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I am looking at getting a sub system for my 98 ranger. I dont know much about audio though. I have about 500 dollars to spend and I want to know what the best sounding system I can get for this money is. Any info would be great

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what do you listen to?
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everything (rap, country, rock and classic Rock) I want somthing that will bump though
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for $500 there is quite abit you can get.....I will IM you with a web site that has some cheap and pretty good stuff. Do you have a reg cab or and ext cab?
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Standard cab or regular cab?

If you have a regular cab, I suggest a single 10" in a ported enclosure. Either way, I say go ported. I'm very impressed with JL Audio's new 10W1v2. It's around $100-$120.

I do suggest also to go and listen to all you have access to. Find a brand that you like. I'm a JL and Alpine guy.
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I have an extended cab. I was thinking about going with 2 twelves just dont know which ones and I need an amp. I was gonna take out the jump seats in the back and make a custom boxes coming out of both sides.
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JL puts out a great speaker. I have had everything from a diamond, to rockford fosgate, and MTX. Like stated above, listen to everythingyou can and pick what you think sounds he best to you. What one guy thinks sounds good might sound like crap to you.....there is a very wide market out there to look at....good luck!!
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first rule...read alot on this forum...everyone here knows alot, they have been there an done it...but any way, first step is a good head unit...either Alpine or pioneer...next is mids, i only have my doors connected and i have SPL 6x8 in them cheap but VERY good...think 50 bucks or so, then comes subs...i swear by Kicker, comp cvr's in 10 or 12 would do u perfect, sealed or ported...its hard for me to say, i had both, and i like sealed or big box with a small port or 2...and then amps, there are alot, but look and see if the company has a thing that says it pushes what they say it does, i know kicker does...as for amp...i went kicker...had a 200x2 and to small, 400x1 is ok for 2 comp 10s, you might look into the 750x2 or so range...and tweeters..i have 4 in my truck, spl too, nice and clear, 15 bucks a pair...best i ever spent...thats all i can think of lol
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best ting is to contact me by pm
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^ or he can talk to ya on here considering this is a forum and get everyones opinion.
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that and the list of 15+ tha have contacted me by pm and either pieced together an awesome system or recieved great deals from me even though i dont make a dime. it is easier to recommend and interact without the issues involved with a thread.

its like myself wanting to get help in programing an Xcal to my needs. i wouldnt post a thread because i would get a million different things going on. i would go to an expert on this board like wayne or neelz and have them help me thru pm since i know their experience and their know how.

same goes for myself. someone that pieces together systems for a living and a hobby. i myself have built great budget systems for myself as well as systems for my vehicles ranging in the 4-5k mark and thats just a set of components, an amp, an eq and a deck.
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why not post on the forum so EVERYONE can benefit? im just wondering...
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quest51210, just about anybody who knows what they are talking about can piece together a system. Most of the people that post on the forum are looking for ideas. Or to see what others are running. Some of us tell them to go out and see what they for themselves.
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or some come to me and i can sometimes hook them up with distributors directly to get products cheaper than ebay on brand new items. \\

timpat, let me know when u need something or you can rely on ppl who "think" they know whats up.
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LOL i need alot...i been in the audio about a year now...and i learned alot the hard way, blew many subs and even a few amps...i tought myself everything i know, and im not a expert but i love hearing other peoples advice, some makes sense and some dont, and being 17 years old, people laugh but everyone at my school comes to me for help...and im not the smartest in audio and dont claim to be...
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first rule...read alot on this forum...everyone here knows alot, they have been there an done it...but any way, first step is a good head unit...either Alpine or pioneer...next is mids, i only have my doors connected and i have SPL 6x8 in them cheap but VERY good...think 50 bucks or so, then comes subs...i swear by Kicker, comp cvr's in 10 or 12 would do u perfect, sealed or ported...its hard for me to say, i had both, and i like sealed or big box with a small port or 2...and then amps, there are alot, but look and see if the company has a thing that says it pushes what they say it does, i know kicker does...as for amp...i went kicker...had a 200x2 and to small, 400x1 is ok for 2 comp 10s, you might look into the 750x2 or so range...and tweeters..i have 4 in my truck, spl too, nice and clear, 15 bucks a pair...best i ever spent...thats all i can think of lol


Im with him, You definately need a quality deck, i persoanlly have the pioneer, great sound quality, and it will do more then i ever need. I have an extended cab and i listen to the same stuff as you. I went with 2 - 10's because they hit tight, with rock and country 12's i think sound a little sloppy. Thats after you get mids, I have all Memphis mids (door speakers, rear speakers and tweeters), and i have 2 - MA Audio 10's with an MA Audio amp and a 2 farrad capasitor with an optima yellow top. I have a Ported box (professionaly built and tuned for the subs, hertz, db, and spl). My subs can rock my truck, with the sub turned down it cranks with rock and country, now if i turn the sub up, and adjust my deck i came in 1st place 3 times in a row for DB 141 and DBQ 162.3
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yea, dont use the factory HU.....its ok if you dont have a system, but its no good if you do. Its not going to sound any better than what its hooked up to. I messed up a sub in a weeks time after I had it hooked up to the factory HU before I realized what was happening. (had the bass turned up on the HU) Plus, I heard the stock HU starts to clip shortly before or at half volume.
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Im with him, You definately need a quality deck, i persoanlly have the pioneer, great sound quality, and it will do more then i ever need. I have an extended cab and i listen to the same stuff as you. I went with 2 - 10's because they hit tight, with rock and country 12's i think sound a little sloppy. Thats after you get mids, I have all Memphis mids (door speakers, rear speakers and tweeters), and i have 2 - MA Audio 10's with an MA Audio amp and a 2 farrad capasitor with an optima yellow top. I have a Ported box (professionaly built and tuned for the subs, hertz, db, and spl). My subs can rock my truck, with the sub turned down it cranks with rock and country, now if i turn the sub up, and adjust my deck i came in 1st place 3 times in a row for DB 141 and DBQ 162.3
so many inadequecies in this response i dont know where to start...oh well
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i would start out with a good headunit, get a 2ch amp and a set of good components... they wont have alot of bass but they will give you a good all around sound and be more than enough for a ranger.
but thats just my 2 cents... and then for a sub a single 10 would do ya good i think.
and whatever amp that is in spec with the sub.

from my personal experiences... id always do the mids/highs first since alot of bass and stock mids/highs will sound like dump after a while(highs cant keep up as well when ya upgrade the bass with subs..)

and i would go with a 6.5 speaker instead of a 6x8.. but thats because there are more options that way.
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Take the 500 bucks and buy a head unit, top of the line with all the bells and whistles, then plan the system by what it can do, like pre amp outputs, xm, eq, things like that...best thing to do
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so many inadequecies in this response i dont know where to start...oh well
Thats coming from someone who "pieces togather" budget systems between 4 & 5k for components, an amp, an eq and a deck....Somethings telling me you got hosed dip**** LMFAO

Mr Joe Stereo here everyone....how about you enlighten all of us on your ideal set up you stupid F**k, i got 5 first place trophys saying you dont know the difference between your elbows and a**hole....So please pinhead, enlighten all of us on a stereo so far you havnt suggested anything, so if you arnt going to post anything he can do on a budget shut the f**k up

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this thread is about to start a fight....LOL
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Thats coming from someone who "pieces togather" budget systems between 4 & 5k for components, an amp, an eq and a deck....Somethings telling me you got hosed dip**** LMFAO

Mr Joe Stereo here everyone....how about you enlighten all of us on your ideal set up you stupid F**k, i got 5 first place trophys saying you dont know the difference between your elbows and a**hole....So please pinhead, enlighten all of us on a stereo so far you havnt suggested anything, so if you arnt going to post anything he can do on a budget shut the f**k up
this is what christian is handing the ban hammer around for. thanks for being a great member here. ask Doug435 he can tell you about the 100+ USACI, IASCA trophies me and 2 other installers won in 2 show seasons.

you must have never heard of DLS Iridiums, Image Dynamics Horns, Audison, Pioneer Carrozzea, Rainbow Platinums, etc...

its high end not basic pioneer along with other SQ and SPL gear. for example 2-DD9717's run 2k for the pair. DD amps like the Z1 run 2k retail and then there is the 3rd ranked Modified class competitor for USACI this year named Anthony San Miguel who is one of my customers...
thats 3rd in the World and we will be at USACI World Finals this year.

you guys need to get the chip off your shoulders and get in good with me, since i have offered many great deals to other members on here.
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Urandaman i also have a pair of Diamond Audio D3 12" subs for 150, BNIB...lok around online they are going for 130 a piece.

i just got rid of a set of D3 comps...i do have a set of D9 comps for $450

go ahead man beat those prices, if the original poster wants some good eals tell him to pm me. i like to keep these prices private for a reason...

some of this stuff is territory restricted and can really sell to you in a public fashion or forum, so diamond will be coming off the list.

if you understood the territorial rights certain manufacturers give then you would be adult enough to stop hassling me about keeping it private. so please if you want a deal on new products with warranty and cheaper than retail and ebay then get back to me.
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Not everyone can afford or needs a 2k subs...heck i payed alil over that for my truck lol...kicker and apline and all them do every thing i want, and my hats off to all the people in shows and have trophies to back them up, really its off...
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