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Old 02-20-2007, 09:00 AM   #1
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Tired of popping stereos??

I bought a pretty nice stereo system this past summer, my third system in the 3 years I have owned my Jeep. In those 3 years a put barely 10,000 miles on it so I didn't use it much.

Anyway, I did NOT want to pop this stereo system. When I took the old one out and got into the dash, I noticed that there is a bracket right above where the stereo goes. It has a hole drilled in the middle. I cut myself a piece of scrap aluminum that is approx 2" wider and longer then the stereo, drilled a hole in the center, and bolted it to that bracket. My stereo now has its own cover that shields it from dropping water. I also took some silicon and sealed the gap between the plate and the dash so no water drips down the front, and ran two lines of silicon on either side so that any water that drips onto it runs out the backside.

It's been 8 months and I have not popped the stereo, even though some water has been getting in. This quick fix worked quite well.

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Old 02-20-2007, 04:19 PM   #2
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Ah. A good tip!

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Old 02-20-2007, 05:53 PM   #3
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My quick fix was replacing my stereo system with a Marine waterproof cd player w/ removable face plate and matching speakers. Nice bonus I also pick up weather alert stations
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i removed my speakers and havent yet got my sound bar, so idk how my stereo has done through the rain storms. i REAAAALY hope its ok, its a nice and probably expensive unit
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Old 02-21-2007, 05:16 PM   #5
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You could also get a Tuffy console and forget the dash (I put a cheap CB there). I also got a Kenwood MP3 CD head unit that has a USB connector. I plug in a 1 gig stick and never worry about CD skipping.
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:18 PM   #6
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I made a small black plexiglass rectangular cover/box and it matches the dash. I used thin velcro strips along the top and bottom of it just above and below the radio to mount it.
2 years without a problem and it looks decent enough. I also store the face plate in my tuffy if I think that it might get lifted.

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