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I recently installed Sony Xplod XSR 1343 speakers front and rear on my 2001 GL1800. I took photos and made up a pdf with those photos that details what I did to get them to fit.

You may download the pdf at my site at http://pnplace.com/gl1800/Sony-XPlod-XSR1343-GL1800-Install.pdf (5MB). Or if you don't want it to display in a browser window, just go to http://pnplace.com/gl1800 and then right-click on the file name and select "Save Target As.." to download it to your machine.

I also have it posted at box.net at http://www.box.net/shared/55fz1l63jy (5MB).

Hope this helps anyone who has been thinking about installing these :yes1:
 

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GR8 writeup and it looks like you've had excellent results. I wanted to download the file, but the website won't allow it unless I let it drop an inordinate amount of cookies onto my PC. Any other way to get it, without the website's 'cookie-trash' clogging my pc ???
 

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GR8 writeup and it looks like you've had excellent results. I wanted to download the file, but the website won't allow it unless I let it drop an inordinate amount of cookies onto my PC. Any other way to get it, without the website's 'cookie-trash' clogging my pc ???
Jerry, try http://pnplace.com/gl1800/Sony-XPlod-XSR1343-GL1800-Install.pdf

Or if you don't want it to display in a browser window, just go to http://pnplace.com/gl1800 and then right-click on the file name and select "Save Target As.." to download it to your machine.
 

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Pauln, Nice write up. Just bought an 03 with an amp also installed and rear speakers, but they sound like crap. The previous owner used ear buds. There is a clicking and general noise in the system, but that's another issue. What I want to know is how do the speakers SOUND!!!!!! After all the work that's what really matters. Thanks,

Steve
 

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Bluesjammer,
I just did my front and rear with Xplods along with PaulN and Rocky's instructions and now I do NOT want to use the headsets for stereo. I like blasting away with the new speakers. I do NOT have any amp installed.
 

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Sorry. I have to disagree with the performance of the Sony Xplods. Maybe they now have a better model out, but when I installed them back in '05, they sounded like garbage.

Instead, I put Alpine's in the front and Infinity Kappa's in the rear... a 360 watt Alpine amp pushes them. Amp pic is here:
http://www.jeffswing.com/electronicspage01.html
 

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I wasn't promoting the Sony's - I was just trying to show what it took to get them installed (which I think would apply to other 5 1/4" speakers as well). As I said in my pdf, I never rode mine with the stock (front only) speakers other than the test ride. So, I really don't have anything to compare them against, sound-wise. They sound fine to me, but then again I am not an audio expert. I don't have an amp and don't see the need for one at this point.

I bought the bike in Jan 2009 and had plenty of time to work on it during the (endless) winter around here. I was going to buy exact-fit replacements for the rear, but after looking at the fronts, I thought I might as well replace all 4. Then I saw the other posts about the Sony's so I thought for $60 for 4 I would give them a try. I took pictures as I went along, so I thought I would write-up something to show what I did to get them installed.

I suspect that speakers are somewhat a personal thing - what some think are great others might think are junk.
 

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Right you are Paul. While I am certainly not an AUDIOPHILE I REMOVED Alpines in the front and stock ones in the back when I put in the Xplodes and my ears are happy.The Alpines I removed were 4 inchers though.
 

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PaulN,
Great write up with nice photos and easy to understand directions. Keep up the good work.
As you mention in your post they (SONY X_PLODES) may not be for everyone. I do find them somewhat better than the stock speakers but still not what I was expecting to hear. Some members have hailed them as "great" but I was not as pleased. Like you said we are all different. In no way am I an audiophile or speaker expert. I just wanted others to know of my results.
I'm truly glad you are satisfied. Maybe with an amp I would be satified also. Again, nice write up and keep them coming as you continue to personalize your ride. Ride safe my friend.
 

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The pictures and explanation were great Thanks!!

I want to do the same replacement, but had two questions:

  1. How do I get to the front speakers?
  2. Are you worried about moisture with the polyfill and foam weather stripping?
 

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#2-The speakers are covering up the polyfill and weatherstripping. I didn't have to use the strips on my install.
#1-On mine (02) you pop out the speaker covers and will see a BLACK push pin in the top, and a 5mm allen head bolt in the bottom inside a deep cavity.You can insert an allen wrench and a finger to keep from dropping it as you pull it out.

Pull up slightly on the dash piece around the key insert as it is held down with a couple of rubber plugs. Reach under this piece when it pops up and unplug a 4 wire connector in front of the key switch and it will come off.
 

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I went with a set of 4" Infinity Reference speakers in the front. They were an easy install and are getting better sound each hour I play them. Going to see if I can squeeze in a set of 5.25 Polks in the rear over the next few days.
 
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