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Old 08-28-2014, 05:10 PM   #1
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Sound bar replacement recommendations

I've made the decision to remove my roll bar covers and would like to remove the sound bar cover as well. I know there's exposed wiring, so I've accepted that I'll be switching out the sound bar for some other speakers before next spring's topless trail riding comes around and my jeep's interior is exposed to any mud. So I'm just looking for recommendations as to what I could replace my sound bar with that keeps the wiring enclosed. I'm not concerned about having ~crazy good speakers~. I don't know if the previous owner upgraded the speakers when he put the JVC media receiver in, but whatever I have in my sound bar is satisfactory to me. I just want to keep the wiring covered as much as possible. Trying to water/mud-proof my interior as much as I can before spring.

I've done some searching myself but threads and shops alike have thus far been pretty vague in terms of specifying how hidden away the wiring is on any particular unit.

I've given these a look but can't find a whole lot of information about them one way or the other. I like the idea of adding more light and less overhead bulk, but in the end I just want some decent speakers that don't leave a bunch of the electronics exposed without a fabric cover that will just pick up dirt and dust

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Old 08-28-2014, 06:36 PM   #2
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is it the full sound bar or the sound pods? the pods have proven pretty good in the elements on mine. Dont know what to tell you about the exposed wiring... wrap them electrical tape/zip ties? I only removed the rear bar lining, not the sound bar/front padding.

As far as a replacement goes, you could swap in marine speakers. Plenty loud (designed for open outdoors of boats) and plenty waterproof.

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Old 08-31-2014, 01:51 PM   #3
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The pods. The wiring down the roll bars isn't my issue (electrical tape works just fine for anything short of submersion, really) it's that you just can't wrap all the way up to the harness (that's what its called, right? the "plug" so to speak?) and where it connects and I just don't want to leave my wiring that vulnerable to the elements.
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A spray can of electrical insulating material is available. It sprays on kind of thick but doesn't make a massive lump. It's called Spray Liquid Tape by Gardner Bender, Part LTS-400. Got mine from the big-box home-improvement store. It would cover the harness. Maybe find some other uses as well. I've used it under the hood on my TJ to cover some connectors, etc. Just want to make sure water can't get under the stuff, so don't be stingy with it and miss any places.

PS - Self-sealing rubber/silicone tape is also available. It's pretty good stuff for wrapping most anything you want to seal. Just be aware it doesn't come off of itself once it is wrapped. You have to cut it off, carefully. It doesn't stick to whatever you are wrapping, at least not much, so it will come off with a little care and work. Wait - I should qualify that - some of those tapes DO stick to what you are wrapping. I believe it's mainly the silicone types that stick. The rubber tapes don't stick to wires, etc. Don't know if the package will tell you, but if the stuff is for plumbing or leak-sealing you can bet it sticks to everything. Get the stuff from the electrical department.
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Old 09-01-2014, 03:49 PM   #5
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Put some sound deadening mat inside the speaker pods. Makes a huge difference!
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Johnnybonkel-Are you talking about something like Hushmat or the roofing stuff a lot of folks use? Or foam maybe? Thanks.
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Johnnybonkel-Are you talking about something like Hushmat or the roofing stuff a lot of folks use? Or foam maybe? Thanks.
i used Dynamat made for interior sound proofing. It come in sticky strips so you just cut it up to get in speaker hole and line the pod with it. I won't get technical but it effectively doubles the size of the enclosure and braces it far more meaning a better , louder , cleaner sound. It makes a huge difference.
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