A great idea for front speakers in a Beetle

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A great idea for front speakers in a Beetle

Post by Pine » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:33 pm

How coooooool 8) is this?
Gary0302 wrote:This speaker enclosure may seem a little out there for some, but it works for me. It has been fabricated out of 2 each 4” PVC 90 degree bends, which is attached to a ¼” steel T-shaped bracket so that it can be mounted under the dash. The speakers are 6” West Marine speakers; I chose these because they are white and they match the PVC. Upholstery foam has been inserted between the speakers to help separate the channels.

The U-shape of this enclosure allows it to wrap around my Sirius Radio component. There is abolutely no interference with pedal operation or leg room.

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The PVC parts included 2 of the 4" 90 degree elbow bends, along with a 4" (PVC diameter) straight piece cut down for the center splice, and 2 pieces cut so that they can be slipped into each end. These 2 pieces were needed because the speaker mounting screws would have ended up just on the inside edge of the elbow bends. After marking the locations of the screw holes, I used a Dremel tool to create dimples so that the drill bit would not travel over to the seam.

The bracket was fabricated from 2 pieces of 1/4" steel, one piece was 4" x 6-1/4", with a second piece measuring 4" x 4". The pieces were welded together to create L shape measuring 4" and 4". The mounting bolts are 4 each 1/4" x 1-1/2" stainless steel, with 2 each 1/4" x 1". The longer ones are used for mounting the PVC to the metal bracket (the top front bolts also double as mounting bolts from the bracket to the dash).

To be totally honest, the sound is very, very good, better than I expected. Please let me know if you have any questions, it would be my pleasure to share the details with anyone that is interested.

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Re: A great idea for front speakers in a Beetle

Post by bugspray » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:55 am

Soooo cool. And cheap lol.
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Re: A great idea for front speakers in a Beetle

Post by calooker » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:58 am

COOL IDEA .......... That mounting bracket must be heavy, way over kill.
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Re: A great idea for front speakers in a Beetle

Post by Drusky » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:15 am

I like this, it's simple, easy to do and tidy. I would use neodynium magnets to attach the speakers to the bug.

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Re: A great idea for front speakers in a Beetle

Post by bugspray » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:46 am

What are neyowhatyousaid magnets drusky?? I'm looking at a total dash customisation for a media instal... Looking at all angles for now.
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Re: A great idea for front speakers in a Beetle

Post by vader » Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:57 pm

Then bugspray you should get TonyZ to show you pictures of the sound in the front of Angrrr!
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Re: A great idea for front speakers in a Beetle

Post by Drusky » Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:38 pm

bugspray wrote:What are neyowhatyousaid magnets drusky?? I'm looking at a total dash customisation for a media instal... Looking at all angles for now.
Wiki is your friend:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neodymium_magnet

You can get them locally:
http://neodymium.co.za/

I've used little flat circular ones to hold the wings on my slope soarer!

I think I bought from these guys:
http://www.magnetech.co.za/neodymium.htm

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Re: A great idea for front speakers in a Beetle

Post by retrovan » Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:00 pm

Just a thought......... :roll: .

Extremely powerful magnets next to a good sound system, is not a good idea..... :oops:

As the speaker magnets give you sound, and your strong magnets takeeath away........ :shock:

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Re: A great idea for front speakers in a Beetle

Post by bugspray » Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:05 pm

Cool thanks. Will ask TZ. And thanks Drusky will look into it. But Retro does make a reeeaaally good point.
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Re: A great idea for front speakers in a Beetle

Post by Drusky » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:24 pm

Rare earth magnets, aren't from Krypton. They're not that powerful! Make sure they're not within 100mm of any electronics. To avoid scratching paint on mounting a strong magnet you can use a sheet of that cellphone screen protection stuff.

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