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Tejcurrent Tahoe Rebuild - part 2

 

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Username: Tejcurrent

Post Number: 2744
Registered: Apr-07
The first thread was getting waaaay too long, so I'm making a new one.
Here's a link for the first page for those who want to read it: https://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/forum/car-audio/663825.html

And a summary for those who don't want to read the first thread:

Final Equipment list:
4 T3 TSNS 18s
1 or 2 Soundigital 16kw amps
3 sets of 6.5 comps (2 front 1 rear, not sure on brand yet)
12 runs of 1/0 wire
10 large XS Power batteries (8 d3100, 2 S3400)
4 240 amp alternators
Lots I'm leaving out

At this point I'm doing a bunch of testing to find out optimum enclosure, and how many amps I'm going to be running based on the performance and power handling of 1 18.

I'm formatting pics, and will have some work on the busbar / amp rack up shortly.
 

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Username: Insearchofbass

Post Number: 16918
Registered: Jun-04
sweet but we also want vids
 

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Username: Tejcurrent

Post Number: 2745
Registered: Apr-07
I have the one SD 16k, but without the busbars I can't hook it up properly. This made me spend a bit of time starting a new rack to hold things a little better than the last.

The old rack - figuring how I want things
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beginning with some card board, placing end caps
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I'm using 3/4, 1/2, and 1/4" baltic birch for different portions
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Removing the wiring from the old busbars, rerouting a bit, and cleaning things up so I can fit 4 more runs in quickly. Then started the floor.
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Making sides

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Going to clean things up a lot before wrapping in vinyl

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Flush with the top plate. I was going to make the top plate so there wouldn't be any gap around the amp, but decided to leave 1/8". I may be sorry but I can redo this part really easy.
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I had to stop, but a few more cuts and it'll be done. Once it's wrapped in vinyl and a few other things it should look nice- looking at that last pic it looks a bit ugly lol, but it should look much better once it's done.
 

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Username: Mystre

Pemberville, Ohio USA

Post Number: 731
Registered: Sep-05
Very nice, I'm lovin this build.
 

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Username: Gcs8

Atlanta, Ga

Post Number: 1973
Registered: Sep-09
i may need to drop by and see this in person.
 

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Username: Joebruce

Post Number: 3342
Registered: May-04
Kinda off topic but how do you like that Eclipse amp Troy? Im looking for a good 2 or 4ch and Ive seen those Eclipse models going for pretty cheap.
 

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Username: Tejcurrent

Post Number: 2746
Registered: Apr-07
Thanks.
deathoob come on by whenever, you thinking about coming to Myrtle beach?

Twiztid, I like the amp. I've had it for 4-5 years now. I've meant to get the XA4000 several times, but this has served its purpose well (EA4000). I really don't need more power yet, and I'll probably just bridge it on 2 sets of components and add another for the rear components, with 2 extra channels for future upgrades.

It was a nice upgrade over the kicker 350.4 I had before, looks great, never gets hot, has 8 g speaker inputs, and runs cool. Anyway back to the build.

I can't believe no one mentioned how ugly that rack was looking. I looked at it this morning and ripped it out. I really wanted the extra room at the front for wiring, and to have good ventilation for the amp, but I wanted it to look cleaner so I'll fight with the wiring a bit.

Looked like crap
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I ripped it down to the bottom large board, removing the sides and 'divider' beside the amp. Made new sides that covered a bit more, and raised the overall height a 1/2" or so on the front side.
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I plan on making the area under the busbars white, but I don't want people to see down next to the amp so I wanted to paint it black.

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While the paint was drying I decided to remove my oooold ground busbar from years ago. It's was grounded to the frame in several places, then split off to several amps. It was convenient to have 3/8" bolts ready to go. Oh yeah, and my brother left a chain saw on the seats that leaked oil onto the carpet- going to be shampooing the whole thing or buying new carpet. It's looking nasty.

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Wrapped and ready to go. I used the closest color I could get to the factory panels, I'll get a doors shot when I get a chance but it matches well.

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This is what the busbars will sit on

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That's all I got done. Next week I'll see if I can get a few hours to lay out the busbars, drill the holes (each 'fuse' block must be bolted- that's 27 + the 2 main bars) and white out this board. Then a top plate, vinyl that + plexi. Also 4 more runs of 1/0 I need to drill a hole in the firewall for.
 

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Username: Insearchofbass

Post Number: 16931
Registered: Jun-04
your getting there......looking good
 

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Username: 420pimp2

Atlantic City , , NJ

Post Number: 1107
Registered: Jan-06
Very professional!
 

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Username: Mystre

Pemberville, Ohio USA

Post Number: 732
Registered: Sep-05
Yea, looking good. Not bad on the color match. Most of the pics you can hardly tell. Besides, to me it looks factory.
 

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Username: Insearchofbass

Post Number: 16941
Registered: Jun-04
gotta love brothers...just kidding
 

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Username: Tejcurrent

Post Number: 2748
Registered: Apr-07
Thanks, a small update:

I want to get those busbars in so I can get at least my door speakers working so that's my focus right now

Another picture that shows the color match- it really looks different depending on the angle lighting to me. Some times it looks completely the same, other ways like 90%
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My special deep hole marking pencil
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And painted the panel white so it can dry a day or so, then attach the busbars.
 

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Username: Gcs8

Atlanta, Ga

Post Number: 1983
Registered: Sep-09
sexy
 

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Username: Tejcurrent

Post Number: 2749
Registered: Apr-07
Thanks, forgot a few pics:
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Username: Rovin

1 15 = 153 DBs ...Trinidad & T...

Post Number: 16956
Registered: Jul-05
12 runs of 0g wire u say - OMG ! ....
 

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Username: Tejcurrent

Post Number: 2750
Registered: Apr-07
Idk what happened, but most of the pics were corrupted so there's only a few left to post

Rovin, I'm positive on at least 12, but I may do more, adding some voltmeters to help me decide.

1/4" plexi, test fit before wrapping completely
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This is a mockup, but figuring out a way to clean up the wiring under the hood- mainly the fuse holders.
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Username: Gcs8

Atlanta, Ga

Post Number: 1991
Registered: Sep-09
i may haft to send you a trophy in the mail.
 

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Username: Wingmanalive

Www.stainles... .ecrater.com

Post Number: 24585
Registered: Jun-06
Troy, you may well go down as one of the best single non sponsored, custom installers I've seen on E. You take pride in your work and do it so well and offer your work here for us to absorb. I wish I had the power to appoint you Godfather lol.
 

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Username: Insearchofbass

Post Number: 17008
Registered: Jun-04
good work bro
 

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Username: Drant19

TX

Post Number: 2223
Registered: Aug-07
Ditto to what Paul said... so much time and effort, it really shows. You put more into the amp rack than most do in their entire car.
 

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Username: Rovin

1 15 = 153 DBs ...Trinidad & T...

Post Number: 16959
Registered: Jul-05
ur ride has got more runs of wire than some houses lol

cool rack - r there cooling fans in it ? ....
 

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Username: Insearchofbass

Post Number: 17010
Registered: Jun-04
with the power hes planning to run i fully expect more wire
 

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Username: Makinblak

Monroe/Monticello, La/Ar

Post Number: 540
Registered: Oct-10
That is sick man! Awesome! "electical center" FTW
 

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Username: Tejcurrent

Post Number: 2751
Registered: Apr-07
Thanks guys, waay to much credit! I really appreciate it though, when I start thinking of how much money and time I really have in these bars and the rack in general it makes me cringe, but I love the result.

I have serious plans for driving up the East Coast this summer, at least up to Maryland for shows, so I want it to look a bit nicer. There are still things I want to improve on, but I'll wait until the next 'rebuild' or until I get things up and running and get the itch to do work lol.

I still have this to sand/polish
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I decided to install the 4 runs of wire I already have, and hook up my 4ch amp so I can have music until I get time to finish the small blocks and install the 16k.

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Username: Tejcurrent

Post Number: 2753
Registered: Apr-07
I should have a back-ache in the mail within a week or so- then a new box build
 

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Username: Gcs8

Atlanta, Ga

Post Number: 2018
Registered: Sep-09
excited
 

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Username: Tejcurrent

Post Number: 2755
Registered: Apr-07
Me too! I'm not going to install everything right away- I really want to do some testing and clamping at a comp to see what one sub can really do. There's still so much work to do I'm in no rush.Then I'll re use my old 4 18 box for testing, then build a new one.
 

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Username: Simple_smith

Chicago, Illinois United States

Post Number: 444
Registered: Dec-08
any box build progress?
 

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Username: Armykyle1

Ms Us

Post Number: 957
Registered: Dec-08
wow I've missed alot. Nice build man. Super clean install!
 

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Username: Extrmndor3

Http://illuzonemu.serv..., ^^^Sick Game

Post Number: 8639
Registered: Feb-06
do you make alternators???


i just bought an 04 tahoe.. i need some 300 amp alternator..

having dual alts.. hows the gas milage??? did it drop alot?
 

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Username: Th3pwn3r

I compensate...

Post Number: 9797
Registered: Jul-06
Damn Troy, you just can't leave anything alone can you? It must be difficult, expensive and labor intensive outdoing yourself all the time haha. Looks awesome man.
 

Gold Member
Username: Tejcurrent

Post Number: 2759
Registered: Apr-07
P3netrator, I am not building alternators until I get my shop going. I've been trying for months and it's taking much more than I thought. I would try Mechman or DC Power for alts with that much output.

I didn't notice any difference with two alternators on the vehicle, it drives and feels the same.



Thanks man, I honestly haven't touched this vehicle since I posted in May. I've been so busy this is the first time I've been to the forum in easily a month or more. Hopefully that will change soon. I hired help for a bit and that didn't work out at all.

The other subs are still being built, should be here in 2 weeks or so. I don't know when I will get them in but my plans have changed so much and I'm so busy I'll probably throw them in that old box soon after they arrive.
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