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Just wanted throw this out there. I am in process of installing 6 x 9's in place of 5 1/4" in front locations. I've seen all the threads on adding 6 1/2 with adapters and which brands are suppose to be better and so on. Just wondering if anyone else has accomplished this chore and if so what is there opinion on what they ended up with. Reasoning for doing this was a simple side by side comparison of what i had versus another couple bikes with same amp setup i have one with the 6x9's and other with 6 1/2". I am striving to keep this bike setup simple without losing space and functionality. ( Trust me I have been looking at adding subs and rears and more power) I bought my XC for the storage and longer trips and I plan on keeping all the storage I have. Thanks for all responses and input. Ride safe!
 

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Good luck!
Take and post a lot of pics please I love audio stuff!

That said I think an expensive 5.25 component set like Focal kr series and a real amp like Arc audio's Moto 600.4 would best the 6x9's in every way while riding. The 6x9's may seem to have better bass when parked but you won't hear it while riding and they won't sound as clear as a good 5.25. Got to open the wallet a bit but it's an easy install.

This is exactly what's giong in my new Magnum later this month!
 

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Also what amp are you running and what brand / model speakers are you comparing both 6.5 and 6x9s

Different speakers will sound better or worse depending on the enclosure, input source, amp and settings.
I am more experienced in home audio but it all transfers to car/bike audio too.
 

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I will keep you posted on results. I am using a 2 channel Kicker amplifier. As far as upper end equipment like the Focal's I am totally aware of the quality of sound difference, but I am also trying to do something that sounds good for a smaller budget ( I professionally did car audio and security for 15 yrs) I have always like the challenge of putting in a little more work to achieve good sound for less money. It is a quirk of mine. Thanks for input.
 

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Sorry wasn't trying to be a downer I would love to see you complete this. I love custom things and it sounds like you have some install skills so please document your efforts and lots of pics.

Also try to make it so that it's marketable to others. There have been quite a few guys on here making some good $$ on the side when they create a new mod/product.

Im not sure there's enough room in there to squeeze them in though.
 

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Totally interested in what area51 has to convert to a 6x9?
 

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OK, I have accomplished getting the 6x9's in place , not a simple task by any means comparing to buying adapters and bolts things in, but I'm happy with results so far. more low end sound with comparible highs and not losing any space in bags. Will try get pics lined out in some kind of form to understand and post later this week. So as far as first couple questions from before and private messages, YES you can get 6x9's in place of the front stock locations.
 

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a few pics of my setup so far.
 

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few more pics
 

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and so on, more angles
 

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Wow....... impressive. What is the speaker mounted to? Did you fabricate an adaptor? what speakers are you using?
 

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Maybe a silly question, but have you tried putting the outer fairing back on without any clearance issues? Looks like the magnets of the 6x9's would hit. Also interested in which adapters you used.
 

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Good job you proved me wrong!
How does it sound?

if you want to make and sell the adapters I'm sure they would sell well. I think the Polk MM691 has the smallest magnet its a neodymium small and powerful.
 

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Any pics of just the adaptor?
Also what's it made of?
 

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Did you remove the radio box from under your fairing you have alot of rm in there and if so where do you move it too? I like that amp rack did you fab it yourself? Also, did you have any clearence issues with the headlight frame? I ask because I'm using the JL M400/4 amp and head light frame was hitting the bottom of my amp?
 

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Will try answer all the questions on the fly, Yes I moved factory radio module, i flipped around to make room for amp. Amp bracket is fabricated, side closest to gauge cluster was steel angle iron that was notched, from is two pieces of aluminum strap that are bolted together. Basic Pioneer 2-way 6x9's $36 pair. Speaker adapters are two wooden templates wraped in fiberglass resin. And YES the fairing fits, have about 1/4" clearance around tops of speakers. Amp sits approx 3/8" above headlight frame.
As far as sound......I would put it at 250% of what the upgraded polk 5 1/4" were doing as far as volume and low end response. I am pleased. cheers
 

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Very nice! How about a picture from the rider side? With and without grills.
 
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