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Troy    212
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Well after owning this boat since new, I'm finally upgrading the sound system. 

Factory. Deck and 4 speakers. (upgraded the speakers a while back to Polk DB's)

Adding Downfire tower speakers, 3 amps and sub (sub at a later date, when I can get time to build the box.)

I finally found a set of take off Downfires at a reasonable price. Taken off a 2019. I also got the Roswell 650.4 that ran them, the zone control knob and distribution blocks. I had to purchase and modify a bracket to make them work with my Tribal Tower on my Avy. I bought the Wetsounds Downfire adaptors and drilled them out to be able to mount them to the speakers and then did a set of tube tower mounts which also had to be modified to have the speakers straight on the tower and not pointing out to the side. 

So far I have the modified brackets on the Downfires, picked out where to put them on the tower, drilled the holes in the tower to run the wire, and installed water proof connectors on the downfires. 

Still have to wire everything and build the amp rack. Pictures and progress will be added as I go. 

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Troy    212

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Troy    212
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Water resistant connectors for the speakers and the hinge point at the tower. 

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Rough placement of the speakers before I modified the brackets for the speakers to face aft over point to the side some. 

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h20king    795

Nice what are you doing for the inboats? I might know a guy with 3 sets of Roswell R 8'S and a Roswell 650.4 for sale. LOL

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Troy    212

LOL. Just going to keep the Polk 6 1/2's. Not enough room to upgrade to an 8 inch. Might be interested in the 650.4 though. That way I have 2 matching amps. :-)

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InfinitySurf    280

Awesome project Troy!

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Troy    212

Well it is alive, listened to it tonight. Still have a lot of clean up and a couple little things. But she was on and sounded very good in my opinion. 

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Nick213    586

Clean install Troy! That’s one heck of a mix having Roswell, Rockford and kicker as a system. 

Cant wait to get around to doing/finishing my stereo. I sure do miss the stereo I had in my avy.

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Troy    212

I so wanted another Roswell 650.4 but I couldn’t find one in my budget and time. I will say, if I do find one it will take no time to put it right where the Rockford is. The Roswell is about 1 inch longer but all the hook ups are in the same spot. Easy swap. 

Finished installing my zone control knob today. It might not look straight up but the white dot is in its detent spot. I didn’t take a before picture but the zone knob is where the ignition switch use to be. The ignition switch is where the dead man switch use to be and I moved the dead man under the dash. 

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and i I painted the piece of plywood backing plate for the tower bolt. 

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all is is left is zip tie wires up and I’m done for now. Still have to build the sub box but it will have to wait for a bit. Budget is tapped out. 

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Troy    212

So to give everyone an idea of want was spent.

$1000 - Downfires, 650.4, Zone control knob and distribution blocks. (I think a killer deal)

$400 - Tower adapters and Rockford amp (little expensive but I received advice at the same time and that was worth the extra expense)

$200 - wires and cables and supplies

Kicker amp and JL w3 12 I had already, old but still works great. 

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WakeDoc    488

Great Job!

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Do0zman    3

Great Job man! I wish those speakers were in my range when it came to price but ill be putting something similar together for my enzo. 

Looks like your tower is set up similar to mine and im trying  get an idea how to run the wires through the tower and down to the amps. 

Any way you can show some more pictures on how you routed the wires from the tower all the way down to the amps? I really want to get ideas on the jumps from tube to tube and then through the hull. 

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Troy    212
4 hours ago, Do0zman said:

Great Job man! I wish those speakers were in my range when it came to price but ill be putting something similar together for my enzo. 

Looks like your tower is set up similar to mine and im trying  get an idea how to run the wires through the tower and down to the amps. 

Any way you can show some more pictures on how you routed the wires from the tower all the way down to the amps? I really want to get ideas on the jumps from tube to tube and then through the hull. 

I’m currently out of town on business but I can take more pictures when I get home. I mirrored the starboard factory wire for the port side speaker wires. I used a string with a screw taped to it and a magnet to get the string through the tower then taped the wires to the string to pull the wires through the tower. When I pulled the tower up on the port side the rubber and tower had a hole through it already. I did have to drill a hole in the side of the boat. The rubber left a mark on the hull so I knew where I had to drill the hole at. Fairly easy, just time consuming and best to have a buddy help. 

Hope that helps. If you need more or it doesn’t make sense, let me know  

 

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truekaotik    461

Good job brother!!! 

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Do0zman    3
On 3/19/2019 at 7:18 PM, Troy said:

I’m currently out of town on business but I can take more pictures when I get home. I mirrored the starboard factory wire for the port side speaker wires. I used a string with a screw taped to it and a magnet to get the string through the tower then taped the wires to the string to pull the wires through the tower. When I pulled the tower up on the port side the rubber and tower had a hole through it already. I did have to drill a hole in the side of the boat. The rubber left a mark on the hull so I knew where I had to drill the hole at. Fairly easy, just time consuming and best to have a buddy help. 

Hope that helps. If you need more or it doesn’t make sense, let me know  

 

Awesome info! Would be awesome if you can grab some photos whenever you get a chance. I really am more of a visual guy lol. 

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Troy    212
15 hours ago, Do0zman said:

Awesome info! Would be awesome if you can grab some photos whenever you get a chance. I really am more of a visual guy lol. 

I keep forgetting. Text me to remind me 9one9 4six4 6one00

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Troy    212

So here is a few pictures of the wire from the tower into where the amps are. 

one picture is from the speaker area looking into the gunnel where the wires are coming into the boat from the tower.  The other is inside the storage compartment looking aft. You can see the split loom going through a panel, that is the speaker wires going to the tower. 

That the pictures you wanted? 

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Troy    212

Here is the wiring jumping from the upper part of the tower to the lower part. I used a connector to be safe Incase of an issue and I need to disconnect. EEF67FD7-A124-48DF-BE71-3E5F5B46DBAC.jpeg.6451d5891247be5681c2298e5151f940.jpeg

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Nick213    586

Good thinking Troy!

FYI I see you used the plastic tubing around the wires on the tower but you used the braided wire cover in the observers compartment. From my experience the braided stuff is way better... I used the plastic tubing like you did and it faded and cracked whithin the first season. The braided wire wrap lasted the entire time I owned my direct drive.

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Do0zman    3
On 3/25/2019 at 7:51 AM, Troy said:

I keep forgetting. Text me to remind me 9one9 4six4 6one00

I didn't see this post till just now!  thanks for the pictures troy! that jump is exactly what i was thinking of doing and using a Deutsche connector in case i needed extra room to knock the tower down. The only thing that I am still having a hard time getting an idea of is going from the bottom tube into the boat i see the first picture where you are showing the cables. is that base plate hollow? where is the hole that allows the wires to come out of the lower tube and into the boat. 

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Troy    212
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Oh. OK. So the bottom portion where it mounts to the boat is a solid piece with a 1/2" hole through it.  So getting all the speaker wire through the 1/2" hole was a little tricky but with 2 people not bad at all. I did have to drill a hole through the boat but when I took the bolts out and moved the tower mount out of the way the rubber piece left a spot on the hull that had a perfect spot to drill the hole. Sorry I didn't get any pictures of that when I did my install.  When you loosen the tower mounts and move them, you will see and it is really straight forward.  You have my cell number now if you want to call and talk. 

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Troy    212

Well guys, 

The Rockford amp didn't work out. It had a popping sound any time I turned a switch on or off and a bad whine with the blower motor running, no alternator whine. Roswell amp had no popping or whine. I troubleshot it for weeks, I think it was just a weird impedance issue with my stereo's RCA's.  I ended up swapping to an ARC Audio KS300.4 for the in boats and downfires.  I had to rearrange my amp rack and do a bunch of swapping around, to make the wiring work (I didn't have anymore power and ground 4ga). I should be done with all the moving around and rewiring tonight and post more pictures. Shout out to Scream Marine for working with me on troubleshooting and swapping amps out. I think the ARC sounds better also.

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Nick213    586

I like arc amps, I had 5 of them in my avy and there still rock solid to this day as from what I heard from the guy that bought it off me!

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h20king    795

Love arc audio. I have used them in the past and would not hesitate to use them again. 

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Troy    212

Well I got everything moved around and re-wired for the ARC Audio amp. 

 

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