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Old September 1st, 2016, 10:37 AM
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Defender 90 custom audio set up finally seeing some progree

So after a few weeks of getting the audio gear and fabricating, I thought I would share what I have done to my Defender 90. My original centre console as a big pile of crap so I decided to make my own to fit my audio gear. I have a Kenwood 9903S double din head unit, JL 10TW3 sub, Hertz Hi-Energy 6.5" and 5.25" Coax speakers all powered with a Hertz HD5 amp.


Since my 90 did not have a stereo or speakers, I fabricated my own pods and panels out of MDF and wrapped it with outdoor rated marine vinyl in black. My centre console will be sent to the upholstery shop next week to get finished off to match my seats so it is unfinished in the pictures. I have installed Dyna Mat on the entire roof and going to install more DynaMat on the floors in the rear cabin and front driver and passenger areas as well


I know my choice of gear and fabrication techniques may not be up to everyone's liking...please be kind and I am totally open to suggestions to make it better. Sounds great for my first 90 project...looking forward to finishing it off over the next week.






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Old September 1st, 2016, 10:50 AM
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Pretty neat idea for the center console.
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Old September 1st, 2016, 12:41 PM
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Pretty neat idea for the center console.
Thank you! I will post updated pics once it is wrapped with fabric and stitched.
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Old September 1st, 2016, 01:27 PM
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I had an old mercedes with zero roof insulation. My suggestion would be to stick dynaliner directly to the dynamat to cut down on roof temperatures. PO did the same to my D90 SW and the A/C will freeze you out of the cabin.

Your fabrication skills are excellent, I am jealous. Have owned three down firing JLAudio stealhboxes (two Suburbans and one Jeep) so I may have designed a center console box in a similar manner so the driver would not be visually or physically exposed. Is that the final location for the amp, and if so how will you provide ventilation?

Damn nice work.
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Old September 1st, 2016, 03:14 PM
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I had an old mercedes with zero roof insulation. My suggestion would be to stick dynaliner directly to the dynamat to cut down on roof temperatures. PO did the same to my D90 SW and the A/C will freeze you out of the cabin.

Your fabrication skills are excellent, I am jealous. Have owned three down firing JLAudio stealhboxes (two Suburbans and one Jeep) so I may have designed a center console box in a similar manner so the driver would not be visually or physically exposed. Is that the final location for the amp, and if so how will you provide ventilation?

Damn nice work.


Thank you for the feedback! I totally didn't think about the dyna liner on top of dynamat to reduce roof temps. Great idea!


So in the lower portion for the amp, I have drilled vent holes at the bottom. I also bought some computer case fans and hooked them up to a relay to automatically kick in and turn on when the car is on and starts up the audio gear. Fans are secured at the bottom below the head unit facing the amp.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 11:34 AM
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So I finally got my custom built centre console upholstered and back into the 90. Here are some updated pics.




------ Follow up post added September 13th, 2016 09:36 AM ------

Here some more updated pics of the finished console.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 11:37 AM
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I had an old mercedes with zero roof insulation. My suggestion would be to stick dynaliner directly to the dynamat to cut down on roof temperatures. PO did the same to my D90 SW and the A/C will freeze you out of the cabin.
I just did that to my truck but used the Noico deadener/liner (too cheap for the real Dynamat). The truck is much cooler after sitting in the sun all day.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old September 13th, 2016, 11:42 AM
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Superb build.
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Looks great! For someone wanting to do similar woodworking (novice here), what tools are a must? I'm thinking rear storage builds, consoles, etc. thanks for any input.
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excellent.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 12:01 PM
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I just did that to my truck but used the Noico deadener/liner (too cheap for the real Dynamat). The truck is much cooler after sitting in the sun all day.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Awesome, thanks for the input...I will check it out.

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Looks great! For someone wanting to do similar woodworking (novice here), what tools are a must? I'm thinking rear storage builds, consoles, etc. thanks for any input.


Thank you! I'm a total novice and I had to borrow tools from a buddy. I used; drill press, drill, scroll saw, ban saw, nail gun, router, high tack wood glue and a sander for tools. Having these tools made my life 100% much easier.
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Awesome, thanks for the input...I will check it out.
Great work BTW!
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I used; drill press, drill, scroll saw, ban saw, nail gun, router, high tack wood glue and a sander for tools. Having these tools made my life 100% much easier.
Excellent, Christmas list full...thanks!
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Well done.. you've got a skill
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Old September 13th, 2016, 04:10 PM
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Well done.. you've got a skill
Thanks for all the great comments. Still a work in progress as I will be taking apart the rear cabin and insulating the rear and looking to install interior trim panels.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 05:33 PM
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drooling for more pictures!
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Looks great!

I have been thinking of modifying a Tuffy console to take a double din radio and seeing your work I think I will do just that.

Love how the stitching matches the seat too!
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Great looking work! Nice execution on the interior design. Jealous: you have bass!
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Man that looks nice.

I do not even have a radio in mine. Want to figure out how to add one though. Oddly enough I do have 2 front speakers.
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Old September 15th, 2016, 12:20 PM
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Thanks for all the great comments. I originally took a tuffy to measure and the intention was to modify it for a double din. But then I got the idea of housing a sub woofer and audio gear so I had to build something. I have seen some good looking tuffy conversions online for a double din that would work in defenders.

My current challenge is the Kenwood 9903S. There seems to be a manifacturing issue with sealing the screen completely from dust or particles. I have had seperate units installed and both screens have had issues. I'm considering a Pioneer NEX4200, 7200 or 8200 at this point or even the higher end Kenwood unit with NAV. If anyone has had experience with this please let me know.
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