By Robert Janis
JL Audio Offers
Stealthbox Speaker System For Polaris Ranger
For all of you who may own a Polaris Ranger
and want some way to enjoy some entertainment as
you traverse the trails, then look no farther
than your neighborhood car audio specialist. JL
Audio, a major manufacturer of car audio
products, has introduced a Stealthbox Speaker
System specifically designed to be installed
under the dashboard of the Polaris Ranger.
Made of 100 percent fiberglass and textured
coated for durability, the Stealthbox is a three
piece unit that includes a 10-inch JL Audio
marine subwoofer and a pair of 7.7-inch marine
grade coaxial speakers. The box is configured to
include a subwoofer enclosure in which the
10-inch speaker is mounted, and two kick panels
-- one on each side -- in which each of the
coaxials are housed.
The unit is designed to be bolted to factory
holes under the dashboard for a secure and easy
Inspired By The Work Of Audio Logic
The new Stealthbox is the result of the success
of JL Audio dealer Audio Logic, Hollywood,
Florida. The specialty car audio retailer, which
is located close to the JL Audio headquarters in
Mirmar, Florida, designs and installs audio
systems for Polaris Ranger ATVs.
“We have been nurturing a relationship with a
local motorsports dealer who sells Polaris
Ranger side-by-sides,” explained Michael Dixon,
installer with Audio Logic. “We have been
developing systems for Ranger’s using JL Audio
products. We find that they are dependable. The
JL Audio headquarters is close by and often a
representative of the company comes to our shop.
When they come our installation bay is full of
ATVs. So they asked if we thought there would be
a market for a pre-built system.” The result is
the Stealthbox speaker system.
According to Dixon, the Stealthbox bolts to
factory holes under the console of the Ranger.
No modifications are necessary. Commonly, an
iPod is used as the sound source. The iPod is
velcroed and bottom docked into the glove box. It
is then wired to an amplifier and a volume
control knob is mounted to the dash.
Dixon said that he commonly uses one of two JL
Audio amplifiers in the installation -- the
marine grade M4500 four-channel amplifier or the
new MHD600/4. The M4500 delivers 125 watts per
channel and includes an onboard variable
crossover with a bass EQ on the 3rd and 4th
channels. The MHD600/4 is a four channel
amplifier that delivers 125 watts per channel.
It can be bridged to perform as a two channel
amplifier that supplies 300 watts per channel.
It also includes an onboard variable lowpass and
highpass crossover for each pair of channels.
Special brackets are custom made and used to
mount the amplifier under the hood. The factory
battery is used to power the system.
Dixon said that he can perform the installation
in about 3-1/2 to 4 hours and that it can be
done by a skilled do-it-yourselfer.