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after marlet sounds for HD

Wow, what a hassle! I am really glad you posted the information. I have an 01 SE Road Glide. It did come with the chopped tour pak, the lower fairings, a cassette/radio in the dash AND a 12 disc cd changer in the trunk along with the hand controls that allow changing of tracks and discs while riding. It did not come with the CB. intercom, rear speakers, rear volume controls etc.

The first thing I did was replace the stock 5 1/4 speakers. I was going to buy the HD high output speakers. Lucky for me the local parts counter guy showed them to me.. they were VERY light weight. At his suggestion, I went down to the local car audio shop. They put in a pair of JL Audio two way speakers. They still sound great 2 years later and the volume before distortion is enough to hear the music at 80 mph. I was thinking about upgrading to the CB/intercom along with the rear speakers, but after reading your tale of woes, I think I wil leave well enough alone! Especially since the Sound Audio guys for HD had to reapir my CD changer three times before they actually got it fixed!

I also have a 2002 Vrod. I just finished a project where it was converted to a "ROAD ROD". This includes Harley rear hard bags and a HD ROAD GLIDE FAIRING! It was a big job and we hand built a wiring harness for the fairing. I again used the JL Audio speakers, but I also had four smaller holes in the dash for the noraml RG gages. I only used two of the holes for gages. One for Water Temp (the only HD to need it!) and one for a digital compass. The extra two holes, I filled with 1 1/2 inch JL Audio tweeters. For a head unit, I was looking at the HD CD but it was 800 bucks!

Instead I bought a Kenwood CD/MP3/AM/FM head unit with more power and better sound. It only cost 300 bucks and they had a special where I also got a FREE Sirius Sattellite module and the matching Antena for an additional 50 bucks. The module mounted inside the fairing right above the head unit. The antena I mounted on the dash right above the head unit and behind the windshield. It looks very nice the way it is mounted. It also gives me 100 digital stations with coast to coast reception! For the MP3 CD player I burned a disc with over 150 of my favorite songs in MP3 format. It is REALLY AWESOME.

Now for the REALLY trick part....Of course I wanted the HD hand controls like I have on my RG. I bought all the parts out of a RG parts diagram. IE: four switches, new chrome housings, scews, clamps, etc. etc. etc. I can't remember the total cost for all these parts but it was not cheap. I then bought an aftermarket stereo remote control inteface device that hard wired into each switch with a different resisot value for each switch. This gave me 10 different inputs because one switch on each side has three positions and the other switch on each side has two positions. This wiring was very tedious because you have to make 7 solder connections with heat shrink inside each housing!

Once the wiring to the interface was done and verified, it was very simple to use the wireless remote that came from Kenwood to "teach" the aftermarket interface what I wanted from each switch position. I actually can do more on this system without taking my hands off the grips than my original Road Glide! I can switch folders on the MP3 disc, I can rotate between my 20 preset stations on the Sirius radio, I can change tracks up and down, or listen to regular FM radio, etc. etc. Oh yeah, I also put a short rubber coated standard radio antena INSIDE the fairing instead of wiring the HD unit back to the rear of one of the hard bags. This works great for standard am/fm

Yes it was a alot of work and money but I figure I got a much better sound system with many more features and it cost about 600 bucks less than it would have if I used the HD speakers and HD head unit.

Remeber, I have the SE Road Glide as well so I got to compare them side by side. The Road Rod sound system was cheaper and MUCH BETTER!

I would gladly have inserted a photo of both bikes but I can't figure out how to do it on this forum! Can anybody help me out on how to insert photos here?

Best Regards,

Gary Alexander
Stockton, California
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