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Interior overhaul: Installing sound deadener and audio system(with pictures)

Recently, I've been working on "remodeling" the interior of my truck. I wanted to eleminate road noise as well as reduce vibrations caused by my subwoofer.

I started by taking out all the seats, carpet, interior plastic panels, seat belts, radio bezel, and ash tray. Then I covered everything with sound deadener mat.




In the next two pictures you can see the wiring I routed along the cab floor for 4ga power, remote wire, sub control wire, 2 rca wires, 4 speaker wires (2 front tweeters and 2 front mid range)




In the first and second pictures you can see that I covered the large access holes in the doors with the sound deadener. My door locks had given me a lot of trouble in the past and I needed to get to them often. Also, I plan on installing power mirrors and windows in the future so I needed to access inside my door. So I made some removable panels and covered them with sound deadener.





After the sound deadener was finished I began wiring up my ash tray. I had recently installed an efan and wanted a shut off switch (left switch wire controls relay I installed in the engine bay). I had also wanted to be able to shut off my a/c compressor during the winter (right switch). My headunit has an auxilliary input so I made it more accessible by adding rca jacks (for my laptop) and a headphone jack (for my mp3 player). I also hacked apart my bass control for my sub amp and rewired it so that it would fit inside the ash tray.







Next, I moved on to installing the 5x7 component set in the doors.









I made an amp rack out of a piece of plywood covered with the same carpet I covered my sub box with. On the front are my sub amp, component set amp, and a fused power distribution block.




On the back side I mounted my component set filters, ground distribution block, and .5 farad capacitor.




After mounting the amp wall to the floor of the cab using a couple of hinges to allow it to swing forward I connected all of the wiring.





Here is the finished amp wall with the seats back in.



The only clearance issues are on the passenger side. The drivers side is able to slide and recline all the way back.




The passenger seat is one click shy of all the way back.




I love it! I can no longer hear any of the road noise and my sub doesn't rattle the back wall/window anymore. The highs are crisp and clear and the bass it tight and loud.

Marc

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Now that right there is a job well done
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Pictures are fixed now!
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looks good!

were did you get the sound dedener and how much was it?
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Outstanding work, just outstanding :)
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looks good!

were did you get the sound dedener and how much was it?
I bought it on ebay. 50sq. ft. was more than enough to do my regular cab. It was a seller who had the best offer option. It was listed at $59.95 with $15 shipping. I offered starting at $20 and incrementing by $5 until they accepted $35. So total with shipping was $50 for 50sq. ft.
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Right on! That's just like what I just finished with my truck. The difference is amazing!
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I bought it on ebay. 50sq. ft. was more than enough to do my regular cab. It was a seller who had the best offer option. It was listed at $59.95 with $15 shipping. I offered starting at $20 and incrementing by $5 until they accepted $35. So total with shipping was $50 for 50sq. ft.
do you know the seller or link?
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do you know the seller or link?
Looks like their shipping price has gone up by $5, however, I'm pretty sure these are the guys: auction
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looks good
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Thanks everyone!
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Job well done!

Would you mind writing a list of parts and wiring diagram?
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sweet
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Man thats nice work.
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wow thats sick

looks real good
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Sure as hell beats what I have done Looks awesome man!
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excellent work man!

looks great
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very nice. clean install.
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How long did it take you to get your interior out to put down the mats and how hard was it?
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wow im speachless..i love the sub set up..i take it the sub and that back panel are 2 diff enclosers?...the back panel was cut around the sub encloser?..im pressed..i need to do my subs and stuff
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i'm so gonna do this in a month! good work man!
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How long did it take you to get your interior out to put down the mats and how hard was it?
The seats are 4 bolts a piece and with my air ratchet took maybe 30 seconds per seat. (the drivers seat has a seat belt sensor). After the seats are out you can just pull the carpet out (actually you probably have the plastic pieces on the back wall, however, those shouldn't take that long to remove). I think there are two plastic clips holding the carpet down, however, I never replaced them after the first time I took my carpet out. The sound deadener takes quite a while to put down. For it to be effective you have to mold it to every surface of the truck. I found that a screwdriver handle with a rag wrapped around it worked much better than the small rolling pin that came with the kit (cut the material wherever it is too hard to stretch it and place a patch over the cut). I was able to complete the entire process of sound deadening in one night after work (probably about 4 - 5 hours). I would recommend starting it on a weekend in case you get tired of the process.
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wow im speachless..i love the sub set up..i take it the sub and that back panel are 2 diff enclosers?...the back panel was cut around the sub encloser?..im pressed..i need to do my subs and stuff
Yes, I built the sub enclosure first (trying to meet the air space dimensions of the sub while still allowing the seat to function). Afterwards I measured and cut a plywood wall to fit around the sub enclosure and then arranged my components as best I could in the limited space. It was a goal of mine to make it look very clean and to hide the fact that I had any expensive items in my vehicle. My vehicle has been robbed twice in my life and I try to be careful about advertising what I have. I always mute my radio when i get within a mile of my home.
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nice work!

I especially like the RCA jacks, mp3 input, and hacking of bass **** to fit on a custom panel.
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damn way to go im seriously impressed!

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