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Hoping to get a bit of insight into this job. I have procured a 2014 radio and display for my 2014 xc 8ball. It was a hell of a deal, and I really wanted to add this to the bike since I first threw a leg over it.
Yes, I have seen many posts about this topic, however with the loss of photobucket, there are no more images to help me find my way around under the fairing. I pm'd rrlaws, and a couple of others, but have not heard back. They are probably busy riding their bikes and listening to some great tunes along the way.

1. After removing the front of the fairing, do I need to remove the aluminum plate that all of the wires are intertwined in (I think there are like 4 bolts there, according to a witchdoctors video about fairing removal.)
2. Do I need to remove the front dash at all, or is everything accessible from withing the front fairing.
3. Which plugs do I use? I have the handle bar control for my ipod/amp setup (all stock).
a...which plug goes into the radio? on the RADIO, there is a large plug, and a slightly smaller plug (this one has a rubber cover over it.)
b. Where do I plug the white plug coming off of the display?
4. Has anyone used the witchdoctors hidden antenna thing? I really don't want an antenna sticking out of my bike somewhere if I don't have to. I have leather bags, so mounting one to those is not to my liking.

Thank you as usual.

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I dont know for sure so dont shoot me. But most auto stereos if swapped from one car to another if an OEM you MAY have to have it "reset" with a factory scan tool to even work. It is an anti theft deal on cars. Not sure if Vic did that.
i have used a couple versions of "hidden" antennas and they worked on those bikes every bit as good as my lack luster reception on my XCT. This bike has terrible reception, and I have a in line booster. If something looks like its in the way of progress, chances are your going to have to move it. So your bike didnt come with a radio at all?

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The 8-ball does not come with radio, only amp/speakers/ipod jack. It also comes without the heated grips, heated seat, no trunk, cruise control, no lowers. It is blacked out, and very bare bones. Why did I get this model? Similar to rlaws, I like the black out look, and want to add some of my own pinstripe accents to it someday (ya, its been four years now and no stripes, lol). I also wanted the leather xr bags to add some traditional style to the modern lines. The final reason, was the price. I added the cruise and the bags before walking out the door. I also put some pull back bars on her to make it a bit more comfy on my back. Eventually I added a mustang seat and klockwerks windscreen too.

Regrading the computer reset stuff, from what I have been able to gather so far, the reset shouldn't be necessary.
I haven't actually removed the fairing yet, since I want to have everything ready to go so the bike isn't sitting idle too long. So I am not sure what it looks like in there. My only insight so far is from a few witchdoctors videos and the like.
Thanks for the help, and the info on the antenna. I may as well throw one in since I am pretty sure there won't be a whole lot of reception without something attached to it.

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I used an antenna like this on my 900 Vulcan I put a radio in. ITs from Autozone and around $20. It is flexible so you could make it lay up inside the fairing and not run cable anywhere. Or Autozone looks to have some short antennas that kind of look like a large bullet so not very tall if you wanted to mount it in the back where the XC has one if there is a mount bracket. I kind of knew the 8 Ball was a more blacked out less optioned out. I just figured if it had a fairing it had a radio. SO if you install the Vic radio will you have handlebar controls for it?

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You will need to remove the inner dash to put the display in. I recommend pulling the whole front aluminum part for the inner dash. I've never had luck remove/replace inner dash while on the bike. It's only 4 bolts and some wire unplugging. The radio will bolt right inside the aluminum part, kinda angled up and more passenger side. All the plugs should be there, just match plugs up

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Stock radio is in the middle left, aftermarket amp is right. FYI there are 2 screws behind the display holding the inner dash on as well as 4? on each side
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I have no insight specific to an 8 Ball. But if you already have an amp, speakers and an iPod input, this may not be all that bad. The inner fairing most definitely has to come off to install the radio display. The hardest part of removing the inner fairing are the two small screws accessed from the front, behind the lower corners. The screw heads face toward the front of the bike and you may only be able to rotate them a quarter turn at a time. Whoever came up with that particular design element should be kicked hard in the shins (or elsewhere) on a daily basis. To make the inner fairing a bit easier to remove, you may very likely need to rotate your handlebars a bit. That's easily done by slightly loosening two of the four bolts (one on each side) and carefully adjusting them. Be sure not to release too much bolt pressure or the bars could come crashing down and hit the tank.

Remove the outer fairing first and you'll see most of what you need to see regarding how the inner and outer fairing attach and mate up to each other.

But you should not have to remove the entire fairing aluminum structure. At least I wouldn't unless it's proven that's the only way to install the radio under the fairing cover. There are simply way too many wires and connections that need to be taken apart to remove the main aluminum fairing structure.

I have no idea if the 8 Ball has the antenna wiring from the fairing radio location to under the rear fender by the rear of the right saddlebag. If so, it's a simple process to install a factory antenna (long or short). If your 8 Ball doesn't have the antenna wiring, adding one under the fairing should be fine.

These bikes are very easy to work on. Go slow, read the service manual, watch YouTube videos, ask more questions as you go and you should be fine. I actually can't remember the last time I used the radio on my CCT. I always use my iPhone as an iPod or use the iHeart Radio app. As has been posted, radio reception on these bikes leaves a bit to be desired. Then again, I live in an area with very little flat land so that's a consideration as well.

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All I have Mark is flat land and they still suck. LOL Got to ride a couple hundred miles today on a lunch run to meet friends. Good day ride and got to run some Fla infused twisties.
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Hoping to get a bit of insight into this job. I have procured a 2014 radio and display for my 2014 xc 8ball. It was a hell of a deal, and I really wanted to add this to the bike since I first threw a leg over it.
Yes, I have seen many posts about this topic, however with the loss of photobucket, there are no more images to help me find my way around under the fairing. I pm'd rrlaws, and a couple of others, but have not heard back. They are probably busy riding their bikes and listening to some great tunes along the way.

1. After removing the front of the fairing, do I need to remove the aluminum plate that all of the wires are intertwined in (I think there are like 4 bolts there, according to a witchdoctors video about fairing removal.)
2. Do I need to remove the front dash at all, or is everything accessible from withing the front fairing.
3. Which plugs do I use? I have the handle bar control for my ipod/amp setup (all stock).
a...which plug goes into the radio? on the RADIO, there is a large plug, and a slightly smaller plug (this one has a rubber cover over it.)
b. Where do I plug the white plug coming off of the display?
4. Has anyone used the witchdoctors hidden antenna thing? I really don't want an antenna sticking out of my bike somewhere if I don't have to. I have leather bags, so mounting one to those is not to my liking.

Thank you as usual.
If you'll PM your email address to me I can send you the OEM instructions for replacing the inner fairing. That will give you all the info you need, including torque values, so you can get the display installed. I tried to upload it here but got an error: "Instructions - Inner Fairing Kit (2880807).pdf is too large. Max allowed: 20KB." The PDF is about 1.7 MB.

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Smart move would be to pull front fender off

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