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Anyone running JL Audio 6.5's in their fairing. I bought a set of marine grades for my boat and never heard anything sound better for 6.5s. They are a free air speaker (does not require a box). Thought they would work great for open air fairings. I would have to go with the car version as the marine has a fixed grill. model C2650X.

I am running a RFPBR300 4 channel amp and 6.5 Polks MM series marine.

Please don't respond with how great your Hawg wireds are or any other brand other than what I specified. I have done research long enough to know that most speakers for fairing apps is adequate at best. Was just hoping someone on here has a set of JL's and a good comparison before I flip another coin. Thanks.thumb up
 

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idunno but the jensens that come with the wide open fairing aren't cutting it for me. got to crank mine up to 27 to hear it with the thor and they get pretty distorted.
 

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The wide open fairing is a decent piece. The stereo choice they offer is a little out dated. A decent head unit and some quality speakers like the JL's will set you back though. Heard some infinity spkrs that were around a hundred a pair that would do the trick for you.

Funny When I'm on my boat I'm in the wind like my bike and at 50 mph they are still crankin. The center console is housing two 8'' pioneers and two 6.5 " JL's and without an amp (Sony 52 watt x 4 deck) they still sound great. They are not even pointing at me like in my fairing. Go figure.

Hate to get rid of these Polks in my fairing. They are definitely a quality spkr but a marine designed unit. I swear they sounded better with the fairing off.

Maybe someone can chime in that has went from polks to something like Hawg wired or another motorcycle branded spkr and share their results.
 

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They (marine grade ones) wont fit, already investigated them. tweeter is built into the speaker grill which isnt removable, therefore unable to bolt up to spacers.
 

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Ok, here is my $.02 on the subject.

I'm a huge audiophile and am constantly striving for the best sounds I get at home, in either of my cars, or my bike.

A quality speaker is what it is and you get what you pay for, within reason. All the speakers we are talking about are designed to be "free air". Think about the speakers in your car. Manufacturers simply put baffles in to protect from whatever elements might get through to the speakers. The paper or foam baffles do nothing to benefit sound. The only baffles that help a speaker sound better are hard, plastic like the OEM,or wood for a subwoofer. This is mostly to direct sound in a specific direction. If a hard baffle was designed to fit the back of the 6.5" speakers many of us have replaced the OEM 5.25" speakers, the sound would be amazing, assuming you put the power to them that they need to be efficient, i.e. an amp. A few guys have tried to put foam baffles in with the replacement speakers with no success, because they breath. A quality, aftermarket speaker will sound better than an OEM, an amp will give them the power that they need and a hard baffle will direct the sound where it's suppose to go. We can control two of these, but the last one will probably never come to fruition because of cost and minimal demand.

The first thing I would suggest, if you have the ability to get YouTube plugged into your bike, is to run a polarity test to make sure your OEM speakers are in phase. Just do a search for "speaker polarity test". Mine were not in phase. Second, add an amp. You will surprised at the difference this will make on the OEM Kickers. Third, replace speakers with the most expensive 6.5" that you are willing to splurge for. Lastly, find someone with an injection molding machine to design the hardest plastic baffle he can.

Again, just my $.02.


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Through trial and error I have come up with what works best for me.

Amp: Rockford Fosgate PBR300X4 (about $150.00)
Speakers: Audison Voce AV X6.5 (about $500.00 a pair)
Heavy guage wire set with inline fuse.
Dynamat equivalent lining the fairing around the speakers and gaps along the center where the radio/amp/etc are.

I also used silicone to seal around the spacers except for a bout a half inch at the bottom so moisture/water could drain out if it were to try to accumulate down there.
 

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Baffle support for smooth response of the bass/lower mid. Without the baffle support the system response tilts in the mid/upper range.

In short, a baffle supporting a 5.25 will increase low frequency response, but not enough to outperform the bass response of a unbaffled 6.5. With respect to mid and high frequencies of speakers, they will rely very little on baffle.


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