Okay, here's the set up. I have the ARAI XD helmet and an iPod Mini? i think it's called. Doesn't matter, you'll see it soon. Then, I have a Motorola Droid by Verizon. Couldn't afford the bill though, so now I have Cricket...
I took a couple old crappy headsets, you know, the ones that come free with the phone? And I cut em all up and re-soldered them back together to make it into an extension. This pic shows it with male ends, but the final product will have a female end to go from the helmet to the extension to the phone. Originally, I had it hardwired, but that was WAY too much of a pain to coil up 3 feet of wire into my helmet every time I took it off!:
Got on ebay and found the cheapest speakers I could find, while keeping impedance, frequency range, and decent quality in mind. For the money (about 15 bucks) I found a set.
The speakers were wired together with a stereo male 3.5mm on the end, so I just cut the earbuds off of another headset and soldered a stereo female
3.5mm onto it. Voila, speakers now connected to headset. THEN, just ran the wires behind all the padding inside the helmet so that the headset microphone was on the left side of my mouth. This way, I can reach up to push the "talk" button on the microphone without having to look away from the road.
Since this helmet has the little neck flap wind thingy on the back of it, I just tucked away the bottom end of the headset into it, as the picture shows. This is the end that you would normally plug into a phone in order to make a call, listen to music, etc.
So that iPod I was talking about, here it is!:
Then, I figured I may as well rig up my phone to it right?!!? Why not, I mean, this way, I'd be able to have VOICE activated GPS Navigation on my freakin motorcycle!! Weeeeee! .... Strom! So I just zip tied the car mount that I got with the phone to the dash of the bike. It's not connected right now because I'm just about to do a full tune up on it and it was in the way, but here's where it was:
Now of course, I didn't have a 12v adapter yet, but using this super-computer phone while riding around really killed the battery, so I just put one in.
After installation, I just ran the wire up the side of the gas tank and popped it up in front of the forks. I just wrapped it around that thing in the picture to hold it in place, due to the wire being springy.
Hmm, well I think that's everything. Let me know if you have any questions, I'd be happy to help anyone else do this! It works great, sounds great(I wear earplugs while going on the highway and it still kicks at those high speeds with all the wind and traffic noise!)
, and doesn't look like hell! I'm all about doing what you can with what you got for as cheap as possible! The free-er the better-er. er.. Yup, anyways, I hope you enjoy!