Today we have an Indian Chieftain Limited! A great looking Harley-Davidson’s rival! Indian Chieftain Limited audio system upgrade
Here is the system plan
Focal ES130K (2 way 5.25 components, Kevlar series)
Rockford Fosgate T400x4ad 4 ch amplifier
Rear speakers – OEM Indian (for now)
Amplifier will be installed in the brake side saddlebag. We using 8ga power and ground wires, 16 ga speaker wires and 18ga signal input wires.
Input signal we took from stock harness in the fairing and ran it all the way to the saddlebag. Saddlebag must be easy removable to service bike.
Here is the harness we’ve made. Waterproof quick release connectors for power and signal wires
Don’t look at this red heat shrink. It’s already covered black 🙂
Green wires are signal input for new amplifier. Blue wires are 16ga output from new amp.
Also we’ve put some vibro dampening material inside the fairing
Same waterproof connectors were used inside the saddle bag.
And here is how the saddlebag looks like.
Ready to plug and play!
And here is how the saddlebag looks like with all those wires connected
Those four silver nuts holding the amplifier bracket. Here is the amplifier with bracket before install
Bracket is a piece of birch, painted black few layers and also few layers of clearcoat
Nuts and bolts were used to hold the amp.
And here is the amp already mounted to the saddlebag wall
All wires secured and organised
Rear speakers time. Customer brought OEM saddlebag lids with speaker mounts and new OEM 6.5 speakers
Now we have to really carefully replace the lids and install new speakers. Lids were painted in same color as the bike so try not to scratch the paint!
Left saddlebag also got waterproof speaker connector
Now back to front speakers. 5.25″ midbass fits perfect without any modifications
But the tweeters need something to mount them behind the grill. Yes we can cut the grill, slap the tweeter in that hole and call it a day! But lets leave this option for the worst case. After couple of Timmies and smokes we came out with this solution- ABS plastic bracket for a tweeter wich can be mounted behind the grill to keep factory look
Here you can see midbass and bracket installed
Tweeter just clips in the bracket.
Time to put the bike back together and take some video!
Would you have detailed wiring info, as far as audio output from the bike to the amp? Or help me do mine right?, Did you not have to use a loc? I still have the stock 2 channel amp and I’m wanting to run a cerwin vega b52 amp for mine, thanks any help is appreciated
We used wires from the speakers as hi-level input for new amplifier. Rockford Fosgate amp can work with High or Low level signal so LOC is not required.Also this amp can work only with 2ch input. I think your amp have same feature, check it in the manual
So you guys only used a front input from the front amplified speakers for signal? I have a request to retain the fade function and I don’t believe the factory amp has rear channels. He also inquired about obtaining signal from the head unit as opposed to the amp. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
If he wants the fader- just take audio signal from the fronts and rear speakers as your input in your aftermarket amplifier. That’s the easiest way to save the fader
Thanks for the reply Ed! So the bike didn’t have rear speakers and my understanding is that Indian makes a separate factory amp for the rears. So I’m unfortunately still not sure where to pull rear signal.
If your bike doesn’t have rear speakers that might mean it doesn’t have an amplifier. So you should find stock amp inside the fairing or find the output wires at head unit.
Or just use front output and forget about the fader 🙂
Would this be the same for a 2015 Roadmaster? so 6 1/2 speakers up front would be too large i’m guessing and to use 5 1/4?
Yes, 6.5 is too big. Only 5.25 speakers will fit in the fairing
Ok thank you for the info. Great job on the bike btw, looks great!
Hello how can I buy these accessories to modify my road master, I think my road master’s sound is not as good as the Harley-Davidson CVO sound
Hello. We need your bike in the shop to make all wiring and mounting brackets.
I would like to upgrade on my indian Roadmaster 2019 model but I cannot send the bike to you as it’s in India so if possible can you supply me complete wiring kit amplifier and the speakers.If possible let know need all speakers upgrade.
hi id like to put amp ware the cross overs are any thoughts? to much heat?? why did you choose the saddle bag area?? 2019 chieftan dark horse oh and speakers water resistant?? what to do about that?? thanks system souhds amazing
Hello. there is no room for an amplifier. That’s why we chose saddlebag. Speakers not completely waterproof but enough to put them in the fairing
hi ed thanks for the response i have the new fairing style and from pics ive seen . was thinking might have room, i havent taken apart yet , any way thank you for the pics and how to theres not alot out there
hi one more question were you able to keep the fader with how you did your indian? i have same equiptment thanks again
Hello. We did not use the fader. Just set up the system for best sound with front two channel inputs. Amplifier can work with just 2 channel input