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Hi, I just had the
MC-HD-AK2 - Harley Davidson 2 Channel Motorcycle Audio Kit installed in my 2007 FLHX. When the bike is not running or I am below half volume everything sounds great. Unfortunately, when I'm riding and the volume goes above half ( because of me cranking it up or the auto volume control kicking it up ) the sound starts cutting in and out. I was wondering if anyone has heard of this or has a possible solution.
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Hi, I just had the
MC-HD-AK2 - Harley Davidson 2 Channel Motorcycle Audio Kit installed in my 2007 FLHX. When the bike is not running or I am below half volume everything sounds great. Unfortunately, when I'm riding and the volume goes above half ( because of me cranking it up or the auto volume control kicking it up ) the sound starts cutting in and out. I was wondering if anyone has heard of this or has a possible solution.
Welcome to the Bazooka Forum Ricochet. I am sorry to hear about the problem you are having with your Bazooka Install. Please call 1-800-THE-TUBE and ask to speak to Gene.
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Hi, I just had the
MC-HD-AK2 - Harley Davidson 2 Channel Motorcycle Audio Kit installed in my 2007 FLHX. When the bike is not running or I am below half volume everything sounds great. Unfortunately, when I'm riding and the volume goes above half ( because of me cranking it up or the auto volume control kicking it up ) the sound starts cutting in and out. I was wondering if anyone has heard of this or has a possible solution.
ricochet, I can help you with troubleshooting. I will need to get some information from you first. Are you sure you have the crossover on the speakers oriented in the correct position? Have you double checked your connection at your battery? Please go back and check all of the harness connectors to be sure they are plugged in correctly and tight. Also, make sure that you have checked the connection at the speakers themselves. The last thing to check would be your gain setting. When you get a chance please post back with what you have discovered. The Forum is useful for helping other members out with similiar problems. Whatever the problem, I am confident we can discover it, fix it, and get you back to cruising on your Harley.
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Heavyduty, thanks for the tips. I'm positive that all the connections are nice and secure but it doesn't hurt to double check. I will get back to the forum by this weekend with the discoveries.
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Make sure that the installer did not bridge the outputs on the amp. This will cause the amp to cut out at higher volumes.
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Heavyduty, thanks for the tips. I'm positive that all the connections are nice and secure but it doesn't hurt to double check. I will get back to the forum by this weekend with the discoveries.
It is no problem at all ricochet, that's what the Bazooka Forum is for, helping other members out. You are correct, it does not hurt to double check connections. You'd be surprised by the amount of confusion and aggravation by something that is usually overlooked. That is a nice picture of your bike, it's the time of year to start cruising again so we need to get your tunes working!
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Ok, to say the least I couldn't wait till this weekend to troublehoot. I just did it now and here is what I found: the outputs are not bridged, the crossovers are orientated towards the outside of the fairing, all connections are very secure, the gain setting was at 12 o'clock. For giggles I turned the gain down to 10 o'clock and the problem went away, hmmmmmmm. Geneh, I apologize that I gave you wrong info! The installer did use the supplied wiring harness. But since they are a custom audio installer with great knowledge and experience, they used 10 gauge wire to run the power. I'm assuming what was supplied is an 8 gauge. Any suggestions now would be greatly appreciated!!!!
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Ok, to say the least I couldn't wait till this weekend to troublehoot. I just did it now and here is what I found: the outputs are not bridged, the crossovers are orientated towards the outside of the fairing, all connections are very secure, the gain setting was at 12 o'clock. For giggles I turned the gain down to 10 o'clock and the problem went away, hmmmmmmm. Geneh, I apologize that I gave you wrong info! The installer did use the supplied wiring harness. But since they are a custom audio installer with great knowledge and experience, they used 10 gauge wire to run the power. I'm assuming what was supplied is an 8 gauge. Any suggestions now would be greatly appreciated!!!!
ricochet, if the gains of the amplifier are set to high to begin with, it will cause the exact problem that you have described. At low volumes you will not have a problem, but once you increase the volume there is not enough headroom, hence you start clipping the signal, which in turn quickly heats up the amp. Most amplifiers have circuitry that will shut the amp off when it detects DC voltage (clipping) or when the tempature of the amplifier gets too high. Double checking the size of the power wire is a good idea. And that is another great picture of your bike (s). If you get a chance, member Gearhead has restored a Harley. You can do a quick search to see the pictures he has posted.
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ricochet, here is a link to the thread with some of the pictures of Gearhead's Harley. Enjoy!

http://www.bazooka.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5580
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