The owner of this gorgeous blue 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide contacted the team at Mobile Edge about upgrading the radio on his bike. He’d purchased a new amp and speakers at a Harley dealership, but the system wasn’t working correctly. He knew that the Rockford Fosgate PMX-HD9813 radio is designed as a direct drop-in upgrade for this generation of touring bike, so he hoped that upgrading to it would improve how the system sounded.
Harley-Davidson Street Glide Radio
When the bike arrived at our shop, one of our technicians went through the system to make sure everything had been configured correctly. We always do this before we start work on any vehicle that has existing upgrades. Unfortunately, the amp on the bike had been damaged and couldn’t be used with the new radio. The client wanted everything done right, so he purchased a Rockford Fosgate TM-400X4ad amp to be installed with the radio.
The PMX-HD9813 is a weather-resistant radio that is a perfect fit for 1998 through 2013 Harley-Davidson touring bikes with the single-DIN radio in the dash. The radio includes Bluetooth connectivity so the client can play music stored on his smartphone or a streaming service like Pandora, Spotify or iHeartRadio. It also has a USB port to play audio files stored on a memory stick.
We removed the stock radio and mounted the Rockford Fosgate unit in its place. Next, we mounted the TM-400X4ad amp just above the radio and made all the connections to the source unit and the already-upgraded TMS6SG Rockford Fosgate speakers. While we had the fairing apart, we added several layers of sound deadening to the inner and outer panels to help reduce vibrations and improve sound quality.
Proper System Configuration Delivers Amazing Sound Quality
A key element of why the old system didn’t sound the way the client wanted was its use of the factory-installed radio. Those radios distort when the volume is increased much past halfway, and the extra power from the amplifier can make the resulting distortion quite loud. Thankfully, the durable TMS6SG speakers had put up with the abuse without failing. The new radio doesn’t have this output level problem. After our installers set the sensitivity controls on the amp, the owner can crank the radio up, and the system will remain crystal clear.
It took us a few hours, but we had the stereo system on this 2010 Harley-Davidson Road Glide sounding amazing. The client was thrilled that everything worked properly. He’s considering adding a set of saddlebag lid rear speakers so the system will play even louder.