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Solo X 15 (V.2) Sub-woofer build log - Finished pics & parameters p.5


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Hey friends, just wanted to share my most recent build with you all, my first Solo X 15. This was a challenging sub to build, but a lot of fun. Big thanks goes out to David, Rusty, and everyone who had a hand in helping make this happen (too many to remember). A lot of people stepped up and helped out, but none more than the man himself, David [email protected] He and Rusty answered every question I could come up with, and without them both, this would not have happened, period. So thanks guys, it really means a lot!

So I started with an idea to build a Solo X 15. Little did I know it had already been done, multiple times by PSi. (Check it out) So, I began talking to David about doing some for my PT, but had a problem with how they were going to end up. See, until now, the most any Solo X has been built for daily on music was ~2K, and the reason was simple: the coil. Kicker did some really nice things with the design of this motor, but they screwed themselves by only using a slim 4 layer flat-wound coil in a tight gap. 5K RMS is a fantasy, and no Solo X will last long with that much power. So I got to thinking... how could I improve this?

So while thinking, I started buying up motors. I found three right off the bat. But one was a little rough, with a scratched up bottom plate, and no motor boot. And when I removed the frame, the top plate shifted on me. This wound up being a blessing in disguise.

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To fix the shift, the top plate had to come off.

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Once it was off, I got an idea. And after talking to the right people, my idea was verified. The idea was simple: cut the gap a little bigger to fit an 8-layer coil. So I took it (top plate) to my local Harley shop, to have their machinist cut out the gap, drill the new bolt holes, and cut the center of the new frame, so it will sit down on the top plate flush, the way I want. When everything was done, it looked like this.

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So now they were almost ready to be re-married, but first, I wanted to do a little work to improve the looks. And, I had an idea on securing the top plate. So...

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See what I'm doing here?

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Notice I did away with all the old unnecessary bolt holes.

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And finally, she's ready to go back together.

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Then once I got it down right, and all 4 posts secured, time for more body work!

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And after several hours of sanding, filling, etc, this is what I got.

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Then some color

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For the frame as well

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Hmm don't she look sexy!

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So then I joined the frame and top plate. I chose to use bolts/ lock washers and glue. She ain't going anywhere.

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Then I decided to add screen to protect the coil. It is aluminum window screen, I just cut it and added some black paint.

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Then glued them in place, one by one.

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Then once that was finished, it was time to address the bottom plate.

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Ready for paint

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And the bottom plate is painted!

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So now after looking long and hard, I finally found my coils! We are ready to put this beast together!

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More on the way...


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One the left is the 4 layer, on the right is the 8 layer for this build. Lets compare!

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For the ones going in my car, I will use the 4 layer coils. But that's another build :)

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Now let's see how well the 8 layer fits in it's new home..

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So now onto the suspension. I used a linear roll quad, spaced TC sounds spider pack. Bottom two were first, after cleaning the frame.

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You may have noticed the nylon band used to glue the bottom side of the top spiders. That worked perfect!

But before glue, I soldered the leads.

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Sorry, didn't take a lot of pics of the cone going on, I had my hands full. But here it is right after, when I was doing the direct 8g leads.

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Ready to rock and roll! But of course I had to wait on more glue to finish it up.

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Here we go, CA on the spiders and some nice rubberized stuff for the surround.

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And now to dry

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Coil check shows exactly what they did before, awesome!

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And that is where she sits, still waiting for the dust cap logo to be printed and installed. So stay tuned, I will update this with final pics, specs, and numbers. As well as some vids in action. So thanks again to all involved, and keep watching, this is only the beginning for me!


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Came out great! Nice write up as well! Some good info.

Firm believer in letting my cars do my talking!

You can't rush quality, it doesn't happen overnight. Quality takes time and dedication, but the end results more than pay for it.

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Much respect for your dedication and work ethic. Everything about this build is sexy as hell. I'm stoked to see this things perform, bet you will feel like a proud dad first time you hear them rumble. Lol.

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DAMN That ass on that ti basket is super sexy!!

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Pioneer AVH-X4600BT

Mids and Highs

8-CT Sounds Pro 8" 8ohm

4-CT Sounds Pro Tweeters

Amplifiers

1-CT Sounds 125.4

1-CT Sounds 60.4

1-CT Sounds 7000.1

Electrical

3-Runs of 1/0 CT Sounds

8-XS Power D3100

3-Iraggi 300 amp Alternators

Subwoofers

4-SQ Hdc3 15" Subwoofers

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As always, I love seeing you work. It's a real pleasure to watch you do your thing, keep it up. We all like this kind of stuff. Can't wait to see some PT Cruiser devastation with the others ;)

Thanks man, me too!!!

They look badass. How much do u have invested in each sub? I. Have allways loved kicker square subs the looks anyways but circle di sound better lol

Thanks. Well, I have over $600 alone in parts, and machine shop labor. Plus the cost of the sub to get the motor.

Plus a lot of time spent finding the parts, and doing all the work.

It is not easy, as this beast is over 100 lbs. But worth it in the end, at least so far.

Much respect for your dedication and work ethic. Everything about this build is sexy as hell. I'm stoked to see this things perform, bet you will feel like a proud dad first time you hear them rumble. Lol.

Thank you, and yes sir I will!

I kinda already do, just cant wait to finish it off, and really get some good pictures!

Then it's box building time!

DAMN That ass on that ti basket is super sexy!!

Yes sir, I agree! Thanks!


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Thats shit is clean... Might have to send you some motors in for a make up session when I'm ready to make them pretty. :D

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