How To Install a Rockford Fosgate Rear Speaker Lid Kit on Your Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle

How To Install a Rockford Fosgate Rear Speaker Lid Kit on Your Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle

by Cliff John September 06, 2018

We had the best phone call yesterday with a new customer from Maryland. His name is Kenny and he was looking to upgrade the audio experience on his 2016 Harley-Davidson Road Glide. All he said is he wants his system to be LOUD! With a huge emphasis on the loud part. Specifically, he mentioned he wants everyone in a 3 block radius to know he’s coming, lol.

We asked him about his current audio set up and he said he’s suffering with the Harley-Davidson 4.3 Boom! Box Infotainment System and factory 6.5” fairing speakers and wants it to end immediately (his exact words).

And like most people on the planet, Kenny needed to work within a budget. The most he could spend was $2,000 for his new audio system. He works hard in a wood shop and has been saving money to upgrade his system. Now was the time.

After our detailed discussion we made the following recommendations which Kenny gladly accepted:

  1. Our Sony XAV-AX5000 Plug & Play Bundle - $498 
  2. Our Rockford Fosgate Harley-Davidson Audio Kit w/ 6.5” Speakers - $869.99
  3. Our Rockford Fosgate – Power 14+ Harley-Davidson Rear Audio Kit - $499.99 

Kenny was pumped he’d have a little money left over after his purchase, which he said he was going to use to buy beer. He was kidding. We think.

It turns out Kenny is a very handy guy, with a good amount of tools, and does a lot of his own Harley work. He wanted to take a shot at installing everything himself on his Road Glide. I told him our Sony XAV-AX5000 bundle is a complete plug and play package and takes even a novice handy-person under an hour to install. He had swapped out fairing speakers and installed an amp on a previous bike he owned, so he wasn’t concerned about installing the Rockford Fosgate Audio Kit.

He did have questions, and admittedly, some fear about installing the Rockford Fosgate – Power 14+ Harley-Davidson Rear Audio Kit. Why? Well, he doesn’t currently have speakers in his bags so he’ll need to do some cutting.

We assured Kenny it’s actually easier than he thinks. In the Rockford Fosgate Rear Audio Kit, Rockford provides what they call a speaker cut-out template. And coupled with some basic tools, a small jigsaw with a blade meant to cut plastic, some patience – and follow the included directions to a T – he should have no problem cutting his bags himself to install the new rear audio kit.


NOTE: Kenny is a very handy guy and has experience working on his bike. If you have any apprehension about installing the Rockford Fosgate – Power 14+ Harley-Davidson Rear Audio Kit yourself – we recommend having a Harley-Davidson audio expert handle the install for you. We perform these types of installations all the time – give us a call, 301.825.9007, or submit a contact form with any questions you may have.


To supplement the directions Rockford Fosgate provides for the rear lid kit installation, we shared with Kenny that we have a detailed video which shows each step you need to follow in order to cleanly cut and install the Rockford Rear Audio Kit.

Now, if you watched the video you may have noticed we used the Rockford Lid Kit for use with Soundz Audio rear 6x9 speakers. It was the customers personal preference in the video to use the Soundz speakers but we recommended the customer use the Rockford Lid Kit, well, because it’s fantastic. Despite using Soundz speakers, you’d follow the same steps for the Rockford Fosgate - Power 14+ Harley-Davidson Rear Audio Kit to get your bags ready for a new and incredible audio experience.

You may be asking yourself – why is the Rockford Fosgate 6x9 Lid Kit fantastic? It’s pretty simple. It’s a factory-like lid with factory-like paint that fits your bike and we can easily modify it to put any 6x9 speaker in your bags. Of course, the Rockford 6x9 Lid Kit in the video comes standard with the Rockford Fosgate – Power 14+ Harley-Davidson Rear Audio Kit Kenny purchased.

Important to note: Rockford does not sell the lid kit separately. It is included as a part of their rear speaker packages, such as the Rockford Fosgate - Power 14+ Harley-Davidson Rear Audio Kit that Kenny bought. 

The point is - if you're handy - you can install Rockford rear speakers yourself. If you're not or just don't want to install them yourself, well, you're certainly not alone and that's what we're here for. 

If you have a ‘98 to ‘13 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide and Ultra Classic or ‘06 - ‘13 Street Glide you can have essentially the exact same Sony/Rockford Fosgate set Kenny bought as well: 

  1. Our Sony XAV-AX5000 w/ Metra 95-HDIF Inner Fairing - starting at $859 
  2. Our Rockford Fosgate Harley-Davidson Front Audio Kit - $849.99 
  3. Our Rockford Fosgate – Power ‘98-’13 Harley-Davidson Rear Audio Kit - $499.99 
Interested in the same set up Kenny purchased? Give us a call, 301.825.9007, or submit a contact form below and we’re happy to set you up with a conversation with one of our Harley-Davidson audio experts.

Cliff John
Cliff John


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