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nwhittuk10
07-14-2010, 12:03 AM
Didn't see a thread for this so I thought I would put one up. I just installed some speakers on my ski pylon for anyone interested in doing this. Ended up being pretty easy. I took a 4 inch muffler u-clamp and then connected a 1.25 inch pvc pipe to it and tightened it. This allowed me to attach my tower speakers to the pole like they would be on a wakeboard tower. I will attach some pictures...tell me what you all think. Doesn't look the greatest, but I think it will get the job done.

Mr_Woodcock
07-14-2010, 12:43 AM
I dont think it looks terrible... maybe make the PVC pipe smaller so its not so apparent. I like it though as I use a Skylon also...

nwhittuk10
07-14-2010, 01:12 AM
Yeah I had thought about that but after feeling the 1 inch pvc I didn't think it would be strong enough to hold both speakers. I thought about using some pipe, but because I don't use my boat all that much and I am a college student I didn't feel like I was up to the task of drilling out a pipe and I didn't know how it would look. I might try that later on down the road though so I can make it the pipe smaller. Thanks for the input though. I'm not for sure if there is another post about some one doing this or not so hopefully we can all discuss ideas for a ski pylon and speakers. I am open to any suggestions.

oldairboater
07-14-2010, 02:09 AM
Looks okay. I would use painted aluminum tubing with polished ends to match pylon. I like your construction and mounting idea and may try to build that this winter when things get slower.

Kyle
07-14-2010, 06:04 AM
Here is my Southern Engineering. More pics under my profile in my albums.

H20skeefreek
07-14-2010, 11:10 AM
Here is my Southern Engineering. More pics under my profile in my albums.
Looks pretty good for southern engineering.

thatsmrmastercraft
07-14-2010, 11:23 AM
Here is my Southern Engineering. More pics under my profile in my albums.

Looks pretty darn good. What material did you use to put that together? I am buying a stripper pole for my boat as soon as I find a deal on a used one and will certainly be doing something to add some speakers.

Mr_Woodcock
07-14-2010, 01:00 PM
Yeah I had thought about that but after feeling the 1 inch pvc I didn't think it would be strong enough to hold both speakers. I thought about using some pipe, but because I don't use my boat all that much and I am a college student I didn't feel like I was up to the task of drilling out a pipe and I didn't know how it would look. I might try that later on down the road though so I can make it the pipe smaller. Thanks for the input though. I'm not for sure if there is another post about some one doing this or not so hopefully we can all discuss ideas for a ski pylon and speakers. I am open to any suggestions.

I totally agee on the diameter of the PVC. I was hinting more towards the length of the PVC...looks like there is some room to cut off some.

Kyle
07-14-2010, 04:04 PM
Looks pretty darn good. What material did you use to put that together? I am buying a stripper pole for my boat as soon as I find a deal on a used one and will certainly be doing something to add some speakers.

I made a skeleton out of 2 pieces of wood and I think a 6.4 or 7" irrigation pipe with a cap on the other end. I never took pics because I was too afraid that it would become a total failure. I then used screen that is on the outside of your house that covers your windows. I screwed the pipe to the wood and wraped the screen over the skeleton. After a few coats of fiberglass resin I added some sheets of fiberglass and did a lot of sanding. Used some bondo filler and sanded it down nice. I used to have it base coated and cleared with black but putting it up and down at the lake caused scratches fast. I then took it to linex truck bed liner place and had it sprayed. I made it stronger and I dont ever worry about scratching it.

I took the racks off of the factory skylon bracket and drilled out bigger holes in the bracket so I could use a nut and bolt set up. The enclosure is bolted in between the bracket and the wakeboard rack.

Kyle
07-14-2010, 04:10 PM
I am not doggin on anyones work here but as suggested before the pipes on the side may be too long. I know from my set up that the rope kept on getting caught on everything. I had to play with my set up a few times to get the right height for everything. Just an idea.

NUTT
07-14-2010, 05:22 PM
Just a thought use either alluminum pipe for strength or put a piece of pipe in the pvc for strength with it sealed in the pvc it wont rust . just a suggestion. Footin Nutt

nwhittuk10
07-15-2010, 01:09 AM
KYLE I like the setup...kind of wish I was that good at making stuff haha. Yeah I am going to cut it down tomorrow, I had a feeling the rope would get caught I just had not gotten around to cutting it or dealing anymore with it since I posted the pics. Thanks for all the suggestions. NUTT the 1.25 inch pvc is really strong, the reason that i chose to use the pvc was just because it was easier to drill through. Aluminum probably would work a bit better I agree on that.

woobiedmd
09-04-2010, 09:43 AM
Hey, I like the set up! Where did you run the wires and how does it sound with the speakers being fairly close together?