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My AR240 upgrades and stereo build.

redthumper9

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Some of you may remember from "the other site", last year I ran into a deal on a 2010 AR240 that I could not pass up. Our family had really been enjoying our SX210, but we knew an upgrade was on the horizon. When this boat fell in my lap, I just couldn't let it go. The closest dealer to me is about an hour and a half away and the had this 2010 on consignment for another customer. Long story short, I was able to pick it up for $29,500. The best part....30.5 hours! The only flaw was that the factory graphics were peeling, but that will be remedied before this season kicks off. Since I purchased it through the dealer, they allowed me to buy another 2 years on the YES warranty.....and I did due to the oil cooler issues on some of these boats. We only got to use the boat 3 time last year since I bought it late in the season, but I immediately went to work on the upgrades.
Like some others have done, I wanted to start a thread documenting my upgrades as I perform them. I have gained a ton of knowledge from people like you and if you have any questions on anything I have done, Ill do my best to answer them.

Lets start with the stereo:

On the port side I have an Interstate Group 27 Marine Battery, Perko switch, and fuse holders for each battery bank. on the starboard side, I have two Group 29 Marine batteries wired in parallel to make the second bank. Onboard Minnkota charger is on the starboard side as well. The simple two banks with a switch has always worked well for my application. I don't really do enough riding to benefit from an ACR.
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I had 4 polk DB651's left over from the old boat......I had em, may as well use them. They are great sounding speakers, but I am going to eventually replace them with JL MX650's.

Also had a MB Quart 4 channel amp from the last boat.....once again, I liked the performance, for the money it is very clean and rated 60x4 RMS. This amp will be bridged to 2 channels to take care of my tower speakers. Since I was happy with the performance, I went with another MB Quart 5 channel to handle the polks and the subwoofer(s). YES, I realize they are not class D, but once again....budget. I have a grand total of about $279.00 in amps. I will make the jump to class D probably next year....not because I am unhappy with the sound, but for their efficiency.

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Next to the subwoofers....this was a challenge for me. I could not find anywhere that I really wanted to IB mount two 10"subs in may boat. I did not want them in the cooler compartment, the port side has the table mount in the way, etc. I finally decided to try a sealed enclosure under the port side lounger. After some measuring, I found that I could fit two 10's under there, and not have it encroach on the initial opening under the seat. What I mean is that if you open that seat compartment, and look straight down, you can't see the box. boat enclosure.jpg

I knew I would have to come up with some sort of vent, so I decided to make my own. All I have left to do is fiberglass it, paint it, cut the hole and mount it.
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.....and look what I picked up from the paint shop today. Those are my Exile XM9's
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more to come.....have to turn in for the night
 

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Nice!
 

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Lookin' good! I'm going to guess this isn't your first time.

I am looking forward to more pictures and updates!
 

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How do you like your MinnKota 210D battery charger?
 

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Lookin' good! I'm going to guess this isn't your first time.

I am looking forward to more pictures and updates!
Not my first time, but its been a while. After high school (20 years ago) I worked as an installer at the local car audio shop. I competed locally and regionally in audio shows and contest for several years. I have nowhere near the knowledge of the almighty @David Analog, but I do okay.
 

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How do you like your MinnKota 210D battery charger?
The charger had fantastic feedback and review, but I have only had the boat hooked up to it over the winter. I havent been able to use it for a season yet......so we'll see.
 

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The charger had fantastic feedback and review, but I have only had the boat hooked up to it over the winter. I havent been able to use it for a season yet......so we'll see.
I also read some great things about MinnKota. I am almost ready to pull the trigger on the 220D. Are they really that heavy?
 

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I also read some great things about MinnKota. I am almost ready to pull the trigger on the 220D. Are they really that heavy?
It's been a while since I handled it (mounted it back in October), but I do remember it being rather heavy. I'd guess around 10 lbs.
 

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Just laid the glass on the front side of my custom sub grill (vent). Have to let it dry and flip it over to do the back.20140326_161246.jpg
 

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Nice, nice, nice!

Love the custom grill. With what did you cut it? Router, jig saw, scroll saw, band?
 

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Nice, nice, nice!

Love the custom grill. With what did you cut it? Router, jig saw, scroll saw, band?
used a jig saw. Went back with some good wood putty on the inside corners to help get the shape I wanted. Used a router on the back side to cut a groove so the grill would sit flush.
 

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I also read some great things about MinnKota. I am almost ready to pull the trigger on the 220D. Are they really that heavy?
Yup ! About 15 pounds. Built like a Sherman tank. That's what convinced me to buy this instead of the Pro Charging Systems unit. Even though I own a $450 3-Bank Pro Charging Systems "Professional Series" for the Skeeter. Enjoy, NooBoo ...... you won't regret your decision.
Mikey Lulejian - Fishin' again on Lake Oconee - Altho I HAVE to smoke chicken over Southern Red oak this morning. Life's hard .... LOL !
 

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Mounted the tower speakers today
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....and the Thrust Vectors XL's20140315_101835.jpg
 

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Those pods looks sick! I would love to get mine painted royal blue when I get mine installed!
 

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Thanks guys, Local body shop guy painted them for $50. Its hard to tell in the pic, but they match very well for me just guessing on the color. Once I have them adjusted, Ill take some more pictures of them.
 

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Finally finished my custom vent20140401_185557.jpg
 

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