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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-21-2009, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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my winter project that most of you will hate

So installed an amp and 2 4 inch speakers last winter but the amp i had over heated and was junk. So this winter im taking my pioneer radio and those 2 speakers and adding in 2 more tweeters next to the gauges. Installing a miniature antenna behind the gauges under the windscreen and the radio is being mounted on top of the tank. I plan to use sheet metal and bondoing it to make it smooth and clean and then having it painted. So if I am lucky it will look so sweet and custom that I will be very happy with the end result. And before anyone says it wont be loud enough to hear on the highway I already wired and tested it yesterday to make sure it is do able.

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You're right, most of us will hate it.

Seriously though, it's not that we hate things like this, it's that most people do a shitty job and in the end it doesn't work or ends up being more trouble than it's worth.

If it works, looks professional and you like it, I think most of us will support you.

Edit: I do have an idea though... instead of using a din-type car radio, what if you got a smaller FM receiver and/or MP3 player and embedded them INTO the cover in front of the gas tank? I'm not sure how much room is in there, but you could have the device(s) flush with the top giving it a cleaner look. Just a thought.

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i would def get a nicer head unit if i was going to go through all that fab work. I'm not hating on your idea,i just think there are better ways to go about it.

check this page out. They have motorcycle radios with aux plugs
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So installed an amp and 2 4 inch speakers last winter but the amp i had over heated and was junk. So this winter im taking my pioneer radio and those 2 speakers and adding in 2 more tweeters next to the gauges. Installing a miniature antenna behind the gauges under the windscreen and the radio is being mounted on top of the tank. I plan to use sheet metal and bondoing it to make it smooth and clean and then having it painted. So if I am lucky it will look so sweet and custom that I will be very happy with the end result. And before anyone says it wont be loud enough to hear on the highway I already wired and tested it yesterday to make sure it is do able.

go for it, its your do what you want with it who knows it might just work ( you need to find a smaller deck that pioneer is huge)

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no tape player?

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you should definitly have a security system isntalled. my ex-gfs corolla didnt have a security system and someone slim jim'ed their way right in to the car, got in the drivers seat and pulled the stereo right out of the dash then when in the trunk and stole her subwoofer. Had she had a security system, someone might not have gone through the hassle of entering a locked car and stealing her new sound system............................................ .......



do you see where I am going with this.


Good luck on the install.

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I got a better idea! forget the FM radio, just hook your iPod up! that's what my buddy did on his gixxer! He put two speakers in the front and two in the back with an amp in the tail! he drilled a bounch of holes so that the speaker still stays covered up and looks clean as hell! it also sounds so good and clear! and the iPod is mounted on the triple with some velcro! everything was made with patience and good material! don't just throw some shit on your bike

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I got a better idea! forget the FM radio, just hook your iPod up! that's what my buddy did on his gixxer! He put two speakers in the front and two in the back with an amp in the tail! he drilled a bounch of holes so that the speaker still stays covered up and looks clean as hell! it also sounds so good and clear! and the iPod is mounted on the triple with some velcro! everything was made with patience and good material! don't just throw some shit on your bike
that' what i'd do too. the ipod touches have an accelerometer in it and you can download an app that'll tell your vehicles lateral G's, 0-60, 1/4 mile times, braking distance, etc. i don't know how accurate they are but it'd look cool, serve the same function and be a lot smaller than the pioneer head unit.
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that' what i'd do too. the ipod touches have an accelerometer in it and you can download an app that'll tell your vehicles lateral G's, 0-60, 1/4 mile times, braking distance, etc. i don't know how accurate they are but it'd look cool, serve the same function and be a lot smaller than the pioneer head unit.
+1 if you're going to install that stereo you might as well get an 8 track too!
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If you like it go for it, but I still think an iPod touch is the way to go. I have an iPhone and love it! I have my iPhone on my belt and listen to music using in ear, earphones.

But I also plug in my iPhone into my mustang and it kicks butt!

Anyway just my 2 cents!

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BTW get a steering damper on that thing!


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