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Old 01-29-2017, 08:54 AM   #1
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Cheap Beats Pill Mounting Bracket

This is a little something I thought I'd share. I enjoy some tunes while I'm riding and I don't have a bagger, so I normally wear ear buds and use my phone. It works well for when I'm riding by myself and on the highway, but some buddies of mine and I have a trip planned for Bike Week in Daytona in March and I figure there will be a lot a red light/traffic time and I want to be able to talk back and forth if I need to. So I started looking for some alternatives. I found that good handlebar mounted speakers are pretty expensive and I really didn't want to take away from the apes that I recently installed on my bike by mounting some huge speakers on them. Really couldn't find anything that I liked. Found my son's old Beats Pill and started skulling. Saw an idea in "Road to Rod" that AcedIt posted where he cleverly used a PVC fitting to mount his mirrors and modified it a little. I think it cost me about $5 total (not including paint that I already had) to build and works great. Started off with an 1 1/2" PVC Tee, a fitting that was called a 3/4" X 1/2" snap on PVC fitting, and I believe they called it a 1/2" PVC adjustable riser. All of the fittings were found in the plumbing section at my local Lowes. Here's a picture of the snap on fitting and the adjustable riser. I have somehow deleted the picture of the 1 1/2" Tee before I modified it, but I trust you will have no problem finding the bin that says "1 1/2" Tee"....

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Old 01-29-2017, 09:06 AM   #2
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AcedIt used a regular threaded 3/4" PVC tee and some brass fittings to make his mirror mounts and used a hacksaw to cut out the slot to clip over his handlebars, I saw these and figured it would save me the trouble! I used the adjustable riser (I believe the part actually is used in sprinkler systems because that's the section that I found them in) only to use for the threads. I needed a close nipple and the steel and brass looked too long to be able to get the two tees neck to neck. I cut a section of the 1/2" threads off with a hacksaw and cleaned the burrs with a razor knife. Screwed half of the threads into each of the threaded outlets of the tees. I think I forgot to mention that the snap on was a 3/4" X 1/2" threaded tee with the 1/2" single outlet being threaded. The 1 1/2" tee was also 1 1/2" X 1/2" threaded with the 1/2" outlet being threaded too. Here's a picture of it put together and painted, sorry for the lack of pics for the process, but most of my projects were completed in the last few months and I just kinda snapped some pics and put them all in a file to post later. Some of them got lost I guess. Noob mistake.

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Old 01-29-2017, 09:10 AM   #3
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Using a hacksaw, I cut a section out of the larger tee just big enough for the pill to slip in and wrap just a little around the edges, so not quite half of the pipe diameter. I also used a file to knock the sharp inside edge off to allow the speaker to slip in a little easier. Also drilled a hole (about 3/4" I think, to be able to access the power button in the back of the Beats Pill.

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Old 01-29-2017, 09:15 AM   #4
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The section I cut out of the larger tee also allowed me access to the volume buttons and the "b" button which operates the play/pause and skip/last functions on the speaker. Convenient if you keep your phone in your pocket.

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Old 01-29-2017, 09:19 AM   #5
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I used some sports grip tape on the inside of the smaller tee to tighten it up on the handlebars and really make it stick.





I had it laying around...I use it to wrap the handles of my fishing poles...my other love...Hey, it works.
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Old 01-29-2017, 09:28 AM   #6
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The end result....









I will say that it works pretty good around town. I have straight pipes so the little speaker isn't loud enough over about 45-50 mph, but that's not what I wanted it for. I wanted it from red light to red light. It's great for cruising around town. I think if you have stock exhaust or a windshield, it would really be great. My bike is pretty loud and it's the wind noise over 50 mph more that anything that over powers the speaker. At any rate, It's pretty low profile and comes off easily with no wiring. Just thought that someone might could use the idea, hope it helps.
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