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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Audio Tube Build

Thought I'd share my audio tube build. I was going to purchase an audio tube, but when I looked into purchasing one, I determined I could build one with better components for less money.

I decided to build a three speaker tube, that fits on my front rack perfectly. I have an 04 Sportsman 700 EFI. The rack itself is approximately 31" wide. The two 90 degree elbows and one T fitting fit perfectly. Kinda lucked out with that. I didn't need to cut the fittings at all.

Here is what I started with. I used my chop saw to cut the straight pipe to make the couplers.



Couplers dry test fitted into 90 degree elbows.



One 90 degree elbow glued together and screwed to the T fitting.



Pieces glued in for mounting speakers.



Pieces of 2x6 cut to fit inside tube to mount amp on.





Second piece dry test fitted and casting marks sanded off. Waiting for amp and speakers to arrive. Should be here by tomorrow.



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Thanks for sharing..I will be watching for the rest of the build...
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I've seen alot of these but I just learned alot more on how to make them. Looking good and Im looking forward to the finished product. Can you give us more info on the speakers and amps please? Are you using marine speakers or regular car audio? I've thought about doing this same set up but putting a sub in as the third speaker since my wife likes to listen to a little rap every now and then.
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Can you give us more info on the speakers and amps please? Are you using marine speakers or regular car audio? I've thought about doing this same set up but putting a sub in as the third speaker since my wife likes to listen to a little rap every now and then.
I was thinking of going that route as well. Two 6.5" speakers on the outside and one 6.5" sub in the middle but after planning it out, I decided not to. My reasoning was cost. The price of a marine 6.5" sub is quite high. I wanted to keep costs down.

I decided to go with three Pyle PLMRS62 200 Watt 6.5'' 2 Way Marine Speakers and a Pyle PLMRMP3A 4 Channel Waterproof MP3/ Ipod Marine Power Amplifier. It is capable of 4x200 watts max @ 4 Ohms or 4x100 watts RMS @ 4 Ohms. It has a direct Ipod hook up as well. My Ipod will be providing the music. The amp should power the speakers nicely.
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Nice build so far. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of this turns out.

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thats sweet im interested to see how it turns out aswell.

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Found some time on the weekend to finish off the audio tube.

Here is the amplifier I went with. It is compact and fairly powerful. I am very happy with the cost as well.



Amp mounted on the cut pieces of 2x6 and wiring started.



Amp mounted inside tube. Lots of room.



Second end of tube attached and all wiring finished. The hole you see is for the external volume control for the amp.



Underneath of tube where power wires exit. Rubber grommet was used and I used silicone to ensure no water would seep in.



Ready for paint. I used Valspar Plastic paint.



Tube painted and the center speaker mounted. You can see the external volume control and the fiberglass poly fill I used to give the speakers a better sound.



The final product. I hooked it up to give it a test run and this thing sounds GREAT!!! It far exceeds my expectations. I am very pleased with the outcome. The speaker grills match the color scheme on my ATV as well.



Once I have it mounted to my front rack, I will take a video and upload it to YouTube for those of you that want to hear what it sounds like. I am very pleased.
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That thing is badass. Looks like you took your time and did it right the first time.
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Great build and thanks for the update. How did you mount the speakers to the PVC?

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Great build and thanks for the update. How did you mount the speakers to the PVC?
Drilled holes for the screws, then simply screwed the speakers to the PVC. The inner green pipe in the fittings gives enough area to screw the speakers to.
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