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Unread 12-02-2013, 02:05 AM   #1
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Waterproof Stereo (head unit)

My TJ usually spends the summer topless. I'm looking for a head unit that'll withstand the elements. I know "check marine stereos" but I have an most are only water proof to an extent. I'm also looking for speakers for the soundbar.

Any advice would be awesome . I'm aware this topic has been brought up before, but from mobile search, it was done in 08. I'm sure there's some cool new toys out.


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Unread 12-03-2013, 05:52 AM   #2
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Check out Fusion marine head units. I think the larger units are similar in dimension to DIN sized auto units. Probably won't need an amp either if you are just running stock speaker set up.
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Unread 12-03-2013, 06:00 AM   #3
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I'll check that out today. I had already installed Rockford T1 6.5 in the soundbar. No amp though. Only thing amped is my P3 sub. But I'm thinking of things to do to hide it too
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Unread 12-14-2013, 03:27 AM   #4
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Is there any other advice? I saw these and 400 is steep to pay when I live in the ghetto. Haha. My luck it'll get stolen.
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I've never had an issue with plain old head units. Marine is a waste of money IMO. Marine just means corrosion resistant and a true water-proof head unit is going to cost way more than it's worth. And for speakers, any speaker that doesn't have a paper cone can be considered "water-proof".
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Unread 12-14-2013, 05:39 PM   #6
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use one of those flip covers from marine units.

Like this

also there isn't much that will get you "water proof", water resistant and splash resistant should be fine for rain showers. any high pressure water or submersion and you'll be screwed, so don't take your topless jeep through the car wash and don't use it as a submarine and you'll be ok.
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No submarine use?!? Nooooo!!!!!
That was what I was going to do. Actually I was hoping to install a boat motor on it like in UK Top gear..


Will that cover work for any single din unit
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Unread 12-15-2013, 01:07 AM   #8
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No submarine use?!? Nooooo!!!!!
That was what I was going to do. Actually I was hoping to install a boat motor on it like in UK Top gear..

Will that cover work for any single din unit
They're made for single din units
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Unread 12-15-2013, 04:50 PM   #9
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I'll see if I can find one. I need it
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Unread 12-15-2013, 05:58 PM   #10
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also there isn't much that will get you "water proof", water resistant and splash resistant should be fine for rain showers. any high pressure water or submersion and you'll be screwed, so don't take your topless jeep through the car wash and don't use it as a submarine and you'll be ok.
This was posted by a JeepForum member a while back; not sure if he still posts here, but he did make this video.



Not sure I would do such a test...




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Unread 12-15-2013, 06:01 PM   #11
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An alternate approach would be a Tuffy box with radio compartment. Water, theft resistant, and you can use any radio you like.
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Unread 12-15-2013, 06:09 PM   #12
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Those cover things aren't a bad I idea. I'd thought about one at one point.

Imo, if you're want to keep the radio dry in case you get caught topless in the rain, get a windjammer...most of the rain getting up front when you're topless in the rain (& moving) is from the back of the jeep.

I actually did a 3hr drive topless with a windjammer, from one coast of FL to the other & it was raining the whole time. Some of the rain on the trip got pretty heavy, but with the windjammer on, I/the radio/the windshield stayed dry.

...well I got wet in traffic & on some on/off ramps...but hardly wet

Obviously, in FL there's lots of rain & as much as I try to avoid it, I've driven topless in rain multiple times.

My alpine headunit has gotten wet multiple times & works perfectly. I try not to let water get "in" it though.

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Unread 12-15-2013, 07:23 PM   #13
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There's not really so way to make the head unit waterproof. You can try using no head unit and an amp instead, stash the amp in the center console. The best head unit option is splash resistant which is all most marine units are, and corrosion resistant boards. If a unit gets wet, don't power it up and it should be fine when it dries.
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Unread 12-15-2013, 08:18 PM   #14
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Thanks for the input! I'm going to look at all the suggestions. I'll keep in touch when I replace it.
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Unread 12-17-2013, 09:13 PM   #15
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Also if you don't mind voiding warranties you can add a "conformal coating" over the PCB of automotive stereos. It comes in a spray can, you apply it like spray paint, and check it with a UV light. Most if not all marine units have this done already.
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