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post #1 of 14 Old Jan 19th, 2010, 5:33 pm Thread Starter
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Swapping Top Trunk for Rear Rack

I just bought one of Sean's custom made Rear Racks for the LT, but I know that I'll miss listening to my rear speakers. I'm thinking of buying some good marine speakers, but I know I'll need the special connectors.
Then there is also the need to mount them.
Any creative thoughts?
Don't any of you engineers think this would make a great after market product?
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I just bought one of Sean's custom made Rear Racks for the LT, but I know that I'll miss listening to my rear speakers. I'm thinking of buying some good marine speakers, but I know I'll need the special connectors.
Then there is also the need to mount them.
Any creative thoughts?
Don't any of you engineers think this would make a great after market product?
If you want rear speakers, the best thing would be to leave on the current speaker holder.
I can't picture any way that "loose" speakers would look good on an LT......
........just sayin'
Try playing with the front to rear fader - you may find that you really dont miss the rear speakers.

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Put speakers in your helmet and forget the bike speakers.

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Get a right big speaker and strap it to the rack


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Hi Al,

I hope you like the new rack. It will be sent to sunny Fla shortly. I use Shure earphones with the foam sleeves. http://www.shure.com/index.htm

They block wind and road noise just like earplugs, but the sound from these things is awesome! I've had mine for 5 years and they still work great.
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Seriously? Marine speakers on an LT? LOL

Well if you must....


But then again you could just invite the band along to sing in your ear....
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Put speakers in your helmet and forget the bike speakers.
+1. I forget that I even have speakers on the bike.

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Have taking the trunk off once or twice, but I always end up putting it back on. lol

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Hi Al,

I hope you like the new rack. It will be sent to sunny Fla shortly. I use Shure earphones with the foam sleeves. http://www.shure.com/index.htm

They block wind and road noise just like earplugs, but the sound from these things is awesome! I've had mine for 5 years and they still work great.
The new rack is great. It give the bike a whole new look and makes it easier to control.
Surprisingly, wife wife like it more than the top trunk.
The sound seems OK.
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I agree with many that feel that the ride without the trunk is quite different and in my opinion, so much better, BUT, I really do miss the trunk when it is not there. Seems that the ideal solution would be a rack that the trunk could easily clip to when needed.

Temp solution is the rack with a soft bag clipped on from time to time, but that doesn't really solve the security issue, unless you attach it with a cable and lock.....

As far as rear speakers, to me, all four speakers are a waste of space and money as the sound when riding is poor at best. Since I never ride without a helmet, my sound comes from speakers inside the helmet.

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I have to politely disagree Dan. My rear speakers are not working for some reason (gonna have to track that down one of these days!) I turned the fader full to the front and blast it. Even with the cruise control set at 85 going down the interstate, the sound is more than acceptable. And I like to blast the classic rock! I figure if I ever strip down the top of the fairing I may upgrade the speakers but for now there really is no need.

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When I first got the LT, I took the top case off and installed a rack until I got use to the high center of gravity. The top case is back on now for helmet storage.
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I have the SPUDRIDER rear rack. I use the BMW dry bag strapped to it and love the ride. Front speakers seem to be very adequate. When I sell the LT, it will be used with a new trunk...
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What is a Spud Rider rear rack? Got a picture?

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