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This is a discussion on radio setup within the General Member Discussions forums, part of the The RANGER STATION ~ Rangers and RZRs category; Originally Posted by teshreve 8 drivers and 1200w is indeed hard to beat. But tuned enclosures are also hard to beat. My main point to ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by teshreve View Post
    8 drivers and 1200w is indeed hard to beat. But tuned enclosures are also hard to beat. My main point to the OP and others wanting to buy the Recreational Watts kit is that there is no enclosure at all. Its a bracket to hold the speaker. Not tuned, not sealed, and sounds absolutely terrible. I know because I went the same route originally. Sealed enclosures make such a huge difference that it is hard to overstate. My audio setup has been through 7 iterations on 2 Rangers. I have some pretty strong opinions about what works. And those cheeseball Polaris brackets don't. At all. Period. They suck. A lot.
    I absolutely 1000% agree. At least I do because I was told.... I originally planned on installing my system "free air" into my headliner ala factory Polaris. My audio guru explained that it would sound horrific and a complete waste of time. He is the one that convinced me, and subsequently assisted me, in creating an enclosure above the headliner at each speaker location with fiberglass. "Sleeper pods" as I did not want to lose ANY room for my gun racks and such. The pods are not perfect, but I can confirm without a doubt it sounds amazing with them. It's way to much while riding. 1600w useable power and I bet I use 100. But when it's time to roll out the ice chests and pour ****tails I can turn a sagebrush plateau into a dance club if needed. It's out of line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battle_Born View Post
    I absolutely 1000% agree. At least I do because I was told.... I originally planned on installing my system "free air" into my headliner ala factory Polaris. My audio guru explained that it would sound horrific and a complete waste of time. He is the one that convinced me, and subsequently assisted me, in creating an enclosure above the headliner at each speaker location with fiberglass. "Sleeper pods" as I did not want to lose ANY room for my gun racks and such. The pods are not perfect, but I can confirm without a doubt it sounds amazing with them. It's way to much while riding. 1600w useable power and I bet I use 100. But when it's time to roll out the ice chests and pour ****tails I can turn a sagebrush plateau into a dance club if needed. It's out of line.
    lol, love it. Just because you have way too much doesn't mean you have to use it. But it sure is nice to know you can. Thanks for the validation that free air drivers (the polaris brackets) are a waste of time. I was so disappointed. Then I put the pods in. BAM. It was a religious experience
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    Quote Originally Posted by teshreve View Post
    lol, love it. Just because you have way too much doesn't mean you have to use it. But it sure is nice to know you can. Thanks for the validation that free air drivers (the polaris brackets) are a waste of time. I was so disappointed. Then I put the pods in. BAM. It was a religious experience
    A kid down the street from me has the NOAM system in his commander. He paid under $300 for the whole kit and it sounds damn good. Impressively good. If a guy was running an open cab and could use wake tower speaker pods I would definitely recommend that kit.


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    So what do you guys recommend to create an enclosure?


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    Sheet ABS on one spectrum can be heat formed into all kinds of shapes, but you'll need to be pretty handy to make the molds.
    On the easier side is fiberglass. You really can't mess up honestly. You can create more work for yourself, but it's very forgiving.
    Polyester fabric, some MDF, basic wood skills, staples and a staple gun, throw away paint brushes, a plastic Tupperware container, some fiberglass mat or cloth, release, resin and hardener, nitrile gloves, dust mask, sand paper, bondo, putty knives, primer and paint and that about does it. Lots of YouTube videos on the subject to assist as well.

    I like to graph in anchors if I can. Preparation is the key to success.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Battle_Born View Post
    Sheet ABS on one spectrum can be heat formed into all kinds of shapes, but you'll need to be pretty handy to make the molds.
    On the easier side is fiberglass. You really can't mess up honestly. You can create more work for yourself, but it's very forgiving.
    Polyester fabric, some MDF, basic wood skills, staples and a staple gun, throw away paint brushes, a plastic Tupperware container, some fiberglass mat or cloth, release, resin and hardener, nitrile gloves, dust mask, sand paper, bondo, putty knives, primer and paint and that about does it. Lots of YouTube videos on the subject to assist as well.

    I like to graph in anchors if I can. Preparation is the key to success.


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    It's intimidating to most. But shouldn't be. If you have any mechanical skills whatsoever you will surprise yourself with what you can accomplish


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    I installed the Recreational Watts stereo this morning and very happy with it. Simple to install and sounds great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave19 View Post
    I installed the Recreational Watts stereo this morning and very happy with it. Simple to install and sounds great.
    glad your happy with it, I really like mine. Im sure its not as great as what some of these are guys are talking about, but it does what it needs for me. down the road im sure I will get enclosed pods when I get sick of this one. compared to factory tho I think this is a much better system/better buy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Battle_Born View Post
    A kid down the street from me has the NOAM system in his commander. He paid under $300 for the whole kit and it sounds damn good. Impressively good. If a guy was running an open cab and could use wake tower speaker pods I would definitely recommend that kit.


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    What's NOAM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew.loftis View Post
    What's NOAM?



    This thing. He got it off of Amazon.



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