So your factory motorcycle speakers are now getting to the point where they are just not enough. If you are in the market for new motorcycle fairing speakers, this article will walk you through step-by-step on how to install them.
In this article, we are going to focus on bikes that have existing motorcycle speakers and are in need of an upgrade. If your motorcycle does not have a stereo or speakers from the factory, we recommend you looking at our handlebar speakers; They are a great option because they are easy to install, they are Bluetooth enabled, and they have a built-in amplifier.
Required Tools (may vary depending on the motorcycle or installation needs):
- Socket Wrench
- Wire Cutters
- Wire Crimper and Stripper
- Electrical Tape
- Zip Ties
1. Purchase the Correct Motorcycle Speakers
The first thing you need to consider is buying speakers that will fit your motorcycle. If you are unsure about what size speakers you are going to be replacing, then just do some quick research online or refer to your owner’s manual to find the precise size of your factory speakers. In certain cases, you may also need speaker adapters to ensure your speakers will fit perfectly. This will also allow you to fit a wide range of speaker sizes.
2. Disconnect the Battery’s Negative Cable
As always, keep yourself and your electronics safe, it is always advised to disconnect the negative battery cable before beginning. Remove your seat to access the battery and unscrew or unbolt the negative cable from the terminal post. Doing so will prevent shorts, shocks, and other unwanted issues.
3. Gain Access to the Existing Stereo and Remove Speakers
Remove the outer fairing and loosen any screws or bolts that are securing your stereo. Disconnect the speakers and all corresponding speaker wiring.
4. Mount and Install the Replacement Speakers
Now that the old speakers have been removed, it is time to install the new ones. Mount the speakers securely using the mounting brackets (if provided) or the existing hardware. Secondly, wire each speaker referencing the photo or notes of how the old speakers were wired and where they connected to your stereo.
Once mounted and wired, reconnect the battery so you can give the new speakers a test. Be sure both are working and that they sound as expected. Check Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel controls, and other features that are properly functioning.
5. Finalize the Installation
To finish the install, clean up all wiring so that it is hidden and out of the way. Replace the fairing and windshield if applicable. Bolt-on your seat to finalize the install and re-inspect your project. Once done you are ready to take your first ride with your new and improved speakers!
As you can see, with a bit of preparation and the correct product, installing new speakers on a motorcycle can be a rewarding project. Your commutes and joy rides will sound better than ever with a new set of motorcycle fairing speakers. Also, be sure to check out all of our other motorcycle audio blogs so you can learn more about the other components of a motorcycle audio system.