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I installed the gloss black Kuryakyn LED speaker grills about a year ago and really like them. Gets compliments at night.

I’m looking to upgrade my sound for more volume, specifically at high speeds, over my ear plugs (wind noise). So I was thinking about installing 6.5 in. speakers (with amp) to get the midrange volume up. Does anyone have or had these grills with 6 1/2 in. speakers? If so, will you give me your opinion? Any sound muffling? I’m thinking bigger speaker with smaller home is not the best setup for sound...


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I've been installing car audio since the early 80's so I can help in this area. If you want volume you need an amp. That's it. Lol. I'm assuming you have 5.25" speakers now?
 

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I have the stock 5.25 in the front. I did install the Kicker Vic upgrades in the trunk.


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I've been installing car audio since the early 80's so I can help in this area. If you want volume you need an amp. That's it. Lol. I'm assuming you have 5.25" speakers now?
You bring up a good point. There are really small bookshelf speakers that sound better than the old 3 foot tall speakers from the old days.

I would think that technology could easily be brought into a fairing or even handlebar bolt on speakers connected to a power source and a cell phone bluetooth using the phone as the controller and music storage.
 

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Your absolutely correct. Speakers and amplifiers are so much more advanced today. If you want it louder amplify it. If you want it even louder and better sound quality, amplify it and add new 5.25" with a nice tweeter. You don't need to try to cut, cram, and possibly destroy your bike trying to get a 6.5" in there. It will make a small difference for all the work you will have to do. I even have a small Eclipse and Memphis amp I'm not using I could sell you for just for this purpose. If you need any advice on speakers just let me know. I have a killer set of thoes also. :grin
 

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I'm in the middle of installing a completely new stereo in my XCT. I'm currently waiting for a steel plate on which I will mount my amp. I will say that my initial tests show that this aftermarket stereo and amp provides a much more powerful, rich sound than the OEM stereo with the same amp. It's just seems to be a much cleaner signal with this JVC KD-X330BTS as opposed to the unit that comes with the bike. After this, I might even toy with the idea of replacing the 5.25's with 6.5. I probably really should do this now since I have everything apart...
 

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Your absolutely correct. Speakers and amplifiers are so much more advanced today. If you want it louder amplify it. If you want it even louder and better sound quality, amplify it and add new 5.25" with a nice tweeter. You don't need to try to cut, cram, and possibly destroy your bike trying to get a 6.5" in there. It will make a small difference for all the work you will have to do. I even have a small Eclipse and Memphis amp I'm not using I could sell you for just for this purpose. If you need any advice on speakers just let me know. I have a killer set of thoes also. :grin


I wasn’t able to find much online about the specs of the Eclipse. 15 or 50 watt was listed in a few informal places. I can’t identify the other. Could you give me some more info?

I was planning on just getting a Rockford Fosgate BPR 300x4, and Polk Audio DB522 5.25 in speakers for the front. I could turn the rear gain down so the RF won’t blow the trunk Kickers.

If those shown can put out the power then I might be interested.


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Your absolutely correct. Speakers and amplifiers are so much more advanced today. If you want it louder amplify it. If you want it even louder and better sound quality, amplify it and add new 5.25" with a nice tweeter. You don't need to try to cut, cram, and possibly destroy your bike trying to get a 6.5" in there. It will make a small difference for all the work you will have to do. I even have a small Eclipse and Memphis amp I'm not using I could sell you for just for this purpose. If you need any advice on speakers just let me know. I have a killer set of thoes also. :grin
Those small amps sure look like they would be good for motorcycle use as long as they can put up with the extra vibration and jostling around they would get.
 

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Yea it's 15 to 20 watts rms at 4 ohms. It's nice and slender for hiding on a bike. I have one powering 4 5.25" and 2 10" subs in my camper yes 4 mids and 2 subs. Lol. And it sounds wonderful.


The other is the Memphis sa450

SA4.50 - Memphis 4-Channel 320W RMS Full Range Class D Motorcycle Amplifier

Does your radio have rca outputs or are you using high level?

And Bob was right about the Bluetooth convenience. It's so nice to just turn on your phone and play whatever you like.
 

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Not sure who you're asking but my XC has the Rockford Fosgate BPR 300x4. It works well enough and is popular among the Victory crowd. I rarely listen to the radio and something happened to chord going to the saddlebag to hold the apple device I used to hold the music so I can no longer listen to it.

It's good to have options though so these other ones you mentioned are good to know about even though one is being discontinued now. Maybe there's a newer and better one on the horizon.
 

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I would prefer to stick with my stock radio for the time being (see reason below), and I don't think the factory radio has RCA connections, and therefore intend to use high level inputs as the input to an amp.

BBob, brought up a great concern, the amp handling the vibrations and other conditions (heat under a black fairing in the middle of summer, on black pavement waiting for traffic to move). The Memphis seems like it would work as well (or better clarity wise) as the RF PBR300, but is significantly more money. I don't think interested in the Eclipse, due to power output rating. Thanks Draft6969 for the offer.

I have been following several members (Broggy is one) and other sites on their audio upgrades. I see them pursuing higher quality audio as well as bass and volume. Due to the significant sound quality degradation at highway speeds, I don't that as much of a desire for me. I do want volume though. I want to hear the music over the wind, de-cored mufflers, and my singing. Since I'm just looking for volume and reasonable quality, I can't justify spending that much on a system.

The reason I want to use my factory radio is that I'm currently pretty happy with my setup, functionally and visually, (using Apple 30pin to Lightning adapter cord, to a black CableJive Lightning cable extension cable (6ft), routed back along my frame, up thru fairing and up to handlebars) where I can charge my iPhone 6s and play music. I have my phone on my clutch side bar in a RAM mount,so I can check incoming weather. I like the ability for my factory handlebar controls to change my music and my dash display to show my albums, track, and others. During nice weather I ride to work (75 miles one way) through traffic, so I want the ability to use real-time apps for traffic info and route redirection. I use a UCLEAR half-helmet communicator so I can take calls on my long 2.5 to 3 hr (there and back) commute. Using my phone as the central device (when not listening to radio, which I do) will auto-pause my music for the calls and traffic info.
 

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All very valid points.

I agree about the quality of the sound while in motion; it's almost a lost cause. I, too, was using a 30-pin adapter to plug into an iPod for tunes. The new stereo, however, has a built-in USB port and also pairs to the phone via bluetooth. I'll be able to charge and get audio or turn-by-turn direction prompts through the stereo with my phone in it's Ram mount.

I am still very seriously considering jumping to 6.5" speakers. I think I am waiting for a paycheck to clear so I can order them up - less than $90 shipped for the speakers and adapters. A few to whom I have spoken say that there is a huge difference between the 5.25's I have now and the 6.5's.
 

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I was also considering upgrading to 6.5 in. speakers, as the increased woofer area would increase the volume for a given coil movement (and also increase bass), but someone on another site said that the Kuryakyn speaker grills muffled their 6.5s. This lead me to ask here, to get another opinion on using 6.5's with the smaller Kuryakyn grill openings.

If others that already had the Kuryakyn LED grills noticed a decrease in performance when changing out their 5.25in. for 6.5in, then I will just upgrade to a better 5.25. If not then I would prefer to move to a 6.5in as well.
 

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Theres a Cat around here that I understand works at Fosegate klementa Im sold on the Amp but going with the 400PBR or what ever instead of the 300. The 400 generates way less heat and its made better. Plus it makes better Dollars and cents because I do have a tour pack. Im done with the Audio for this bike. $59- $79 Polk db522 or whatever will be enough for me.
 

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So, I got everything installed on my bike and have some pretty good feedback for you. I got a lot of info from the "Victory Motorcycle Aftermarket Audio" Facebook page and purchased my components from some guys on there that specialize in audio. I got a Kenwood marine grade head unit to replace my factory Vic radio. I installed the DB Drive WDX6MOTO speakers as I mentioned before, and I'm running a Massive BLX44 marine grade amp. I used Noico sound deadening mat inside the fairing and used the foam baffles that the guy provided with the speakers. The LED grills didn't seem to impede my sound at all. Having everything closed in the back forced all the sound right at me. I have very loud exhaust and ride with a full face helmet. Even at 80+ mph this weekend I was able to hear my radio. Hope that helps.
 

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So, I got everything installed on my bike and have some pretty good feedback for you. I got a lot of info from the "Victory Motorcycle Aftermarket Audio" Facebook page and purchased my components from some guys on there that specialize in audio. I got a Kenwood marine grade head unit to replace my factory Vic radio. I installed the DB Drive WDX6MOTO speakers as I mentioned before, and I'm running a Massive BLX44 marine grade amp. I used Noico sound deadening mat inside the fairing and used the foam baffles that the guy provided with the speakers. The LED grills didn't seem to impede my sound at all. Having everything closed in the back forced all the sound right at me. I have very loud exhaust and ride with a full face helmet. Even at 80+ mph this weekend I was able to hear my radio. Hope that helps.


Thanks for sharing your experience. Good to know.


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@Badger15, would you be able to tell us what brand and maybe model of speaker baffles that were provided/used?


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