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  1. So, ive had a build, or 8 on this forum..... I thought why not do it again. I went for a build in the runner some time ago, and gave up. Well, im starting it yet again. For now, (and those that know me, .. NO, this is not some spl monster) me and my team, are just going to focus on the mids, and highs, some amps, deadening, then electrical shit. Nothing crazy at all. That said, some gear has rolled in...... and more is on the way. Damore E type boards, Dayton audio DSP, Second Skin dampner, XS power wire, with some of Steve's distro blocks and fusing, as well as KNU. Again, nothing crazy. I have some decent tweets from SCANSPEAK tweets, and some Satori mids. Kenwood deck is already in, with maestro block, so i can bring up vehicle shit, on the HU. Welp, lets get after it..... Some work, has already been done, but,... nothing crazy to show, so, hold tight. Be patient,... we are working on it. Cheers all.
    9 points
  2. Sundown e8 v5 subwoofers in a 1.5 net cubic foot enclosure tuned to 36hz.
    6 points
  3. Hey, Been a bit.... where is my old OG peeps. Whats everyone been up to.... good, bad, the other... Cheers, and hope all are well. KB
    6 points
  4. Figured since I'm finally starting to buy the equipment I'm going to use, might as well start a build log for anyone who cares. Hopefully it doesn't take me forever to buy all my equipment. Always, any feedback, opinions, tips and tricks, heckling, and straight up disrespect is always welcomed. I'll start with the subs. FI Audio was running a pretty good sale on black Friday this year. I had been bouncing back and forth in my head on what subs and brand I wanted to upgrade to. Something in my gut told me these FI subs are it. Never owned FI or known anyone whose ran them in their ride, but I never hear anyone say anything negative about them online. So I but the bullet and cashed out a little over $1,700 for 4 12" FI Audio Q series neo subs. Rated 1750 watts a piece. I was going to do 2 subs with the green logo, and 2 subs with the yellow logo (because I'm a huge Oakland A's fan) but then it dawned on me..... it's going in a blow through box in the bed of my truck. No one's ever going to see them.... so I just kept the green logos. Looking back now, I should have went 15"s, but no going back now
    5 points
  5. An smd x-1 and some shca 4 gauge ofc to wire up my subwoofers. I’ve never wired up subwoofers with 4 gauge wire. I love this smd x-1 because of the clean way I can wire series parallel on it because of the back. So no double 4 gauge wires in any push pin terminals on my subwoofers. I could do that on regular aluminum binding posts, but not as good as an x series terminal cup. And plus they look clean and good.
    5 points
  6. Last few days of progress... Haven't moved far in the last couple days, Trying to get this all figured out. Here is the mounting bracket i made for the SMD VM & TM-1. I think it will work good until i get time later to make something better. I needed access to power and grounds up front so i came up with this idea. This is a hush panel panel under the glove box with floor vents for heat. i had these distribution blocks i knew would come in handy. They have protective covers but i wanted something that would protect and hide anything out of site. So i made the abs panel that is about the stock one. I like this, turned out good imo. need to get back to running wires... more to come.
    5 points
  7. the wife asked me to make her a giant wall clock with Roman numerals. I guess i could have just bought one but it was more fun to make. Made of 3/16” black acrylic (laser cut) and a few hours of design time. It works great and she loves it!
    4 points
  8. Speaker pods are done. Got more wiring too. Got an 80prs now as my head unit. Got 394.2 cubic feet of sky high 80 mil, doubling up. Orange acrylic LTO case from LoudAF. I’ll post pictures during my actual build in about a week or so. Waiting a few things things in the mail.
    4 points
  9. That doesn't sound like a stripper at all..... that sounds like a wife Listen to my man, he really does know what he's talking about. People that he's designed enclosures for on here, I haven't seen not one be disappointed. Ultimately, you're going to do what you want, and that's cool too, but I would listen to @1point21gigawatts. dude knows his shit
    4 points
  10. youve heard of boxed wine? now get ready for
    4 points
  11. I'm not sure how to attach more pictures I have about 60 of making this.
    4 points
  12. hello this is the first time posting anything I thought I would share a project I've been working on. It's not quite finished yet. Hopefully I have put this in the right area.
    4 points
  13. time to address this. Lol This is in to check wire lengths and make adjustments now, Slowly coming together. I will hang this cover tomorrow and wire up the SMD VM and Tm.
    4 points
  14. I made a few changes to my new amp rack. Had to make room for the 5th battery (on the way) plus a few other mods. Multiple layers of 1/2” and 1/8” acrylic (Clear, mirror, white and black) were used. The pieces are still loose, i will probably bond them together tomorrow. I have a lot more to do of course before it will take shape, but this is where it’s at right now. I can’t wait to see how it looks in the Caddy! These D'Amore Engineering amps are gonna look nutty when those displays light up!
    4 points
  15. Just wanted to share a recent upgrade project. The Pyle Vintage Bluetooth radio looks very nice but is tainted by some poor decisions. They even used metal knobs and décor, authentic looking speaker grills and station dial. Feels very solid...but they cheaped out on the guts of course. It's a shame that just spending a few extra bucks would've made this much more valuable to their customers..but it's Pyle. Anyway, I just bought this because my wife likes to sleep to the sound of rain, so instead of buying one of those sleep machines (which sound even worse) I decided to buy something with an SD card reader and could use whatever ambience I chose or create a track list. For $55, I knew what I was buying beforehand but reasoned that I can make it sound better by adding an amplifier board and better speakers. So anyway, as you can see in the first pic, that is default and the rear of the speakers are completely open to the front wave. The front and back speaker grills are open so there is no cabinet whatsoever. I would think even a company like Pyle would understand that the interior should be sealed, however the speakers sound very tinny. The radio antenna is just a wire out of the back. Terrible. So I went on Partsexpress and found a pair of 2" X 5" shielded full range speakers on a closeout sale for under $2. These fit the front grills perfectly (as seen in last pic) I also bought a pair of 3" Sony, shielded full range drivers. So now I have a 4 ohm load on it's amp instead of the 8 ohm default. The volume will never be used even at midway so I wasn't too concerned about blowing it. I was originally going to buy a $10 30 watt board amp since the transformer has a 10 volt DC out but figured at this volume range, I'll never notice anyway. By default it has enough power. I also added a $4 monopole antenna out of the back. I soldered the antenna wire to it and hot glued in place from the inside. The result is I pick up more radio stations. The sound is much improved and has some warmth. I sealed up any remaining holes using hot glue and patched over the side speaker grills so the interior acts a little more like a sealed box. I also bought a pair of 3" foam baffles to seal over the rear 3 inch speakers, just to keep them separate from the fronts. I had to move the transformer over some to make room for the right, rear speaker. Basically hot glue and solder holding everything in place. I used the original speaker bolts to bolt down the rear speakers which fit absolutely perfectly without the need to drill any new holes. So for about $12 plus shipping, I'm quite happy with it, it's just a shame that Pyle didn't bother to tack on a few more dollars in parts. It doesn't have the bass that some BT speakers that have passive radiators do as they were designed with that in mind. I probably could have bought better speakers for the rear and added a monoblock sub amp but it'll never get used like that. It's more of a decor thing and used for sleep ambience tracks but I do find myself listening to talk radio on it when in the bedroom sometimes. Hope you found this entertaining for a minute, have a great weekend everyone.
    4 points
  16. Got some more goodies. Slowly chipping away at the shopping list. No, my daughter's hand will not be used in the installation of my system lol. On another note, I just want to say how satisfied I am with ordering from Sky High Car Audio. I ordered this stuff on Wednesday! Veterans day. Didn't think anything of it on Thursday, and it comes on Friday. They've always responded if I have a question, everything I've ordered from them has come meticulously packed, and it's always been quick, quick, quick! I understand everyone has their preference and different experiences with everything, but just talking about my experiences, SHCA has over performed in my opinion. Granted, I've only ordered from there 3 times, but I've gotten the same results all three times. Not trying to dick ride, just giving credit where I think credit is due
    4 points
  17. That amplifier, in the right enclosure, will sound good on either sub. Remember, as far as sound goes, the enclosure makes all the difference in the world
    3 points
  18. I'm not sure I'm happy yet with this. Was wanting to do something else, made some concessions and "forgot" some things that will require rework. It is up and running sans subwoofers right now. There was a surprising amount of bass without the subs, so thats a bonus. This is temporary as the Cleansweep is meant to be under the panels, but forgot to cut holes for wiring. Tried using my SHCA cables....they are horrible. switched back to these Blue Jeans custom cables...and shrill top end and hiss disappeared.
    3 points
  19. Sneak picts of the subs I modified the standard paper dustcap to a much stronger Carbon "Chess" one.
    3 points
  20. As I had to build a steel cage, I bough a welding machine, and learnt to weld. The firsts welds were kind of horrible, I had to sand them and weld a second time to get something solid. I made the different parts separately, as the car is small, it's really a buthurt to work directly inside. I started with the floor piece, welded some parts fast to test if the fitting in the car was good. And it was btw
    3 points
  21. https://fixmyspeaker.com/product-category/drop-in-recone-kits/
    3 points
  22. So impressed with the Hertz coaxials, i went larger/bigger. So much room in these dashes. And, sorry for many of you, myself included,.... bigger, is BETTER here. Leggo... I got more Second Skin, cut, and warming up, to lay around them.. then, ill crack the dsp open, and drop the high cut even lower. Also, these have adjustable tweets,.. sharp eye, would see im aiming them, at the corresponding A pillar. What im trying to achieve is a broad, or wider stereo affect. If that makes sense to some. Ill add the SS, and, then, with the laptop connected to the dsp,.. go for a ride, run my SQ type songs/files. See whats up. Ill get the mic on it, this weekend. I saved files if the previous tweets. Be interesting to see any and all changes. Cheers all. KB
    3 points
  23. That 150a of available charging does mean max amperage you can shove into it. That 25ah is meant for stock alternators that output less, so yes you will need to go a different route with that 350 amp alternator. If you go lithium I'd honestly ditch the AGM and get enough reserve to cover 75% or more of OEM specs. Then you won't have to worry about isolators, or one leeching voltage off one another causing more cycles to occur = less life. I liked JY powers blog on isolators because they were fairly simple with explanation: https://www.jypwr.com/blog/how-to-wire-agm-and-lithium-batteries-together/ You may want to also consider reading their blog on wire gauge and current capacity: https://www.jypwr.com/blog/run-power-wire-the-right-way/
    3 points
  24. Need some usb action. Lets get it. (Turned out tits, and thanks Tony, for the usb tossed in one of the boards/boxes.
    3 points
  25. New here and figured I would show the progress of my 2002 Dodge Neon. Very stock when I bought it for a second car while I fixed my truck. A year and a half later the truck is still sitting and the Neon has come a long way. Nearing the end, but in the process of a rear seat delete with 4 Tropo-8's and prepping a CBD PVO spoiler for the trunk.
    3 points
  26. Do I count as an OG? All my stuff has stock audio now except for the z06, only has a headunit. Still have the heads, cam, nitrous c6 Z06, new daily is a 2020 tundra with a 3" lift on 34" toyos and just picked up a 2020 gt premium last week.
    3 points
  27. You know how bass boosted music is louder? It’s because it’s recorded on a “decibel” level closer to 0db. The closer to 0db, the louder, so to say. Regular music, is recorded on around -10db to -15db. Bass boosted music is recorded around -3db to -7.5db. So if you listen to a dj russticals song on your amp after you tuned it on a -10db tone, you are gonna clip on that bass boosted dj russticals song because he records his remaster music at -7.5db, which is louder. So if you ever listen to bass boasted music, you couldn’t turn up to the same unclipped volume on your head unit or bass knob the same as you would regular music if you tuned on a -10db tone. But if you tuned on a -5db tone, you could listen to bass boosted music too with minimum worries, but regular music wouldn’t be as loud as that -10db tuning. Keep in mind, that -10db tuning wouldn’t clip on regular music, but I would listen to some jeezy songs and see if you can smell coil after listening to a couple good jeezy bass songs, and if you smell coil, then tune the amp to a -5db tone if you listen to a good amount of jeezy songs. Because some of them jeezy songs, even on regular recordings on YouTube, work the shit out of subwoofers. I use to play jeezy songs and have my audio tuned correctly and I would eventually smell coil. So I would have to turn the volume down a couple notches on some jeezy songs, since I didn’t have a bass knob. So it depends on how much jeezy do you listen to if you should tune on a -5db tone or not.
    3 points
  28. Usually, with big subwoofers and big voice coils, you can get away with -10db easy. The little bit of excess heat generated, the subwoofer can deal with that. Put it this way @1point21gigawattshas taught me most of those information I'm giving you in the first place. You can trust him. Dude knows his shit
    3 points
  29. Looks good to me! Nice job man! How does it sound?
    3 points
  30. Still feel like a fucked butthole from the dentist appointment. But, I wanted to try and marry both these under hood bats, with SMD fuse holders. Meh,.. leggo. The front to rear run, is tucked over by the second battery. Ill fuse it tomorrow. Cheers all.
    3 points
  31. my “test bench” today. 16.3 volts for the system stepped down to 13.5-14v for the vehicle and accessories. Gotta make triple sure everything is good before i put anything in the Caddy. I ran all the stock accessories at the same time at about 100a for 4-5 hours. Watched the temps...the fan cooled the step downs nice!
    3 points
  32. I start work Monday so progress will be even slower. I did start the Malibu at the beginning of the week, she fired right up and I let it get to temp to run for 15 minutes.
    3 points
  33. Time to start wiring up the terminals. For this i am using an SMD DCL 4.2 and a SMD TX-2. The DCL 4.2 will help me wire up the series/parallel stuff clean. It might look straight forward (and it is kinda) but it is a little more complicated than it looks. These subs are dual 1's. They are each wired in parallel. Then they are wired in series (each group of 3) to bring that set down to 1.5 ohms. The amps they are being hooked to are rated at 2ohm bridged so this is a little lower than i am supposed to but that should be OK. More power! Both the DCL 4.2 and the TX2 are mounted with TAPPED 8x32 stainless allen-head bolts.
    3 points
  34. Tried to tune that enclosure to 35hz, but I messed up on a cut and had to shorten the port. Plus, I didn’t have a table saw to cut a 45 on the port bend. It pissed me off but I said fugh it and kept going. That’s what you gotta do on things to push through and move forward. Don’t sweat the small things and don’t let it hold you back or bring you down. Just continue to aim high and keep on keepin on and gitrdone. Bass on.
    3 points
  35. Nicely done dude. Damn. You got a ton more go, than i do. Also, on a note,.... i also, some time back, did the thing. 20 years of marriage,.. and then, done. Shit got a little weird. But, stay up, stay at it, and keep swinging. I know, those late nights, can get ..... well,.. odd. Just dont spend to much time, talking to shadows. I get it dude. Trust me. That said, when your on your feet some, get another dog. Im a HUGE doggo person, and i WILL NOT, walk a day on this earth, with out a dog by my side.... period. Also, super lame, but, time, will help heal. I didnt even know how to even speak, to another woman, but bro, I PROMISE you, it will get better. Keep working on your rig, or whatever to kinda stay busy. ( i got into records.,,.. yes, the round things lol) Just keep getting the fuck up, everyday, and keep swinging dude. Just keep swinging. Great work by the way.
    3 points
  36. 3 points
  37. 3 points
  38. This is one of the cleanest builds I’ve seen. The work you have done on it so far proves to me that no suggestion from another on a layout is needed. What you come up with would probably be better. Super Clean!
    3 points
  39. Todays progress... Battery mount done, Fuse block done. Fuse block in. Done up to this point, I will get positive done tomorrow. Different view. 12V outlet gone. Sparks Innovations dual volts meter installed. Closer look. I could front batt & rear Batt. Alt and battery. Have figured it out cause i am not there yet. I can't remember if i have put all these pieces in. I floor panel had to be cut into 2 halves to go in when trunk carpet panels go back in. Vertical beauty panel behind sub enclosure. With all the carpet in should be close to seal off from cabin, If not the enclosure will be sealed off from the cabin side. Any body have suggestion on layout. The amps will be like this because i have them raised up off the floor and planned to put Leds around them.
    3 points
  40. Thanks! I wanna post more pics, but i hit the pic limit I guess. Metered the other day after subs are nice and broken in. I did 154db and it blows hair surprisingly well for being a blow thru and it being a crew cab F250. does 152db+ on music which i am very happy about.
    3 points
  41. I'm all set now! Time to get them in the 4runner and start tuning.
    3 points


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