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    Wetsounds MC1 in dash mount

    • Year: 2002 Brand: Malibu Model / Trim: VLX Cost: $500-$999 DIY or Professional Install: I installed it Sound Project Components: Upgraded Head Unit, Other

    As many of the older bu owners I was not very fond of the hidden head unit under your arm rest. 
    I saw where someone on Wakeworld years ago took the gauge bezel from the next generation bu and put in a double din in the dash. So I got the same gauge bezel and kept it till I found a new head unit I like. 
    Few years down the road and they finally release the MC-1. 

     Here is a pic of the old vs new gauge panel. 


    Here is the gauge shroud? that I got years back off ebay installed in my dash.


    My local malibu dealer hooked me up with the gauge bezel that fir in it and had the two outer gauges so I could use it as a template. 
    I then used a router table to make the gauge bezel out of HDPE. 



    The MC-1 has an Aux in, Aux out, and the USB input and I couldn't find a off the shelf mount that had it all built in. 
    So I downloaded  the cad software from https://www.frontpanelexpress.com/ and had them make a panel to fit the panel mount headphone jacks and usb I got from amazon. 
    FYI Front panel express is amazing to work with. Their software broke down the costs of the machining so I could see where little rounding of corners and edges doubled the project price.  Or the text of my boats name cost almost nothing. 


    I still need to change the input panels screws to black so they blend better. 
    But it will be awesome being able to receive audio via an A-link and then transmit to another A-link for big cove tie ups. 

    The only downside to this mounting location and the screen is that the viewing angle isn't to great. So if you are sitting with the flip up bolster down you can see fine but when the bolster is up it gets kind of hard to see all of the graphics. 
    But I could shave the mount so it has a slight bit of a upward til to the screen.  
    Also I may wrap the panel mount in vinyl or get one machined out of aluminum. But we will see, the plain black HDPE is growing on me. 



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    Thanks for posting this.   Really like it.   Want that MC1 but gonna have to wait... I spent this summer's money I think.  lol  But it sure would be nice.   


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