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Custom Speaker Pod Build

12 July 2011 7 Comments
I always wanted fibreglass speaker pods in my car and so many friends offered to do the job. Not that I don’t mind, but I always wanted to do it myself. After some extensive research I decided to build pods for the front doors and rear parcel shelf. Remember, this was my first attempt…

I used the following materials:
·         8mm MDF board
·         12mm wooden Pine dowel
·         t-shirt material
·         Fibreglass matt
·         Bodyfiller
·         Vinyl
I used the following tools:
·         A jigsaw
·         Hot glue gun
·         A sander
·         Scissors
·         Cutting knife
1. I made my own speaker rings using 8mm MDF board that was also cut to shape to form the back of the pod.
2. I attached the speaker ring to the backing piece using the 12mm dowel and hot glue. The dowels were cut to give a required angle.
3. I stretched a t-shirt material tight over the build and to secure it I used hot glue. The material was then completely soaked with resin.
4. Once the resin was set, I used a cutting knife to cut out the centre.
5. I then laid down 2-3 layers of fibreglass and resin and left it to set. This is one messy job-sticky fingers!!!
6. The next step was the filler. I used a few layers of body filler to build up the shape of the pods. The complete build was then sanded until smooth and more filler was
    added and sanded as needed. I used 80grit sandpaper to smooth the filler.
7. I finished off the build with biscuit brown vinyl to match my seats. I used a heat gun to soften the vinyl to make it stretch better to the pods.
8. I mounted the pods to the door panels using screws from the backside of the door panel into the pod. The mids were mounted to the pods and reattach door panel onto       door. One word to describe this look- AWESOME!
Wow, what a process!!! It took me 3 days to complete the entire build. I must take my hat off for those that work with fibreglass on a regular basis, its one messy job! I would like to thank my old college buddy, Warwick Petersen, for helping me completing the process. This man phoned, sms’d and even lent a helping hand-he sanded the pods!

Next will be my subwoofer enclosure to compliment my boot install and speaker setup. Stay logged onto AM for an exclusive write up on that adventure!

Until then…God Bless!
JK

7 Comments »

  • W.A.R said:

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    Blair Reply:

    we like you comment :D

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  • BlairH said:

    Joe it looks amazing man, you should really think about doing custom pods for others at a fee :D
    have you maybe thought about putting some water proofing behind the pods to protect the speakers from the weather elements?
    But all round the build looks amazing!

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    Joe Klein Reply:

    It was something I wanted to do all along-a lot of work and effort. The doors come with a plastic cover behind the panels-I must replace them though…Thanks Blair!

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    Blair Reply:

    ah i see, you definitely don’t want water getting on your speakers :(
    But they look awesome man. Maybe i should do some custom speaker pods in the track car, lol

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  • Greg said:

    Hey there, how long did you have to leave the resin to dry on the material before fibreglassing?

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    joe klein Reply:

    It was done during winter when the temp wass cooler so I left it over night to set. The more harderner you add the quicker it sets but be careful when adding to much hardener. With this summer weather it will set quicker but give it at least 24 hours to set.

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