A client from Colonial Heights recently contacted the team at Extreme Audio about adding a stereo system to his brand-new 2019 Polaris RZR XP 1000 side-by-side. The owner wanted a sound system that would be clearly audible, even with the 1 liter engine at redline, and rocks and gravel flying everywhere. He also wanted something that would be durable and could take getting dusty, dirty and wet without hindering its performance or experiencing premature failure. After inspecting the vehicle and discussing several different source unit, speaker and subwoofer options, we came up with a plan to create something that would sound awesome while meeting his requirements.
Off-road Amplifier Installation
The client returned to Extreme Audio a few weeks later and much to our surprise, his RZR looked a little different from when we first saw it. He had added a 10-inch lift kit, upgraded Rhino 2.0 axles from SuperATV, and awesome Fuel Triton D581 wheels and aggressive tires. We loved it!
After finding a step-stool and small ladder to make working on the newly lifted SxS easier, our team set to work on making a mounting rack for the pair of JL Audio amplifiers we’d be installing. The sound system uses a four-channel MX500/4 amp that is bridged to run as a two-channel to power the rear speakers and an MX300/1 monoblock amplifier to power the subwoofer that is mounted up under the dash. We integrated the power distribution from the battery into a second piece of ABS plastic to ensure each amp would have the current it needs to sound great.
JL Audio’s MX-Series amplifiers are a perfect choice for an ATV because they have an IPX-6 water-resistance rating that allows them to get dusty, dirty and even soaking wet without any concern for their reliability or performance.
Heavy-duty Bluetooth Source Unit
In keeping with the need for a tough and durable design, we chose a Wet Sounds WW-BT-RS Bluetooth source unit for the RZR. This compact Bluetooth receiver is designed to mimic one of the rocker switches in the dash of the vehicle and provides streaming audio (A2DP) and remote control (AVRCP) capabilities from the client’s smartphone. The four buttons on the front of the unit allow for volume adjustment and track selection, or the client can use the controls right on his phone.
Polaris RZR Stereo System Speakers and Subwoofer
The next step was to install a pair of awesome Wet Sounds REV wakeboard tower speakers on the rear of the RZR. The client had a friend weld together a custom mounting bar that attaches to the rear of the Polaris roll cage with heavy-duty hardware. We mounted a set of Wet Sounds Rev10-FC enclosures to the bar. These wakeboard tower enclosures feature a massive 10-inch Kevlar-reinforced midrange driver and a titanium compression-horn tweeter to deliver amazing output and clarity. The JL amplifier can provide up to 250 watts of power to each enclosure.
Last on our work order was installation of a subwoofer. The client chose a Rockford Fosgate RFRZ-FEW enclosure that fits up under the dash of the vehicle. The enclosure attaches to factory fastener locations with custom mounting brackets. We installed a single 10-inch JL Audio 10W1v3-2 subwoofer in the enclosure and wired it to the dedicated 300 watt amplifier in the front of the vehicle.
Richmond’s Off-road Vehicle Audio Experts
With the equipment installation complete, our team set to work on adjusting the crossovers and sensitivity controls on the amplifiers to ensure this new Polaris RZR stereo system would sound amazing and play to its maximum capacity without distorting.
The client returned to Extreme Audio in Midlothian to see and hear the sound system and was absolutely blown away by how great it sounds. It gets insanely loud and delivers smooth, clear performance without batting an eye.
If you are in the Richmond area and are interested in adding a sound system to your side-by-side, drop by Extreme Audio in Midlothian or Mechanicsville and speak with one of our product specialists. You can also reach us by e-mail using our online contact page for more information about any of the products we sell and services we offer.