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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 12:40 am 
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So we’re doing the doors....6.5” components are gonna go in. The car was purchased with this monstrosity....which I now have to work around in fixing:
image_id: 21659

I decided to tape off the panel and f/glass a piece over it that covers the hole and at the same time, makes a base plate for the pod that I’ll be creating:
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Next we cut the MDF rings and little wedges to make the pod frame:
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Which is then hotglued together and f/glassed to the base:
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Next, the arduous task of sanding, fillering, sanding, fillering and yup, you guessed it...more sanding:
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Until we get something suitable for upholstering that looks like this:
image_id: 21665

And that’s where I’m at as of tonight....more to come.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 1:32 am 
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Can't see any pics


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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 8:10 am 
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Not sure why that is happening...I'll have to host on photobucket or something, in the meantime I removed the tags and just put the links to click on.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 8:12 am 
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nice fibreglass work, now you can go listen to your reggae mon ! :-P

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 8:13 am 
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 10:28 am 
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TheSilverBullet wrote:
nice fibreglass work, now you can go listen to your reggae mon ! :-P



Yeah, definitely. I like the old skool stuff though...what we refer to here in Trinidad as "Maxi Dub".

But it being a SQ system, you would find me listening to more audiophile stuff...and older 60's and 70's music like Pink Floyd, Santana, Sade, ABBA, Beatles etc.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 4:18 pm 
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PBC137 wrote:
Not sure why that is happening...I'll have to host on photobucket or something, in the meantime I removed the tags and just put the links to click on.
When you click on the pic in your gallery under details the link for the pic is in the Image BBCode. All you have to do is copy that and paste it into your post like this: image_id: 21659

[album]xxxxx[/album] <like that with the image number instead of the x's, in this case 21659

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 12:33 am 
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^^^^Much obliged, Sir!

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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 8:49 am 
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Having done the passenger side already, the most difficult part of the install is getting the wire through the grommet and rubber sheath between the door and the inside of the fender/body panel of the car.

A friend suggested something though, that I thoroughly spray the inside of the grommet and rubber tube with some WD-40, which will significantly lubricate the wire to pass through more easily. Will give this a try later this evening.

I upholstered the f/glass pod/panel with faux leather and am pretty pleased as to how it turned out....I'll post some new pics later as well.

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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 4:17 am 
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another good trick if you havnt tried it already is to tape the wire onto a bit of stiff fencing wire or an untwisted wire coat hanger and using it to push the speaker wire though


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 11:31 pm 
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bobo333 wrote:
another good trick if you havnt tried it already is to tape the wire onto a bit of stiff fencing wire or an untwisted wire coat hanger and using it to push the speaker wire though


Always works a charm


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 11:08 pm 
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Yeah I ended up doing a combination of the spray and fish line.

Some new pics of the left door installed:
image_id: 21667

And the right side:
image_id: 21723
image_id: 21725

By tomorrow evening, the doors should be complete and ready to start tuning the front stage.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:39 am 
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Update...should have done this a while ago.

The system is fully installed now and sounds awesome....the bass could use some more power but I can't do much about that since its a single-amp system. Maybe I'll move to a single sealed enclosure 10" ID or an Alpine TypeR instead of the sealed double 8" I'm presently using.

The tweeters (Image Dynamics XS 28) have been placed on the corners of the dash, closest point to the windshield to take advantage of the dispersion. Since the XS 28 can play down to 900Hz (they are presently crossed @ 3.2Khz with a 12db slope) the high mid-range would be able to provide some height to the soundstage, since the mid bass are placed quite low, at the bottom of each door.

Tuning is turning out to be a challenge insofar as I am presently conducting this activity alone, so my ears fatigue a lot faster than if I had someone else with me to tune the system.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:00 am 
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Did a little time alignment and set the balance to +1L....big improvement in the sound. Need to get an IASCA judge to take a listen and give some pointers.

Couple pics of the install....

First one is of the driver’s door showing the pod and ID 6.5” Chameleon midbass installed
image_id: 21998

Second pic shows the Alpine 9835 head unit, sitting simply by itself, to the top right you can see the XS28 tweeter (Image Dynamics) which is mounted there using double-sided tape and is powered off the head unit. The system is a full active one, using the head unit crossover settings.
image_id: 22001

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