Hello all, just wanted to post some pics of my project. It is in progress. Here is a list of what I am installing. Head Unit: Power Acoustik PTID-8970NRB HU w/ 7" screen (I know about PA, I got a really good deal and I like it) Front: 2 Polk Audio db651 6.5" speakers Back: 2 MB Quart FTA-169 6x9 speakers Subwoofers: 2 RE SE (older model) Amplifier: 1 ED Nine.1 Wiring: Stinger & Knukoncept Sound deadening: QuietCar Non car audio: green under car LEDs, under seat LEDs, 2 green license plate neons and 2 15" green neon tubes in trunk.
This is the car. It has 20" Cabo rims and window tint.
Kyle: I do not have an amp, yes, I will be running them off of the HU. I have basically run out of $ for now and I think the HU will power them enough.
SKD: Thank you first of all, and I was going to use them, but I found a good deal. LOL
deathoob: Yes, you did. LOL
steve: Thank you and I will update as much as possibe without overdoing it.
Sean P: Thank you, I love it. The box, I forgot. I know you guys aren't going to like this, but I bought one from a local shop. Got a great deal. It is sealed, which I prefer, and it is top quality. I did some measuring and calculating and this box is great for the subs. Like I said before, I am out of $ and would love to have built my own or had bassman build me one, but I don't think I could do it now. Thanks for asking. Here is a pic of the box:
This is my door with CarQuiet
This is where the front speaker will go
Close up of sub box
My sound deadening stuff
This is my HU mess
Again with HU and aftermarket wiring adaptor
This is my steering wheel control box (aftermarket) Sorry, the car is abit of a mess, but it will be cleaned soon and I will post some final pics. More updates to come.
deathoob you are 100% correct. and no I did not deaden my floor, I never even really thought about it, bit I will now. Thanks. Yes, I have done the calculations and everything is near optimal. boss, I do not currently have an aftermarket battery or alt. I will be doing the big 3.
I believe that it is better than some deadeners. If you put on 3 layers at 1mm thick each, your supposed to be able to increase your dB by 12. Check it out here: http://www.quietcoat.com/html/coverage_calculator.html Yes, it is personal preference also. I used in my last car and LOVED it.
Thank you. Yeah, I know, but I am going for a theme, my license plate will read R1DDLER. I am going to also have a question mark on the back window. The dash wiring looks worse than it is, most of that is done. Thanks though, really appreciate all of the nice comments.
Okay, here they are. I also put some QuietCar on the underside of my car as well. Mainly under the trunk and around the license plate area. This is some more QuietCar under the bottom of the rear seats.
I have sprayed some rubberized undercoating on all of the QuietCar, just to had some more sound deadening. More to come, I am waiting on the front and rear speakers to come. Then, it's on, LOL.
looking good, do some more of the floor and wheel wells, should make a big diff, and if u can your roof as well. really any where theres bare metal. i also used a sheet of SPL tile on my license plate when i did my trunk, made the out side raddle soo much better.
5 gallons is $239.95 plus shipping. But I think their figures are a little off. I think that 5 - 6 gallons would be plenty. That's just me though, based on past experience. I think you could do that to your doors with 1 gallon, not 1 per, just 1 total. I would just check out how much that other stuff would cost compared to QuietCar. I knew about QuietCar from my previous car, I never heard of the other stuff, but it looks just as good or better. Let me know what you decide and if it works out for you. 1 gallon cost me $79.35 with shipping.
Just for you death, here are my updates. LOL Yes, I even worked on the 4th. Just sprayed some undercoating on booth doors. The wierd looking stuff is some sort of padding stuff. More to come tomorrow and alot more Tues and Wed. My speakers will be here then. Yay!!
UPDATE: I began building my amp rack today. I am not enclosing completely like I said before. It is just going to be on a board where my spare tire is supposed to be, then I am putting the trunk carpeting over it with a hole cut in it and plexiglass. I think you can see what I mean by the pics.
This is the carpet and my amp board. I will be removing the padding also.
Damn, first time reading this thread FTL. I'm not a rim fan in general but those are some tight ones at that. I'm diggin' them. Good choice in sub and wire for sure. I also want pics of the neon and led's lol.
death, I have plans for that. I will let all know when I make my final decision. Paul, thank you so very much, I really appreciate the kind comments. Yes, I most certainly will put some day & night pics up and some night video.
Okay, I received my front speakers and under car LEDs today. Had to order some new brackets for the front speakers, the old ones won't work. Dang it. Almost finished with the amp rack, finished the "hole" for it, pics below. Finished my toggle switch box. It will be going below my HU. My old HU was a double DIN and my new one is a single, so I had a cubby hole that I turned into a place for my 3 toggle switches. Here are the pics, enjoy!
This is where the amp will be.
My new front speakers.
Looks better in person, camera shows stuff you normally can't see.
Yes, I got some done today. Basically just received my MB Quart 6x9s, found out that they don't fit into the factory brackets and finished the toggle switches. Tons of pics and updates will be done this weekend, my children will be at their mother's house. Anyway, thanks for the inquiries.
My MB Quart 6x9s
And the finished toggle switches. Darn camera shows all of the little flaws.
Eric is going to half to go on tour when hes done, he used so many things off our usual "list of approved products". i personally want to poke your quite car deading. then i need to show you my ghetto handie work.
sean, thank you very much! death, I meant that the basket on the new speakers was larger than the old ones. Got that fixed with some filing. See pic. I did paint the toggle box, it is just showing up like that on the camera, it is not as bad in person. Kyle, I can let you know when it is done. death, the tour thing sounds interesting. LOL everyone else, THANK YOU for all of the kind comments As far as updates, I ordered my Big 3 wires today, along with 0 gauge wire for my amp. I also got the new 6x9s into the brackets. Check it out:
nice nice, what wire you get?, and for the first time ever i used some wire management, well in my car. its like the car was made for it, but running 2 run's of 1/0 through the rubber grommet sucks, you run your wire yet, if not i got some lazy man tips for you.
I so forgot. I bought Knukonceptz. This is what I bought: Kolossus Fleks Kable 1/0 Red Power /Ground Wire 20 feet Kolossus Fleks Kable 1/0 JET Black Power/Ground Wire 5 feet Kolossus Fleks Kable 1/0 Blue Power/Ground Wire 10 feet In-Line Waterproof ANL Fuse Holder w/ Fuse (250A) KonFused Negative Battery Terminal KonFused Positive Battery Terminal No, I have not ran any of my wires yet. I welcome any of your tips. I noticed the vegetable oil, was that Kroger brand? What no Piggly Wiggly? LOL Thanks man.
kroger, so you got there wiring kit? go through the rubber grommet should be able to cut it with a razor, if it was evil like mine you will need a ~3" knife to get through the back side. the oil was for lube, usaly use WD-40. makes it 20 times easier, if you are feeling ballze drill through your fire wall on the battery side if you want shorter run, but 20' and under you should be good to go no matter what. 1/0 seems to big to run like you would 4 ga if you look at my latest pic's see if you have the same thing in your car. it made me rather happy when the idea poped in my head to run it like this. remember to zip tie in the engine bay, not to hot things. and its soooo much easier when the car is all pulled apart instead of fighting the car.
Well gentlemen, not a whole lot. Got the front speakers in their brackets and I received my wire from Knukoncepts. Man, that stuff is huge and heavy. I let my 9 year old hold the power wire and he about fell over. He's a little dude, but awesome. Pics maybe later tonight, maybe tomorrow. I am also doing a couple of more things to the body. I got some chrome trim for the doors and I am putting that on right now. Huge update coming tomorrow night. Stay tuned. Thank you all for the interest.
South of Toledo. http://www.mapquest.com/mq/6-azVZPkIWTP7L*Xzz We have 1 street light that is only blinking when school is out, 1 grocery store and 2 gas stations (1 being at the grocery store). That should some it up. LOL
Wow! Id say thats pretty small. Probly a nice quite town though? My parents live in a small town like that,i enjoy going up there. Quite a few amish people out there way too. Funny to see,well maybe not funny but different anyway.
Okay, so I didn't get as much done today as I thought I would. I spent most of the day shopping for stuff. I did get the front speakers in and the doors done. Yea! I also hooked up the rear 6x9s, man it sounds really good! Here are some pics for y'all. More to come tomorrow.
These are my power wire, my Big 3 and my ground wire.
This is my fuse holder, my battery terminals and my fuse all for my Big 3.
Okay, so I didn't get as much done this weekend as I had hoped. I got the rear 6x9s in and done, started to put my back seat back in, I know, I should run my wires first, but I have 3 children and no other vehicle, so I will suffer running the wire or pull my back seat out again. I haven't run my wires because I am waiting to get my HO alternator. Excessive Amperage quoted me a 200 for $345 shipped, not sure if I can get one for less. I did put some more of the chrome trim around my trunk and hood. Pics tomorrow. Also tomorrow I am going to try to drill my holes for the t-nuts and get my subs in the box. I have ordered 3 fans for my amp. Here is a diagram of how the amp will be cooled. http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t227/nyoc2020/ampcooling.jpg
This is a picture of the squirrel cage fans in the diagram.
I think I will paint that stuff silver or chrome. Thanks for the idea death, never really thought about it. I have also ordered my HO alternator. I am going from 125 amps up to 220 amps. More to come later.
Okay, other than ordering my HO alt, I got my boards cut finally for my amp rack. These will be the "feet" for the board that the amp will be on. I am screwing them together and then siliconing them, really similar to a sub box. Here is a pic:
More to come tomorrow, all of my fans will be here, so I will be trying to work on that.
Yes and today one of the biggest pieces came in. I received my alternator today. Hopefully it will be installed tomorrow. I also finally almost finished the amp rack. I also repainted my toggle box. Let me know what y'all think. Sorry, this past weekend we had our community garage sales and I had my children, not a good combination. LOL Pics below. More to come tomorrow.
Amp rack upside down
Amp rack top without carpet. Carpet will be black.
Amp rack in trunk.
Amp rack in trunk with amp.
Amp rack in trunk with amp on it.
Repainted toggle box.
Repainted toggle box next to car trim. Let me know what ya'll think.
Daniel, I used flat black spray paint the first time and the second time, I found some spray paint that was speckled stuff. The speckled stuff I sprayed on and then went to take it off and wound up with the way it looks in the picture. Let me know if there is another type I should be using. Thanks for the nice comment.
Thanks steve. Here's an update for y'all. I got the alternator started to be taken out. Should be out and new one in tomorrow. Also, big 3 should be done tomorrow. I carpeted the amp rack and started on the "cooling system". I got the first hole cut and ready for the fan. Below are some pics that show what it will be like. I am going to put some screen over the holes. More to come tomorrow.
This is the carpeted amp rack in it's hole. Notice the fan.
This is the inside or bottom of the amp rack.
This is the fan in it's hole. It will be covered by screen. This one will be drawing in "fresh" air.
This is the way the fans will be setup. The one in the hole will bring in "fresh" air, the cross fan will blow it across the amp and the other fan will take out the "bad", "old", whatever air.
no you cant, its just to report the speed of the fan, you want an item called a relay. what that will do is hook in to the same wire as your remote and that will close a connection in the relay that will give power to the fans. its a very simple device shouldn't be more then 5$-10$ just make sure it supports the load you have, the fans will tell you there amperage usage, add it all up then give your self a little head way.
Dang it, I knew that, that's why I already got one of those. Man, I have so much stuff I can't remember what I have. Just looked into some green rockers for the toggles. Looks like I am going to get them. So, death, any comments?
Okay, not much got done today. Mainly was working on getting the alternator installed. Everything went fine until I went to plug in the plug, it does not fit. The new alternator has some plastic blocking it on the sides. I am in contact with powerbastards and waiting a response. I now have to purchase and cut a new piece of plexi, the fans messed up the original. I also purchased some new toggle switches. Started to install the fans. See pics below.
This shows with the arrows about the plastic pieces.
1 question tho - what are the toggle switches for?
And btw - the underseat LEDs will look awesome at night. Just make sure you place them at the right angles so you get a very nice glow. I have the same to my car and looks very nice at night. I'll post a pic if u want. Very nice job u did!
Skullz, thank you very much. I prefer to have 1 toggle for my interior lights, 1 for my exterior lights and 1 for my bass. I would love to see your lights, especially so I can get the angle right. Sean P, I am just replacing it, don't worry, I am still going to use plexi. I am redoing the whole trunk carpet, I screwed that up, so stay tuned for new pics. Also, AWESOME news, I got the new alternator installed and working. Next is my big 3. No pics right now, we just had a huge storm and I don't want to go out in it. So check back tomorrow for pics. Thanks all. PS Death, if it wasn't for you alot of my ideas and clean installs would not have happened. So, thank you. And yours aren't that bad. LOL
Okay. I am getting so close to finishing the amp rack. As I said before I am replacing the trunk thing that covered the spare tire. I got my new piece of wood, my new carpet and my new plexi today. Pics below. I started to run my big 3, but I can not replace the battery to alternator wire, so I need to find out if I can just run one seperately and if I do will it be just like replacing the original? Anyone who can help, it will be greatly appreciated. I PM'd glasswolf about this also. But anybody's opinion will help. Here are the pics:
This is my new carpet for the trunk. It is speaker box carpet. 6 feet x 6 feet.
New piece of plexiglass.
New piece of wood (oak) for trunk. This is where the hole for the plexi will be.
Okay, today's update. Got the carpet and board cut. Pics below. I got my new toggles in the mail and I drilled the holes to fit them. I also cut the plexi and it is glueing right now. Still waiting to find out about the battery to alternator cable so I can get my big 3 done. No rush glass, just thought I would mention it again so I can see if anyone else has an opinion. I got the holes for the fans cut, they are looking good. Oh and I tested the fans, man that is going to be some awesome cooling, they really push the air. Anyway, more to come tommorw.
Okay, got most of the big 3 done. I need to get a distro block before I can finish. It's looking really good though. I also got the fans mounted along with the green neon lights for the amp rack. Everything is turning out very well. I am really happy. Everything is so stealth also. Check out the pics. Let me know what ya think, honestly. Thanks.
Big 3 (sorta)
This is the connection from my battery to the alternator with a 250A fuse in between.
My battery terminals. (One is sideways.) And they will have the Knukoncepts covers.
This is my chasis ground from engine block.
This is the connection to my engine block.
This is my fuse holder.
This is my ground to the battery negative.
This is the board with the carpet layed over it.
This is the board with the fans and lights mounted.
Well, hopefully I will be okay. I really don't have enough wire to do that. I have an idea though and I will try it and let you know. Thanks again. Yea, that was the only thing I could think of without spending tons more for the ones from knukoncepts.
I wish my alt was that easy to get to,its burried under a bunch of chit. Big 3 was a real pain! I really like the terminals you used though. Thats a good idea,where did you get them from? I like the amp rack idea with the lights,i may steal that from you if you dont mind.lol
death, I know it has and I might start a new one, what ya think? Sean P, Thanks for the compliment. I got those from a local auto parts store, O'Reilleys and Auto Zone. And thanks for the compliment on the amp rack, and of course, I was hoping someone else might copy it, go ahead, but let me know how it turns out. Updates: I built some sides for the amp rack. (see pics) I built these because when I put the amp rack in and put the board over it you could see some of the trunk. I out the new toggles in the box. And I drilled holes in the side of the amp rack for all of the wires. (see pics) I might carpet over the wires, not sure yet. And now pics:
Yea death, I don't plan on it being that tight. Kyle, thank you very much! Update: Not much today. I ran my power wire through my firewall. I also changed the location of my ground wire's grounding. See pics. And finally, I had to cut a hole in the blocker board by the fan. Forgot to check for the airflow.
No, the subs are not in yet. I am waiting on this: I did some work yesterday and today. Got my distro block installed, switched wires for my ground to battery, and put in my wheel well LEDs. Hopefully I will have that fuse holder by Monday and can get the subs in. Pics:
This is my distro block. I had to tape it up because it would not mount ANYWHERE!
LOL death. I told my kids and they laughed. Jaymoung, I have done some of this in my previous car, but not to this extent. I have to say that if it wasn't for the guys on here (yes you death) I would not have as much done as I have with such awesome equipment. Thanks to all that have helped and will help in the future. ecoustics is the best, but it wouldn't be without all of you. Cheese!
Yea well, that Sunday thing didn't work out. Sorry all, I have had some major personal issues to work out. I did try to get my subs in the other day. That is when I saw that my t-nuts were coming out. I thought I might have to build or buy a new box. However, I am going to try putting epoxy in the holes and see how that does. Hopefully it will hold up until I can get enough $ for a new box. Stay posted, I am close to being done.
Well, here is 1 hell of an update. Thank God I did not have my amp or subs in my car last night. Some young dumb punk or punks decided that since I have rims I have something worth stealing. They broke my driver's side window. They got an iPod and that was it. No stereo, no subs, no amp. I would have loved to see their faces when they got inside. Looks like someone beat them to it. LOL Anyway, waiting for insurance to contact me or I will contact them tomorrow. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.
Yep, only the window. Thanks death, damn insurance though. I had a $500 deductible, so I have to pay for it myself. The thing that really sucks is the window was tinted. But, yea, could have been MUCH worse. Thanks death, I was considering doing that anyone, now I definetly will. My new girlfriend lives in Toledo and I won't give up my car, bass or her. LOL Thanks again all. I will keep you updated.
LOL Eric, almost exactly my thoughts. Well, got the window repaired, but now I am in need of a new box. The one I had was a POS, guess you get what you pay for. I have been in contact with Bassman and I am going to have him build me one as soon as I can come up with the $.
Well, after what seems like forever, I am back. Been doing a little on the whole thing. Mainly running wires for lights. I have been having some major issues with life in general. Anyway, I looked into getting a sealed box from Bassman, but now I am not sure if I want sealed or ported. I listen to mainly rap. I am looking for SPL but without the rumbly type bass. I really would like to get the SPL of a ported box but with the tight bass of a sealed box. Any suggestions? Bassman?
Eric, I remember when my mother passed away. It was super hard and it seems like you are traveling in a dark abyss. But trust me, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully what ever you are going through will conclude soon. I wish you peace and good luck with your build. Truthfully, a lot of us bass heads do not install because we want to, we do it because we have too. When life and people pi.ss me off, I take a well needed cruise, so I do not choke the chit out of those around me. LOL
Wow, thanks Flat, that trully meant alot. Seriously, you got it about right on, only problem is that is a female. I know I'll hear it about that now. LOL Anyway, not to take away from that butt I still really need to hear from someone about the box to use. Thanks again Flat.
Hey all, been working somewhat. Got the amp mounted to the amp rack, real clean looking. I carpeted over the screws. Got my under seat lighting in and wired. Got my gain knob mounted, it's in my center console box so that it's hidden. I'm trying to be cautious about what can be seen. I used some u-bolts to secure the amp rack to the car. Yes, I soldered the amp screws and used hex screws. How do you get the dang 0 gauge wire into the holes for the power and ground on the amp? Dang things won't take all of the wire. More to come. Now, pics.
This is the amp mounted on the amp rack. Can't really see it, but you can't see any screws or mounting.
This is the amp rack with amp in it's place.
These are the u-bolts from underneath the car. I will be cutting them down.
This is my mounted gain knob.
These are my underseat lights.
And with them on.
These are some screws I picked up for mounting my subs. Let me know if you think they are good or not. Was thinking the non screwhead would be somewhat anti-theft.