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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-29-2012, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Default Rockford Fosgate problems?

I upgraded the audio on my XC with Polk speakers and a RF PBR300X4 amp. Been using the system about 3 weeks and the sound is outstanding! I couldn't be happier, but...here comes the buzz kill. There is talk on another forum that the amp is not compatible with Victory motorcycles and some say their amps have burned out. What the hell? Anyone here with a Rockford Fosgate product having problems? I would really appreciate feedback/comments.

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Yes. There has been much talk about this and apparently RF is aware of the issue and is working on why this is happening to some people. I've been running my RF with 6.5" Biketronic Titan speakers for 5 months or so without any trouble at all.

I'm not an electronics expert by any stretch of the imagination but I'd be willing to bet a beer than they will eventually find a combination of installer error and possibly some speakers for some reason not playing well with the RF amp.

When I installed mine I soldered every wire I could, used a volt meter to find a very good ground inside the fairing by making sure it read very close to the same voltage as if I went straight to the negative terminal on the battery, and went straight to the battery with the positive lead. I also used the RF amp kit which had all the correct gauge wires and connectors.

I do know, from being in the computer repair field for years, how sensitive electronic parts can be. That's why I think it will be a combination of issues rather than one single one.

Chances are good that if yours has been working fine; it will continue to do so.
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Chances are good that if yours has been working fine; it will continue to do so.
Thanks for your response BBob, that makes me feel a bit better. I had mine installed my a professional and they used the RF wiring kit per my request. Positive and negative are direct wired to the battery. Guess I'll just keep my fingers crossed.

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I have the Rockford Fosgate amp connected to Polk 5.25 Dxi speakers. Yesterday the music just stopped. With power on all I hear is a hum. I went in the cowl and noticed the light was on on the amp. It was blue. After a few minutes, it was too hot to touch. When I disconnected the power from the amp the humming stopped.

I suspect the worst. Is my amp dead? If so, what are my next steps?
I've had the Amp for 9 months I know I can't find the receipt. I did buy it from amazon.

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I have the Rockford Fosgate amp connected to Polk 5.25 Dxi speakers. Yesterday the music just stopped. With power on all I hear is a hum. I went in the cowl and noticed the light was on on the amp. It was blue. After a few minutes, it was too hot to touch. When I disconnected the power from the amp the humming stopped.

I suspect the worst. Is my amp dead? If so, what are my next steps?
I've had the Amp for 9 months I know I can't find the receipt. I did buy it from amazon.

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Check to make sure you have 12 volts from the battery and I would use an Ohm meter and check the speakers for 4 ohms. I have the same setup in my XCT and had one of my speakers go bad and had to change it. As for not having the receipt, you can get that from your Amazon account.

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Mine has been working for about 8 months now. No problem with amp but I burned the crap out of my regulator and had to have it replaced. My amp is wired directly to my battery, both pos and neg. I'm also running HID and LED's which I have disconnected and have second battery running those. Sometimes I have to have volume all the way down before I start the bike or my HID low beam will not light up.
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I believe the issue from what I understand on the other forums is that if you have the Auto Volume on anything other than "off" ....and your gain turned too high....you will burn them up. Louder does not mean better. There is a fine line between louder with crisp clear sound and just plain louder. It is a great amp...if installed and set up properly.

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You are right Noe. I blew out the Titan speakers I had in there. They were replaced under warranty and the Biketronics tech advised me to turn the gain down (I had it on 5) and see how it does. Sounds better, clearer, and I don't feel like I need to turn it up to hear it well. I rarely turn it up over 10 on the dash panel.
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Well boys, I guess my luck is holding strong! Been playing tunes from my Ipod thru the RF amp with the Polk 5.25 speakers and haven't had any issues. Kept me entertained on the road this last summer over long miles/hours in the searing heat and never a blip! I am VERY happy with this set-up! Of course, having said that, the damn thing will probably go belly up on me!

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Contacted Rockford Fosgate: they stated to connect positive and negative wires to battery!

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