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post #1 of 11 Old 08-07-2010, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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My 2009 KLR650 with Stereo installed!

Installed a Jensen stereo on my bike. Jams! Has weather band, AM/FM and I have 1000 songs on my Garmin Zumo. Jensen radio #JHD910. The set costs me $285 on e bay new. Fits on the handlebars really nice with angle iron from Lowes. Fastened Angle Iron to Handlebars by running stainless bolts between the "V" on each side of the bar and putting 1" washers on the back with lock nuts. Cut factory plug off radio and ran wires into rear of each speaker directly. Did not use the speaker mounts that came with the set. Just riveted direct to angle iron. Used a rubber two wire plug from Autozone for power and ground to allow quick removal if needed. Hid antenna under front right fairing Ny-tied to bar by antifreeze tank. You have to be careful when mounting the radio and speakers because the bar on the handlebars has to have room to fit up in the "v" of the angle iron. And don't spend hours polishing the angle iron like I did. As you can see, when it's done it hardly shows. Bag on front side of forks (shown in video) came from Walmart in the back to school isle $2. Patches came from e bay. Camera bag on left side of handlebar (used for gloves) was stole from wife . Tail bag is a cooler from Walmart. Also cut off my tail and installed red LED's as side markers. Installed amber side marker LED's on front fender (seen in video). Took off all the ugly green stickers. Sorry if that offended anyone.






Here's a very poor quality video: http://riverstotalcarcare.com/KLRvideo.3g2

As you might have already guessed, my last bike was a Goldwing 1500SE. When I went to a KLR, the only things I missed were my heated Jackets and my stereo. Wife wanted a backrest and I needed some storage. That's all taken care of now. Backrest is a headrest from an Acura and matched seat well. Took toolbox out and cut a treated 2x4 so it fit down in the hole where the toolbox was. Drilled two holes in wood for the headrest to slide down into. Put a carriage bolt through the wood and put nut on bottom to hold it in on under rear fender. Covered top of wood with black plastic panel. Made small nylon bag that hooks to the headrest bars to hold tools. XDSC 9mm fits nicely in the side of the saddlebag .

Now after all this work, I think I'll just ride it. LOL!

Edited to answer a few peoples question:
Sound:
It sounds great. Well that is for that small of a speaker. I'd rather they sounded like the speakers I have in the house but they're 3 feet tall and have a little advantage on these. I guess my answer should be "They sound better than I expected them to and I am totally pleased with them."

Speaker Mounting:
I discarded the mount that came with the speakers. It was a "U" shaped bracket that the speakers used "thumb wheels" to fasten to. If you take the speaker off the housing you'll find they already have two holes drilled in the housing. I put the housing where I wanted it on the angle iron, and used those holes as a guide and drilled through the angle iron. I used the stainless screws that came with the speakers. Then I put the speaker back on the housing. Note: Discarding the mount made it so I could tuck the speakers in tight to the angle iron. Spread them out so there's room for the radio in the middle later.

Radio Mounting:
There is a bracket that comes with the radio. It has one hole in the "short side" that I didn't use. I drilled two new holes in the short side and used bolts to fasten it to the angle iron. Note: radio must be mounted to the bracket before you bolt bracket to the angle iron. You can't get to the radio bolts once you mount the bracket to the bar.

It took me about 5 hours to do it but I had to design everything. The whole job shouldn't take over a couple of hours it you copy my mounting idea.

The first step is to get the angle iron temporarily mounted to the handlebars. After that's done remove it and do the rest of the mounting in the vise.

Just remember that you have to leave room for the small bar on the handlebars to fit in the pocket of the angle iron. You can't have any bolt sticking down so that would hit the bar.

Last comment. If I had a smaller GPS I would have designed a way to mount the GPS above the radio. The Garmin Zumo 550 is so large that it would block my turn signal light & High beam indicator if I mounted it above the radio. You could also use felt on the back side of the angle iron to protect the handlebars from scratches, but after all it's a KLR. LOL!

I bought my set on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=290425229218 from this guy [email protected]. He shipped it fast and it was $285.00. Make sure you get then set. The radio and antenna can be sold separately.

Oh! And if I catch you out with this set up, you owe me a quarter! Enjoy!

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I lead kind of a sheltered life, but I think that's the first time I have ever seen a stereo on a KLR. Cool mods!
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I lead kind of a sheltered life, but I think that's the first time I have ever seen a stereo on a KLR. Cool mods!
first for me, too




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pretty cool
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Quite a jump from a Wing to the KLR. Looks like you have made it your own.
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The headrest/backrest is ingenious! I never would have thought of re purposing a headrest in that manner. Looks good too!
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The headrest/backrest is ingenious! I never would have thought of re purposing a headrest in that manner. Looks good too!
Was free too!
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nice like it

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SWEET!! Saw a stereo on a sport bike riding to work yesterday and I got jealous.



Have you tested both jackets being on at the same time?? I found that I could not run my Gerbings jacket and gloves at the same time.

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i was going to ask how does your stock charging system handle the load with radio and heated accesories ?
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