Center Mount 10" Harley woofer Installation
This article applies to both American Hard Bag subwoofer mounts as well as our pro audio 10" woofer mounts. Both of these products are essentially the same. The pro audio woofer mounts are a bit slimmer and have a different woofer bolt pattern. The templates, grills, and all hardware are all the same.
Remove the bag from the bike and remove lid and all hardware.
Tape up the bag with a quality delicate surface specialty tape (3M Edgelock works best) to protect the painted surfaces of your bags.
Positioning the Mount in the Bag
Lay the bag down on a flat surface with the hinge side facing up. Tip: Tape the inside of the bag with a bright colored masking tape. 3M makes a nice yellow tape that can be found at any auto body paint store.
When determining the vertical alignment of the woofer mount in the bag it is critical that you take into account clearance for the woofer at the bottom of the bag, as well as the mount. To do this, temporarily bolt the woofer to the mount and place the entire assembly in the bag. Note how far down the assembly will go in the bag before either the woofer frame touches the half round extrusion at the bottom of the bag (see pic below) or the woofer mount touches the bottom of the bag. It is a good idea to allow a couple off millimeters of space between the woofer frame If the woofer frame touches the bag. Some woofers do not come into contact with the bag at all. If your woofer comes into contact with the bag, place a small amount of the gasket that is supplied in your kit onto the frame of the speaker where it will touch the extrusion at the bottom of the bag. The assembly will be spaced just a little off of the extrusion. Also note that the bottom corner of the bag has a radius between the vertical wall and the bag bottom. You do not want the woofer mount bottom to be on this radius as it will not allow the mount to sit flat.
The woofer grill hole should be centered on the shock hump in the bag. Look closely at all four corners and edges of the grill hole.
Twin 8" woofer kit shown above is very similar to the 10" kit.
Mark the woofer mount's position with a pen or marker.
Check for lid clearance.
Remove the mount and position the woofer on the mount. Take care to properly center the woofer on the mount. Fasten the woofer to the mount with just two screws. Now put the mount and woofer combination back into the bag and realign in the bag to the points that you marked earlier. With both the woofer and the mount in the bag, carefully check that the lid, hardware, and that any accessories (like lid speakers) will all clear the woofer and the mount once assembled. Always do this before committing to drilling any holes.
Drilling the mounting holes
Remove the woofer and insert a 1/8" drill bit down through each of the mounting points. Spin the drill bit by hand to mark each hole. Once all holes are marked, remove the mount and drill each hole with an angle drill, a 3/16" drill bit, and a power drill.
Mount shown in picture above may be different that yours.
Mounting the square templates
Your subwoofer kit comes with two identical square grill templates. One template will be temporarily mounted to the outside of the bag and the other will be temporarily mounted to the inside of the bag. Flip the bag over so that the side of the bag that normally faces the wheel is now facing up. Position the square grill template over the bag and align the three mounting holes. The holes will only line up one way. Towards the front of the bag there is a single hole and towards the rear of the bag there are two holes. Use the supplied 3" machine screws, and to clamp both of the templates to the bag (one inside and one outside).
The template that is mounted to the outside of the bag is there to give you a visual reference and a flat surface to work with while rough cutting the grill hole out with a jig saw. The inside square template is there to give your router bits bearing a surface to ride on while routing the grill hole.
Cutting the grill hole
Now use a large drill to make a pilot hole for your jigsaw blade. Keep the hole away from the edge by about 1/4". Use a jig saw with a blade that is suitable in length to cut out the grill hole. Leave about 3/16" of material all the way around the outside edge.
Routing a perfect grill hole
Use the supplied flush trim router bit with a hand held router to finish out the hole. Warning!: be sure that the bit height is properly set so that the bearing of the bit meets with the inside square template. Carefully check that the bearing will make proper contact with the template at all points around the opening. Some bags have a deeper shock channel towards the bottom of the bag. So Check this twice!
Once everything is set, it's a good idea to clamp the bag to your work bench or have a second person assist you by holding the bag. Wear safety glasses! route the hole out.
On fiberglass bags the edge of the hole can be painted black for a nicer look.
Putting the grill in place
Now all the hard work is done.Remove the square template Remove the woofer mount
Use the supplied double sided acrylic mounting tape to adhere the grill in place. Take time to center the grill and position the tape so that the tape is not visible through the hole. Tip: The supplied mounting tape is seriously strong stuff. properly clean the area of the bag that will make contact with the tape. make sure you position the grill right the first time; you might not easily get it back off!
Gasket the woofer mount
Use the supplied thick foam gasket around the grill opening on the woofer mount. Use the thinner supplied foam gasket to pad the woofer mount along all surfaces that will come in contact with the bag.
Mounting your woofer
Mounts that have been purchased for specific woofers (Kenwood & JL) will have threaded steel mounting points for the woofer as well as proper stainless steel fasteners for that specific woofer.
Universal mounts will not have speaker mounting hardware. For universal mounts center the woofer over the mount on your bench outside of the bag. Make sure that the woofers surround and cone do not make contact with the mount. To do this, press down on the cone and feel along the inside of the speakers rubber surround. Make sure that the cone of the speaker can not reach the bottom of the mount at full excursion. The woofers that we recommend for these mounts do not have a problem with bottoming out. This step can be skipped for recommended woofers.
Now that you have checked all clearances; drill the woofer mounting holes into the mount with the woofer in place. Make sure that you are using the proper size drill bit for your pilot holes. Tip: Use a bit of car wax on your screws before threading them in. It will allow you to screw them in much more easily.
Warning! Do not use screws that are too long to mount the woofer.
Once you have made all of your pilot holes, gasket the front of your woofer and screw down to the mount.
Mount the Mount
Place the mount back into the bag and thread in all fasteners. Note that there are different size fasteners for various parts of the mount. The stainless washers with rubber grommets on them are for the outside of the bag to protect the painted finish. On the forward most fastener there are two large stainless washers, two large rubber washers and an aluminum spacer. One of each of these stainless washers and rubber washers will go on either side of the bag at that location. The aluminum spacer bridges the gap between the woofer mount and the bag.
Front Mounting Point
The picture above shows how the hardware should be arranged at the forward most mounting point. Looking down into the bag at the mounting point that is located at the front of the bag. This fastener uses an aluminum spacer and a series of washers.
- Subwoofer mount
- Steel threaded insert (pressed into the mount at the factory)
- Stainless steel washer
- Large stainless steel washers (one inside the bag and one outside the bag)
- Large rubber washers (one inside the bag and one outside the bag)
- 2" stainless steel screw
- Saddlebag inner wall
- 3/4" aluminum (non-threaded) spacer
The four fasteners points shown below no longer run through the bag on the latest generation of woofer mounts. These fasteners will be installed for you during assembly at the factory. There will be a total of 7 fasteners that go all the way through the bag to clamp the woofer mount in place.
Caution: When threading machine screws into the threaded fasteners on the woofer mount, take care not to cross thread or allow the fasteners to gall. Patients is required; do it by hand. The fasteners must be aligned properly and not threaded together at an angle. The threaded rivets in the woofer mount can be a bit tricky. If it feels like the screw is binding; it is. Back it out and try again. The bag will flex slightly (conform to the flat shape of the woofer mount). This is normal and desirable. The rear most portion of the mount will reinforce the bag in the process, making it more rigid and a better speaker enclosure.
You are done. Set your amps and crank it!