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External bed speakers

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by schiz94, May 15, 2011.

  1. May 15, 2011 at 3:27 PM
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    schiz94

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    Im wanting to put some water proof marine speakers in the bed in those cubby holes but dont know where to start or what to get. anyone have any ideas? i searched but was a bit unsuccesful. any help is appreciated
     
  2. May 15, 2011 at 4:51 PM
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    Check out West Marine. They are one of the largest marine retailers in the US. They should have what you need.
     
  3. May 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM
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    SouthernTaco007 has some they are pretty cool.
     
  4. May 15, 2011 at 6:55 PM
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  6. May 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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    wiring is pretty simple.

    I ran a pair of wires to each speaker, then I hooked them up to a DPST switch, then tapped into the rear speakers using a couple of these

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  8. May 22, 2011 at 9:09 PM
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    :facepalm: never mind i just read the write up haha
     
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    Keep in mind that splicing into your rear speakers to add another speaker will change the ohms and will put more stress on the amp...
     
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    literally was just thinkin of this last night
     
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    I didn't read any of the write ups on the build. That is a nice install. That looks like a cool idea. My only concern is would the speakers be on all the time? Or would you be able to turn them on when you need them? Just a couple of questions on the topic.
     
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    I plan to install a completely seperate system in the bed, gonna mount a reciever in one of the pockets at the back and speakers in other places. I have a canopy on it and am pretty good with fabbing up waterproof housings so I don't think it will be an issue, I will be using an IPOD and XM radio for tunes....
     
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    i recently added bed speakers. took out the bed pockets and made some plastic plates to bolt 5.25" marine speakers in the resulting rectangle opening. foam baffles protect the speakers from the back.

    it's an independently powered system, using a mini $30 2 channel amp from ebay. the signal is coming from the rear preamp outputs on my head unit. amp power is tapped from a circuit on the interior fuse box. the hot power wire (14ga) runs through a toggle switch on the dash so i can turn on/off the system any time. amp is under the driver seat and is grounded on the chassis a few inches away. speaker wires (18ga) are run out the rubber boot under the driver seat and up the frame to the bed.

    they sound really thin, but can get loud if needed. degraded sound quality in this application is a product of small cheap speakers and the open air application. for hanging out/loading/camping etc it's perfect. so far it works flawlessly, even through the sun and rain.

    parts list:
    5.25" pyle marine speakers - $16
    foam baffles - $10
    mini 2 channel amp for motorcycles - $30
    plastic mounting plates - $8
    mini atc fuse tap - $10
    toggle switch - $3
    wires - $10

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    ^^^ Awesome..... Going to show this to my stereo guys and see what they can do..... Hopefully getting it done soon.
     
  18. Sep 19, 2011 at 6:53 AM
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    i like this idea
     
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    Make us some custom brackets :)
     
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