Victory Cross Country Extreme Saddlebag Kit Installation
I posted about my installation of the Cross Country Extreme Audio Fairing installation a couple of weeks ago. I figured I'd do the same with the Extreme Audio Saddlebag installation as I move forward with this. These are my observations and suggestions as I get through the installation. I'll update this thread as I continue.
Speakers into the lids - last night I installed the factory speaker kit into the new saddlebag lids. To hold the 6"x9" speakers in, Victory supplied M4x14 socket head cap screws (SHCS) and nylon lock nuts. The nylon lock nuts reside in a molded retainer on the underside of the lid. The nylon in the lock nuts in mine kit was very, very tight. Tight enough that the nuts would spin in the retainer as I turned the SHCS instead of the screw getting threaded into the nylon part of the nut. Since the nuts are recessed on the underside of the lid, it makes getting a wrench or pliers on them difficult. To get around this part, I placed each nylon lock nut into a box end wrench and used an allen wrench to run a SHCS all the way into each of them. Of course, in theory, this reduces the nut retention force of the nylon lock nut. But they're still so tight I can't imagine them coming loose. There were enough of the M4x14 threads left exposed that I was able to put a stainless acorn nut on each one. I had these in my garage, they don't come with the kit. I used Blue Locktite on the stainless acorn nuts.
I've read online of at least one person having an issue with water getting into the bags after installing this kit. The supplied tweeters and 6"x9" speakers all have a gasket on them which 'should' prevent this. Perhaps the one who had the issue used different speakers and tweeters than what comes in the kit. From what I could tell, it looked like there is a good seal between the tweeters and the speakers and the saddlebag lids.
The speaker grills attach to the lids in 6 places. Each position should have a rubber gasket between the speaker grill and the top of the saddlebag lid. Again, in theory, this 'should' help prevent water from getting into the bags.
The instructions warn often: DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN the speaker, tweeter and grill screws. The speaker M4 screws are shown to tighten to 24 inch pounds and the tweeter and grill screws to 14 inch pounds. and to tighten them to 14 inch pounds. I found it very easy to tell 'snug and fully retained' from too tight. If you think you need a torque wrench for these, by all means have someone else install them for you.
The speaker and grill installation looks very nice.
Install Extreme Audio Lids - I did that today. I removed the original lid from the right saddlebag and placed it on the work bench.
Remove Lockset and Bezel - There are two screws that hold the saddlebag lockset to the bezel. I tried removing those screws but they were very, very tight. I initially wondered if they were reverse thread. Of course they aren't. But they were either fused into the lockset bezel or they were installed with way too much Red Locktite. One of them finally broke free and I was able to remove that screw. Not so with the other one. It did 'break' free but now it would only turn. But in turning, it didn't back out. I lifted up on the lockset bezel just a bit to see if that would help. It came up just a bit, then it popped right off. The lockset screws go into a threaded brass nutsert which is encased in soft white plastic. The white plastic/brass nutsert 'assembly' is then pressed into the plastic lockset bezel. The white plastic simply broke preventing the screw from coming out of the brass nutsert. With the top lockset bezel now off, I tried to use pliers to hold the brass nutsert so I could then remove the screw. No way. There isn't much space to get a good bite onto the brass nutsert so it just kept turning in the pliers as I turned the screw. I used a Q-Tip to put some Goof Off into the brass nutsert hoping that would loosen any Locktite if that was the issue. No way once again, it wasn't going to budge. The screw and the brass nutsert are fused together as one.
I pushed the chrome lockset bezel back onto the broken brass nutsert and reinstalled the other screw. Then I reinstalled the original saddlebag lid back onto the bag. For a bit of confirmation to see what the other side was going to be like, I tried removing the two lockset screws on the left bag lid. They were also both so tight I stopped to prevent them from breaking as well.
I knew going into this today that I wasn't going to take the time to install the saddlebag amp or the wiring harness.
So, at this point, the installation was over for today.
Internet Parts Search Time - I went online to look for new saddlebag lockset bezels. I looked at CheapCycleParts and VictoryParts.net. The parts I need are:
Bezel, Lock, LH, Chrome 5437237-156
Bezel, Lock, RH, Chrome 5437238-156 and just for grins I also ordered two
Seal, Saddlebag Lock 5413498
The parts were less expensive at VictoryParts.net so the order was placed. I should hopefully know soon if/when they're available. I received a system generated order confirmation email from VictoryParts.net soon after placing the order.
If/when these parts come in I'll continue with this phase of the installation. Perhaps in the interim, I'll install the saddlebag amp, wiring harness and the new saddlebag retention bolts. My 2012 CCT came with 1/4 turn Dzus fasteners to secure the bags to the bike. Polaris had since switched to a bolt mount whether the bikes has the audio kit or not. I've never had an issue with the Dzus fasteners but I'lll replace them with the bolts that came with the kit.
As mentioned, I'll continue to update this as the parts come in and the installation moves forward.
All the best,
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2012 Pearl White CCT. Lloyds DR cams, Timing Wheel (+4), Air Filter, 1/4 Turn Throttle Ring, PCV, Tri Oval mufflers, Dyno Tune from Rylan Vos - The Vic Shop: 112/113. Bad Ace Billet tank lifts and Raging Cajun Medium Low & Throaty mufflers added well after the Dyno run.
Last edited by Chattanooga Mark; 08-27-2017 at 10:35 PM.