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96 4Runner with 2 Fi Q 18s (lots of pics)


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Time to chop

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My friend is in dental school, so I let him practice his hand skills

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Test layout

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Attaching the front bezel. Since I had to cut out the back of the pan for my HVAC, I couldn’t justify a full setup from Doug at SoundMan. It would have been easier, and likely prettier, but it worked. I still got the front bezel and 90 degree 30 pin connector from him.

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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Time to fill smooth it out.

I can’t speak highly enough of Sonus Matter body filler. I had always used Bondo in the past, and it is worlds better. As Mark from CAF said, it feels almost fluffy in the can. It sands so easily, even long after it is fully cured. I used some Lexan for my big straight filler pieces, but I used the Matter to fill in the corners. I realized later why you shouldn’t use body filler for structure, cracking issues, but the Matter actually did great. A little epoxy skim coat solved that. My only issue is that I used too much hardener the first time and wasted a bunch.

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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Test fit

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HVAC still fully functional – faceplate not on at this point

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At this point I realized that I never test fit the actual 80prs. This was a problem because I made its mounting location from scratch. Well, it cleared all metal bracing, but…

It hit a giant obstacle…

Luckily, it was hitting the stock amp, so that came out, but it hit something else…

The antenna relay box. Something I also was not ever going to use again.

I got SUPER lucky there. Again, always test fit your gear kids!

Anyway, I got it together in time for another show. Not pretty, but together

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Nice simple wiring for the 80prs (box is a remote turn on relay box since I have so many amps)

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Got my buddy to make the drive to go to the show with me, and then did some major stereo work on his car afterwards

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Cool picture from the show

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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New (junkyard OEM – not aftermarket) roof racks – repainted to match bumpers

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Hit another milestone

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The 8 for the center console – here is where I scrapped the idea, and moved the plans to the front door. No great layout options here

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I picked up an SPL lab handheld meter (which also connects to laptop when desired), and got to do some playing. Figured I would try the average feature, bass boxing style. First and only attempt at this, so now I’m retired haha

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I haven’t played with SPL lab too much, but I will address this more later.

Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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Painted the iPad dash

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The epoxy coat I added filled all cracks perfectly, but I didn’t sand it enough after. This will be redone later. It was temporary until I figure out where to put the SMD meters anyway. I am pretty happy with it for my first attempt. It will all be able to be smoothed out. Perfection will just take some time.

Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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Time for radiators

Here was my Sketchup idea, but they had to move further to the walls because of my bracing. 1094_zps57652e51.jpg

My canvas

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Miscalculated the first attempt

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The side board in only 17.5” tall, so it has to be perfect , with about 0.375” of play on top and bottom, leaving it VERY close to the bottom. Luckily, I was adding a ½” baffle for support, so I got to practice. I went with ½” to leave space in case I ever go to 4 powered 18s. It is that tight tolerance.

Got it right the second cut

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Shaved the back of the new baffle to fit over the carriage bolts on the braces

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There we go

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So pretty. Set up for inverse mounting, since the baskets will not clear the bracing

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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Like a glove

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Glued on

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Cleaned up. Keep in mind this box was built inside of the car. That means the hole on the back of the box had to be made inside of the car and could not be cut completely with a center jig, or a router itself. I had to use a wire wheel on some parts. It was kind of sketchy, but it worked.

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Subs back in

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Wired

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Poly

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And all mounted. I did dry tuning of 7 small washers each.

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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Well, it turned out that radiators DID work, and I loved them, so it was time to tear everything out.

Makes sense right?

One final look

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Drilled this when building the box a while back, but it wasn’t worth the new sheet of MDF it would take to replace, so it went in anyway. Finally body filled it before wrapping it

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Also body filled the added baffle seam

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Here you can see the patched and smoothed areas (I never took a final close up of either)
You can also see the rear beauty panel being made out of 3/16” “press board” (I forget the real name)

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With holes

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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