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So I happened upon this clean blue beauty and for a price of almost half of all the others of similar year and mileage, I snatched it up.





My build plans with it are to move my current system from the explorer into this since i will no longer own the explorer in a short time. The equipment being:

HU- Pioneer DEH-80PRS

Subs- Two SoundQubed HDS312D2's

Amps- SoundQubed Q1-3500.1; AudioQue 90.4

Mids & Highs- CDT CL61A

Wires- All Sky High 1/0, RCA's, 12ga speaker wire

Power- Haven't decided on an alt yet, gotta contact singer, see what he's got. I don't think I'll go with anything over 300A on the alt. I'll have a D3400 under the hood, and I've got a D4700 i had bought for a cruze that I'll keep by the amps.

Hopefully I can get started on transferring it all this weekend. I've got duty saturday so i'll have all day sunday to knock it out. The only things that need bought are the D3400 and the alt. I'll post pictures as i go through the install.

edit: fixed the pictures

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Very nice ride!

Pioneer 80PRS

4 Scan Speak discovery 4" full rage

2 Ampere Audio 6.5 Comp sets

3 Singer 370 Hairpin's

1 Odyssey g78/34-P1500

6 DieHard Platinum Marine g31

4 XS D3100's

DC 175.4

DC 90.4

4 DC 5k's

4 m3 lvl 5 15's

Soundrive RCA's

Lots of welding lead & SkyHigh


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Very nice ride!

Thanks. Compared to the POS explorer I've had the last few years this is luxurious for me haha.

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tuned in, almost exactly what i wish i could snatch up for a decent price and make a straight SPl vehicle.

2007 Chevy Tahoe (SOLD)

12 ~ FI Audio X series 10" w/BP option

2 ~ DC Audio 5.0K @0.67

3 ~ DC Audio 5.0K @1.0 

2 ~ PPI 3 way sets (not installed yet)

1 ~ RF T400-4, 1 ~ RF T600-2, 1 ~ RF T600-4

4 ~ CT Sounds 5.25" Strato comps  (rear fill only)

1 ~ XS Power D4800

1 ~ XS Power D3400

8 ~ XS Power XP3000

160 stock alt, Mechman 370 Elite, 185 DC Power

320+ Sq. Ft. Sound Deadener

Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/knfjdkghjudfhsgkjdhf/videos?sort=dd&view=0&shelf_id=0

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tuned in, almost exactly what i wish i could snatch up for a decent price and make a straight SPl vehicle.

I don't compete, but it'll be a daily driver ground pounder by my standards. Not the loudest, but it makes me happy and meets my wants. Everything will be below the window/seat line.

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My update for the day:

Went to a local shop to get the metra dash install kit for my 80PRS, so thank you Sound Wave Customs of Virginia Beach, VA.


Sunday I'll get that put in. But I'm thinking of buying additional speakers to fill in everything that the Bose setup is in besides just the front doors. The time alignment isn't important to me. In my explorer, the backseat only hears the subs, not the components in the front doors very well, so I want to fix that issue this go around. I'm thinking coaxials, but may go with pro audio. SoundQubed of course to stick with the theme. I may replace the CDT components for the front doors with the AudioQue set I have. I haven't figured out which has a better sound to it yet. Well, that's my thought process as of right now. Suggestions, thoughts, questions, or whatever else is always welcome.

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So this is my amp rack I made a couple weeks back, needs a little work, like putting a couple pieces down to hold the battery in place. It gets the job done though



The enclosure is just a prefab I've had for a few years, just don't have the right tools to make clean cuts for the design I made to make a new one.


These are all pictures in the explorer. Just giving the you guys an idea of what is going into the Tahoe this weekend.

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Ok. Here's the update. I'm done temporarily. Ran into a wall I didn't think of before having owned chevy's before. Side post battery. But I did get a little done. Ran my front to back wire from battery to battery (not hooked up to front batt, fuse pulled by back batt), which was a pain in the ass getting the floor trim pieces back in place with the wire there.


So it's just kind of tucked away for now until I get a D3400 for the front.

Finished pulling the 80prs from the explorer, put my new 1/0 inputs into my 3500. I got them in the mail a couple weeks ago just never got around to it.



Decided to open up my AQ 4X90, here's its innards if you've never seen them before


And here's the amp/batt rack in the Tahoe waiting to be put to use again.


I threw the subs in there too, didn't grab a pic or wire them up. For now, I'm leaving the factory Bose setup in there, until I get my battery for the front, and once I can squeeze that purchase into my budget and it arrives, it will be time to swap in my 80prs, do big three, swap front speakers/tweets, run wire and RCAs, DD-1 it to see if gains change between vehicles, and then hopefully by summer I'll have a new enclosure, another component set and 4 channel, and an alternator. And this won't be just a purely audio build log. There will be eye candy upgrades to go with the ear candy.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Got the 80PRS installed last night. Used the PAC OS-2X to retain GM's stupid idea of having the stock radio as part of the data bus. Also have the stock Bose hooked up to it for now until I get my ibar side post adapters for the battery so I can use my components. 9BEAFF59-AA2D-4A59-9CE0-25906908838F_zps

I'm terrible at remembering to take pictures so I'll try to get more of the component install once that happens.

The only issue I had with the PAC harness was it seems cheaply made, and I was getting a lot of static at first until I switched the stock speaker harness from "amplified radio" to "non-amplified radio", but music is louder on the non-amplifier side than the amplified connection. The 80PRS distorts via DD-1 track 2 at 48 out of 62 at the speaker outs, but I get to right around 40-45 before it starts sounding distorted to me. And a whole lot louder than my components on my 90X4. Any thoughts?

I'll also be going to the TDH 3rd annual Jeff Lockhart show next weekend, probably won't compete, but first time going to a show/comp, so it ought to be fun.

More updates coming soon hopefully.

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