Hogtunes Speakers And Dakota Digital Gauges

CAN YOU HEAR ME/SEE ME NOW?

1. These 2 OHM, 45 Watt RMS-90 watt peak, replacement Hogtunes Speakers (MSRP $99.00 per pair) are designed for '06-'08 bikes with Harman Kardon Radios. Hogtunes also offers replacement speakers for '98-'05 factory radios and aftermarket radios, as well as complete kits with front and rear speakers and amps.

2. Separating the inner and outer fair-ing was just a matter of unbolting the screws holding the two together. With the two halves unbolted, the headlight was unplugged so the outer fairing could be set aside.

3. Next, the speaker wires were unplugged and the stock speakers were unbolted from the inside of the inner fairing and removed from the speaker grilles.

4. The oversizedmagnet found on the Hogtunes speaker is the most visible improvement when compared to a stock H-D speaker. The larger magnet helps dissipate heat generated from the voice coil, which improves reliability. This is also why Hogtunes is able to offer a 20-year warranty.

5. Hogtunes developed these speakers with a custom tooled basket for a perfect fit in the stock speaker grille, without requiring any modifications. To help improve the overall sound and performance, they also feature titanium impregnated neodymium tweeters, ultra lightweight polypropylene woofer cones, andaluminum voice coil formers.

6. The speakers feature the same electrical connectors found on the stock units, makinginstallation as easy as possible. With the installation complete James turned the radio on and cranked up the audio, at about 3/4 max volume the Hogtunes speakers were much louder than stock speakers at full volume. The sound was crisp and clear with no distortion, and would only improve when we bolted the fairing back together (there's a video on our website where we stand about 50 feet away and you can hear the audio perfectly).

7. With the fairing still off, James moved on to swapping out the stock gauges for Dakota Digital's MCL-3006OT (MSRP $1,199.95). The kit is a complete 6-gauge.

8. Here's a look at the stock, analog, white-face gauges. The ambient air temp gauge on the lower left is nice to have, but bottom line is when it's hot, you know it, when it's cold, you know it, and when it's average you don't care. The air temp gauge will be replaced with a more useful oil temp gauge.

9. Removing each gauge was pretty straightforward; James simply discon-nected the wiring and then unbolted the gauge from the inside of the inner fairing.

10. The stock gauge was then pushed through the front of the fairing and removed. Then the Dakota Digital gauge was installed and bolted into position.

11. To make installation as easy as possible and to minimize any confusion, each gauge is marked on the back, identifying whichstock unit it replaces.

12. Also, each gauge has a connector to work with the stock wiring. James plugged in thecorresponding sensor to each gauge. There is a smaller connector (arrow) on each gauge; this is to supply power forthe LED in each gauge.

13. The only modification (very minimal) James hadto do was install the oil temp senderplug/wiring. The plug and wiring came with the gauge kit.

14. The oil temp sender replaces the stock oil drainplug and threads into the oil pan.James routed the plug wires from theoil pan up through the middle of the frame/seat area. Then he loosened the gas tank, fed the wires under the gas tank along the backbone and up into the inside of the fairing.

15. After connecting the wiring to the oil temp gauge, James removed the oil pan drain plug andinstalled the oil temp sender.

16. The installation was then complete; all that was left to do was turn the bike on and calibrate each gauge.

17. Dakota Digital supplies a very thorough instruction manual, which explains operation and calibration of each gauge. Here James is calibrating the tach. You can see that the tach also has a gearindicator, a nice addition that wasn't available with the stock gauges.

18. You can really have some fun and gain usefulinformation with the additional datafeatures these gauges offer, such as 0-60 time, 1/4 mile time, 1/4 mile per hour, and high speed recall. They also display cruise on and cruise engaged, security, ABS, and check engine lights. The indigo blue LEDs are very easy to read at night (and actually self dim at night for a softer glow) as seen here.

19. With the fairing back together, James took the bike for a ride on the highway. He said with direct sunlight hitting the gauges they were still very bright and easy to read. He also told us that even with his full-face helmet on, he could hear the Hogtunes speakers clearly, with no crackling or distortion. He didn't even have the radio turned all the way up.

With baggers being all-around bigger bikes, that leaves more room to add parts and accessories. However, there's also a lot of room to upgrade stock components on these bikes like the speakers (those models that come with stereo) and the multiple gauges.

Our friend James had an '07 Street Glide in which he wanted to upgrade the stock speakers for a better sounding set from Hogtunes. The stock H-D speakers are OK; however, James found that when cruising at highway speeds, even with the audio all the way up, the speakers were difficult to hear, and what he did hear was mostly cracking and distortion.

With an extensive background in car audio, Hogtunes began experimenting, and eventually developed a direct H-D replacement speaker that sounds equally great when bumping in the parking lot or cranked up when burning down the highway.

James figured while he had the fairing apart he might as well replace the stock gauges with some colorful new LED gauges from Dakota Digital. Aside from emitting a mesmerizing indigo blue hue, these gauges offer a lot more options and data than the stock units. HB

Hogtunes installation video 1

Hogtunes installation video 2

**SOURCES

HOGTUNES
www.hogtunes.com
(705) 719-6361

DAKOTA DIGITAL
www.dakotadigital.com
(800) 593-4160**