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Old 12-19-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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Radio Install

I have been working on installing a radio in my 2012 Ranger 500 over the past few weeks. It took a while to gather all the stuff but I have around $230 in it. I did not want to spend a lot of money on this. I found some radio kits but those were typically $400 without the radio. I thought I would share this in case others are looking to install one in theirs also.

I bought a piece of 16ga metal to mount this stuff on because I did not want to drill holes in my plastic roof. I cut two pieces of 1 1/2" PVC to make a couple of "bars" that run from the front of the cage to the back. To attach the PVC to the cage, I used PVC T's by cutting just enough off the back side of the T so that it still would sort of "snap" on to the 1 3/4" bar of the cage. Then I mounted the 16ga metal to the top of the PVC bars. I found some info on another site where instead of purchasing speaker pods that go for around $50 they used a pair of Petmate dog food bowls and they fit the speakers perfectly. I ran the speaker wires inside the PVC so I didn’t have a lot of extra wires hanging around to get caught on things. I also bought a dome light so I could have some light if I need it too. I sealed everything up real good with some black RTV sealer to keep the water out.

Here is a list of items I used and an approx price I paid.

24x24 16ga metal - $22
10' 1 1/2" PVC - $7
(4) 1 1/2" PVC "T's" - $6
(2) PetMate plastic dog bowls - $14
(1) Boss stereo - $41
(2) 6 1/2" Bazooka 2 way marine speakers - $80
(1) Marine radio housing - $20
(1) Marine radio cover - $7
(1) Dome light - $10
(1) Rubber antenna - $19
Wire - had spare wire from a previous project








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Old 12-19-2011, 05:05 PM   #2
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Nice work
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:47 PM   #3
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Good work. Only thing I would change would be to rotate the speaker covers so they're both aligned the same way. ;-)
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:45 AM   #4
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Where did you get the marine box and cover at?
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:30 PM   #5
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Where did you get the marine box and cover at?
I don't remember if I got them from Ebay or Amazon. If I had to do it over again, I would have just gotten the one that is all one piece instead putting the two pieces together like I did. They did not fit together all that well and I had to use a lot of sealant between the two. It was probably a little cheaper with the two pieces vs one but the one piece would have looked a lot better and would not need the modifications that I had to do to make it work.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:56 PM   #6
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That is some very good work, I'm planning on steeling some of your ideas. I am working on replacing the little ATV sized battery with a group 24 sized marine battery first then on to a radio install. I have a 500 Crew, I may pick your brain soon to get some lessons learned. Did you consider installing the head unit under the dash? I guess it makes more sense to install it on the roof.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:10 PM   #7
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I think i may need a battery upgrade also. I found this winter that if I did not start my Ranger about every other day, my battery was dead. I have my radio wired to that three prong block under the hood but I have both power wires wired hot so I don't have to have the key on to listen to the radio.

I looked at installing it under the dash but thought it would be in the way if I had a third passenger. I would also like to install a heater at some point and I think that is where the heater will go.

Another thought I had was to cut the dash and install it in that little slot in the middle of the dash. But, I alway hate to chop things up like that.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:28 PM   #8
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Very nice job...
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Dome Light

Where did you get that dome light from? I do not know why but I am not having any luck looking for one like that.

Very nice work BTW
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Where did you get that dome light from?
To be honest, I don't remember. I think I found it on EBay. I wish I could help you more.
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