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Old 02-03-2010, 03:39 AM   #1
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Building a ATV Speaker box need input on gear

So I plan on putting together a box for my Foreman. I want to run 4 speakers and most likely would only ever run my Ipod. So in need some feed back/input. I don't know a whole lot about speakers or amps.

1. Some people have suggested run a cheap reciever some people run an amp. A reciever is basicly a cheap 4 channel amp tho right? It should be able to power 4 speakers just like a car just fine. Is there an advantage to running an amp with a aux input over a head unit? I have seen both that could charge an ipod (USB input) so which one should I go with?

2. I was told the 6.5" speakers are the best simply because 6x9's are so big the box looks funny sometime. Any advice in picking speakers? Looking for some marine/waterproof that won't distort when the beer is flowing and the volume comes up

3. Will the ATV battery be big enough of should I rig up duals? One guy I have talked to said without a capacitor my battery would go out pretty quick. Input?

4. Just any other input in general would be great. Thanks guys.
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box, car stero with a aux input and some water proof enclosures for the deck and ipod carrier.!
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car stereo is enough eh? Any need for a capacitor?

The box i found are 3/4 MDF, dude fiberglasses them and then herculines them. Might ask for herculiner on the inside to for extra water proof.

Bcarriveau... I tried to get the foreman off the ground when I was out like your Grizzly pic!! haha, thanks for the input.
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for some ideas.http://extremesounds4atvs.com/

make sure you use a Marine(boat) radio in case it does get wet.

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how to make an enclosure(fibarglass) http://www.the12volt.com/installbay/forum_posts.asp~TID~74519~PN~1
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Here is a link to audio tubes on an ATV website. http://forum.highlifter.com/search.a...h=audio%20tube

You can go there and do some searching and you'll find exactly what you need.
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4swampin is right. Highlifter forums has more info and pics on this stuff than you care to look at.
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if you are going to do anything as far as electrical stay far away from caps, unless you like to spend 130+ on a paper weight. If anything run 2 batteries. Any marine speaker (6.5) and marine deck w/ iPod connect would work perfectly. That way it charges your iPod and you have direct control through the headunit of it.
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Honestly dude, 2-6" marine speakers will be good, no need to do 4 really. If i can find pictures of one i built i'll show ya. It had 2-6" marine speakers with marine radio made out of fiberglass. We put a box in the center that was also waterproof to hold misc items such as ipod, keys, phone, etc... worked great and had zero problems. Never had a cap or amp.

Now i've seen some with an extra battery with subs and speakers with amps and all that stuff.... yea, it's loud, but it also takes up a lot of space.

the guys on highlifter can help you out. Most of them have radios and have gone through one or two set ups.
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Caps are usually around 1-5 Farad where as a normal sized car battery is roughly 2000f. Although motor cycle batteries are much smaller, the money you would spend on a cap, could just as easily be spent on a second battery with much better results.
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