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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-10-2016, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Installing BOSS Audio MC420B speakers and amp

Im trying to install a set of speakers and amp on my 2005 V Star 1100 Classic. I do not have a batwing, just the standard windshield. I'v got the speakers mounted to the handle bars, but having a difficult time finding a place to put the amplifier. it is too large to fit in the tool compartment, and there is no room under the seat. the run from the saddle bags is just a little too long for the wires provided. I can lengthen the wires, but before i start doing that i was hoping someone would have a magical answer to all of my problems.

Any ideas?

also trying to figure out the best place to splice into power. I'm new to motorcycle modifications, so i am hesitant to just start cutting.

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I think i've got it figured out. i'm going to cut the mounting flanges off the AMP and shove it in the tool kit storage space. then i'm going to hook it up to a push button that i'll mount on the left side tool kit cover. ill use the push button for power on/off and get power directly off the battery.

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I went to the hardware store and bought a push button for 5 dollars, drilled an appropriate sized hole in the plastic tool kit cover, and connected directly to the battery. I put the AMP inside the tool kit tube, and ran the wires under the gas tank. With the in line fuse, it is all working perfectly! it looks clean and sounds nice!

Unfortunately, i don't know how to post pictures.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-11-2016, 08:28 PM
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Good job on the figuring things out one thing i do with my switch is not unplug my phone unit the switch is off that way i don't forget to turn it off
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Good job on the figuring things out one thing i do with my switch is not unplug my phone unit the switch is off that way i don't forget to turn it off

In the future, I think there is an extra accessory wire in the headlight bucket. You can wire a standard automotive relay off of that and run a fused wire off of the battery. That way when you turn the key off it shuts the relay off and kills the power. One day I'm going to run an accessory block that way and run all my accessories off of it. To much work for to little time right now.


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For anyone's future reference.

I removed the left side fake carb cover and mounted a standard chrome Harley Horn cover. The BOSS amp fits inside the horn cover.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-02-2019, 08:43 PM
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I would recommend installing a 12 volt relay that is turned on (pulled in) when the headlights are turned on, meaning ignition. The 12 volts going through the relay to power your amp should come directly off the battery. The relay fits under the seat easily. That way, anything you run off the 12 volts going trough the relay will not be powered on when the bike is turned off.

Electrical diagram of 1100:


A relay recommendation off Amazon but you can find these at auto zone too.
https://www.amazon.com/Support-Relay...ateway&sr=8-27

A crude drawing of adding the relay to activate when the headlight turns on and go off when the headlight is off:
Correction, the green is the high beam, not ground.


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