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  1. Hmm looked up the barons risers. They look like they would be pretty easy to install. I wonder how those that installed like them? I dont really need to actually "rise" the bars more than I need to bring them back. If I just sit naturally and rest my arm on the bars the grips hit me right in the middle of my fingers. I have to lean forward a little bit to get a good grip. If the bars were just a few inches back I can just relax, lean back and enjoy the ride. I had the same exact problem with my FJ09.
  2. Yea I love having the freedom to move the handlebars more. I'm looking at things a little closer and I don't know if I will have the clearance between the risers and shroud around the ignition but I am just not sure. Its one of those things that you don't really know until you actually try doing it. That's the biggest reason I am asking. I would hate to spend $75-$80 for something that I find out that doesn't work when I try installing them. I hate when that happens.
  3. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rox-pivoting-risers-for-1-handlebars I bought a set of these for my 2015 FJ-09 and I really love them. I was able to put the bars right in the perfect spot. I notice with my 07 RSV, my position is almost in the exact same spot as my FJ-09 was before I put on the risers. I am thinking of getting a set and putting them on the RSV as well just so I can move the bars back a little. Only thing I am kind of iffy on is the cables and clearances. I dropped the front end an inch so in my mind I am thinking I should be fine but I have not really dug into the bike enough to know for sure. Do I have much leeway with the cables or will I end up running into binding and stretching issues? Has anybody else used these on the RSV's?
  4. Oh so it's not the case itself that comes apart but the black rubber that's on top of the armrest that comes off and you access the speaker from the top?
  5. So let me get this right. They installed a set of speakers into something that's glued together and the only way to get to them is to break it? Ugh.... that sounds like a bad design.
  6. I decided to go with the smoked lense because I got the smoked lenses for all the turn signals. Just making everything match. The smoked turn signals look pretty sharp.
  7. Thanks for explaining all of this. It definitely makes me consider what needs to be done. I had my stator go out on my 06 vstar 650 once and that wasn't a fun fix. I can't imagine what it would be like on this bike. I like to keep certain things stock and that's one of them, considering the OEM part is much better than aftermarket "high performance" part. Sometimes bigger is not better. I am starting to think that is a general rule when it comes to this sound system. It sounds like me switching to LED headlights was a big help though. It has freed myself up a little if I decide to upgrade. I am eventually going to switch to an LED brake light. This one is pretty spendy but it looks like it's much better quality than the chinese part. Plus the LED's have a better spacing than the others. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-Dynamics-Genesis-II-LED-Taillight-for-Yamaha-V-Star-Royal-Star-Venture/141574762626?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Db7cce60f0136433f8df75abb1844defb%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D11%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D232804272998%26itm%3D141574762626&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Ab17e65e7-c2b5-11e8-864a-74dbd180c78d%7Cparentrq%3A1d9573971660aa66b3d25b0ffffe29bd%7Ciid%3A1 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tail-Light-Smoke-Lens-for-Yamaha-1999-2003-Road-Star-1996-2008-Royal-Star/123175818179?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Db7cce60f0136433f8df75abb1844defb%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D10%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D232804272998%26itm%3D123175818179&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Ab17e65e7-c2b5-11e8-864a-74dbd180c78d%7Cparentrq%3A1d9573971660aa66b3d25b0ffffe29bd%7Ciid%3A1 I want to eventually go full LED for the turn signals. Not sure if I will just deal with the high flash rate or not. I guess it's all about personal preference. But then again in that department I am not dealing with that much wattage. If I am to the point where my turn signals affect my sound system then I am pushing my luck and the limits too far. On a side note: I know this discussion of getting the most out of a 4" speaker sounds silly but if anything, others that might have the same questions can get answers. I mean look at the discussion we have had. There are not very many posts that have multiple pages in the forums. The best thing is that the conversation is current. There are posts and questions that have been made in the past but those are from several years ago. Things have changed, newer and better things have been made since then. Technology moves so fast nowadays that a lot can change in a matter of a year or so. It's good to rehash certain topics just for the mere fact that because technology has gotten better, it can possibly open up a whole new world that people haven't even thought about a couple years ago. Also look at the amount of content we have covered. Everything from headsets to full on sound systems and now LED conversions to get as much out of the charging system as possible. I have learned a lot and this has given me a lot to think about. When I bought this bike a month ago, upgrading the sound system was the last thing on my mind. I was actually happy to even have one just for the mere fact is that it is a unique and premium item to have on a motorcycle. Even if I decide to not even upgrade, I have had fun discussing it and I hope the discussion keeps going. Ok back on track.... I went out and looked at the rear speakers and how I would get to them. At first glance I am totally baffled as to how to even get to them. How do you open things up to get to them to change them out? Is it just those 4 little allenhead screws or is there a lot more to it? Also there is a little black rubber space in the middle of the backrest between those screws below the padding. What's that for? It looks like a space for some kind of aftermarket addon or something.
  8. Ya know I just realized something. Here I am trying to plan an upgrade to an audio system and I am putting the cart before the horse. I guess I should start from the ground and work my way up instead of looking at speakers, amps and such first. I mean its easy to look at a speaker or amp and say "OOOoo that looks good" But then if I ran the sound system my battery would go dead in a matter of minutes and all the wiring on the bike would melt. So I will do just that. Lets see what I have and what I can work with. To start from square one I should probably get some numbers. Like the charging system. What are the numbers I can work with power wise? How many spare amps or volts do I have to work with so I will not overload the system by getting an amp that draws too much. What are the specifications of the stock sound system? I just recently changed my stock headlights out for LED, does that give me a little more fudge factor power wise or is that negligible? Sorry for the dumb questions. Like I have said before, when it comes to wires and electricity I am damn near retarded. All I know is red is hot and black is ground, getting shocked hurts and electricity makes really bright lights and welding rods melt.
  9. That's good to know about the limited space in for the rear speakers. I'm sure a lot of you are wondering "why in the world even worry about trying to make a stereo system with 4" speakers sound good?" Well why not. If anything this is a learning experience. Learning the limitations of something and working around those limitations is one of the best teachers a person can have. It makes a person think outside the box and think of doing things other people haven't tried or didn't think of. I mean what's the worse that can happen? I come out with a system that sounds a little better and I learned something new. In my search I found an amp that might work. I will have to take some measurements inside the fairing to see if it would fit. I think this should power anything I decide that I want to use, or can use as far as speakers go. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JEC0YFQ/?coliid=I2ERZOE7SJINMR&colid=2KZPGHQBVX0S6&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it I think the Hertz speakers are probably way more expensive than I should even consider but it's a possibility to think about. In the end I probably won't use them but you never know.
  10. I remember several years ago I installed a set of Hertz speakers in my 08 pontiac grand prix to replace the stock crappy speakers. They sounded awesome but they were pretty spendy. It was a good route to go because I could turn up the volume to the point I couldn't handle it for too long before they would start distorting. I am almost thinking of going a different route and installing a set on the RSV. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_301DCX1003/Hertz-DCX-100-3.html?tp=102&awkw=481974271842&awat=pla&awnw=g&awcr=285325365514&awdv=c&awug=1027622&gclid=Cj0KCQjwuafdBRDmARIsAPpBmVWsZdgaxtEO-LjyCLmIKUwRIw1SZrhK9OXHtVonpFgdbbTZooBV5UUaAg_zEALw_wcB I am trying to find what the specs are on the stock stereo system but I can't so I have no idea if these are even possible to even use. God I wish I knew more about this kind of stuff. I guess that's why every time i've dealt with it I just let the pros handle it. But I want to learn more and know what my limits are with this. Funny thing about all my motorcycles they have all opened up new avenues of stuff for me to learn. Looks like this bike is teaching me about sound systems. What about amps? I know I am really limited in this part because of the limited charging system and battery, but what is out there that I can use... what are my limits there?
  11. That's really interesting, I thought the stock speakers were some all weather special marine type speaker. Now that I know that they are just plain speakers. I dont think I will worry so much about things being that waterproof. Sounds like my main problem might be the mounting situation. I wont really have to worry about water that much when washing since I just use a spray bottle with water and a microfiber towel to wipe the bike down. I might just keep some plastic bags or saran wrap with some tape handy in a pack for emergencies to cover up the speakers in case for some fluke I get caught in the rain which in 10 years that has only happened once. The reason I want to change out the speakers is I found out that the stock speakers really dont like my type of music. Turning them up to Marilyn Manson, Korn or Motorhead tends to make them distort pretty bad.
  12. Ok so here's another dumb question. What about these speakers? https://www.amazon.com/Rockford-Fosgate-P142-Coaxial-Speakers/dp/B001P86T1U?keywords=4"+speakers&qid=1537804939&sr=8-7 Even though it's not a marine speaker I dont plan on riding in any torrential downpours or storing my bike outdoors. How would these hold up in a just in case scenario like getting caught out in the rain. Would it be stupid to put just plain auto speakers in?
  13. I went ahead and bought myself this. https://www.ebay.com/itm/7-LED-Daymaker-Headlight-Passing-Lights-Fit-Yamaha-Royal-Star-Venture-XVZ1300/282559788361?fits=Year%3A2007%7CMake%3AYamaha&epid=16004752496&hash=item41c9e03549:g:k7AAAOSw2sZbLMqa Now I am trying to install it and I am confused. From the posts of others that have bought similar headlights, they say to mount the new mounting bracket you have to drill and tap 3 holes in the stock bracket. Nobody really shows or says where to drill the holes. I am sitting in my garage scratching my head looking like a chimpanzee with an etch-a-sketch. I've tried to look at pictures of other peoples installs and I am just not getting it. To me it looks like the little post that is welded to the stock mounting bracket that holds the headlight stationary is going to be in the way. Do I have to cut or break that off? Man I wish there was some detailed instructions on how to do this.
  14. What year Goldwing? Same year? Or is there just a certain year that works?
  15. Just curious is there parts that are compatible that are for other brands that fit the 2nd gen venture? Like will some parts that are for a goldwing, harley or victory lets say, that for some reason fit a 99-13 venture? I've seen some parts that I would love to have (like a luggage rack or trunk organizer) that fit other bikes that look like they would fit ours but I don't want to go and buy it and it wont work.
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