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Looking at some advice and expertise on HU's and wiring for this one. My coworker and I bullsh*t about putting 15in subs and 1000watt amps in our (owned by our employer, used by us) golf cart. Thinking pretty serious about putting something in it now that our old system is shot (1980's boombox).
I DO NOT want to spend any more than $100 on this(splitting purchases w/ partner, so $200 total budget), seeing as it is an investment that will most likely benefit our boss and future employees. We wanna do this because it'd be a fun project and we get a kick out of impressing our boss with little improvements round the camp grounds. (I work maintenance at a kid's summer camp. I drive a golf cart 40% of the time and fix/build/remodel/clean 60% of the time) Any updates or actual product links will be posted in replies. Thank ya'll!
Head Units i already found but aren't quite sure which would be best for the price:Cheaper Than Dirt JVC CD Player Simple Pioneer
These are three that would most likely work. I would buy the first option right away but I'm questioning if 7watts RMS is gonna be good enough to play while working or driving the cart.
Once I got a HU picked out, I'm gonna need advice on how to install all this without having to buy a separate battery or constantly replace the running one.
BTW, most likely gonna run two car speakers put in home-made MDF/Plyboard boxes. Currently looking at speakers 5" or smaller, unless I can find bigger for less than $60
I wouldn't go with "Cheaper than Dirt" - 7W RMS, Analog tuning with no presets and cassette will drive you nuts - but this would be fine for the same price.
Hope This Helps!!!
Anyone else have suggestions?
2002 Ford Focus JVC KD-A815 Sony CDX-GT410u Sony XT-100HD HD Tuner Stock
speakers, no amp, no subs
This is a gas golf cart. I actually don't know if it has an alternator (although I'm sure it does.) I couldn't find any forums that specifically pertained to this
TigerHelibut this would be fine for the same price.
Thanks! Suppose I'll snatch it up if it comes back in stock.
Given that it is a golf cart, I am thinking marine speakers would be a great idea for extending the life of the system. Kenwood offers a pretty inexpensive set of KFC-1633MRW speakers which will work well with about any receiver.
The Kenwood KMR-330 would make a great choice on a head unit. Coming it (right now) at just shy of $100, it gives you a 4-channel amplifier on board, an AUX input and a CD/AM/FM receiver. Pair that with one or two pair of speakers mentioned by Paul earlier and you're under $200. The best part, is that the gear you would get is marine certified. While I know that the golf cart likely won't spend time directly on the water, it will help for the variation in temperature and humidity.
I hope this helps. Does anyone else have ideas or suggestions?
Iwould say get one that fits your needs and has atlest one set of preamp outs. then for a battry get like a deep cycle marine battery they are made to be charged then killed and so on and so forth
Very useful information everyone! I overlooked marine HU's and Kenwood is a good brand, so perhaps I could go with the recommended HU and speakers.
However, after a lil bit of research, I now know the gas golf cart does not have an alternator of any sort and if I were to install this, I would have to occasionally charge the battery (not sure what kind it is, starting or deep cycle). That shouldn't be a big deal. Adding a whole new battery to it would defeat the simplistic purpose of our Friday afternoon project.
Use a deep cycle it is desgined to be charged and then killed a starting battery is made for starting so useing its power for a couple of sec at first to turn over the engin and the alternator to keep it charged you should go with a deep cylcle just charge it then when it is dead charge it again and again if you had a starting battery it would not handel the charge and kill so pretty soon it will be shot also DONOT keep a deepcycle on a charger it will last longer this way menaing life time
From the way you've explained the differences between starting batteries and deep cycle, I almost want to bet that the golf cart has a deep cycle in it and therefore, I am set battery wise.
the golf cart battries work the same way
Do I need to put a fuse on the 12v power wire for the headunit I plan on putting in? here is a link to it (found something much cheaper elsewhere.)
I'm thinking I'll just buy some 18g speaker wire and use that for power cable and speaker wire.
Question about antennas and HU's: A universal antenna plug should fit into any aftermarket HU, right?
Banjo ManDo I need to put a fuse on the 12v power wire for the headunit I plan on putting in? here is a link to it (found something much cheaper elsewhere.)
Definitely a good idea unless you are tapping into the circuit after an existing fuse that will protect it.
Banjo ManI'm thinking I'll just buy some 18g speaker wire and use that for power cable and speaker wire.
Bad idea - I'd assume the head unit has at least a 10A fuse - 16g wire only supports 7.5A - not sure what 18g supports. Recommend at least 14-gauge power and ground wiring.
Banjo ManQuestion about antennas and HU's: A universal antenna plug should fit into any aftermarket HU, right?
It's been years since I've seen one using anything except a Motorola plug, so yes.
TigerHeliDefinitely a good idea unless you are tapping into the circuit after an existing fuse that will protect it.
TigerHeliBad idea - I'd assume the head unit has at least a 10A fuse - 16g wire only supports 7.5A - not sure what 18g supports. Recommend at least 14-gauge power and ground wiring.
****. I gotta buy more wire now. Maybe I'll look around the work place for some spare wire (14g) because this is already starting to cost me a bit. Granted I have spent some working hours cleaning the golf cart and taking plastic panels off and (re)painting them black. So its almost like the work I put into it goes back into the golf cart again as spent paycheck. :O
TigerHeliIt's been years since I've seen one using anything except a Motorola plug, so yes.
If you followed the link above, 14-gauge supports 15A - so 15A or smaller fuse.
Wire is still relatively inexpensive - you should be able to get a 25-foot roll of 14-gauge wire for under $5 (I think) - but I know it all adds up.
GM stock antenna and golf cart are two different animals - although I think you might have to buy a universal antenna for the golf cart as I'd be surprised if it came with one already.
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