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Just got a price quote on an install...hows it sound?

Hey guys, Ive got some audio stuff im installing on my truck on Wednesday at a really good place near me. Only problem is, the quote I got from them was a little more expensive than what I thought it would be.

Heres the pricing I got:
Install Alpine 9833 HU - $65
I own the harness and the dash kit so no charge for them
Ive got 4 Infiniti Kappa 5x7s w/ crossovers - $75/speaker
MTX 404 4 channel amp to power speakers - $150
Rewiring entire truck to 8 guage - $150

Total - $515 and I will be the only vehicle theyre workin on that day

The prices seem a little steep to me - I was expectin $300-$350 but I guess you pay for quality work and im willing to pay the extra money and kno its all done right

What do you guys think of the prices?
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Only if you were in TX.I'd give you quality work for free. Wow,thats alot of money to spend on an install.

Too much in my opinion.

Try and find a member who will do it for you.
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seems a little steep to me.. if you know how to do any of that yourself, you should try to save yourself a couple bucks.. maybe just do the easy installs, such as, just the speakers and head unit.. once they went to put the speaker amp in, they'd be taking the speakers back out anyways, but at least they wont be charging you to first install them.. anyways.. installing the speakers and headunit are very easy, and there are many here on the boards that would be able to help you if you had any problems.. it wold save you about $365 and keep your payment for the amp and rewiring install down to about 300 (which is high for just installing an amp and 8 awg. wire)
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I dont really mind paying for the install although I kno its steep. He said he has to rewire my entire truck....is that easy to do? Plus Id rather have him do the work an go to work myself an make some money haha
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what's he rewiring??? if by rewiring he means, running new speaker wire from the amp to your 4 speakers, that isn't rewiring, that should be included as part of the amp install.. it's not hard, it's more or less, hard fun, lol. even though it would be easier to give in and just go with what he says, i would at least shop around and get another quote somewhere else... honestly tho, you should try to do most of it, if not all of it, yourself, as long as you trust yourself, lol.
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Thats the problem, I dont trust myself lol
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find a friend or someone else to do it cheaper, it'll take prolly about a good days work to do, but save your $$ dude
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it's alright, lol, many fear f'ing stuff up that they're uncertian about..

looking at how he's pricing things tho, it looks like he's trying to get you to pay twice for some stuff.. he's sort of just stretching the prices out as far as he can..

here's your list of stuff he's gonna have you pay for, i added stuff in parenthesis (sp?)

Install Alpine 9833 HU - $65 (hmm.. well people charge differently everywhere, so...)
I own the harness and the dash kit so no charge for them (ask if his install includes these pieces in the price, if so, get it knocked down since you have your own)
Ive got 4 Infiniti Kappa 5x7s w/ crossovers - $75/speaker (that's high, i could see if taking a door panel off takes nearly an hour or so of labor, but it doesnt... give the man 2 minutes and he'll have your door panel off, and already be at the speaker)
MTX 404 4 channel amp to power speakers - $150 (again, everyone charges differently, so, alright...)
Rewiring entire truck to 8 guage - $150 (not sure what he's "rewiring" anyhow, sounds like its something to do with the amp install, which means it should be included with the amp install)
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I actually just got off the phone with tweeter and they are a lot cheaper
Heres their prices:

Headunit $45
Speakers $160 for all 4
Amp $70
Amp Kit $30
Total around $330

So about $200 cheaper...although the expensive place has a good name I think im going to go with tweeter and maybe take out an extended warranty with them...and use the remaining money Im saving to tint my truck lol

Anyone have any bad experiences with Tweeter?
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yeah dude, go with tweeter.. that sounds much better.. lol, you could save yourself another 160 and install just the speakers! it sounds like a pain, but, lol.. id say its worth it! anyways, good luck with the whole thing.. you'll love it when its over with, which ever way you go.

and the only experience i had with tweeter was my warrenty i had for my headunit, it was up for like 3 weeks, and still, they held to it very well. no hard times or anything.
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The 9833 needs a direct battery feed (10 gauge or better), so make sure that's included in the price. It's internal amp would pop the regular radio fuse.

Verify if tweeter is going to run larger speaker cables, or just reuse the existing stock wires. Stock are usually ok unless you're going for a show quality system, but definatley get large diameter power wires for the Alpine and sub.
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Even if that's extra, the per-speaker price is much lower too.

I agree with finding a member from here that could help you if possible. Most of the people here learn to do it themselves as it saves what is, to me at least, BIG money. But them I'm extremely cheap at times!
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self install = way to go

i had my local sound system shop install all my chit b4...ran up a huge bill

i started gettin wise as how to install stuff on my own, and saved enuf money to buy more equipment
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When I bought my speakers, my dad didnt trust me with the install so HE paid for it... which was $100 for 4 speakers including dynomat installed...
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The 9833 needs a direct battery feed (10 gauge or better), so make sure that's included in the price. It's internal amp would pop the regular radio fuse.
Really??? i just used the adapter and so far i have not poped anything... but after i reach 20 (volume) with the sub at +15 and the MX on and the EQ on it shuts off for a second, then turns back on...
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Only if you were in TX.I'd give you quality work for free.
I am going to hold you to that, Sir.
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Really??? i just used the adapter and so far i have not poped anything... but after i reach 20 (volume) with the sub at +15 and the MX on and the EQ on it shuts off for a second, then turns back on...
It's not getting enough power, and shutting down. Run a fat cable direct from the battery, and the unit will be much happier. Not sure if your damaging it this way, but that amp needs direct power. It should say that in the V-drive section of the manual. A good booster cap would also help.
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thats crazy expensive. Spend a lil time to read the directions and do it yourself, maybe find a buddy to help. Itz really not that difficult.
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Total - $515 and I will be the only vehicle theyre workin on that day
Compaired to my $900/$1200 install for two/four 12 inch subs... that's cheap. But before all that I'm gonna get the same thing as you almost, and for the same price, so i would hop on it. So I hope you enjoy them new Kappa's.

The quote i got for an install was $600. And i would buy everything there and they would install it there. So a Kenwood Head unit, rewired truck, doors covered in dynamat, speakers replaced, and an amp to power the four 6x8's =$600

***EDIT*** I re-read and figured out that you had the stuff already, that price is too high, im getting a top of the line amp in my install and im not going over $600. You shouldn't have to pay over $200 IMO.

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I wouldn't pay a dime for installers, unless they were fabricating something. It looks like a bolt on job, the hardest part is running the speaker wires. About the only thing I don't see on your list, that you would need is RCA's, and the wiring kit for the amp.
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Well I got my system installed for $400 yesterday...I def think it was worth it because they really had to spend a lot of time on it and I def wasnt willing to do it myself.

One question - They couldnt find any place to mount my amp (under the seat didnt work and behind the jack didnt fit) so they mounted it on the floor behind the driver seat so when the back seat is folded down the amp is directly under it. My question is, I obviously want to protect the amp so has anyone heard of/ made a "false floor" in the back area. I think i might want to build probably a wooden floor maybe 6 inches high that I could mount to the floor that would fit over the amp to protect it....and i would probably only build it on the driver side.

Any ideas or thoughts on this?
Thanks
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If you buy it post pics...
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Im at work now I plan on posting pics of the install job afterwards...probably around 5:30 or so
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Thats cool...

Can't wait...
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making a false floor to protect it shouldn't be too hard to do.. if it makes you feel beter, go for it.. the only concern you should have after that is the amp heating up..
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