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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 08-19-2015, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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2012 audio upgrade help

I am in the process of upgrading the audio on my 12 and ran into some issues. I changed out all the speakers for polks and I have a sony xplod amp ready to be installed. That is where I am stuck. I cant find the stock amp, I read it is under the rear fender but after a long search I still can't locate it. I also can't find the output wires running from the amp to the speakers. I assume there are no RCA outputs on the factory amp, so my next idea was to run the speaker wires from the factory amp to the sony amp then to the speakers. I checked every wire under the seat and couldn't find the speaker wires that run to the front speakers. Is there an easier way to wire the aftermarket amp to the factory sound? Any help is appreciated.
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Pull the rear black plastic that has the license plate on it. With that off, you will see a back box above the rear tire. The amp is in that box. I doubt there are any RCA jacks. This system is not like an aftermarket system.

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I doubt there are any RCA jacks. This system is not like an aftermarket system.
Any idea where the wire harness runs for the factory amp in that case?
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The amp is the black box, right behind the rear fender that holds license plate, you don't need to worry about the amp, all you need to know is where the plug is located under the seat. Тhis is what the amp plug under the seat looks like. It's a bundle of 20 wires and per manual it's called P20. Next thing you need to know is the wire color codes. But just to give you an idea, 8 of those are for radio out, 8 for amp out and 4 for power. Only smart thing Honda did was, they used 2 wires for positive and 2 for negative (instead of running thicker wires).

Ps: the sony xplod amp is no good, it heats up quickly and shuts itself down. If you'll keep it, next thing you'll have to deal with is to install fans around the amp. Although Sony was a good brand for home electronics, it's not a proper brand for car electronics, here's the right brands you should be looking for: Clarion, Alpine, Blaupunkt.
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I have this 6.75" rear speaker housing upgrade, let me know if you want a pair.
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I also upgraded my speakers front and rear on my 2013 wing... (Polk Audio) I used this Amp and it is also used by several others here on this site...has a built in fan and never had a problem shutting down due to heat...it is very simple to hook up as well... and you DO NOT have to cut into the Audio harness of your bike to install it

http://www.arcaudio.com/p/ks-125-2-bx-mini

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Thanks for the plug info. Im sure I can figure out the color coding Honda used. I will give the Sony amp a shot, only cost me a few bucks. If I have overheating issues I will try something else. Will that Arc amp fit in the top trunk? It looks alot bigger than my Sony.
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Thanks for the plug info. Im sure I can figure out the color coding Honda used. I will give the Sony amp a shot, only cost me a few bucks. If I have overheating issues I will try something else. Will that Arc amp fit in the top trunk? It looks alot bigger than my Sony.
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The Amp is 7 1/4 L 1.7 H 4 3/4 W it is really a nice Amp and like I said you don't need to cut into the wire harness

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The Amp is 7 1/4 L 1.7 H 4 3/4 W it is really a nice Amp and like I said you don't need to cut into the wire harness

How do you hook up the output from the factory amp then?
Also it looks like that amp is only 2 channels.....
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