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Got almost everything I need to make my audio tube. I'm going with a 3 speaker set up with polk audio mm651 speakers and a sound stream 4 channel 520w amp.

Instead of wiring it to the cigarette outlet I'm going to hard wire it into the batter and have a plug in by the front rack. The amp will still be inside the tube. This will allow me to actually pull the power needed from the battery to run somewhere between 120w and 130w per channel. Running off the cig lighter outlet you can only get about 100-150w total.

I'll post pics as I go. I'm just waiting on the speakers and amp to come in the mail. Should be epic when done and the volume and quality should be top notch.

Only thing is I have spent a lot already... 160 for speakers, 120 for amp, 50 in pvc, wires about 35, I'll make a detailed and accurate total when I'm done. So stay tuned.

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now for the pics I promised. its not done yet, got some work done on it tho. I think I have gone to every parts store in my town and I have been to each one like 10 times. the guy at radio shack knows me by name now too hahaha.

gonna be just a bit narrower than this.


here are some of the components, marine grade power and ground cables, 8 gauge 6 feet of each. heavy duty plugs, got from a welding store. aux cord, 6 foot long goes to rca, also got an rca splitter to run 3 channels off a 2 channel rca chord.



sound stream 520w 4 channel amp going to run on 3 channels, also 16 gauge speaker wire and 3 wire stress relief connectors to keep the wires clean and water tight.


cleaned and glued the pvc pieces together, then took silicone and siliconed the inner and outer seams to keep it extra water tight (the inner seams were a pain, wear rubber gloves)


ran power and ground wire through the water proof connectors then hooked up to amp, and soldered the remote wire to the power wire and taped back up.


hooked up the speaker wires to the amp.


here is how I have the power, ground and aux chord running out of the tube, coated with silicone, then once I get the wires where I want them I will silicone inside the grommet as well to ensure a water tight seal.



cut some wood blocks to mount the amp to then screw into the tube to make sure it doesnt bounce around and break


split the front channel rca and taped all connections to make sure the plugs dont come out.


and thats where I stopped for the day, I am waiting on the speakers to get here which hopefully will be here monday, and then Ill finish mounting everything in and then wire in the power and ground wire to the sportsman.
 

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Nice stuff

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Great project. How are you going to mount the amp in the tube without either having it bounce around, or making holes for water to enter is my main question.
 

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The amp will mount to those blocks then I will glue the blocks in and maybe put 2 counter sunk screws in and fill the holes with silicone.

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got my speakers in the mail monday, spent the last 2 days working on it, I am currently sitting around waiting for the truck bed liner spray to dry so I can flip it over then spray and mount the speakers and tune the amp. time for an update!

got these speaker rings that squeeze into the pvc ends, I will use them for a better mounting surface for the speakers.


glued them in with a locktite 2 part plastic epoxy, then used an entire tube of silicone to seal up around the rings to make sure its a tight dry fit. If you use this epoxy, dont do it inside, it was a breezy day and I was outside and this stuff smells STRONG!



mounted the cross overs, put them on a wedge cut 2x4 block to mount in the tube so it doesnt bounce around.


got all the wiring and amp stuffed into the tube then pre drilled some holes in the back of the tube and put silicone all over the hole then ran a few screw into the amp mounting blocks and the cross over mounting block.


glued on the last 90* bend and siliconed it all up for a secure water tight fit and tightened the chord fittings and put silicone inside and outside of them. This stage of the game was monumental, it took me a long time to get to this point and I got to finally see the thing all put together. needless to say i was excited.


started spraying it, thats where im at now. its about time to go flip it over and spray the top. then its time to mount the speakers and tune the amp.



to be continued with more pictures and a video.
 

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will the amp be too much for the battery and charging system of the wheeler, I have a big amp in our Pontoon and it drains the battery with big opti max charging system not keeping up now I have 2 6 volt deep cycle battery's hooked in series for 12 volts that took care of the problem just wondering
 

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Well its only drawing at most about 360 watts. The stator in the quad should be able to handle that. I'll also be keeping jumper cables with me in case and I was thinking about finding a place to slap in a second battery. Shouldn't be a problem tho. I don't plan on running it very long with the quad not running.

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and its done! looks pretty damn good, Im afraid to take the volume up any higher cause I have neighbors, but it gets LOUD! I got a few quick samples of the volume on my phone, I dont know how the video will sound, Ill have to get something better at some point but it sounds amazing and goes very loud. the paint isnt sticking well to the tube, but worse things could happen...






video will be uploaded asap.
 

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That's awesome...great job
 

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Nice work Ben10, looks great and I'm sure it sounds even better in person. How do you plan to mount it to the front rack?? That's the problem I'm having now lol
 

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I'm just going to use a strap and hook it to the lock and rack mounts.

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The front rack on my 570 doesn't have those mounts. Guess I'll have to fabricate something.

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Do you have any sort of rack? You could run a strap around it and hook onto almost anything.

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No the front storage cover on the 570 is almost flat. Thinking about getting some postman feet and bolting them to the rack then running a strap through those and around the tube.

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Well that's dumb. What's the point of having a rack with no tie down points?! You could get a few eyelets and bolt them through the front rack.

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