Cartronix in Valparaiso, Indiana, has become a popular destination for Harley-Davidson owners who want to upgrade their motorcycle audio system and add accessories. Over the past few years, Harley-Davidson has thrown a few curve balls into our efforts to make the custom audio systems we install on these bikes sound the way we want- loud and clear. We don’t back down in the face of a challenge! We have invested a lot of time and money to develop a series of solutions that sound amazing. Our solutions give our clients the value and performance they expect. Follow along as we delve deeper into several aspects of our Harley-Davidson sound system upgrade solutions.
Rockford Fosgate Audio Packages
Rockford Fosgate has been one of the leading amplifier, speaker and subwoofer manufacturers in the car audio industry for decades. Over the past few years, they have been offering more and more vehicle-specific audio solutions. Their packages aren’t just a few off-the-shelf parts and an amp bundled in a single box. They engineer, develop and test unique product solutions that maximize the performance and value of each kit.
Rockford Fosgate has developed an entirely new speaker for their Harley-Davidson kits. This 6.5-inch speaker, called the TMS65, features a neodymium magnet for excellent efficiency. The use of neodymium magnets allowed Rockford to make the speaker basket deeper, so the woofer has more excursion capability, all while allowing the speaker to fit into the factory mounting locations. The TMS65 incorporates a 25mm tweeter for excellent and detailed high-frequency response. Taking from what Rockford has perfected with their marine speaker solutions, the TMS65 is fully water resistant. There is even a front-mounted isolation spider between the cone and the tweeter. If your coaxial speaker doesn’t have this, it is not water resistant.
Rockford has also developed a “little brother” to the TMS65, called the TMS5. This 5.25-inch coaxial speaker fits perfectly into 1998-2013 Tour-Pak speaker locations. The TMS5 shares all the same design features as the TMS65, including the carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene cone and the massive 35mm voice coil.
Rockford Fosgate offers speaker and amplifier packages in Prime, Punch and Power Series trim levels for Road Glide and Street Glide bikes, as well as the rear-mounted Tour-Pak speaker locations. The kits include speakers, replacement grills, a marine-grade amplifier, and a mounting bracket for the amplifier. The kits install without any modifications to the motorcycle. Absolutely no drilling or cutting is required.
The Rockford Fosgate Motorcycle Audio kits cover the following applications:
2015+ Road Glide
2014+ Street Glide
1998-2013 Road Glide
1998-2013 Street Glide
What is Harley-Davidson Flashing?
We aren’t talking about pieces of metal or a creepy guy in a trench coat. The automotive industry can change the programming of the engine computer for some vehicles to improve power and efficiency. The call this “flashing the ECU.” On 2014 and newer Harley-Davidson audio systems, there is a way to flash the radio to undo some of the strange audio system tuning from the factory. Cartronix has invested in a TechnoResearch VCM-TR4 to perform this process. After flashing the radio, we can maximize the input sensitivity of the new amplifiers. We have measured pink noise output at over 101dB across the audio spectrum. That’s LOUD!
Some shops and online retailers claim to have solutions that work around the factory tuning. These processes certainly help, but why would you apply a bandage to a problem when you can simply eliminate it?
Even if you bought your audio equipment somewhere else, having us flash your radio and set up your amplifier can dramatically improve the performance of your audio system.
All The Right Tools in One Place
Cartronix offers more than just the ability to install hardware and flash radios. We have a full in-house fabrication shop with technicians who have decades of experience creating amazing installations. We have all the tools to set up an audio system for maximum performance including: multi-microphone array real-time analyzer for acoustical measurements and oscilloscopes for electrical measurements. We work closely with a Harley-Davidson paint shop for those times when newly fabricated components need to be color-matched to the factory paint.
Motorcycle customization is a fundament part of the Harley-Davidson lifestyle. From a set of straight pipes to a fully custom-built machine, adding a personal touch to your bike can be as much fun as riding it. One area where we see a lot of demand is in lighting. Cartronix staff members are experts in the design and installation of custom lighting systems. We can add multicolor LEDs that produce almost any color you can imagine from your smartphone or a small hand-held remote. We are adept at hiding all the wiring and ensuring your bike and the lighting system remain 100% reliable. If you need a headlight or tail light upgrade, we can do that too!
Indiana’s Motorcycle Audio Experts
We love motorcycles, and that passion is clearly visible in our work. Local shops and retailers like Harley-Davidson of Valparaiso, Michigan City Harley Davidson, Curlys Custom Cycles, Hunters Moon of Lafayette Harley Davidson, and Barnyard Baggers trust us with their personal and customer bikes, so you know you can trust us as well. If your bike is in need of a little extra style or an upgraded audio system, then give us a call at 219-548-3571, or drop by the shop at 1155 Marsh Street, Unit A. In most cases, if you can leave your bike with us for two or three days, we can fit you in without an appointment. You can also reach us online using our contact form by clicking HERE.