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Mount External Speaker For VHF?

Discussion in 'Ford Raptor Audio/Video/Electronics Forum [GEN 1]' started by thearizonacowboy, May 19, 2017.

  1. thearizonacowboy

    thearizonacowboy Full Access Member

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    For those who have installed an external speaker for your radio(s), where did you mount them? Just looking for some ideas as my Icom is mounted in the center console and I'll either go with an external speaker or a headset,

    Thanks!
     
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    For my external speaker I tapped into the gps/nav speaker in the center of the dashboard. It's not high quality but it works and one less component cluttering up your dashboard.

    My radio is above the sunglasses cubby in the headliner.
     
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    Nice that's pretty smart! I can do suspension work all day but wiring is definitely not my thing lol
     
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    I mounted a speaker behind the kick plate by the gas pedal. Found a square one that fit perfectly by modifying the mount it came with and was able to just plug it into my radio behind the passenger side dash directly as it had a jack for an external speaker on it. Now I have a speaker on both the driver and passenger sides with the radio speaker and the external one. I thought about cutting the kick plate and putting in a speaker cover for better sound but decided not too as it is loud enough with the cover intact.
     
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    Trick.Raptor The Cracker Raptor

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    I did the same myself. Sound is good for the radio chatter and you don't notice any difference with the tunes.
     
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    Exactly what i'm looking for! Did you do this yourself?
     
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    I lift my back seat up and put it in the little cubby underneath it. Plenty loud
     
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    Just go headsets. It's the better solution in the long run. Plus you'll feel fuckin cool.
     
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    No but I saw a write up here from someone who did. You basically connect a 3.5 mm headphone jack to the back of the radio (no headphones, just the 2 wires) to the speaker after removing the center tray that the speaker is mounted to..
    Aaron, yes Headphones would be waaaaaaay better. But that's a probably a grand, whereas the 3.5mm headphone wire was less than $5 and hidden.

    Note: the speaker sounds like a handheld, so you get what you pay for.
     
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    sorry to revive this older thread

    has anyone wired in a 4" ish speaker to the sides of the center console? I was thinking about wiring up a regular speaker with a grill to the area right next to the shifter on the center console. I am running a TK-790H and you can just get the 9 or 12 pin molex connector that mounts on either the head unit or the main body (depending on how you want to run the wires - im going to run it off the main unit)

    the question is, is there enough space to mount a speaker there? its not going to be a big one, but it will have some depth with the magnet and all. If it will work, it will be much cleaner of an install than running a full external speaker mounted somewhere and allow me to hear it well
     

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