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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-01-2014, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Default Making speaker lids

So let me first say that I am no expert, just got some balls to try stuff.
I was speaking with a guy about bag lids and he stated that the ABS plastic is the best in this application since it handles vibrations well. I read somewhere else that fiberglass after a while has issues. So I figured I would use the existing lid and do some plastic parts to make it durable.

I had scratched the lids quote a bit so I was planning to cover the lids with marine vinyl anyway.

I am using Azek for houses. It is PVC plastic. You can buy 5/4" thick pieces in 12" wide sections. I used a router to make the speaker ring.



I then cut a hole in my lid....not for the faint of heart.


I mounted the speaker ring into the hole with some brackets that I made up






I then used JB Weld Plastic Weld putty. You pull this stuff out of the tube and knead it around for a bit until the color is uniform. I used a tube and 1/2 for the first side. It filled in all the gaps and it dried rock hard like clay.





I visited a quilting shop. Turns out I know someone there. She gave me a pattern material and showed me how to make the patterns. I stopped by a boat upholstery shop and grabbed some Marine Vinyl in black carbon fiber look.

Next week I will go back to the quilt shop and they will help me sew the cover so I can glue it down.
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I will post more when I get further along
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Looks good. I did my own also just didnt go that big. Now I did not put anything over the speakers in the back so the whole bag is a speaker baffle. And my 5.25 sound great.

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Here is the finished product









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Looks good, very impressive!


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Very nicely done indeed and saved yourself a ton of cash. I really like the lid covers you came up with

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Wow, that looks surprisingly good. When I realized what you were making at first I expected some craptastic rice burner-esque setup but you've really done a nice job with it. Kudo's for your craftsmanship.

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Holy crap- that is awesome Dave!!!'
And they are weather proof?

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Very nicely done indeed and saved yourself a ton of cash. I really like the lid covers you came up with
Strange that your message was cut off, but in my email it was saved. I will repost it here, "Very nicely done indeed and saved yourself a ton of cash. I really like the lid covers you came up with...did you make those? I want to cover my black lids and tried the Vic covers, which suck BTW, before i need to buy new top pieces. If you made those covers please do share....and if you did, you could sell a ton of those i'm sure....just saying "

I did make those covers and that is why I did not do an incredible job with the putty. Also the screw heads were covered up even though they were not 100% flush.
I went to a quilting shop and asked for help. Luckily I knew the lady that worked there. They gave me this see through material for pattern making. I did the outside of the bag, the middle, and the inside separately. Meaning where the crease in the lid was. I was told to go an extra 1/2" so they could sew that together. Then you fold that piece back and sew on top of it with the white thread to get what is called a double stitch. That was the easy part. Especially since she sewed it for me.
The pain in the butt is gluing that thing down and making it straight. If you mess up than the glue gets lumpy underneath and you can see that on my lids. I hoping the hot summer sun will straighten it out. I tried gluing the center section down first by going the long way. That way I could line the white stitching along the crease, but than I had an issue gluing the sides. On the second lid I glued cross wise (across left to right) and then rolled that down to front and back, but the lines are not very straight that way. What would have made a big difference is if I had an upholstery glue that would allow you to move it around and then press it into place. With the 3M spray adhesive that I used you spray it onto both sides, let it set up, and then you got one shot to get it right.

I will never sell these. That was too hard. I will gladly walk anyone through the process.
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Holy crap- that is awesome Dave!!!'
And they are weather proof?
I do not know. They speaker is supposed to be water proof so the water should not be able to get in there. The cover is marine grade vinyl so that is water proof. The weak link is how I mounted the speakers. It uses 4 screws to hold it down. If the seal is tight enough that I should be good to go. If it is not I will probably use some silicone sealer. I think I just saw Loc-tite advertise a waterproof spray and I could always put that on it. Time will tell.
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