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Old 03-27-2013, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 01 volusia. Should I be ok running a radio and amp on this bike. I am looking at amps that are rated for 75 watts a channel rms and running 4 channels. I know the bike will have to be running or it will kill the battery quickly. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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I just installed a stereo and amp but ended up pulling the amp because the sound was negligible. I have a 4 channel setup. I'll post a link to the stereo when I get home. I'll take some pics of the setup too.


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This is the stereo

Prospec Electronics Online Store

I already had 2 Pyle speakers on the handlebars.

The speakers I installed in the saddlebags are Polk Audio MM521 5-1/4" 2-way Mobile Monitor Series Coax

The clamp I used to attach the stereo to the handlebars is KURYAKYN CHROME P-CLAMP 4018 7/8" - 1" ACCESSORY CLAMP

Pics will follow shortly.
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Did you have any issues with powering the amp. I an going to be using 6.5 components and 4" 2 way speakers. So I would like to have the extra power from an amp.
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I had put a Rockford Fosgate 300 watt Punch amp in but removed it just because the sound that I had hoped to get wasn't there. I had no problem powering it. I added a fuse panel to my toolbox and had it running from there. I also have driving lights and electric marine horns and still didn't have any issues.

The pics are kind of crappy. I'll take some better pics when I pull it out of the shed tomorrow.




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you are fine running an amp! Got one on mine and It has no effect on the bikes electrical system at all!.
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Good. Thats what I was wondering. That is about the size amp I was looking at.
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nfallon55, In your picture it looks like your speaker is pushing the sound into your rear tire from your bag. Is that correct?

I put all 4 speakers on the bar. The amp is between the risers. It's a 2 lead, 100W per channel but I just used a Y splitter and split both outputs to 2 speakers. Little change in sound or volumn and the sound is right in your face.



Gaudy maybe?

And bphemi, I have 2 sets of running lights (the second on the engine guards have a switch for dark back roads only). Also have a windshield wiper, LED lights, heated gear hookup. No problems with the battery but I don't run all of those at once either. Did I mention my expresso machine?
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Yes. The speakers in the bags are pointing inwards towards the rear wheel. I'll be on the highway with it tomorrow to see how that works out.
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Yes. The speakers in the bags are pointing inwards towards the rear wheel. I'll be on the highway with it tomorrow to see how that works out.
Why not point them forward? Would rain get in them? Seems like aiming them for your wheel would dampen the sound considerably. Let me know how they work out.
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