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PostPosted: May 08, 2011 7:41 am    Post subject: My radio install Reply with quote

No complete yet, but I'll keep posting as it gets further along.
But here is what I have done so far.




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PostPosted: May 09, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking pretty good. Aluminum extrusion is a little different. I've not seen that used before, but seems like a pretty clever idea.
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PostPosted: May 09, 2011 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the price was right..... Laughing It will allow me to mount the relay, fuses, distribution block, etc etc.
Just got my WS-420 today.
Should be getting the in-boat speakers this weekend. Then its just wiring time.

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PostPosted: May 10, 2011 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the aluminum extrusion idea quite a bit. Should look nice when loaded up, and is a bit different than the "amp in MDF box or on MDF board" amp racks that most people seem to be doing.

One thing on the lexan on the bottom of the sub box. I suspect that you may find that moisture gets captured between the lexan and the box. If you can find a way of sealing the edges, that would help, but I am not certain how you would do that with the carpet.
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PostPosted: May 11, 2011 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jjaszkow, Thanks man. Thats a good point about the lexan.... hmmmmm
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PostPosted: May 11, 2011 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amps mounted.
Picked up the distribution blocks yesterday along with a bunch of power wire. So that is next.




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PostPosted: May 11, 2011 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jesus what are you gonna run?
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PostPosted: May 11, 2011 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

500watts to the wetsounds sub
75x4 for the boat
150x2 to the PRO-60s

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PostPosted: May 11, 2011 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

couldnt you have gone with 2 wetsound amps over 3 polk amps?
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PostPosted: May 11, 2011 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah, but i got all 3 for 600.00 marine certified. I had a hard time justifying 900 for one amp.....
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PostPosted: May 14, 2011 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

couple more....



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PostPosted: May 14, 2011 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's coming along nicely. I like the distribution block you chose. Looks like you located your 420 right where I put my eq.
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PostPosted: May 14, 2011 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks man.
you know I went to 3-4 different stores looking for a distribution block I liked and most people wanted 25-40 for one WITHOUT fuses! I got the fuse able one for 23 and the non for 10, from a store that used to be notorious for being overpriced. So I found my supply shop.
I'm ok with the 420 location; I may end up flipping it over. The way the offsets on the mounts are would give me more room to adj the settings and see which I'm actually adjusting. We'll see.

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PostPosted: May 14, 2011 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ryan351w, Looks like you're making some good progress. Are you definitely not wanting the EQ nearer the helm? How are you going to mange the tower/in-boat volume quickly?

Do you have an isolator switch between the battery and your main power supply to your amps? If you leave the set up for more than a few weeks at a time you will want this in place to avoid any dead batts.

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PostPosted: May 14, 2011 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brit Rider, Thanks.
The eq is in the exact spot the old radio was.... Its right by the left knee of the driver.


No I don't, but the boat doesn't sit unused for longer than 1-2days maybe once the season starts. And I trailer everywhere I go; so even if I don't get out after a while I can easily take out the batt, or connect to a trickle charger.

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PostPosted: May 14, 2011 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alright, pretty much done.

All I've got left is to drill a couple holes in the tower for the wires.




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PostPosted: May 14, 2011 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I'm lost on what the Ford style relay is for. It looks as if you have the coil hooked up, but only one side of the contacts.
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PostPosted: May 15, 2011 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

core-rider, I'm using the relay to cut off power between the boat batt and the radio batt when the boat isn't running. So when the key is in the RUN position the relay closes and allows current to pass through to the 2nd batt. That one wire is the trigger wire from the key to close the circuit.
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PostPosted: May 15, 2011 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, so your own DIY isolator. Good idea!
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PostPosted: May 15, 2011 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You got it! Thanks!
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PostPosted: May 16, 2011 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweet set up...
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PostPosted: May 16, 2011 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ryan351w wrote:
thanks man.
you know I went to 3-4 different stores looking for a distribution block I liked and most people wanted 25-40 for one WITHOUT fuses! I got the fuse able one for 23 and the non for 10, from a store that used to be notorious for being overpriced. So I found my supply shop.
I'm ok with the 420 location; I may end up flipping it over. The way the offsets on the mounts are would give me more room to adj the settings and see which I'm actually adjusting. We'll see.


I've gotten a lot of my stuff from HiFi Sound Connection online...really good pricing and quick delivery.

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PostPosted: May 19, 2011 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ryan351w wrote:
jjaszkow, Thanks man. Thats a good point about the lexan.... hmmmmm


Bead of clear exterior silicon around the box where the lexan meets up. Use a butter knife or similar to remove excess silicon once the lexan is in place. Make sure to silicon under the screw holes so the screws are sealed as well.
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