Marine speakers and amp.


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prc
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Marine speakers and amp.

Postby prc » Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:52 pm



My 82 Interstate has no stereo, amp or speakers, all of it was removed when I took ownership of the bike.
I was thinking I would like to use an mp3 player through an amp keeping the weight down.
I have heard that marine speakers are the way to go, even heard someone say they just sprayed lacquer paint on speakers to weatherize them. There are a pair of 6.5 inch Sony marine speakers for sale on my local Craigslist.
Anybody have any experience with this?
Thanks in advance.
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Re: Marine speakers and amp.

Postby bcassel » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:17 am

That might be the very best way to go, if you have space for 6.5" speakers. I didn't. I installed 4.5" speakers in the fairing and two West Marine speakers on the trailing edge of the fairing, facing up.

Use of an amp for you MP3 is a real nice idea, and you should have ample room in the fairing for placement. I went semi-traditional and installed a marine audio system that has USB and SC Digital card readers and no CD or other moving parts. My unit has 50 watts per channel, for a total of 200 watts rms. MOST of the time this is adequate for hearing it on a ride. You do lose the low end though, the 6.5 speakers would definitely help with this.

Keep in mind on your amp that you have limited wattage available coming out of the charging system, too large and you will be drawing down your battery. I chose to go low power on the stereo so I could have plenty for fog/driving lights.

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Re: Marine speakers and amp.

Postby prc » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:55 pm

bcassel.
Thanks for the input, I tend to forget about the limitation of the alternator.
I dont want to load too much "stuff" onto this old bike until I have replaced the alternator with a high output unit.
A quick measurement of the fairing shows me that it does not seem to have room for speakers any larger than 4" or so.
Speaker choice not a really big deal at this moment, just wanted some background info to start with.
Ive killed many weekends just getting this old bucket rideable to the point I can relax and cruise.

Here in the Great North Wet, having waterproof EVERYTHING takes priority over all other concerns so no matter the speaker output or bass delivery, they must first be able to function literally underwater.
As my luck would have it, I moved up here from Nor Cal 3 yrs ago and have endured 2 of the wettest Springs this area has ever seen, and by Spring, the locals meen March through mid July! not to mention the prior Oct-March non stop drizzle.

The color of your bike is really nice, did you paint it yourself?
Happy riding to you.
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Re: Marine speakers and amp.

Postby bcassel » Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:50 pm

I also coated my Panasonic 4.5" speakers with spray clear urethane so they would repel water.

Yes, I did paint my bike myself. All with rattle cans filled with Chrysler Cool Vanilla color coat and topped with 2K two part, rattle can top coat.

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Re: Marine speakers and amp.

Postby Mortal-n-Life » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:24 pm

bcassel wrote:I also coated my Panasonic 4.5" speakers with spray clear urethane so they would repel water.

Yes, I did paint my bike myself. All with rattle cans filled with Chrysler Cool Vanilla color coat and topped with 2K two part, rattle can top coat.


Agreed, smooth looking bike.

How long ago did you paint your bike? and how is the paint holding up? and did you notice and change in the quality of sound after you coated your speakers? I'm at that stage in my rebuild...speakers and paint.

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Re: Marine speakers and amp.

Postby bcassel » Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:14 pm

Painted the bike 2 years and 21,000 miles ago. Holding up great. Had to repaint the top of one saddle bag and the trunk bottom due to damage from poor rear speaker installation, mine. Would do it again in an instant.

No change to the speakers from coating with varnish.

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Re: Marine speakers and amp.

Postby Mortal-n-Life » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:06 pm

Thanks. Will you give some more info on the brand of paint you used and where you got it from?

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Re: Marine speakers and amp.

Postby bcassel » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:59 pm

I found an automotive paint supply company in Sacramento, any auto paint supply company can do it. I had them mix the color I wanted and had them put it in custom base color shaker cans. It took me six cans to paint the 17 pieces of painted surface on the bike.

I then top coated with a product called Spray Max 2K. It is a two part paint in one aerosol can. You shake it up, push a bottom mounted plunger, shake it again and you have a 24 hour pot life of the can. It took me three cans to top coat my parts and the spray nozzle is as good as any gun you will find outside of a custom shop.

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Re: Marine speakers and amp.

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:29 am

I don't have 6 1/2" speakers but I do have six inch one's :shock: ....Also a auto stereo with cassette...
6" pioneers, who says they don't fit,,,
6" pioneers, who says they don't fit,,,
:shock:

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Re: Marine speakers and amp.

Postby Mortal-n-Life » Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:30 pm

Thanks for the info bcassel!




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