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Offline gwingo12

Custom Radio Build. How did you build yours???
« on: April 14, 2016, 10:55:54 PM »
I posted some of these photos in another thread, but I thought I would just start this one to give others some ideas on adding a stereo.  I love music and when I started looking at the Zforce, I immediately started thinking of how I could put as much boom in this thing as possible.  The first few pictures are of my old setup, which is now gone!  I wanted something that I could hear better while cruising down back roads, not just on the mud trails.  After looking through some other forums, I thought I would build a custom roof setup.  BTW, I asked a local audio shop about building me a custom roof setup with similar speakers that I am going to use.  I was quoted $1400.  Are you kidding me?!?  Anyway, here is my progress so far.  Doesn't look pretty yet, but it should be done tomorrow!  It would be great if some others would share how you added tunes to your rig.
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2015 Zforce 800EX
Full CF Moto Windshield
UNI Air Filter
(2) 6x9 Infinity Speakers
(2) 6.5 Infinity Speakers
(2) Polk Audio Tweeters
Kenwood 4 channel amp
Kenwood Bluetooth amp

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Offline nightstalkerusmc

Re: Custom Radio Build. How did you build yours???
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2016, 12:42:04 PM »
Looking great so far,
Looking for ideas on doing something like this also
Z800 53"
Uni Filter
BRP Linq gas caddy
Lets go! You're burning daylight!

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Offline pdemarie

Re: Custom Radio Build. How did you build yours???
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2016, 08:50:30 PM »
I just bought bought an all in one roof radio it's was like 4 or $500 then brought it to a audio shop and added kicker tower speakers, amp, and of course a big marine battery under the seat!
Uforce 800
half windshield
17 in led light bar
4 kicker led marine 6x9's
kicker 400w marine amp
optima blue top marine battery
2 in lift
28 inch Motoboss MTX tires

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Offline pdemarie

Re: Custom Radio Build. How did you build yours???
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2016, 09:00:42 PM »
Here are some pics.
Uforce 800
half windshield
17 in led light bar
4 kicker led marine 6x9's
kicker 400w marine amp
optima blue top marine battery
2 in lift
28 inch Motoboss MTX tires

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Offline gwingo12

Re: Custom Radio Build. How did you build yours???
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2016, 12:30:25 PM »
Few things to finish up but got it mounted up for the ride this weekend and sounded good.  Roof fit back on like a glove with no rattles.  Should have built sub box a tad bigger for more boom.  But I'm thinking of one more sub on the custom cargo box.
2015 Zforce 800EX
Full CF Moto Windshield
UNI Air Filter
(2) 6x9 Infinity Speakers
(2) 6.5 Infinity Speakers
(2) Polk Audio Tweeters
Kenwood 4 channel amp
Kenwood Bluetooth amp


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Offline Jason

Re: Custom Radio Build. How did you build yours???
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2016, 12:15:02 AM »
Great minds think alike on some of the components.  I also went with a JBL marine amp as well as Infinity 612m speakers.  I must've missed your build until now, but I just finished the second workup on my system.  First go around was a fiberglass overhead (my first fiberglass attempt) that did the job, but I didn't like how low it hung down so I scrapped it and went with 3/4" MDF as a complete roof build:









This was my basic concept I had in my head:




I used regular fleece to wrap it prior to fiberglassing.  Never again lol.  The fleece drinks fiberglass resin and I don't have the patience for body filler to make things look nice.















I wired in some dome lights as well:






This is the current build that I really like a lot better than the fiberglass.  The fiberglass was cool looking, but functionally it wasn't up to par for my liking.  A concussion wasn't worth a nice looking audio system.









I went with bedliner for the finish.  It should be waterproof, durable, and easy to recoat whenever needed.





You can see it mounted up in there.





I'm really happy with the mounting profile.  Not obtrusive at all:





2017 RZR XP 1000 Titanium Metallic

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Offline gfmoto

Re: Custom Radio Build. How did you build yours???
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2016, 01:15:23 PM »
Kinda liked the fiberglass one lol, sorry.  Sucks it didn't sound as good as you wanted.
But you definitely gave me an idea for mine.
What would you recommend instead of fleece?
Thinking this is just what my ride needs.
2015 ZForce 800EX
32" light bar
2-4" spots
Custom Cv guards
DIY 1/2 windshield
UNI air filter
DIY rear window
BOSS ATV 28. 450W speakers
Alpena Rock Lights (tough pods)
2" RZR Bracket lift
Roof extensions
27" Maxxis Corranado Tires
Alpena RGB rock lights
SuperATV Rocksliders
1/2 Doors w/custom paint and graphics

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Offline Jason

Re: Custom Radio Build. How did you build yours???
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2016, 01:25:31 PM »
Oh I would've loved to have kept the fiberglass one, but it just wasn't as functional as I wanted.  I actually had purchased the materials to make a second one and learn from the first one, but the time and effort it takes to do it was more than I had available at the time.

I'd recommend something that stretches 4 ways and is relatively thin/not as absorbent.  If you go to Walmart in the fabrics they have this stretchy material similar to Spandex that I had bought for the second one that I bet would work perfect.  It'll be alot easier to stretch it over the curves and get the shape you want as well.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SPRAY ADHESIVE IN ADDITION TO STAPLES.  It'll help prevent bubbling in the fabric and save you hours of body work and sanding later.

Lookup videos on YouTube of custom sub enclosures and there are tons of good tips to pick up.
2017 RZR XP 1000 Titanium Metallic

Re: Custom Radio Build. How did you build yours???
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2016, 04:47:32 AM »
I just did a 40 dollar amp and 65 dollar speakers from amazon. the amp has volume control and a 3.5 jack for my phone to plug into i play the music on my phone. I wish i had gotten the bluetooth amp. I am looking into an adapter. but other than that it works well enough for me
2012 Z6 trail
Homemade roof/Stereo system/KFI Snowplow/3 inch lift/28 inch maxxis bighorn 2.0/led running lights/thats it no more mods until i get the 800ex/wrong custom skid plate