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AR Footer
09-14-2005, 10:06 PM
I have recently installed a stereo in my 85 S & S and now I am trying to find a place to install speakers. I purchased a set of Dual DM-S655Sm 6.5" Dual Cone Surface Mount Marine Speakers


but once I got them in I was surprised how big they were with the housing around them. I don't want to cut any holes or any way lower the value of the boat so a surface mount is the only way for me. I was considering mounting them just in front of the rear seat but I am worried about the grills getting broken by equipment. Any ideas on where to mount the speakers? Also, can I screw into the wall with some short screws to hold the speakers in place or is the outer wall and inner wall one in the same? Sure do not want to make that kind of mistake!! If I could put some short screws in the wall I could mount the speakers close to the railing and not have to worry so much about equipment damaging the grills. :confused: :confused: :confused:

09-14-2005, 10:56 PM
i have an 83, we have two speakers in our boat (sad i know, but i'm saving up this winter) but we have the 2 speakers behind the drivers seat, and the other one is by the observer seat, (its in the same spot as the other speaker on the other side of the boat.)

AR Footer
09-15-2005, 06:54 AM
How are the speakers mounted (screwed to floor, side, other)? Did the speakers that you used come in their own waterproof enclosure or did you make something? I looked at mounting mine there but I wasn't sure how to mount them and I also use a boom a lot and I was a little afraid of flooding the speaker by the boom. I know they are marine speakers but the water that is taken on when teaching new barefooters might be too much. In that position I thought it would be best to mount them even with the bottom of the top rail but wasn't sure if I could use screws in that area. Do you know if it is a double wall in that area and if so how long a screw could I use?

09-15-2005, 07:44 AM
it is not a double wall!! do not drill there, you will be very unhappy with yourself. I'm in the same spot, i have all of my stereo equipment, but can't decide where to install it. I'd hate to drill holes in the dash, but mounting them horizontally under the winsheild is the best location I can come up with.

09-15-2005, 07:51 AM
i know you dont want to cut any holes in the boat but i installed a stereo in my s&s last weekend. i put two speakers on the dash. i had to cut two holes in the dash which wasnt hard at all. ill will post a pic tomorrow. i strongly suggest you put the speakers on the dash, the window reflects the music back to the driver and passengers and the speakers never get wet.

09-15-2005, 07:57 AM
please post pic aussies, I'd love to see what you did.

AR Footer
09-15-2005, 09:03 AM
I also wondered about drilling a couple of small screw holes in the floor to hold the speakers in place. Any thoughts? The dash location is an option I have considered but I will save that for my last resort (still don't want to cut holes if I don't have to.

Zach S
09-16-2005, 08:28 AM
I installed a stereo in my '85 earlier this season. I used an underdash kit (flipped upside down) and mounted the head unit on top of the dash. I built 4 custom boxes for 6X9's and mounted on them right behind the drivers seat, another in the same spot next to the observer seat and two in front of the rear seat where Gmohlke was thinking about mounting his new speakers. We have not had any problems with the rear speakers. I mounted them by screwing them into the floor of the boat (leave the speaker out and drive screws through opening for speaker).

09-16-2005, 08:44 PM
heres the pics.

09-16-2005, 08:48 PM
under the dash

09-22-2005, 09:55 PM

10-02-2005, 12:32 PM
I welded a bracket to mount the stereo underneath the dash, and placed a remote on the dash above the ignition switch.


Also, I placed my 6.5" speakers on the engine cover and sound great for the rear seat. I placed another set of speakers on each side of the rear seat. They were small inexpensive KLH indoor/outdoor speakers that point forward and sound okay. They are a tight fit and do not need to be mounted down.


10-02-2005, 09:29 PM
That really looks sweet. I like what you did with the motor box but how hot do those speakers really get? You had any problems with them? Also can the people in the front hear it well or what?
Looks good though!

10-02-2005, 09:47 PM
I put the stereo and speakers in april and have not had any problems with heat or noise from the engine compartment. I have to fade out the engine speakers quite a bit but sounds decent.