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Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

They recommend under the seat, but it seems like you'd want to tweak it here and there. Or am I wrong about that?
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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

Oh, and I got the SP-A unit.
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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

Under the pillion. One tweak, then ride on!

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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

Haven't touched mine since it was installed. Sort of hard to describe where it's installed. Close to the passenger seat power plug. More to the side. Probably have to take a picture to really show you.


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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

Mine's in the same place as Dan's. It was a pain in the butt getting it set where I wanted it - mostly the VOX sensitivity due to my wife's soft voice. Now that I have it where it works best, I never bother with it.
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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

Velcroed behind the passengers seat backrest onto the top-box wall... keeps it out of the way and also dry.
Power taken from rear powerlet plug behind the LH rear speaker enclosure, just run the wire out of the same hole (that the power goes "in" through...). It is switched power, so no chance of leaving the unit on accidentaly unless you leave the key in the "R" or "ON" position.
I think this works better than drawing it from the seat heater plug.

If you use another input module (phone or music) it can fit neatly under the seat edge above the LH pannier.... although its good to tape them up to stop water that can get up to that area...


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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

Seems like everyone agrees on the general location. So I guess I need a pretty long cable to reach the iPhone up front.

Anyone using the LT-specific speaker switch box they talk about here:

http://www.autocom.co.uk/PDF/CarTypeMusic.pdf
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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

Yep, wired into the rear-speakers and you can switch between the rear speakers or the comms. Discussed in a thread here (see last 2 posts) about a caution on the wiring diagram, which was shown incorrectly for the LT... look at the other bike setup pic's to get the wiring directions correct and save youself some grief....

Edit: I think is the one that shows the + / - directions and which side to wire to...



Some good pics here about wiring into the rear speaker connector... but I can't recall if these gets the wiring direction correct.. ( I don't think they did, maybe that's why I had problems with the crook instructions )

I was lucky I put the switch "just" low enough to install the Muddiman arm-rests some years later without having to move the switch!!


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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

Wow Chris, really nice posting on the how to! Most excellent effort.

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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

Put mine on top of the radio in the glove box.

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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

Doug, do you ever use that little Aux input in your glove box...? I put one in same place, and tried it once I think... just another dust gathering hole now.

BTW, I just ordered a DICE unit from here... will finally strip the CD player out to make more space for my trip.... I'll put the lady's Iphone it it and play her tunes... heh, heh...

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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

Ya I plug the ipod in there and then it can go through the radio into the autocom. I have found out that to use the ipod without running the volume way up you need am amp, I may put an amp like a Boostaroo in one of these days. I also have a Dice system hook up to the autocom but never use it. Most of the time now I ride alone so I just plug my moulded earphones into the ipod stick it in my jacket and control it with a "Monster" remote on the handlebars.

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Mine went on top of the battery in bubble wrap.
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Under the passenger seat off to the side.

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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

I like the location up front, but since I have the tape deck I have no space like the CD leaves. I'd have to kill off the space for keeping "stuff" in there, which I've been using for the garage door opener and other little things.
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I like the location up front, but since I have the tape deck I have no space like the CD leaves. I'd have to kill off the space for keeping "stuff" in there, which I've been using for the garage door opener and other little things.
You can take out the black spacer above the radio/tape unit and you have lots of room up there. You have to take the stingray off and take out the radio from the back then take out the spacer and replace the radio unit but you have lots of room up there.

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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

I got the idea of putting it there after i saw someone take the cover off above the radio and use it to store his Glock there. Lots of room up there.

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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

Oh, maybe I'm misunderstanding something. Are you saying that there's a useless/removable cover in there hiding some free space?

The SP-A has a long "rider's headset" cord and a short one for the passenger. Does it matter which one you use for which person? If I put the unit up front, can I use the short one for my headset?
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Frank, so your wife has a quiet voice? Must carry a big stick!

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Mine's in the same place as Dan's. It was a pain in the butt getting it set where I wanted it - mostly the VOX sensitivity due to my wife's soft voice. Now that I have it where it works best, I never bother with it.

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Yes she does! And I have the welts to prove it
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Oh, maybe I'm misunderstanding something. Are you saying that there's a useless/removable cover in there hiding some free space?
There is, but you need to take the stingray off to take the little plastic cover out. Whip the little sucker out while your doing your wiring, gives you more compartment, but... you might want to put something that blocks anything from going too far in there... I had a set of spare keys get stuck behind the radio for ages, even with a vinyl barrier to stop things going too far. My garage opener tucks in there now, along with some other stuff (dont own a glock, don't need 'em over here )

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The SP-A has a long "rider's headset" cord and a short one for the passenger. Does it matter which one you use for which person? If I put the unit up front, can I use the short one for my headset?
Check your documentation, from (fading) memory I'm pretty sure you have to use the riders one as I think it has to be connected first for the unit to be powered...

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Re: Where did you mount your Autocom control box?

I ended up putting it under the back seat as they recommend. I'm not sure if I'll be unhappy with that if I end up having to tweak it, but we'll see.

I found some answers in the owner's manual, go figure. The rider/passenger lead is critical, because only the rider lead will "listen" to the noise sensor. But it's easy to open the box and swap the leads internally so the long one is passenger and short one is rider. They show you what to do.
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I put mine in the trunk, that way I can get to it if needed. It is small and does not take up much room.
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An interesting thought, never crossed my mind. The side case might be good also. Thanks for the idea.
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I have the superpro AVI and didn't know about having to use the riders lead for a while. The older pro7 I had didn't have the noise sensor. The new one, because of the noise sensor which is what drops the volume when you slow down is the coolest feature so be sure you use the riders wire and definitely install the noise sensor otherwise you lose out on that feature. I installed both of mine in the tankbags on my bikes. That way I can get to the vox control cause no matter what, my passengers mic's always kick on cause of wind noise. Hard to get them to understand how important mic placement is w/ these autocom's. Love my system but others have their plus's also.

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I have the superpro AVI and didn't know about having to use the riders lead for a while. The older pro7 I had didn't have the noise sensor. The new one, because of the noise sensor which is what drops the volume when you slow down is the coolest feature so be sure you use the riders wire and definitely install the noise sensor otherwise you lose out on that feature. I installed both of mine in the tankbags on my bikes. That way I can get to the vox control cause no matter what, my passengers mic's always kick on cause of wind noise. Hard to get them to understand how important mic placement is w/ these autocom's. Love my system but others have their plus's also.

here is a cheap fix for your wifes mike, might do it to yours also, it keeps the wind noise out and makes it easier to find the sweet spot .........Kieth

http://kieth.smugmug.com/Electronics...38759800_xqQFb

All you need is a 2156 open face conversion kit, some 2" X 2" soft sided velcro with adhesive back , and duct tape. You will be amazed how this works. I modify all mikes on the Autocom kits I send out and it works like a charm.
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