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Hollywood416's system build thread...

In the process of putting together a decent system for the Ranger..nothing extravagant but a nice "Middle of the Road" system. I've had something in every vehicle I ever owned so no reason to stop now. When I purchased the truck it already had a bargain basement JVC CD player and had a system at one time but was gone by now, CD player will stay for now but will be upgraded to something nicer eventually and all the original system wiring was there but I stripped it since it was all poorly installed and cheap.

Here's the component list I'll update as I go:
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Front Speakers- Pioneer A-series 6.5" Coaxial 4-ways
Rear Speakers- Pioneer A-series 6x8 Coaxial 3-ways
Box- Custom Sealed 3/4" MDF 1.2 cu ft.
Wiring- Monster Cable&Stinger
Sub- JVC CS DX-25 10"
Sub Amp- Audiobahn A8000T Amp wired 2ohm 800watts

I'll just post a few pics in the thread for full pics check out my gallery.


Here's the Pioneers replacement door speakers getting installed:


Adaptor plates for the 6.5s made from some paneling I had in the shop


Ready to install


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Now on to the sub box.....still working on sub and amp but while I was figuring out what to do decided to go ahead and build the box I cut it for a 10" sub as I know that is the smallest I would go with figured if I go 12 I'll just open it up some more.

Here's the test fit I originally made it to go in the center but didn't care for the amount of leg width it left for rear passengers. So I just decided to ditch the driver side jump seat and mount it there giving ample room to the rear passenger plus keeps my jack equip out of the toolbox.

Center test- It could have been made shallower and gotten away with but I wanted atleast 1 cu. ft. of space and deep enough for a qaulity sub so had to sacrifice.


Behind Driver much better for me.


Finishing the construction




Working on coating the outside with bedliner material as additional sealant. If it looks good enough I'll leave it alone if not then I'll carpet over it. Next will be getting the wiring done and getting the sub/amp purchased and installed.
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Looks sick
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At about the same points I'm at with mine - stillw aiting on a sub/amp to come in before I can get much further. I liek the position of it - will be a slight hindrance when it comes to tossing somethign behidn teh seat.. but the height I think is better for our trucks if you actualy use some of that extended cab space - very useful design there!
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Well after a long day all is in and done. Thanks to 4LO 4.0 for the good deal on the sub/amp combo. Sub is JVC CS DX-25 10, amp is Audiobahn A8000T. I was a little hesitant on the sub since most of my experiance with JVC has not been very good but specs were good and it looked stout so I went for it. Brian also had a MMATS 12 but I wasn't really looking for the boomy bass I wanted a tight SQ punch. I must say now that it's installed I am very impressed, I guess JVC has moved up in the world. It's twice the sub the Kicker CVR ten I had in my Sierra was and seems to be holding up just fine to the 800watts from the Audiobahn although I was a little conservative with the settings just in case. Anyway on to the pics.....

Box came out well, beliner worked pretty well but I think I will still eventually carpet it. If I had a belt sander the box would have come out alot smoother but with just a vibrating one there's only so much you can do unless you want to sand for a day...lol


Sub and Amp ready to be mounted


Screwed the amp down under the driver seat had it been a 1/4" wider I would have had to find a different place for it.


Box fit well and nice and clean.


From passenger side....Still need to get it all the way back against the wall but deal with that tomorrow.
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Nice clean install buddy!
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At about the same points I'm at with mine - stillw aiting on a sub/amp to come in before I can get much further. I liek the position of it - will be a slight hindrance when it comes to tossing somethign behidn teh seat.. but the height I think is better for our trucks if you actualy use some of that extended cab space - very useful design there!
thanks....yea the idea was basically to leave plenty of leg room for one passenger and still be able to lay long items across the back floor.
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clean install but do you really need a box that big for a 10? ive built a f load of systems and u could have got away with abox 75% that size. but it does look great
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Thanks . The box isn't really that big. Most of your better 10's call for between 1.25 and .75 cu. ft. of space. So at 1.2 minus the space for the woofer it's just about perfect. yes I could have built it smaller but it wouldn't have sounded near as good and would not have handled the power as easily w/o distortion. Plus when I was still building it I did not have the woofer yet so I was building around basic cu. ft requirements and trying to stay around max for a 10 and min for a 12.
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Great job. That thing is clean!!!
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makes sense
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Got the box adjusted around a little and mounted to the wall today. Found some chair brackets at the hardware store that after some paint worked perfectly, also found some round chrome 1" steel spacers to use for the amp instead of the wood blocks I used last night. Then took a couple better daylight pics.



The Chair Brackets


I have to say after listening to it today and playing around with some Bass CD's I am totally impressed for a single 10 and that is not easily done when it comes to systems. Of course as a ten it doesn't hit the real low notes great but around 40-50hz it drops like crazy. Judging off some of my old systems I've had metered I'd guess this is hitting somewhere in the upper 120's to low 130's. I need to check with a few of the local shops and see if anyone has a meter to test it just for grins.
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I have to say after listening to it today and playing around with some Bass CD's I am totally impressed for a single 10 and that is not easily done when it comes to systems. Of course as a ten it doesn't hit the real low notes great but around 40-50hz it drops like crazy. Judging off some of my old systems I've had metered I'd guess this is hitting somewhere in the upper 120's to low 130's. I need to check with a few of the local shops and see if anyone has a meter to test it just for grins.


Exactly! I dont see any need for anythign bigger then a 10 unless your in a pissing contest with the ricer next to you :-D


I am goign to be running ~415 watts at 4 ohms to a single 10", hopefully it will sounds pretty darn good




How is that herculiner feeling on it?

I honestly am not too sure about trying to carpet mine - and putting a bedliner on it is seeming to be more and more of a better idea
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Nice clean install dude haha

i just pulled im 12" alpine type r out of the back of mine... i was runnin 500W Rms at 4 ohms, but it was too much bass for me haha
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Exactly! I dont see any need for anythign bigger then a 10 unless your in a pissing contest with the ricer next to you :-D

I am goign to be running ~415 watts at 4 ohms to a single 10", hopefully it will sounds pretty darn good


How is that herculiner feeling on it?

I honestly am not too sure about trying to carpet mine - and putting a bedliner on it is seeming to be more and more of a better idea
If I get in a pissing contest with a ricer I'll just park a tire on his hood! lmao


It should be plenty about half volume with this setup is more than enough for everyday...I am just of the thought I can always turn it down but can't turn it up anymore. The setup I had in my last truck was a 10" CVR off 250watts and it was nice but not quite enough.

I actually used the duplicolor in the rattle can....a little easier to work with IMO. I am pretty happy with it plus in the can you can get it pretty smooth with more of a ripple type finish if you keep the can fairly close. It did not fill in places it wasn't 100% smooth as much as I was thinking it would though so a little disapointed there but I DOUBT you will have that issue. I've done carpeting a few times and it is a PITA....I usually just take it to someone and have done. Last box I had carpeted by an upholstery shop and they only charged $50 and it was twice the size of this one, I will probably do that again once I get ready.

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Figured out a couple more things today.....attaching the box to the back wall of a Ranger was a bad idea w/o a bunch of Dynamat, it transferred all the vibes from the box straight into the back wall and window and rattled like crazy. Ended up leaving the lower brackets and shortened up the screws on the top just running them into the plastic panel and cut the vibes back down.

Don't think 4LO 4.0 ever pushed it quite this hard of course with 2 there wouldn't have been a need and it wasn't quite broken in yet so found out this amp will push the sub beyond it's limits and started hitting the Xmax so had to re-adjust so I didn't smoke it. Then something just wasn't sounding right checked all the wires etc everything was fine....thinking I roasted one of the VC's I pulled the sub and one of the VC wires had come loose from it's connection. Soldered it back up and all was fine back the way it was.
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Figured out a couple more things today.....attaching the box to the back wall of a Ranger was a bad idea w/o a bunch of Dynamat, it transferred all the vibes from the box straight into the back wall and window and rattled like crazy. Ended up leaving the lower brackets and shortened up the screws on the top just running them into the plastic panel and cut the vibes back down.

Don't think 4LO 4.0 ever pushed it quite this hard of course with 2 there wouldn't have been a need and it wasn't quite broken in yet so found out this amp will push the sub beyond it's limits and started hitting the Xmax so had to re-adjust so I didn't smoke it. Then something just wasn't sounding right checked all the wires etc everything was fine....thinking I roasted one of the VC's I pulled the sub and one of the VC wires had come loose from it's connection. Soldered it back up and all was fine back the way it was.
Hey bud - Im about to uplaod soem more photos of my own enclosure..

I have an idea Im going to use on mine that you should use on yours:

Get to Home Depot or Lowes - pick up some of there black rubber stair treads.. costs like 0.87 a foot - get a good amount of it, I spent 20 on it - then cut it out and use either a big chunk of it behind your entire enclosure, or cut out small tabs to squish in between where all the screws are mounted on the cab.

Should help distort some of the vibrations a bit for the cheap.



Im honestly REALLY tempted to just wait on finishing my own build.. I'll get the box done - but I am wanting to go ahead and order some Rattle Trap 100 mil to do the rear end of the truck.. do it right the first time so its done right and I dont have to pull it all out
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My vibes were only bad when it was attached near the top with just the bottom brackets on the hump it's fine so I would imagine yours should be fine like it is. I thought about the same thing as I have some old cheap rubber floor mats in the shop but I just don't think they would help enough box is still solid the way it is so I'll probably leave it be for now. Until I get bored one day and decide to re-do things...
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My vibes were only bad when it was attached near the top with just the bottom brackets on the hump it's fine so I would imagine yours should be fine like it is. I thought about the same thing as I have some old cheap rubber floor mats in the shop but I just don't think they would help enough box is still solid the way it is so I'll probably leave it be for now. Until I get bored one day and decide to re-do things...
Thats the problem with anyone who knows how to "do it themselves", we always improve improve improve and modify.. probably not the best - but honestly, we can buy 3 sheets of MDF for the same price as a crappy 10" sealed box from crutchfield.. an with those 3 sheets could build literally anything, with tons to spare..!

On my single sheet of MDF.. I still have a good 5/8 of it left
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