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Unread 11-05-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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How I made my Jeep more awesome

I made the jeep at least 130% cooler this week. I decided that since I can't fix all of the rattles and squeaks, I might as well fix em the old school way....

With MUSIC!

P.S. there will be a few posts with a lot a pictures and a little write up, so be patient while I copy and paste the info form my build thread.

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Unread 11-05-2012, 10:21 PM   #2
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Here is how I made the enclosures. I got the idea from one of the UTV forums in a search for economically price roll bar mounted speaker enclosures.

Start with 6" PVC end caps

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Also start with some 3/16" MDF and put a poor mans compass centroid (screw) thoroughly it for making perfect circles.

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Poor mans compass at work

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First circle cut out with dremel router attachment and bit

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Speaker mounting ring cut out and sanded to fit cap and speaker

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Perfect fit

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Perfect fit

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Perfect fit (just happened that way)

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Second ring before sanding

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Caps sanded down for paint

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Unread 11-05-2012, 10:24 PM   #3
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I JB welded the inside lip of the PVC cap and then set the caps on top of the rings an let the JB sag into place over night.

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The rings fixed to the PVC

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I used JBs sagging nature to glue the parts togeter

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Silicon sealer to block all air leaks in JB weld

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next is the clamp!
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Unread 11-05-2012, 10:24 PM   #4
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Unread 11-05-2012, 10:36 PM   #5
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This how I made the theft resistant mounting brackets

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First i started with two 2-3/4" exhaust clamps. I have 3" bars, so these had to be overbored slightly

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More boring

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Drill a 1/4" hole through the clamp to fit a 1/4" bolt like so

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The 1/4" bolt ha to be grinded on a bit to fit

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Next I cut out my antitheft tube

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It also gets a centered 1/4" hole

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It fits on the clamp like so

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Now it needs two 5/8" holes...

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...so it will clear the nuts. Once the clamp is tightened, this tube is put over the nuts and held in place by the speaker. At this point, it will be impossible to get to the nuts to loosen them.

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Second clamp finished
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Unread 11-05-2012, 10:43 PM   #6
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The caps provided all the squared up drill points I could want. This hole is 1/4" for the clamp mount...

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...Like so

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This hole is for wire exit

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This handy pipe plug fits in the wire exit hole...

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...like so

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And the wire runs out of this hole. The wire loom should stuff right into this grommet and look really nice.

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Wire grommet.

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Next I will go over painting and install.
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Unread 11-05-2012, 10:57 PM   #7
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Painting wasn't that great. It's so dusty and breezy in Nevada you have to paint indoors, but I have no way of doing that, so I just hope for calm days.

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I thought sanding the caps down with 220 grit would be enough to make the paint stick, but I was wrong.

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So they got sanded down for round two.

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The metal bits turned out okay. I used VHT glossy roll bar paint covered in rustoleum clear coat for extra shine and UV protection. As I was painting them, they were basically lint rolling the atmosphere around them.

They turned out great despite all that.

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Round two was much better. I had to pull hair and spider webs out of the wet paint as I was spraying them, which really pissed me off, but they don't look too bad. At least my roll bar looks worse

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JB weld the grommet in place

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Another shot of finished speaker box

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And the finished clamp. Inked some parts zinc for some spicy flavor

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Clamp mounted with antitheft tune
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Unread 11-05-2012, 11:03 PM   #8
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Protected zinc nuts

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Mounting holes for speaks. Notice just how close the fit was

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I love the sound of airtight speaks, so I made a gasket to fit between the speak and the box. This called for the poor mans compass again.

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Notice the finished gasket in the background

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Perfect fit!

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The last two are pics of the fully assembled box hanging in the jeep!

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Unread 11-05-2012, 11:10 PM   #9
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it's time for pics of the final product! Some are duplicates, but now they have captions.

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Notice the wireloom crawling along the roll bar

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The wire looms meet here an travel along the passenger side where the tub folds over

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Another glam shot

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Pics with the new seats

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Pointed slightly forward makes great stereo sound.

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View from the back. Never mind the calendar girl.

All with $50 worth of materials, four days after work, and $100 kicker marine speakers. The brackets are theft resistant, and I used spanner screws (two hole security screws) for the speakers. This means unless someone has a #8 spanner driver on hand, the only way those speakers will come off is if they are removed by force. Which still may happen.

BTW, the speakers sound amazing! They hit 35 Hz. Sounds like a lie. I was skeptical at first, but with a 100% air tight enclosure, the sound quality easily doubled, and the sharpness is unimaginable! And they really do hit about 35 Hz. Plus they are waterproof!
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Unread 11-05-2012, 11:17 PM   #10
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Nice! Seeing this inspired me to research wakeboard pods for my future cage. Found one I like, but at $1350, that's not happening. Maybe I can get the old man to upgrade the boat's speakers and steal the Nautique pods.
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Unread 11-05-2012, 11:22 PM   #12
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Nice! Seeing this inspired me to research wakeboard pods for my future cage. Found one I like, but at $1350, that's not happening. Maybe I can get the old man to upgrade the boat's speakers and steal the Nautique pods.
haha serious! After choking on a few crazy internet prices, the DIY wheel began churning. I saw some speak pods made with those flat PVC caps and figured I could do that pretty easy. I spent the most mental energy on the antitheft tube part of the design. The clamps and antitheft were all my creation.
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haha serious! After choking on a few crazy internet prices, the DIY wheel began churning. I saw some speak pods made with those flat PVC caps and figured I could do that pretty easy. I spent the most mental energy on the antitheft tube part of the design. The clamps and antitheft were all my creation.
It is a nice DIY. Electrical/audio tends to be my favorite projects.
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It is a nice DIY. Electrical/audio tends to be my favorite projects.
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At first I thought, oh dear some overpriced ICE applied to the poor CJ. Then I saw what you had done and my hat is off to you, nice work.
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