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Old 05-17-2015, 03:19 AM   #1
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Added front speakers on ACE-Axxera radio

My Thor ACE 27.1 had only 2 speakers installed, which were behind the driver/passenger seats, and made hearing the radio difficult while driving. The radio is equipped to handle 4 speakers and I spent the day taking out the radio and installing 2 JL Audio 4" speakers in a customized speaker box I made out of 3/4 plywood. Made a HUGE difference. All that's left is to cover the speaker box with matching carpet, may call Thor and try and get a piece of the factory carpet.
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Old 05-21-2015, 02:35 PM   #2
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Love this mod! We love our music and were trying to figure out how/where to put additional speakers. You obviously figured it out so, can you give me the dimensions of the box?
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Old 05-23-2015, 02:57 AM   #3
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I used 3/4 inch plywood. I cut 4 pieces 27" length, 2 of them were 6" high and the other 2 were 5" high. The box height had to be a maximum of 5" or else it would not fit under the dash. I then cut 2 squares and attached to the box ends, using screws to attach all pieces. The speakers came with a template I used to cut the holes. All was done with a jig saw. I made a small hole on the top towards the back and ran the speaker wire through it.

I just picked up matching carpet and will be wrapping up the box, should blend right in. I'll send you pics once I get around to doing it.
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Old 05-23-2015, 11:47 AM   #4
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I love the console cup holder too. Is that part of the Ace or an after market?

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Old 05-23-2015, 12:50 PM   #5
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I love the console cup holder too. Is that part of the Ace or an after market?

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Phil,

That cup holder is part of different Thor models. It is mounted to the top of my Challenger's fiberglass engine cover.
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Old 05-31-2015, 05:03 AM   #6
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Finished product. Purchased carpet at Lowes which was a very close match the factory carpet and used contact cement to glue it on the box. Fits nice and snug and will not move during travel.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:43 AM   #7
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Finished product. Purchased carpet at Lowes which was a very close match the factory carpet and used contact cement to glue it on the box. Fits nice and snug and will not move during travel.
Nice work.
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:38 AM   #8
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Thanks Dave, thanks for your service Sir!
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:17 AM   #9
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Really nice job!!!!
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:26 AM   #10
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Thanks!
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:46 AM   #11
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Excellent! I was lazier, I just added speakers already in a box. Lol the ceiling speakers are a joke.
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:43 PM   #12
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So how did you connect them? Did you use the RCA connections or did you hard wire them into the "Power Harness"?
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So how did you connect them? Did you use the RCA connections or did you hard wire them into the "Power Harness"?
I had to splice them in
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:43 PM   #14
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Thanks! I tried using the RCA jacks but there was very little volume from them. How many watts are your speakers?
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:55 PM   #15
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So how did you connect them? Did you use the RCA connections or did you hard wire them into the "Power Harness"?
I hard wired them. I used the unused speaker wires designed for the additional speakers on the harness. The 2 ceiling speakers (in the rear) are actually connected to the front speaker wires on the harness, which are the 2 white and 2 gray wires as shown on the wiring diagram. I used the unused rear speaker wires (green and purple) to connect the speakers. I cut the wires before they entered the harness and hard wired the speakers to them using butt end connectors.

The speakers are JL Audio TR400-CXi, coaxial 4", 35 watt speakers. They have a very nice sound.
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:26 PM   #16
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looks great! Nice job!
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:43 PM   #17
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Very nice!

That looks great! I'll be copying your work(sincerest form of flattery). As for the RCA outs, I think they are line outs to other amps, which would explain the low levels.
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Old 01-31-2017, 11:15 PM   #18
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I am in the process of adding front speakers in my ACE 27.1, speakers and wiring installed, just need now to wire them into the radio and here is where I need some help, can you please tell me how you wired in your speakers into your Jensen radio head


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Old 01-31-2017, 11:28 PM   #19
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Well Done!
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Old 02-02-2017, 12:48 AM   #20
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I have the Axxera radio, not Jensen. Sorry!
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