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!