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Goldwing Mods and Upgrades!

I purchased a 2007 Wing in March of 2010, it had 5000 miles on it, it has 25000 miles now. I have seen a lot of questions about what things people should upgrade first. Here is what and when I upgraded and my opinion of the upgrade. Like everything, you have to form your own opinion, I Hope this helps a little!

Traxxion, The Fully Monty : June 2010, expensive but worth every penny!

Kuryakyn Grips and Throttle Boss: June 2010, removed in Sept 2010, I didn't find them comfortable, and they really cut the amount of heat coming from the heated grips. Replaced in Mar 2011 with Grip Puppies which are perfect!

Alaska Sheepskins: June 2010, Love them (ugly as sin, but very comfortable, 1000 mile days without numb butt!)

Soundgate: Apr 2011, so far so good

Polk DB501: Mar 2011, replaced all 4 speakers, very, very disappointed. Around town at lower speeds sound quality is improved above 60 mph sound quality and volume levels are insufficient!

Ultimate Backrest: Mar 2011, as scary as it was to cut into the seat, install was pretty straightforward, and it makes a huge difference on longer rides!

Garmin Zumo 660: transferred it from my VTX in Mar 2010, I like it, but on a motorcycle GPS you should be able to search for nearby Motorcycle shops a function that is sadly lacking!

Darkside: Apr 2011, Excellent, Nuff said!

Fibroconcept Trailer with pet option: June 2008, Awesome! and DOG is my co-pilot!

Kuryakyn Switchblade Highway Pegs: May 2010

Fog Lamps: March 2010 Excellent, I use them as running lights all the time!

Kuryakyn Triple Exhaust Extensions: May 2011, look good, keeps the exhaust off the dog!

Aerostich Intercom adaptors: May 2011, Gr8 product, excellent sound

Honda Spoiler with Brake light: May 2010, very nice!

Radio Knob Mod for Gas Cap and RH pocket: May 2010 Love it!

I'm sure I forgot something, and after reviewing my list I'm going to make sure my wife doesn't see it!

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What brand fog lights and what kind of CT did you go with. I am seriously considering go to the dark side. Thanks

If you want to add another product I highly recomend the Muth blue tint turn signal mirrors. easy install and add a safer ride and looks very classy.

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What brand fog lights and what kind of CT did you go with. I am seriously considering go to the dark side. Thanks

If you want to add another product I highly recomend the Muth blue tint turn signal mirrors. easy install and add a safer ride and looks very classy.
TY for the reccomendation. I have a Falken on the back and am installing a BT709 on the front on Tuesday. I have no idea what brand the Foglamps are, The PO hhad them put on when I got the bike from him along with a chrome cowl. I'll try to remember to try and pick up a name off of them next time I am out in the garage. They are halogen and work very well!

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Traxxion Suspension




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Thanks for sharing your mods. I do have a question about one mod that confused me.

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Polk DB501: Mar 2011, replaced all 4 speakers, very, very disappointed. Around town at lower speeds sound quality is improved above 60 mph sound quality and volume levels are insufficient!
How did you fit the db501 in the front? The 501 is used in the front only on the 01-05 bikes. The front speakers on the 06-10 take a 6.5" speaker, and the db501 is only a 5". Most owners have been using the db651 in the front.

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Thanks for sharing your mods. I do have a question about one mod that confused me.



How did you fit the db501 in the front? The 501 is used in the front only on the 01-05 bikes. The front speakers on the 06-10 take a 6.5" speaker, and the db501 is only a 5". Most owners have been using the db651 in the front.
Hi Larry, I hope you didn't think my post on the Polks was a shot at you or any one else! After spending a pile of money (things are much pricier here) I found out that on the 2007 the speaker mounts came in two sizes http://gl1800riders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=276528 ( Check jay905 comments) and I ended up with the smaller opening. Of course, I didnt find this out until after I tried modifying the db651 to fit. So, after buying 2 * db651 and 2*db501 I ended up having to buy another 2*db501 for the front. I have packed my openings with polyfil, which made a slight improvement, but overall the experience has been pretty frustrating and not cheap. I may get brave and try to enlarge the speaker openings over the winter but that looks like it will involve cutting/grinding into some pretty thick steel. I appreciate your and everyone's reccommendations. It just didn't pan out for me. TY

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Love my 03' GW, but when looking at it at nite; Scarey! From side view, was not much to notice. My first big issue was adding lights to be seen. Replace reflectors with LED ones, opera leds over valve covers, and a set of saddlebag/trunks lights. Spoiler and led brake light followed, then front fog lights. Comfort next with handlebar risers, backrest, foam grip puppies, and tunnel filters. Luxury followed with windbender and electric, gps, better speakers, better intercom (autocomm), spring suspension replacement, xm radio, steering damper, lowering kit, forkbrace, airwings, highway pegs, butler cups, and more odds and ends. Finally spent more on extra's, then full cost of GW! Do Not do this all a once $$$$$
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