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Hello guys and girls! The time has finally arrived to begin Stage 3 of my build, the Kickin' Cruiser. If you haven't seen any of the first two stages, you can catch up HERE.


The car is a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser that I bought a few years ago, and fell in love with ever since. Best car I have ever owned!

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And a while back, I decided to split the build into stages, so that it wouldn't seem so over-whelming, and so it would be easier to navigate through. So here is the plan for the different stages:

Stage 1 - Initial instal
Stage 2 - Fiberglass and accessories (Learning Stage)
Stage 3 - Dash, doors, and a 4th order wall. (Time to get serious stage!)
Stage 4 - Rims. body, and paint
Stage 5 - Engine/ drive-train (performance mods)

For this stage, we will be focusing on the interior of the car. We will build new custom door panels, dash panel, change all of the interior color from light brown/ dark brown to grey/ black. I'll also be Installing new carpet front to back, as well as building a new headliner. We will finish it off with new seats. Basically the whole inside of the car is getting a make-over!!! Oh and how could I forget? I'll be building a 4th order wall for 4 Skar VVX 15's (v.1), to run off a DC5.0K. Goals are 50's on music, and nasty hair tricks on demand. So here we go!!!!


*** This post will be updated periodically ***


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Stage 3
Dash, Door Panels,
4th Order wall 4 - 15's
on a DC 5.0K 2 DC 5.0K's


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Okay, so first order of business will be the door panels. This is what they look like to start with.

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This will be going into each door!

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8" slim mount subs

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2 - 6.5" component speakers

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And a set of 5.25" to finish them off. So each door will look something like this:

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So first thing we need are some MDF rings! This makes it way easier!

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And now we got some rings!

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Kickin' Cruiser

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Stage 3
Dash, Door Panels,
4th Order wall 4 - 15's
on a DC 5.0K 2 DC 5.0K's


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Okay, so next it's time to get some wood. So let's see what the local hardware store has.

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There we go! Need some of this.

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And about 5 sheets of this

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So then I had to cut down the sheet of 1/4" into 4 - 2ft x 4ft pieces

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So the next step is to separate the inside of the door panel from the outside. This was no fun at all!!! Took me several hours with a heat gun.

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Plastic welds SUCK!!!

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One down, one to go

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No turning back now!

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Kickin' Cruiser

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Stage 3
Dash, Door Panels,
4th Order wall 4 - 15's
on a DC 5.0K 2 DC 5.0K's


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So then I use the inner piece as a template to cut out the new piece

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Also, had to clean up the inside of the outer panel.

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And this is what I was shooting for!

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Something like this, except with 5.25's instead of tweets up top.

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And that is where I quit for the day! Tomorrow, I'll figure out how to mount the new panel to the door, and how to keep the armrest while doing so!
Thanks for checkin' out my work! Stay tuned for much, much more to come!


EDIT:

This attempt failed, click here to skip ahead to the successful attempt :)
However, if you do, you will miss the dual front battery install, w/ custom busbars, as well as some sound deadner and a few other little things.
Your choice!

Link to current doors, starts on page 4

http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/132828-kickin-cruiser-stage-3-door-panels/page__view__findpost__p__2013367


Kickin' Cruiser

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Dash, Door Panels,
4th Order wall 4 - 15's
on a DC 5.0K 2 DC 5.0K's


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this could turn out well

kinda convenient that the whole middle of your door comes out lol

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Yeah that door panel coming out makes room for all kinds of mids...midwall on each door!

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this could turn out well

kinda convenient that the whole middle of your door comes out lol

Yeah that door panel coming out makes room for all kinds of mids...midwall on each door!

Thanks fellas! :drinks: Yeah these doors have been on my mind for a long time, since I seen what lowpt did with his doors. They are perfect for upgrades! And yep exactly... mid-wall on each door!!! 8)

After sleeping on it, I decided to go ahead and order another ks component set, this one 5.25, to go above the 8's in each door. I think it will flat out look better. They will be here wednesday, so no real hold-up. :clapping:

So I'm going outside now to start mounting the new panels to the doors, and figure out a way to make it removable. Also, I should have some packages in today. :woot:

Updates coming later! :good:


Kickin' Cruiser

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Stage 3
Dash, Door Panels,
4th Order wall 4 - 15's
on a DC 5.0K 2 DC 5.0K's


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Purple,

Hello, it was a pleasant surprise to see you back at it. Of course it goes without saying that everything is looking stellar.

The doors are going to look mighty fine judging by the start.

Keep up the good work, as usual, I'll be watchin'.

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Oh and how could I forget? I'll be building a 4th order wall for 4 Skar VVX 15's, to run off a DC5.0K. Goals are 50's in music, and hair tricks on demand. So here we go!!!!

:o! welcome to the dark side >:]

i see you switched the idea from dc subs to skar, can i ask why? or should i delete the question?

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Purple,

Hello, it was a pleasant surprise to see you back at it. Of course it goes without saying that everything is looking stellar.

The doors are going to look mighty fine judging by the start.

Keep up the good work, as usual, I'll be watchin'.

Thanks man! And as always, I glad to see ya still around! :drinks:

Oh and how could I forget? I'll be building a 4th order wall for 4 Skar VVX 15's, to run off a DC5.0K. Goals are 50's in music, and hair tricks on demand. So here we go!!!!

:o! welcome to the dark side >:]

i see you switched the idea from dc subs to skar, can i ask why? or should i delete the question?

Thanks! And yeah, it's totally cool to ask!

The reason I am going with Skar atm instead is because of two reasons.

First, I have seen a lot of good things from the new Skar VVX subs, especially on the lower end, if you know what I mean ;)

Second reason is that Kevin, the owner of Skar, made me a deal I simply couldn't pass up. So instead of running three 12's this year, I get to go ahead and build my dream set-up. A 4th order wall, w/ 4 - 15's. How could I resist? If I want, as long as I build it correctly, I can always swap the subs out for some DC XL 15's, and just add more power. But for now, I pretty much had to do this.

And thanks for checking out my build!

I'll be updating it pretty much daily from now on, until she's finished.

Which does take a little extra time, but it's all worth it! Hope you guys enjoy! :drinks:


Kickin' Cruiser

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Dash, Door Panels,
4th Order wall 4 - 15's
on a DC 5.0K 2 DC 5.0K's


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