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I have my 2013 XC, that I've owned for 5 months, at the dealer now because my right speaker was replaced 3 times. On New Year's morning I went out to the bike, turned it on (not started) and heard it pop and sure enough it was blown again.
I have not added any amp or modified the sound system in any way, in fact I've never removed the fairing. They told me they ordered the 2 ohm Kickers to replace the stock 4 ohm this time. Personally I think the stereo needs to be replaced but they will only do what Polaris tells them. I'm tired of leaving the bike for a week or more for this issue each time.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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My first question is IF you live in a an area where you can still ride right now...why are you leaving it? TAKE THAT SUCKER HOME and ride! Ride BABY RIDE!!

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My first question is IF you live in a an area where you can still ride right now...why are you leaving it? TAKE THAT SUCKER HOME and ride! Ride BABY RIDE!!
New Jersey/Philadelphia area. Too cold!

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Then keeping it for a week...ain't so bad. LOL

Not laughing about the speakers though...Hope they get that figured out.

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Well I'm not sure, so someone else please chime in, but I don't think the factory stereo is rated for 2Ω speakers, which if used would over-heat the stereo and quite possibly burn it up. But of course that would be on the dealer.

My brother blew his kicker left speaker, unmodified system and had it replaced with same.

I blew my left speaker after installing the RF300-2 I got the other speaker from my brothers warranty work from the dealer free. Its working now and I'm just leaving the settings down a bit until I get replacements (Polk DB6501).

I did notice when installing the replacement speaker, these kickers like a warm up time. I was listening to a song and it sounded pretty horrible for couple minutes. After I buttoned up the front end, I went for a ride, listened to the same song with speed compensation volume on medium, so it raised the volume but later the song sounded good, not distorted as it did when cold. This morning I noted the same thing, first start up it was crackly, but after they warmed up they were fine on same song same volume etc.. Weird, as I've never experienced, or paid attention, to this before.

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I will chime in with my two cents for whatever it may help. In 12 + yrs installing caraudio and alarm systems I have seen quite a few "mysteries" with speaker failures. Majority of the time it was one of two things : distortion via being driven by a underpowered system, which basically boils down to trying to achieve higher volume levels than what the source unit is capable of CLEANLY, most head units are rated at a max power rating, clean power is way less but it is also much cleaner, where as why everyone adds an amplifier of some sort to "amplify" the clean source signal. 2nd majority cause of failure is installation, whenever a speaker is mounted through or to a structure sometimes they are put in a bind by either improper hole sizing or abnormally unlevel susrface which tweaks the frame and causes the voice coil to drag or rub until it fails. As far as them replacing with a 2ohm setup over 4 ohm setup, if head unit is capable of 2 ohm load it will increase power output of head unit as well, but rarely are any factory headunits setup for 2 ohm loads. If they replace and same one fails again i would definitely look at installation area, even switch the one over that hasnt blown yet and see what happens. Good Luck!

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I will chime in with my two cents for whatever it may help. In 12 + yrs installing caraudio and alarm systems I have seen quite a few "mysteries" with speaker failures. Majority of the time it was one of two things : distortion via being driven by a underpowered system, which basically boils down to trying to achieve higher volume levels than what the source unit is capable of CLEANLY, most head units are rated at a max power rating, clean power is way less but it is also much cleaner, where as why everyone adds an amplifier of some sort to "amplify" the clean source signal. 2nd majority cause of failure is installation, whenever a speaker is mounted through or to a structure sometimes they are put in a bind by either improper hole sizing or abnormally unlevel susrface which tweaks the frame and causes the voice coil to drag or rub until it fails. As far as them replacing with a 2ohm setup over 4 ohm setup, if head unit is capable of 2 ohm load it will increase power output of head unit as well, but rarely are any factory headunits setup for 2 ohm loads. If they replace and same one fails again i would definitely look at installation area, even switch the one over that hasnt blown yet and see what happens. Good Luck!
After the second speaker died, they re-used the original left speaker and it went after a short period.

I don't push the speakers. I have it set to medium when riding and never try to go above volume 15. If I'm riding too fast I actually turn them down because I wear a shorty helmet and I can't understand the lyrics and the music sounds horrible.

When I checked the Kicker speakers online, the model they ordered are usually for >2006 Harley's.
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_20610PS...er-PS5250.html

I appreciate all of the input.

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