffles as others have recommended. I have to do some trimming on the bottom part of the speaker enclosure but they'll fit after I do that. I think i'll get some epoxy and fill in the opening after it's trimmer to keep moisture out.



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