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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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I started working on installing a Rockford Fosgate PBR300X2 Punch 300 watt 2 channel boosted rail amp and a Milennia MILPRV21 AM/FM/USB/Bluetooth stereo.

The first pictures are of the stereo mounted in a 7-3/8"x4-1/2"x2-5/8"ABS Utility Box. The box will be mounted to the top of the risers and use bolts to go into the risers to hold it in place. I cut a piece of metal to reinforce the plastic back on both sides of it. That way the plastic won't crack when I tighten down the bolts for the risers. The box gives enough room for the wiring that doesn't need to be done at the amp or in the headlight bucket.

In the toolbox pictures the amp is sitting in the toolbox just as it will be mounted. I test fit it today and it slides up under the frame perfectly. I also cut a gap in the front lower part of the tool box to get some air to the amp.

I still have to make some l-brackets to connect the rear plate of the stereo to the sides of the plastic box. I will have a security screw on each side of the stereo box that goes in to a threaded bracket. That way I can get inside if I need to but keeps others out.












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Very nice. Looks clean too. If you don't mind me asking, where did you buy everything from? Are you mounting handlebar speakers or do you have a fairing or what?
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The amp I purchased from Amazon, the stereo from eBay, and the speakers are Pyle 600 watt handlebar mounted. They were also purchased from eBay.

I didn't want to go the fairing route to get good sound so I decided on a box that would fit in the center of the handlebars and not look tacky.

The only downside is I had to remove my windshield pouch. It was used for my iPod but with this setup I can use a USB thumb drive instead of the iPod. I can still use the iPod if I wanted to but there's no point to it when I can put the same music on the USB drive.

The stereo has a USB cable on the rear side. I'm either going to put a bulkhead USB connector on the side of the box or install a tank pouch that I can just throw the USB drive in to. I'm still trying to find a USB bulkhead connector that doesn't have a 10 foot cable on it.

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Looks very nice. Please post pics when it is mounted.

Be careful with the Pyle speakers. I bought some Pyle speakers (300w each) and my 100w amp blew both of them in about 3 months. I don't know if they were just poor quality speakers or if I had a couple bad ones. I didn't buy them again.

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Will do.

I think I'm just going to cut a new piece for the back of the box out of 16 gauge metal instead of sandwiching the plastic back between 2 pieces of metal. It will make it easier to attach everything with less pieces.

Today I have to pull one of the riser bolts and take it down to Lowe's and get something a little longer and some spacers to go in where the head of the riser bolts sit. Hopefully I can have the stereo and amp mounted on the bike within the next day or so.

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I've got Pyle speakers on 2 different bikes and haven't had a problem with them. One set is a 100 watt Pyle amp and speakers and I couldn't blow them with a 160 watt amp that I tried. The other is the 600 watt speakers. For some reason the sound is better from the 100 watt speakers. I'll see if the amp can blow them. It will give me a reason to find some expensive wake board speakers that would work.

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If you have 300 watt speakers and are trying to drive then with a 100 watt amp that is why they blew out. You have to have more amp watts than the speakers, if you don't have enough amp watts they can't push the speakers and they will blow, I found out the hard way too. Just because you have a 200 watt amp and 50 watt speakers doesn't mean you have to use the full 200, amps are able to be tuned to your needs ie. 50 watt per channel= 100 amp watts.

OP. I hope the amp is waterproof or you must not ride in the rain or go thru gutters with water... You seem handy, you could build a waterproof box for the amp and have a baffeled vent.

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I'm limited on the amount of space there is to mount the amp. If I can fit a cover over the top behind the frame rail I'll probably do that. I had an amp in the same spot and it never go wet but Murphy's law always prevails.

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Did a test fit of the stereo on the risers today. It fits perfect and gives me enough room to plug a USB stick in to the lower left side of it.

I cut a piece of metal to use for the back of the box so that it would directly mount to the top of the risers.






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looks like a fun winter project...and looks like its coming along pretty good...good luck...btw...is removing that sticker on the tank on the list of things to do for 2013...wouldn't be me if I didn't mention that...supposed to be in the 50's this weekend...enjoy the ride.

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