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Old January 20th, 2010, 04:20 PM
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Stereo suggestions for a soft-top

Hey guys, was wondering if there are any suggestions for a stereo for STs? I have an automatic D110 ST, so the stereo needs to be water-proof and I want some great sound....maybe a removable face as well. I'd kind of like to put it on the dash, or maybe the center console. What do you guys think? I think maybe a flip cover for the face (like a boat has) for protection would be ideal as well. Thanks!
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Old January 20th, 2010, 04:23 PM
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We are going to need to see pictures of this 110 ST (inside and out) before really being able to help, but a tuffy box is a good way to both secure it and keep it dry.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 04:34 PM
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I will get those pictures up soon man. Need to find an excuse to leave work early today to snap some.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 04:37 PM
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I did alpine in mine with alpine speakers. I also have a tuffy and am very happy.
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I ran the Bose patio speakers in the rear (sound great and can handle some power) and marine JVCs in the front. As you have seen, you can get a variety of marine receivers or a low rent one that does what you want and hope the center console will offer enough protection for a while.

The down side of the Bose are they take up room I sometimes wished I had when packing for long trips.
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I've got an Alpine with removable face and some Polk Audio marine speakers in the rear.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 09:29 PM
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marine speakers in custom tool boxes in the back as well as custom speaker boxes in the doors (I'm not using door panels) and a cheap $100 cd player/radio in a tuffy console. If I have to replace it every year it is no big loss.
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Ditto on the Tuffy stuff. I have a Tuffy console and rear speaker boxes with marine speakers mounted in both the rear boxes and console. Everything is secure and relatively water resistant.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:06 AM
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pictures to help

Thanks guys for all of the great feedback! I went in to a custom audio place today and talked to an audio dude. Turns out I'll probably go with the Alpine Marine headpiece, then get two speakers for the front door cards, and two speakers for the rear tuffy consoles I have. As requested, I've included some pictures of the truck and of the front area I'm working with. Any suggestions on where to put the actual headpiece for the stereo? Thanks guys!
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Wow thats a great looking truck!
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There are a few vendors that make "dash pods" to fit stereos. MudUK makes a plastic one, American Dirt Roads makes a pretty stout steel one, and then there is the "stock" plastic one. All mount in the center of the dash/storage area between your vents.

That pic of your truck makes me want to take the top off my 110!
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As requested, I've included some pictures of the truck and of the front area I'm working with. Any suggestions on where to put the actual headpiece for the stereo? Thanks guys!
A good start, but I'm going to need to see more pictures of the exterior before being able to help with this

Seriously we need more pictures of this truck! Is this the one that was red that came from PA?

I'd personally install a full in dash console myself if you want the stereo there.

http://www.mudstuff.co.uk/MUD_defender_console.shtml
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Yeah Ryan - get off your butt and take more pix. Also I can't assist until I can verify that the snorkel is hooked up to the intake.

What do you have for door panels? Are you using the stock NAS ones in the front? What about the rear doors? You'll really need to isolate the ones you put in the door to avoid just rattling the panel off. For the back I'd recommend some custom boxes like the ones made by ECR. If you have a hair on your ass you'll get them nicely fabbed and painted black. Don't let the stereo shop cut into your truck and make some lame-ass suggestions.

------ Follow up post added January 21st, 2010 01:37 PM ------

Oh, and nice fuzzy dice, all you need now is a barefoot gas pedal and some truck nutz.
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The people around here know that I run the truck topless from about april to november and its not uncommon for me to show up to a happy hour in full rain suit or soaked. I have a low end Pioneer radio and XM tuner in the center console with middle of the road pioneer speakers with the aramid cones and such. Basically don't see a need to buy expensive marine speakers and radio. Only thing I wish I had was a tuffy center console.
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Go with the Mud UK center console, it will give you a place to mount extra switches, gauges, 12v outlets and your radio.

And it will cover up the holes I see in the dash

As for a radio, I went with one that had no CD player

no cd player = no / less moving parts and less ways for dust / moisture to get into the unit not to mention I can not remember the last time I used a CD for music.
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Ok, I'm going to make a public plea to stop helping Ryan until he produces more pictures of this beauty!
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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:48 PM
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Haha, thanks guys for all of the comments. I will definitely have to snap some more pictures soon. I have to fly tonight, so I probably won't be able to take more until tomorrow. There are some very good ideas in those links. I like the extra gauges placed on the mudUK. It's got me thinking of doing that combined with an audio and a CB radio up front. Anybody know if there is a weatherproof GPS system that could be dropped in? This thread has definitely started the wheels turning

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Charles- You are correct, this was the red 110 from PA that I had restored by Stephen at Safari Rover in Orlando
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Garmin makes a waterproof Nuvi that I'm looking at getting. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134&pID=13424 https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134&pID=27442
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Ryan,

Love the truck! Where are the pictures?
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Ryan, truck looks awesome, thanks to that ARB set up of course *LOL*

I've just bought a stereo for mine , a Jensen JDH3510, has CD and Ipod, also is Heavy Duty so would take bumps micely.
Got it on ebay NEW for 1/3 of the retail
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