A new client from Chesterfield called about his 2014 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited. It seems the amp that he had installed in his bag when he lived in Ohio was blowing fuses. We set up a time for him to bring it in for a quick troubleshoot to get to the bottom of the situation.
It didn’t take long to figure out that the amp in the bag was shorted internally, and at the same time, it was obvious why! The place that had done his previous work had done quite a bit of sub-par wiring, and one set of speaker wires had literally rubbed all the way through by the rear tire. After seeing some of the other Harleys we had here, he was ready to get it cleaned up and back in good shape.
We started by pulling out as much of the aftermarket wiring as possible. Instead of re-wiring a new amp in the bag, we went after the far cleaner approach of a JL Audio MX500/4 in the fairing. Mounted right above the radio, it’s capable of the same power he had previously, but opened all the space in the bag.
Instead of having a knot of 13 wires running out of the bag, now there are only two. We used far more of the factory Harley speaker wiring as well, to cut down drastically on the wires running front to back. As you can see in the before-and-after pics, we cleaned up the wiring dramatically. Simple two-pin plugs make the bags easy to remove, and he regained his space in the saddlebag.
Looking for an audio upgrade on your Harley, but prefer it fitting and looking like it came that way from the factory? Come check us out in Mechanicsville or Midlothian to see what we can do for you! Our Midlothian location is literally in same the building as Steel Horse Harley-Davidson.