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Well it took me several hours but I finally got around to building a stereo enclosure for the Ranger that didn't cost a small fortune, still looked nice and had the stereo tilted downward slightly so you can see it easy.

I started out with a cardboard template and several measurements of the stereo and the speakers. After that and a few brain cells later I fired up the table saw and wore out a tape measure but here's the end result. A custom made to fit complete unit.



You can see that I just pig tailed the hot and the ground right out the back. I put quick connects on the wires so if I ever need to remove it all I have to do is take out 4 screws and unplug the wires. I was going to drill mounting holes in the roof and Poorfarmer suggested mounting it to the roll bar, great idea so I fabbed up some metal brackets.






I got alot of great ideas from a bunch of you guys on the antennae deal. I liked Fred's idea of mounting it inside so there's no worries about getting it broke off by a limb. So I decided to mount mine in the corner also. I just drilled a hole in the front windshield frame and bolted it down. It might be hard to see but it's there, a black rubber one.



And last but not least I installed my new Odessey 925LMJ battery tonight and fired up the stereo. A minor amount of trimming on the front of the battery box and it was good to go.



Hope you enjoy the pics, Brian
 

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If I ever get a roof I'll let you make me one for the suggestion about mounting[:D][:D][:D][:D][:D][:D][:D]

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10-4 Good Buddy [:D]. I saved the template [;)][:D].


Brian<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by poorfarmer

If I ever get a roof I'll let you make me one for the suggestion about mounting[:D][:D][:D][:D][:D][:D][:D]

Mark
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I wish it was that simple to get a roof. Hey BTW I might have that portable winch sold so I can get my Venom 4000lb . If we could get together long enough I think we could put out some darn good accesories, I had someone who doesn't even own a Ranger comment on my nerf bars[;)][;)]

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Nice job Brian!
 

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Looks good Brian, I broke down and bought cart box roof mount waiting to get ranger back and install mine. Thanks for pictures.
Is the corners close to your head?

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Thanks for the compliments. I made the box so it didn't hang any lower than it had to. I'm 6'2" and theres no worries of hitting it. The flat part where the speakers are mounted is only 2 1/2" deep and the lowest point where the stereo is mounted is only 7".


Brian <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by Commander

Looks good Brian, I broke down and bought cart box roof mount waiting to get ranger back and install mine. Thanks for pictures.
Is the corners close to your head?

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Looks like a real good job Brian. Don't throw the template away there might be more of us that could follow your lead on mounting a stereo.
 

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I can tell ya it's sure alot cheaper doing it yourself. I bought the Pioneer Supertuner radio and speaker combo at Walmart a couple months ago on sale. I paid something like $75.00 for the whole outfit. The main frame of the enclosure is made out of 1"X6" pine and the covering is made out of a 4'X4' sheet of thin wood like material used for wainscotting around the walls of your house. I originally was going to have the box shot with Rhino lining but after looking at it I decided to just leave it. The print is actually a mock leather look.

Brian<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by RANGERJACK

Looks like a real good job Brian. Don't throw the template away there might be more of us that could follow your lead on mounting a stereo.
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Hey Chief....Nice Job! As a guy who does a ton of woodworking, I need to ask you, what type of product is that made from? I just might have to do my own version of your console. My stereo is currently in the dash and I don't really like it there because its prone to water damage (although that's not happened yet). Actually, I rarely use the stereo. Its usually when the Ranger is sitting still and I'm working outside or in the woods on something.
 

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Thanks Randy, I kept the template that I used and would be happy to mail you a copy of it. Since it fits in between the roll cage and fastens to the roll cage it will work on any Ranger regarless of whatever roof is on it. The main frame is the one by six pine and the covering is something like a 1/4" underlayment or luan board that is finished on one side. I went with the one that looks like leather and then finished it off with the brass screws. The underlayment was only $10.00.

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Brian<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by Ran

Hey Chief....Nice Job! As a guy who does a ton of woodworking, I need to ask you, what type of product is that made from? I just might have to do my own version of your console. My stereo is currently in the dash and I don't really like it there because its prone to water damage (although that's not happened yet). Actually, I rarely use the stereo. Its usually when the Ranger is sitting still and I'm working outside or in the woods on something.
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Thanks for the offer on the template, Brian, but I'll likely leave my speakers where they are so I won't be making the console go all the way from front to back. I'm congering up another idea for attachment to the headliner without drilling through the roof. Also, I'm not ready to do the job yet. Too many furniture projects going right now.
 

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looks good Brian.

Nice Job and the antenna is just like the one I have and is in the exact same place.

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Good job Brian. Just where or which way did you run the hot wire. Along and down the windshield?
 

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Looks good.
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I ran the hot and the ground in that track thats at the top of the windshield frame. Once I got over to the drivers sides I drilled a hole in the roll cage, popped in a rubber grommet and then ran the wires inside the cage. Right where the cage bolts to the frame under the hoos is where I drilled another hole and used a grommet. You can't see any wires at all unless you look real hard [:D].


Brian<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by jw5wags

Good job Brian. Just where or which way did you run the hot wire. Along and down the windshield?
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are you using the antennae for the radio, or are you running a wireless mp3 setup?

the reason I ask, is there is a guy with a rhino that I have seen that runs what pretty much amounts to a hard drive, with a wireless do dad coming off of it from under the hood. on his deck, he has another wireless do dad to receive the signal, and it plays like 120 hours of mp3's, with NO SKIPPING.
 
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