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Had a buddy help me replace my alternator a few weeks ago from the stock 150amp to a 270amp XS Power alternator (Thanks Telos!) and caught the build bug! I couldn't wait to finish my new garage before starting this build since the weather has been so nice, so I jumped in deep! I've spent about 40 hours on my stereo the past 5 days and have another full day or 2 left to go.

First off, the alternator replacement really was a huge pain in the ass. Good thing my friend is an awesome mechanic and only took 2 hours for the whole procedure.

This is what I started with in the back of my truck, the setup I've had for the past few months. 2 12" Sundown SA 12's in 4 cubic feet @34hz with the port running under the rear seat with a big mess of wires thanks to having 3 amps:


Now, after a re-running all new speaker wires under the carpet, dozens of zip-ties, and a few feet of split loom I was able to make the wires more presentable:


Another shot. Here you can see the Sundown 2500 up-close. To the right up-top is the Sundown 200.4 (2 channels for midrange and 2 channels for midbass) and a Crossfire xp6004 for the tweeters. I also re-wrapped the board running above the amp rack held in with the factory bolts from the factory cover:
 

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Another task I had to tackle was replacing my double din head unit (Pioneer Premier fh-p800bt), cleaning up the radio wiring, and fixing my switch panel and repaint some trim pieces after my storm damage during Hurricane Sandy:


Another shot of the damage:


What it looked like yesterday morning during the revamp after pulling some trim pieces:


Installed a Pioneer Premier 800PRS with copper chassis, high-voltage RCA preouts, 16-band EQ, and 3-way active capabilities allowing me to run my amps on full-pass by fine-tuning my crossover points on the radio. I also re-made my damaged switch plate, and painted it (along with the radio trim, and the Audiocontrol Epic-160 trim) with some rubberized undercoating for a nice rugged look:
 

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Now, all of this stuff I've already posted is just the tip of the iceberg... and here is where the real fun begins:

These were my door panels at the beginning of the project after removing the fiberglass pods I had made last summer:


Here is a pic of the pods after I removed them. Each front door housed 2 Kicker RMB8's for midbass and 3 Sundown NeoPro 8's for midrange and 1 Beyma CP12 tweeter. They were recessed for a large removable grill:


Next step was to do a wood backing agains the inside of the door (after adding another layer of Audio Technix 60mil deadener to the insides):


Then, I spent half a day cutting speaker rings and 1/8" PVC plastic sheeting in 1-1/2" strips. Since I will be running (2) 10" speakers for midbass, (4) 6-1/2" speakers for midrange, and (1) super tweeter per front door, I needed to make 28 rings. 14 rings were made with 3/4" birch ply (for the speaker mounting rings) and 14 rings were made with 1/2" MDF for flush grill inserts:
 

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Next, I spent about 2 hours figuring out the layout and getting it to all stay in place, all while making sure the doors would still close along with cutting holes in the base wood for magnet clearance:


Fabric was then stretched across the wood and PVC rings and stapled along all edges in preparation for fiberglass resin:


2 coats of fiberglass resin were applied to the fabric while the panels were attached to the doors to ensure no warping during curing:


After the 2nd coat of resin dried thoroughly I cut the openings with a razor blade:


As you can see, the speakers go into the openings and are covered with the 1/2" mdf grilles:
 

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That's as far as I've gotten with the doors, but tomorrow will be another 10-11 hour day to try to get as much done as I can before the weather turns shitty this week.

Another task I tackled was dropping the headliner and deadening the roof. I had my awesome girlfriend help me with this part and she couldn't resist photobombing me:


Here's the roof after applying almost 20 square feet of AlphaDamp sound deadening (1 layer and the roof was rigid):


Obviously, this image just shows the factory roof, but underneath the plastic roof storage I placed small strips of weather stripping everywhere the plastic made contact with metal to eliminate vibrations and rattles. I also placed weather stripping inside the overhead storage fold-down containers to stop the plastic-on-plastic vibrations, as well:


This is where I'm at now with progress and I will update hopefully tomorrow night if I'm not too tired after working. Any questions, please feel free to ask!
 

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I don't know why everyone is so impatient asking for the subs :D he still putting the mids in the doors. Dude was that covered by insurance? If so, how much did you get to do new system and what is your budget. Also, I don't think you have quite enough speakers planned for your front doors.
 

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I don't know why everyone is so impatient asking for the subs :D he still putting the mids in the doors. Dude was that covered by insurance? If so, how much did you get to do new system and what is your budget. Also, I don't think you have quite enough speakers planned for your front doors.
The stereo was actually fine. This rebuild is just something I've wanted to do for a while. The only thing damaged was the switch plate I had made myself, which was composed of some ABS plastic, bondo glass and plasti-dip :). Insurance covered the windshield, replacement dash pieces, center console, and the roof damage (a huge branch dropped on my roof causing the smaller branch to snap off into my windshield... as seen in the pics).

Yea, I don't think 16 speakers total is enough either. The tweeters on the dash weren't includuded with the 14 speaker tally above.
 

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Thanks guys! It's been a lot of trial and error over the years. Let me repeat... A LOT of trial and error. It took me 3 years of owning my truck to finally get the balls to do something like this, so it didn't just happen overnight, haha.
 

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Insane!
Can't wait to see it a Carlisle this year!
Oh yea! I'll be there. I'm actually shooting to get this done by this weekend because Carlisle Performance & Style is always Mother's Day weekend.
 

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Another 12 hour day today. Doesn't look like much progress but a lot was done.

Started with rounding over the edges on the box and a few coats of primer:


This is how you brace a box properly. 45's in each corner, and a big 2x6 cut at 45 degrees on the bottom for bracing and re-directing the air flow into the external port. Also, mounted the first subwoofer baffle:


Fiberglass mat and fiberglass resin in all corners for an air tight seal and extra rigidity:


Some sanding, some wood putty, some more sanding, and rounding over the exit of the port:


Wrapped the top baffle (the sub will be recessed and flush mounted with this baffle) with black vinyl and lined it up just to see how it will look in the end:


Another view of the box almost done. Another coat of paint planned for tomorrow:


Then, did the first coat of bondo hair and added A LOT of elbow grease and did some heavy hand sanding. More sanding and bondo tomorrow; it was dark when I was finishing tonight:
 
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