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06wakesetter

Bow Speakers

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06wakesetter

I have a 2006 wakesetter vlx 21.5' I am wanting to install bow speakers. I know the 23' vlx's have cutouts for them but i was wondering if anyone could tell me if the 21.5' vlx's also do? thanks

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Bawshogg

IRC they have the holes behind in the glass, but the vinyl is not cut. Just push around where they should go and you will be able to tell. I used to be able to stick my arm up the sides and feel around also.

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dalt1

Yep just cut vinyl and install. Cut outs are already there beneath the vinyl.

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rushrush1

Just did my 06 , piece of cake

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REW

Anybody know if the cutouts are there in an 04 DD?

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06wakesetter

Found them! Thanks alot guys

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Mjlee1985

Anyone know if there are cut outs on a 1999 wakesetter?

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wakesetter8796

No. None on the 05-08 V ride or up to 04 or 05 VLX

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Indebound
No. None on the 05-08 V ride or up to 04 or 05 VLX

So for us folks with the older boats, what's the best way to install bow speakers?

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wakesetter8796

We were going to at the dealer but he said there was no way to do it because they didn't put the mounts in... :(

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Earmark Marine

Sure it can be done. It's more of an exercise and techniques will vary boat to boat. You have to verify that you have clearance behind. You have to determine if someone seated will be covering the speaker and if it needs to be recessed. You should know the depth of the foam padding on the bolster as to not wrinkle the vinyl if the speaker is recessed in too far. You may have to control the depth. There are considerations for cutting and terminating the vinyl, separately cutting the foam, cutting the HDPE bolster backing and cutting the fiberglass mold.

David

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wakesetter8796

Wow has anyone done it on a 99-04 vlx or 05-08 v ride?

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Earmark Marine

There is no way I can retain the specifics on that over every model/year during that span.

As another option, a few have built speaker baffle panels or quasi enclosures to place a pair of coaxials in the bow coaming pockets.

Why don't you investigate where you have a fit without obstructions, take a few pics and then decide on the best technique for that particular location.

David

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wakesetter8796

Like a "box" and put it in the carpeted area?

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SouthsideBoarder

I agree I would love to put some bow speakers in the recess in my boat when I get it.

Bill Air Junky has some cabinets in the bow cubbys that look really nice.

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Bill_AirJunky

Takin pics of the new bimini & mirror today & got a shot of these speaker enclosures. They look like their stock but I believe were made by Stereo King in Portland, Or,

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Mjlee1985

those are exactly what i need. how are they mounted so they dont slide around?

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Bill_AirJunky

You got me. Never have looked at them that closely.

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Aquajung

Does anyone know if the later models have all wiring and amp power in place to add the speakers for the walk-thru? I have a 2011 w sound pack 2. In hindsight i should have gotten the 3. Looking at the wiring harness under driver and observer side, it looks like the speaker wires are already there. Can it be that simple? Do i really only need to cut holes for the speakers and plug-in the 2 wires? No amp stuff to hook up?

i assume the speakers Malibu uses are the Rockford Fosgate M262B. i found them for < $200 pair (amazon.com).

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MLA

Aquajung,

Yes, the boat should be pre-wired for the walk-thru speakers and they will be wired in parallel to the bow pair. If your bow speakers are working, then you will just need to plug up the new pair. Yes, the OEM would have been the M262B. There will probably not be any extra wiring for additional amp, you will need to do all of that if you are going to install that additional amp

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Aquajung

Wahoo! Sounds like a modification i can handle :)

Thanks for the feedback!

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