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I'll try and send it then, won't be til sunday though. Its a HD video though so idk if it will go or not.
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Figured out how to transfer it to my computer with the cable, woo!!!!! I'll have it up tomorrow sometime now haha
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Figured out how to transfer it to my computer with the cable, woo!!!!! I'll have it up tomorrow sometime now haha
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Back on topic

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Good luck getting a sub to work with only $400. Most decks are goingto cost more than $150, wiring kit is usually 15-20 forthe deck plus the dash kit 15-30, wiring for the amp can be anywhere from 75-130, the. You still need the box amp and sub. I can help you do the install but I really think it's going to cost you more than you think... It usually does.
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Yeah, I can lose the back seats, as long as I still have some storage space for moving etc..
you have a truck???

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Good luck getting a sub to work with only $400. Most decks are goingto cost more than $150, wiring kit is usually 15-20 forthe deck plus the dash kit 15-30, wiring for the amp can be anywhere from 75-130, the. You still need the box amp and sub. I can help you do the install but I really think it's going to cost you more than you think... It usually does.
I've done it.. Deck - $160, Sub $100, Box $40, Amp $20, Wiring $40. and that sub was after I screwed up the last one.

I have this deck, paid $160 at Bestbuy.. its pretty easy to use, has a bunch of controls, LPF and HPF's, you can kill the sub all together which is nice for chillin/camping.

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-DEHP51...455736&sr=1-46

I'll probably be spending $160-180 here soon for a custom box to go under the seat and not stick out any.. I just don't know if I want to spend $160 on a single sub box or spend $20 more and get a box for 2 subs, my JL Audio W0 is cheap enough and my amp will handle another one of them so I might as well..

Its not hard to get a pretty bangin system on a budget..

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You dont need to spend alot to get something pretty decent.

I have an Alpine 102, 2 12" Alpine Type E's, and 1000w amp. All together I spent well under $500 and I have a system that sounds really good.

I did all the installs myself with no experience. Just ask alot of questions on this forum and you will be fine.
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Yeah,
Thanks for all the help guys, I really appreciate it :)

I have some buddies with the know-how so I'd most likely get them to help me with the install.
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Be prepared to spend a little more, I know from experience it can be difficult to find stuff for the right price. It is very worth it
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Yeah, I didnt mean to say that I wont go over 400, I just meant that if the total cost is approximately 400, could be higher (or lower), then so be it.

EDIT: Do I need an aftermarket deck when installing speakers/sub/amp? Is it really necessary?

My truck already has the cd player with satellite, am/fm and mp3 plug.
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Check out crutchfield.com
They don't always have the lowest prices, but their service has been top notch (at least for me).
They have lots of guides & videos that'll help you decide what you might want.

For your last post,
It's possible to use an OEM head unit with an amp, etc. as long as you use a line level converter or get an amp that has line level inputs.
Basically it converts your speaker wires to RCA cables that can be used with almost any amp. It's usually easier to get a new head unit as it'll have RCA outputs & a remote turn on as well.

Everybody has their opinions on what to get, etc. I've had good luck with Kenwood 5x7 / 6x8 two & three way speakers for my doors & rears, but I've also had Sony's as well as no-name speakers that sounded good to me.

I used to be brand loyal, but now it's just whatever has the features I want & is in my price range.

If you want a simple sub, take a look at some with built-in amps...it saves the trouble of building a box (or having one made) and there's one less thing to wire up & mount.
My first sub was a 6" Bazooka tube (non-amplified version) and I had it for over 10 years before I finally sold it.

If you're going to run the other speakers from the head unit (no amps) it would be a good idea to look into "bass blockers".... they're just a capacitor that goes inline of each speaker, but they block low frequencies from damaging mid-range speakers. Don't spend over $2 each, though... just figure out what capacitor value you need to give you the correct frequency to block & grab some from the electronics parts store for a few cents each.

You want the deep bass coming from your sub, not your door speakers anyway.

Hope this helps,
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The factory deck does not have the RCA connections for an amp but you could cheat... I can't remember what's it's called... But there is a device that allows you to wire the amp to run off the rear speakers... Does not sound the greatest but will work
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PIONEER DEH-3900MP.CD/MP3/WMA RECEIVER.AUX *IPOD READY* - eBay (item 370414238680 end time Aug-28-10 11:57:16 PDT)

same as mine but it is refirbished. i love this HU, 3 sets of RCAs and a nice EQ

I've had this same unit for about 3 years and I love it. As far as subs/door speakers/amps are concerned, I'd go with Kicker. They make good quality equipment and it's not expensive at all.
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The factory deck does not have the RCA connections for an amp but you could cheat... I can't remember what's it's called... But there is a device that allows you to wire the amp to run off the rear speakers... Does not sound the greatest but will work
Line level converter?
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Hey guys, a quick update.

I went over to best buy to get some ideas of what I want.

I decided that for now, I'm going to stick with the factory speakers and get aftermarket ones later on.

I saw this pre-made box and 10" kicker sub that is the size I was looking for. I had it going at the store with some of my songs, and it sounded pretty good, so I'm probably gonna go with this one:

Kicker 10'' Car Subwoofer with Competition Sub Enclosure (10TCVT102) - Best Buy Canada

I also saw an amp, the guy said it was entry level, and that it should be all I need for now:

Pioneer 2-Channel Amplifier (GM-5400F) - Best Buy Canada

I dont think I'm going to go with a deck right away either. I'd most likely do it when I get the speakers as well.

I'm going to just buy these and install them myself so I can learn how to do it.

Let me know what you guys think.
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honestly get a deck before anything else.
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You should really start with a headunit. Just my opinion

You're going to notice a difference in the quality of the sound just with that, plus if you want to add a sub and amp, it will be easier to wire up
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Alright, I guess I'll have to do some more research.

Thanks for the input.
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the best way is to start with a good quality head unit so it is easier to adjust and tune as well as hook it all up.
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Yeah that makes sense. It would be more frustrating to have everything setup without a new deck, then have to tune it all again after getting a new one.

How difficult is it to install an aftermarket deck? I've never done it before.
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Very easy, the wire harness you get is just color matching wires, just use butt connectors and crimp them
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Any special tools I need to make the new deck fit in the old decks slot?
And what do you recommend (brand-wise)?
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Buy a install kit from walmart
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Alright, I'm gonna go do some shopping.

Thanks for the help guys :)
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go to a real audio store. they will have better quality and better looking stuff, not all that fancy silver ****, they will have better looking install kits and wire harnesses so you dont cut up the factory wires.



at least in my experience
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