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  1. After I had a semi drunken epiphany last night I spent most of my morning trying to figure out how I'm going to run this dual alt setup. What I came up with I think is a really solid concept. I had to order a slightly larger belt (hopefully the right length) and a smaller idler pulley so I'm not going to post any pictures today. The AC compressor will be staying in place but my serpentine belt will bypass it so it won't be functional. I don't need AC it probably doesn't work anyways, plus it would have been a royal pain to remove all of that crap. Stay tuned I think it will be awesome and people will like it.
  2. Alright I got a little more experience with some fiberglass work, these didn't come out perfect but I'll try and highlight why in this portion of the tutorial. I'm still satisfied with the outcome (probably because they're in the very back where I won't have to see them all the time). Anyhow first step was constructing my frames, I had to tilt the circles for the fans to get enough clearance: After wrapping the frames in fabric it's time for some resin. You can use the factory gasket to hold your fabric in place and get it stretched how you want it. I would suggest adding some layers of painters tape to whatever you don't want resin on. I used the US composites resin I bought on these and you can definitely tell the difference it seems to go farther and it doesn't have such a gooey consistency. Ok after your resin cures it's time for the fiberglass mat. Here's where I messed up I didn't put enough resin on to harden my edges enough so when I applied my mat the edges of my passenger side panel kind of warped or sagged. So make sure your edges are thoroughly hardened. Also I did my mat on the back of the panels if you can do this it will save you a large amount of sanding/filler work in the future. Ok once your glass is nice and cured it's time for some filler. Can't really describe exactly how best to do it I just go by feel. Another tip is that if you lay your filler out thin on whatever you mix it on it hardens more slowly than if you just leave it in a big glob. To be honest I probably could have done some more sanding on these but I was pretty sick of it to be honest. Lastly coat it however you want, for me it's more spray on bedliner but to each their own.
  3. Thanks guys got a little more fiberglass practice recently. Well sticking with it, not really getting in a lot of time but it's ok. Got all the subs wired up wasn't too bad wish the DSS had some bigger push terminals though. I also made some fiberglass trim panels for the amp rack that also hold my fans. They aren't perfectly symmetrical as the passenger side one gave me some fits and I had some problems but it will be ok. I think it looks pretty clean but I'm sure it could be more perfect if the time was taken to make it that way. On to the fiberglass stuff. Oh also I bought a pneumatic stapler a couple days ago. I got sick of the handheld one not wanting to drive staples into wood all the way or through factory plastic. It should come in handy when I go to do my doors.
  4. No I didn't have any issues like that but I did sand down some of the plastic where I used filler and glass. Thanks for the compliment I'm currently doing some beauty panels but I will share the doors when I get to them.
  5. Yes sir spray paint/rattle can. I got it at the local hardware I was looking for the rustoleum brand option but they didn't have any so I went with the duplicolor. I may add to this when I do my doors I'm not certain yet.
  6. Well I hope everyone had a great weekend at slamology I was pretty jealous watching some snapchats and Facebook live feeds. Anyhow a few small updates nothing big, I hope to make a show this month. So I got my pillar pods done for starters really happy with how they turned out: Mounted my fuse holders and RCA distribution box: Also mounted my fire extinguisher. Not sure that I'll keep it there or not definitely no room for it in the back: Made a small panel to mount my relays and small wire bus bars on: Lastly got all the subs mounted by myself hopefully I can wire them tomorrow night:
  7. Alright so I've never wrote a tutorial or anything like this before so please bear with me. I'm not a pro by any means this was my first time ever doing anything like this I just wanted to share what I had learned. This post may be a little long winded I apologize in advance. I watched some youtube videos before attempting this but most of them weren't very helpful in my opinion. This is the best one that I watched gave some useful tips especially for mixing resin. There's a 50 minute video but ain't nobody got time for that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMJ0YZmc1Bc I'll start out with a list of supplies that I used not all are mandatory but they are all certainly helpful. I used bondo fiberglass resin and fiberglass mat just because I wanted something small to get my feet wet. If you plan to go large scale I would suggest US composites (I ordered through them to get the stuff for when I do my doors). -Fiberglass Resin -Fiberglass Mat (Seems like 1.5oz mat is popular) -Ponte Fabric -Body Filler (I used Rage Gold but I know there are other options) -2 Inch Chip Paint Brushes -Disposable 9 oz Dixie Paper Cups -Stir Sticks -Disposable Gloves -Router or a Jigsaw would do -Dremel definitely not necessary but really helpful -Sand Paper I used 120,220 and 320 grit -Dowel -Hot Glue -Stapler & Staples -Spray Adhesive -Wood -Whatever you want to cover them with Alright so first step was making my rings to mount the tweets in, I used a plunge router and a small Jasper jig but you could get by with a jigsaw or a hole saw if you didn't happen to have a router. Afterwards it was time to mount the rings to the pillars. I understand that most people use hot glue and dowel to mount them. I just used a couple small wood blocks and a couple wood screws. Make sure you have enough clearance on the back side of the rings to clear your tweeters. Next it's time to wrap your work piece in fabric, I used ponte which you can find at the fabric store it's nice and stretch which helps in avoiding wrinkles. Some people use fleece but it takes a lot of resin and doesn't really add strength so it's not your best choice. I used a combination of staples, spray adhesive and hot glue to attach the fabric. I'll have a note about the spray adhesive later though. Alright next step is application of your resin. I believe each ounce of resin requires 10 drops of hardener. I mixed small batches to avoid waste and not having to worry about working super fast. Ok here's what I didn't know DO NOT APPLY RESIN TO SPRAY ADHESIVE IT CAUSES IT TO DISBOND!!!! You can see where I had to put staples in the top because I did not know this, I also applied it to the back and it cause things to disbond but I got lucky and didn't have any long term problems. Let resin cure according to manufacture specs. Next step apply fiberglass mat. I tore mine into pieces as I didn't have scissors on hand. I painted down a little resin first then set the mat on and then applied resin over top. Try and avoid any air bubbles you can see them underneath usually, they cause weak spots in your project. Afterwards let cure don't worry you can always add more later where you need it. In this picture I had already sanded down some high spots etc. Alright after you get all your mat on and your project feels solid it's time for body filler. Tips for this in my experience are don't lay it on to thick you can always add more but its a pain to sand off too much. Don't apply filler if you don't have time to sand it gets harder the longer you wait. After it dries up sand it down you kind of just have to go by feel. Sadly I don't have any pictures of this step but you'll know when you have it right I guess. Lastly prime and paint or wrap your project. I used duplicolor spray on bedliner. It worked great and was just what I wanted as I didn't want a smooth finish. Here's my finished product. I hope this tutorial has helped anyone that reads it in some way. The biggest key is patience you can't get in a hurry when doing this stuff it will lead to mistakes that are hard to go back and fix.
  8. Alright minor updates I hit a big patch of meh so I don't have a ton to share. First off I got the aluminum threaded rod cut and aluminum nuts installed for box terminals, it's going to be a tight fit with a sub mounting close by. Also notice the reflection in the urethane if you'd like: Alright on to a project that I have no idea what I'm doing some A-Pillars. My girlfriend bought me some McLaren tweeters and a fire extinguisher for our 2 year anniversary so I bought another set for the other side. Anyhow first off I made these rings, took a few failed attempts to succeed: Attached them to the pillars I know it looks like they're aiming down a little but the second piece holding them on wasn't in yet: Another picture just because, I bought some bondo resin just to try out with these. I didn't want to order a bunch of stuff from US composites and waste it so I'm starting small I need to pick up some ponte to stretch over these so I can start on the actual glassing: I also made a couple of trim/beauty panels to cover up the ugly look of stacked 2x4's and foam. They aren't attached and need another coat of urethane but you get the idea. Also on a side not the factory amp that you can see in the second picture was left on the roof in the rain all week (someone forgot it up there) plugged it in and it still works lol: Finished my amp rack or whatever you want to call it, it's just propped in place for this picture as the battery holder has to go in place first and the poly is drying on it as well: Also I let my girlfriend paint the front and all the foam/2x4's I have a surprise for the front but it isn't time to do it yet as I have a ways to go I really don't mind the flat black though:
  9. Thanks some leather would look cool on the front but I have a cooler surprise in store in my opinion. Thanks I used 0000 steel wool between coats, which worked pretty well. I have a long ways to go with everything else, if I get bored in the off season I can always add more coats of gloss. Gracias Idk I was like all into having it done and then I hit a big patch of meh. I'm still enjoying the build I just don't feel like being rushed into it. I could probably have it playing but I want it finished finished. I assuming you're referring to Mr. Staat I saw Corey posted his score, I would like a demo from you however I saw that you're considering parting with some things on Facebook. Well I've had a Jukebox lithium and loved it, just trying something new. Hoping they give some decent bang for the buck.
  10. Well some more updates I'll just keep plugging along, I've started my new job so I'm really going to try and push to make slam. I've also been working on how I'm going to mount my amps, then I'll probably try and run some wire. Deadened the front doors with this damp pro from second skin hoping this stuff lives up to the hype. I hate deadening doors I feel like it takes forever. After I did the drivers side I feel like the passenger side turned out better. The UPS guy must have hated my ass on this one. 120 pounds of 2/0 EB Flex welding cable. 110 feet of red and 110 feet of black. Got my battery terminals back from Dennis after he drilled and tapped all the holes for me. The middle one is aluminum because of when I broke a bit in the piece of copper I just opted for aluminum to replace it. Need to get some shorter M6 bolts the ones I ordered were about a 1/4 inch too long. Well I'm going to stop with the coats of polyurethane I have 4 down now and you really can't tell the difference between coats three and 4 in my opinion. Coat 3: Coat 4: Lastly built a holder for my lithiums, turned out pretty well I think. I let my girlfriend stain it tonight and I'll probably do a couple coats of polyurethane on it eventually.
  11. Well I ended up riding home with a coworker for mother's day I was home for a little under 24 hours. I did get a few small things done but nothing major to report. First off I do have to say that the Loctite Foam is worth the extra money you can tell it's much more dense. It did seem a little more messy when cutting it. Got the second coat of polyurethane down one or two more and it should be good. I don't think the pictures do it justice honestly. I got these fans in for cooling my amps they aren't exactly quiet but they do move some air, not sure if I'll set it up so both flow one way or do like a push pull kind of deal. They don't exactly match I wasn't paying attention and ordered them from two different ebay sellers, oh well. Finished the last fuse holder I should need nothing to it. Washed the Jeep and my truck both were covered in dust, pollen and saw dust. Trimmed the lower part of the B-Pillar trim to fit nailed it on the first try. Lastly pulled the door panel on the passenger side to check it out. The factory stuff to seal the door was shot so it got pulled off. I set the speakers in the panel to try and determine a layout I think this will work. It's a lot of stuff for one panel.
  12. Unfortunately no I'm in Ohio for work until Memorial Day I'm going to be hard pressed to make Slamology. Good to see another Michigan local on here.
  13. Thanks I believe I'm still going to make trim panels with wood and filler but I didn't think that would be sufficient. Plus I've never fiberglassed anything before. First coat of polyurethane on and semi dry:
  14. Alright did a little more today I hope these pictures might help some people in the future like me that have no clue what to do. So after doing all the wood to get as close to the door as possible I covered the door in painters tape and then put spray foam on the wood and on the door. After the foam has had sufficient time to sure I opened the door, pull hard and then peeled the tape (which was stuck more to the foam than the door). Afterwards I just trimmed it all with a sawzall blade. It gives you a really nice fit to the door and I can still open it which is a plus. I also put down my first coat of polyurethane on the inside of the enclosure tonight but I'm waiting for it to try so I can get a better picture representation tomorrow. I will probably do 2-3 coats but tomorrow I'm going out of town for work for the next 3 weeks. Oh a note about the foam the side with the completed trimmed pictures is great stuff and the application pictures are loctite. I ran out of painters tape and spray foam last night and only got one side done. I think the loctite will prove to be better quality but I will post a picture when I get it trimmed. The Loctite really expanded I could have used less than I did but I wasn't really used to it. Loctite Foam in this picture: Great Stuff: Great Stuff:
  15. Well yesterday not much was done really and today nothing got done. This is part of phase 1 for the whole sealing it off thing. The next part of this phase involves some spray foam which I really abhor. If you're thinking to yourself, "man Nick it looks like you have no idea what you're doing" you would be correct kind of made these up as I went along but they're definitely strong. Additionally a guy from a local audio team came over and he took his subs out of his 4th and I welded him a brace for his sealed side, it was tricky as his back wall is at a 50ish degree angle. He put the subs back in and I got a demo. Both sides aren't identical but they're each made with 2x4s, some 3/4 inch birch for the tight spots and PL Premium of course. I ran out of 2x4's so I didn't get to the bottom. I leave for work Monday so I'm not sure how much more will be getting done between now and then. Drivers side: Passenger Side: Starting to look like a wall overall, don't worry it won't be this ugly in the end (I hope):