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Old April 23rd, 2013, 09:52 PM
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Stereo Speaker Dilemma

I'm installing a sound system in my D90.... the amp will be hidden under the seat ..... no CDs... no radio ... just iPhone / Spotify powered ... my D90 has a roll cage with a canvas top... i ordered some wakeboard tower speakers, thinking they would work well with the rollbars... but they looked way too big for my taste, so i returned them ... (i want to be able to listen to music, but with minimal impact on the D90's overall appearance)... does anyone have any tips for how to install a decent sound system, without detracting from appearance? ... i'm especially interested in what kind of speakers you recommend (regular, marine speakers, etc), and the best way to mount them...

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Old April 23rd, 2013, 10:10 PM
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Unless you're trying to reinvent the wheel, what's wrong with just getting some door cards if you don't already, and putting some in there? And in the back where everyone else has done it?
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 10:14 PM
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How about mounting them in the center cubby?
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 10:15 PM
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Safari HP makes alloy speaker boxes.
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 10:17 PM
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I'd be anxious to hear about a cubby install... I'm looking at that as well but it seems the sound would be considerably 'tinny' in a tuffy console.
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Old April 24th, 2013, 01:26 AM
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I've used the rear safari speaker covers and they work really well but they only fit 5 1/4 speakers unless you do some cutting/ mods... I put my woofers in the doors and tweets in the corners on the dash... Rear tweets went above rear window frames but I have a sw...
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I would fab mini boxes inside and fill with poly fill if for no other reason than to protect the speakers from damage. The staging will be terrible, but it is a defender.
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Old April 24th, 2013, 01:34 AM
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Yah, I Dynomatted the hell out of the doors and speaker enclosures... It actually turned out surprisingly well..
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I used door cards and Dynamatted the doors. I also have 2 tuffy storage/speaker boxes that have 6x9 speakers in them. I usedmarine grade speakers in all places as my truck is a st.
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I was able to fit a slimline powered sub under the passenger seat. Surprisingly works very well. Dynamatted the box and cover and filled the rest of the seat box with foam. Makes a big difference - doors/corners not big enough to allow the volume of air that the speakers need to perform properly at the low end of their range.

5.25" Speakers in front doors and rear corners. It's an SW so didn't concern myself with marine type speakers because how would water get into a hardtop
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I am looking at marine speakers...as I leave the top off in the rain all the time...
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I am looking at marine speakers...as I leave the top off in the rain all the time...
I use marine speakers and haven't had any concerns other than trying to find ones that fit front door card dimensions. I went slightly larger size in front and also dynomated the doors, works well.
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I was able to fit a slimline powered sub under the passenger seat. Surprisingly works very well. Dynamatted the box and cover and filled the rest of the seat box with foam. Makes a big difference - doors/corners not big enough to allow the volume of air that the speakers need to perform properly at the low end of their range.

5.25" Speakers in front doors and rear corners. It's an SW so didn't concern myself with marine type speakers because how would water get into a hardtop
Would love to see a pic...do you leave the seat box cover off then?
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Can take pictures this weekend. Seat box cover not removed. I thought it would rattle but I dynamated it and no noise. Sub puts out a lot for a little box - does take a minute to set it up (choosing frequency, levels, etc - still messing with mine from time to time).

Here's the one I used - http://www.crutchfield.com/p_777B8PT...PT.html?tp=114
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I used a focal ibus 20. Amazing bass for such a small sub. Mounted it on the rear door encased in acoustic carpeting... Can't even see it when you look in...
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Pics.

The sub is covered with acoustic carpet because I originally was going to put it in the back. I removed the foam in the first picture - also foam under the sub - foam helps keep it in place. Again, I was surprised how well it worked out. Also removed the factory amp - but the sub fit fine even with it in there.

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Hope that helps.
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Where did you put your amp for your fronts and rears?
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Old April 29th, 2013, 07:30 AM
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Using a Fusion marine head unit - so using the amp inside that for the rest of the speakers. HaveI thought about running an amp instead - there may be room under the sub or in the console for a small one. Under the sub may be a heat issue though.

Oh, I'm using the Fusion because it "internally" takes an iPod and I bought the wired remote that I was able to mount on a gooseneck for optimal accessibility. The head unit is installed where the stock CD changer would go - I never touch it except once a month when I update the iPod.

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The sub is covered with acoustic carpet because I originally was going to put it in the back. I removed the foam in the first picture - also foam under the sub - foam helps keep it in place. Again, I was surprised how well it worked out. Also removed the factory amp - but the sub fit fine even with it in there.

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Thanks for posting. Thinking I will go this route for a sub as well.
Clean seat sliders. Are those original? Even on the "rust" free trucks here for sale, most are rotted.
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The seat slides are clean because they are basically new seats

Figured since I changed the carpet, put in new hardura, installed a new steering wheel and new seatbelts that the seats needed to look their best as well.

I was able to sell off the old stuff to help subsidize some of it - I put aside some money going into it as I knew when I bought it a year ago that I would want to make these changes.

Good luck with the stereo - run biggest/best wires you can to get the most out of it. And the suggestion of an amp for the other speakers will help as well.
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