It's basically just a small amplifier and a pair of 6-3/4" speakers housed in 6" PVC pipe. You can mount it to your ATV, UTV, golf cart, boat, whatever. Just plug it in to a 12 volt outlet and plug your MP3 player into it, you have music.
I should hopefully finish building mine by the end of the weekend. I already have the PVC and speakers, I'm just waiting on the ampilifier and other things to get here from PartsExpress.com. It *should* all be here tomorrow, so assuming if work doesn't interfere, I should start on it tomorrow. I'm going to mount it to my Kawasaki Bayou 300, there's a fairy old pic of it attached below. Yes, I realize it isn't much and the rear tires are ass ugly, but I love this four wheeler. I'll post some pics of the finished product and maybe some build pics if I get chances.
- Here's a list of parts I used to build this audio pipe:
- 6" Schedule 35 PVC pipe with two 90 degree elbows
- Pioneer TS-G1642R 6-3/4" speakers - I bought these speakers a few months ago to put in one of our farm trucks, but ended up using other speakers, so I'm just going to use these because I'm tried of seeing them lying around. They aren't marine rated, but they should hold up since I probably won't be going through any deep water or mud with the tube. Even if they do fail, I'm only out about $35 or so.
- Pyramid Super Blue PB440X amplifier - Yes, it's a shit brand that won't put out anything near it's ratings, but it's dirt cheap at only ~$35 and small enough to fit inside the 6" PVC pipe.
- SPST Toggle Switch - I really, REALLY wanted to use a low voltage 12 volt trigger that would automatically turn the amplifier on and off with my MP3 player, but I had a hard time finding one that would work with RCAs. Plus, it would cost me as much as the amp did, so at least for now, a toggle switch will do.
- RCA-to-3.5mm cable for connecting the MP3 player to the amplifier.
- Marine grade 12 volt outlet and plug.
- Random assortment of power and speaker wire.
I just haven't decided on what to paint the PVC pipe with. I'm thinking about using bed liner (the kind that comes in a spray can), flat black, gloss black, or glossy gray (to match the wheels and racks). Vote!