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post #11 of 18 Old 01-14-2020, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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I have completed a couple tasks to my bike so far, new Clearwater Lights etc...

I am thinking of upgrading speakers, and now that winter might be here, I think it could be next project.

So my question, do you have to take off fairings to get to the speakers?

I am just a little lazy right now.

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No you dont. Its just the screws for the speaker covers, winglets, and the speaker boxes themselves. It takes about 5 minutes to get them out.

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I have completed a couple tasks to my bike so far, new Clearwater Lights etc...
I am thinking of upgrading speakers, and now that winter might be here, I think it could be next project.
So my question, do you have to take off fairings to get to the speakers?
I am just a little lazy right now.
Thanks so much
No, you don’t. There are three screws which hold the plastic trim piece and grille around the speakers (two are visible and one also doubles to hold the air intake that is located behind the wing on the side of the fairing). Once you have removed those three screws, the grille pops off exposing the speakers. The speakers are held in place by three self tapping screws which you can see from the front.
I replaced my stock speakers with JBL. With most of these replacement speakers the tweeter is built-in so you won’t be using the stock tweeter.
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No, you donít. There are three screws which hold the plastic trim piece and grille around the speakers (two are visible and one also doubles to hold the air intake that is located behind the wing on the side of the fairing). Once you have removed those three screws, the grille pops off exposing the speakers. The speakers are held in place by three self tapping screws which you can see from the front.
I replaced my stock speakers with JBL. With most of these replacement speakers the tweeter is built-in so you wonít be using the stock tweeter.
Stock tweeter? What year is yours? My speaker boxes had 4 screws holding them together and the glue of course. Mine is an 18.
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Indians have a much better stereo system than the BMW and a lot of the guys on the Indian forum also upgraded their speakers to the Polk DB speakers and loved them. I resisted that as I thought my Road Master was fine , but I do hate the speakers on the BMW`s it is another area that BMW could improve on, after all, they have had the same specs for the K1600`s since 2010 and not a lot has changed to make it a better bike by improving the little things that make a big difference. I know if it is not broken don't fix it but after a 10-year run, you would think there should and could be a few little changes such as the stereo, speakers and amp along with an integrated sat-nav. Having said that I still love the BMW Brand, it may not be perfect but what bike is?
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No you dont. Its just the screws for the speaker covers, winglets, and the speaker boxes themselves. It takes about 5 minutes to get them out.

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Thanks for the information, next step purchase speakers, and contact a good divorce attorney?
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No, you donít. There are three screws which hold the plastic trim piece and grille around the speakers (two are visible and one also doubles to hold the air intake that is located behind the wing on the side of the fairing). Once you have removed those three screws, the grille pops off exposing the speakers. The speakers are held in place by three self tapping screws which you can see from the front.
I replaced my stock speakers with JBL. With most of these replacement speakers the tweeter is built-in so you wonít be using the stock tweeter.
Thanks for the information, next step purchase speakers, and contact a good divorce attorney?
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I have a Ď12. The speaker box is held in with screws. The speakers, as mentioned above, are glued to the box. A heat gun breaks the glue fairly easily to separate them.
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Thanks for the information, next step purchase speakers, and contact a good divorce attorney?
Not really. The speakers are small. Shop around and you can find a decent set for between $35-$75. You will also want to line the inside of the speaker box with sound deadening material. You will notice an improvement, but it still won’t sound like your car or home stereo. Still, I play my bike's radio rather than the boom box when I’m in the garage.
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