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Old 07/09/19, 04:20 PM   #1
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Kick Panel Speaker Pods - Different Take

I recently put together a set of speaker pods modeled after the ones built by JGZ. I didn't go all fiberglass and I'm glad I didn't as I now know how much effort goes into making fiberglass look smooth.

I like to build things and knew that I could use a little more space since I haven't ran a parking brake in over a decade. I didn't have a full plan in mind when I started it just sort of grew out of necessity and what made sense.

I started with two sets of MDF Speaker Rings purchased off Amazon. I wanted 6.5" speakers so I purchased a set of rings to fit those and a set of 8" rings for the base. I used some left-over quarter round trim to build the spacers between the two rings. I made one shorter than the other to angle the speaker a little toward the passengers.
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Old 07/09/19, 04:23 PM   #2
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I used a hot glue gun and panel nails to hold them in place. After watching a few YouTube videos of how to fiberglass speaker pods, I wrapped both in a piece of thin fleece.

Then a coat of fiberglass resin and some pieces of fiber mat and they started taking shape.
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Old 07/09/19, 04:27 PM   #3
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I didn't get a good picture of it but I used some strips of aluminum to go from side to side on the larger 8" ring to create a mounting point.

After the fiberglass set up and sanded down a bit I applied some body filler and began sanding them down with an air orbital sander (Wear a good mask!!)
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Old 07/09/19, 04:32 PM   #4
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Very nice !
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I currently have my front passenger area and kick panel covered with Dyna Mat so I knew I wanted to cover most if not all of the kick panel area. I plan on ordering a Bronco script rubber mat for the floor area.

So next using cardboard I made templates of both kick panels and used some 1/4" wood paneling to make the cover and speaker pod mount.

After a trip to Joann's Fabrics I picked up 1 yard of black vinyl and some stuffing/padding (can't remember what that is called but it was fairly thin).
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Forgot to mention after the sanding I sprayed the speaker pods with some black Dupli Color rattle can bed liner.

This is the part I was mentioning earlier about getting the fiberglass perfectly smooth!! Good thing for the textured paint to help cover up the imperfections because I got tired of sanding.
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I didn't get any pictures of the passenger side panel but it was basically the same with the exception of making room for the heater box inlet.

I haven't had a heater in several years either but I plan on putting one back in soon so I hope I left enough room for the inlet. It definitely won't fit the OE style but I believe it will work with the improved inlet tube like this:

https://www.tomsbroncoparts.com/prod...ord-bronco-new
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Old 07/09/19, 04:43 PM   #8
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I'm including the Polk Audio speakers I went with and pics of the finished product.

I thought about a few different ways to attach these but what I ended up doing is mounting the speaker pods to the panels and installing 2 Riv-Nuts in the kick panel. I also had to make holes to attach the door straps back on and they are very sturdy.

On the backside of the Riv-Nuts I put a dab of silicone to help with any moisture that might try to get in.
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Old 07/10/19, 05:23 AM   #9
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Good work, looks great!

I love when people make their own parts! Need to see more of this on the bronco forums!


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Turned out great Jeff. Took some time on that, but well worth the effort it looks like

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Old 07/12/19, 09:26 AM   #11
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nice job! I built my rear speaker enclosure and its not extremey hard but time consuming as you probably found out. Now wait for everyone messaging you to build theirs next

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