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kbrown211
Posted 2013-03-21 8:40 PM (#132438)
Subject: 6 1/2 speakers


Puddle Jumper

Posts: 27
Owings Mills, MD
I did a search and didn't see anything positive. Has anyone been able to fit 6 1/2 speakers in the front?
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victoryvisiontour
Posted 2013-03-22 9:03 AM (#132449 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Iron Butt

Posts: 762
Anderson, IN (48mi NE of downtown Indianapolis)
I have looked at the feasibility of that many times. I have not found a way without heavy modification. Someone put speakers where the mirrors are and used normal motorcycle mirrors threaded into the master cyclinders. I do not know what size the speakers were. Pics were on this forum. I will search a bit to see if I can find the post.
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kbrown211
Posted 2013-03-22 2:04 PM (#132456 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Puddle Jumper

Posts: 27
Owings Mills, MD
0kay thanks.
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Monkeyman
Posted 2013-03-22 6:54 PM (#132470 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Iron Butt

Posts: 1066
Peru, IN
HMD was working on it. I think he gave up as there wasn't enough room to mount the speakers flush. They were 6.5"ers.
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baadawg
Posted 2013-03-23 11:18 AM (#132510 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Tourer

Posts: 498
Chattanooga, TN
I contacted HMD recently to inquire about this and was told there wasn't enough room to do it. The vision I saw with 4 speakers in the fairing were all 5.25 speakers. Personally, I wouldn't mind if the speakers weren't flush with the instruments on the fairing. If they came out a bit, I'd still be happy. Anybody interested in developing a speaker housing which would mount to the existing location and accommodate 6.5s?
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kbrown211
Posted 2013-03-24 4:25 PM (#132586 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Puddle Jumper

Posts: 27
Owings Mills, MD
I don't care if they are not flush. I just need more sound, not many options with the 8 Ball version.
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Ditch
Posted 2013-03-24 7:57 PM (#132595 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 125
I just installed an alpine pdx-f4 amp after battling with three rockfords. I will try to post pics this week, it is in my left saddlebag which i wanted to avoid but couldn't. My 5.25 polks do not like this amp very much... So i just received some infinity 612m's and was going to try and remove the grill and do a little cutting but unfortunately the tweeter is installed in the grill. I had thought about surface mounting them but it will not look great.
I may be modifying the mounts on a pair of MB Quarts i have and do some sawing on the vision to have a flush mount. It will be the following week before i will have time but i am determined to make it happen. It looks like i can cut a 1/4 slit in the outer edges and slide it in. I have foam baffles to replace the stock enclosures.
BTW, the Alpine is incredible, yes i put in a fan.
I will let you know.
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PhantomX
Posted 2013-03-24 11:36 PM (#132605 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 249
Land O Lakes, FL
I have SERIOUSLY considered the speakers where the mirrors are option. Would love to see a pic of that again if someone can find it.
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victoryvisiontour
Posted 2013-03-25 8:05 AM (#133612 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Iron Butt

Posts: 762
Anderson, IN (48mi NE of downtown Indianapolis)
If anyone finds a way to put 6.5"ers in there I would really like to know. I wud be willing to pay a bit for a nice looking adapter. I really like the adapter J&M has for HD to install 7.25" spkrs. Those things rock for a motorcycle speaker.
http://www.jmcorp.com/ProductDetail.asp?ProductID=HCSK-7252GTM
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Ditch
Posted 2013-03-25 8:26 AM (#133613 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: RE: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 125
Here are a couple of pics for size perspective.
First is the MB Quart 6.5. I marked the speaker flange where it needs to be trimmed and i think it will sit behind the vics plastic grill.
Second is the infinity 612m that would have to top mounted on the vics grill. It is a great looking speaker, it is hard to tell from my amateur photography but it has a nice looking chrome grill. I am sure if the sun is behind you it will drive you nuts.
It is probably not gonna work for me but some may be ok with the look. These speakers have excellent reviews and can be bought on Amazon for $80 or if you want to pay more you can get them at Crutchfield for $150.





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lova
Posted 2013-03-25 8:33 AM (#133614 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 142
no pics
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Ditch
Posted 2013-03-25 9:01 AM (#133618 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 125
Ok, pics should be up now.

I tried to edit some of my post and it would not let me so here is the edited version, sorry for double post.

Here are a couple of pics for size perspective. (See Above)

First is the MB Quart 6.5. I marked the speaker flange where it needs to be trimmed and i think it will sit behind the Vics plastic grill. The plastic on the outer sides where the speaker mounts would have to be trimmed on the Vic. I think this will allow it to sit behind the raised outer edge on each side.

Second is the infinity 612m that would have to be top mounted on the Vics grill. It is a great looking speaker, it is hard to tell from my amateur photography but it has a nice looking chrome grill. I am sure if the sun is behind you it will drive you nuts.
It is probably not gonna work for me but some may be ok with the look. These speakers have excellent reviews and can be bought on Amazon for $80 or if you want to pay more you can get them at Crutchfield for $150.



Edited by Ditch 2013-03-25 9:01 AM
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victoryvisiontour
Posted 2013-03-25 11:32 AM (#133629 - in reply to #133613)
Subject: RE: 6 1/2 speakers


Iron Butt

Posts: 762
Anderson, IN (48mi NE of downtown Indianapolis)
Ditch - 2013-03-25 9:26 AM

Here are a couple of pics for size perspective.
First is the MB Quart 6.5. I marked the speaker flange where it needs to be trimmed and i think it will sit behind the vics plastic grill.
Second is the infinity 612m that would have to top mounted on the vics grill. It is a great looking speaker, it is hard to tell from my amateur photography but it has a nice looking chrome grill. I am sure if the sun is behind you it will drive you nuts.
It is probably not gonna work for me but some may be ok with the look. These speakers have excellent reviews and can be bought on Amazon for $80 or if you want to pay more you can get them at Crutchfield for $150.


I would love to cut a hole in the grill for a 6.5". I have examined this and figured it would make the grill too flimsy. There are not enough mounting points (grill to bike) to keep it ridgid (at least in my opinion). It looked like I would have to make a donut and glue it to the grill for structural support.

Anyone have another perspective?
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Ditch
Posted 2013-03-25 3:17 PM (#133643 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 125
I agree with that as well. I was planning to support it from the rear with small aluminum bar strips 1/4-1/2 width whichever would fit for stability. There is also the option of some speaker adapters to keep the cutout in the grill smaller. I am going to spend some more time today on it and will keep you posted.
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kbrown211
Posted 2013-03-25 5:32 PM (#133649 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Puddle Jumper

Posts: 27
Owings Mills, MD
Ditch please keep us in the loop, I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Did all of your rockfords quit on you? where did you have it mounted?
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Ditch
Posted 2013-03-25 6:47 PM (#133650 - in reply to #133649)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 125
kbrown211 - 2013-03-25 5:32 PM

Ditch please keep us in the loop, I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Did all of your rockfords quit on you? where did you have it mounted?



No problem, I will definitely keep posting. The amp was on top of the left gas tank.

I was messing around with the speakers some more and I found that a 6.5" will almost fit in from behind the surface mount. It looks like I can trim a very little bit of the area where the gauges are recessed into for a nice fit. I took some pics but I'm not sure how well you can see it. FWIW

Here is a link titled Amp Install (to prevent double posting) that has alot of info on the Rockfords including my issues. I am not knocking the Rockford amps as that is all I have ever used, but I am afraid they may be short cutting some important things like quality. IMHO

I can tell you that the Alpine and the Infinity 612s sounded incredible!!!! Crystal clear amp with a ton of power!

http://www.vision-riders.com/bb/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=8007&sta...


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victoryvisiontour
Posted 2013-03-25 8:11 PM (#133654 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Iron Butt

Posts: 762
Anderson, IN (48mi NE of downtown Indianapolis)
I have always been an Alpine amp fan. Infinity speakers have always sounded crisp and clean to me. Sometimes lacking a bit in low frequency, but very clean. This might help in the case of the Vision because you are not going to hear lows at 70mph on a motorcycle anyway. You might have found the right combination. I am very interested in how this turns out. As stated above, please keep us informed of your results.

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Ditch
Posted 2013-03-25 10:16 PM (#133663 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 125
I agree with your assesment of the infinity speakers completely. Unfortunately the 612's do not have a removable grill due to the tweeter being mounted in it.
I just ordered some Polk Audio DB6501 6.5-Inch 2-Way Component speakers from Amazon ($105). They are marine certified and may stand up to my amp for a year or so, hopefully....
Here is a link to a review and specs.

http://caraudionow.com/product-reviews/6-5-component-car-speaker-re...


Specs from crutchfield:
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-bWDITJmIcHt/p_107DB6501/Polk-Audio-db6...



I will not be in town to deal with it until the middle of next week, but i will definitely let you guys know whats going on with the install. My front turn signals are out awaiting the new clear lenses so its a perfect time to deal with the speakers too.
Take care!



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Ditch
Posted 2013-03-26 3:56 PM (#133702 - in reply to #133649)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 125
kbrown211 - 2013-03-25 5:32 PM

Ditch please keep us in the loop, I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Did all of your rockfords quit on you? where did you have it mounted?


Yes they did, the first one lasted 6 or 7 months. The second for 1.5 hours, the third didn't make it through tweaking. There is a thread with alot of info:

http://www.vision-riders.com/bb/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=8007&sta...


I just found out something was wrong with one of my Polk speakers though. I am sure this contributed to the issues. When I tested them they read 3.35 ohms on each side and there were no visible broken wires, or capacitor connections that I could see. But when I was tweaking the new amp it would shut down in protect mode for some reason. The problem with the Rockford is that it cannot be reset after a fault. Then I started getting alot of attitude from Rockford about warranty issues so it didn't sit well with me. It's not that I don't understand but it was admittedly a weak protection circuit according to the Rockford Tech. In addition to the only testing I could do was with an ohm meter and it seemed normal.

The amp worked pretty well until there was a fault and you cannot reset it.... Good Luck!!

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Ditch
Posted 2013-03-29 7:59 AM (#133845 - in reply to #133629)
Subject: RE: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 125
victoryvisiontour - 2013-03-25 11:32 AM


I would love to cut a hole in the grill for a 6.5". I have examined this and figured it would make the grill too flimsy. There are not enough mounting points (grill to bike) to keep it ridgid (at least in my opinion). It looked like I would have to make a donut and glue it to the grill for structural support.

Anyone have another perspective?


Here are some more pics for size perspective. The cardboard is 6.5" as labeled. From the pics you can also see the speaker really is not centered in the largest part of the grill. It is more of a demo of what we have to work with potentially. There would be some cutting involved but I personally don't mind that for better sound (yes, I know a lot of people do not like this idea). Provided of course it doesn't impede structurally on the bike.

I am sure you know the mounting flange protrudes 3/8" or more the entire diameter of the speaker. So that makes our 6.5" speaker cone somewhere between 3/4" and up to 1.25" smaller. With that in mind it is not unreasonable to purchase a plastic spacer ring and push the speaker out of the hole 1/2" to 3/4" in order to cut a smaller hole in the grill due to the slope of the woofer basket. I think it would be a task but a plastic ring built up and smoothed out with fiberglass bedding that was worked properly and painted would look very nice. Unfortunately that is one of the things I have never done.... yet. I think it is time consuming but not that hard (not to discredit anyone that does this professionally).

I am sure your idea would work as well or to save time you could just go to ebay (if you wanted) and purchase any size speaker ring you want to save time as they are cheap.
Let me know your thoughts....

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Ditch
Posted 2013-04-02 7:28 PM (#134115 - in reply to #133845)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 125
I got the 6.5" speakers in the fairing today. Alot of cutting and a long day, I will post pics asap. Sounds great but if I were to do it over I might just surface mount on the grills.
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baadawg
Posted 2013-04-02 7:37 PM (#134116 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Tourer

Posts: 498
Chattanooga, TN
Was it a big difference in the sound? Worth it?
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baadawg
Posted 2013-04-02 7:37 PM (#134117 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Tourer

Posts: 498
Chattanooga, TN
Was it a big difference in the sound? Worth it?
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Ditch
Posted 2013-04-02 8:18 PM (#134120 - in reply to #132438)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 125
It is a great improvement for sure! It sounds really good. Yes it was worth it to me. However, it was an exercise in patience and took quite a while. I will post details and pics tomorrow.
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Ditch
Posted 2013-04-02 9:03 PM (#134123 - in reply to #134120)
Subject: Re: 6 1/2 speakers


Cruiser

Posts: 125
Here are a few pics. I had to hack the crap out of the plastic but it is done. You cant see them but I used the 5.25" boom mat enclosures also. These are the Polk Audio DB6501 6.5-Inch 2-Way Component speakers from Amazon ($105). I mounted the crossovers in the left baggage compartment with the amp and line level convertor.



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