Hello out there! I am not new to the stereo business, but I am not an expert by far. I know what I like see and hear. And here is what my father an... Show mored I have come up with.
This is my 1991 Ford Ranger XLT Extended cab. This is the 2nd truck I have owned and by far the nicest. But the old stereo had to get gone. (Of Course!)
And here it is on installation day. COLD, WET, SNOWING, and FREEZING our a$$'$ off to get this stuff in. But none the less, the show goes on.
My father told me that the most important part of your system begins at the head-unit. Then you work your way back to the subs. Well, I had a weak Panasonic head unit in there at 1st. But I took this weak picture of my Kennwood 815 to show you how much better one can be. The Panasonic was a weak 1.5 volt, not nearly enough power for anything. But I upgraded to this Kennwood for the reliability and the 4.5 volt.
These are the mids and highs of my system. The Eclipse Point Source 6 1/2's and 5*7's. They deliver awesome sound clean and crisp to the ear.
Now here are the babies. Two MTX Thunder 8000 12's. I love them. Monster sound, hard hitting bass on rap, soft smooth kicks on rock. Paid a nice penny for them, but they are worth it all for the backbone of the system.
There comes a time in all system construction when you have to test fit. And man did I. I rode around with this box for about a week. MDF smells really bad too. It still fits though.
Here is the box with the center cut out. Originally we were just going to leave that solid, but we thought we could spice the system up a bit with a window in the middle.
This is just a glimpse of what the finished product will resemble. Take notice of the Memphis crossover mounted to that board in the middle. That will change drastically.
Here is the box done and over with. Both MTX subs are getting about 1.1 ft. of cubic air space. Just the right amount for bass in rap, and kick in rock. The inside is covered with a crap load of bondo. And let me tell ya, BONDO SUCKS. Sticks to everything and their mama.
And, due to light sensitive cameras, here is the total view in a sucky way. Show Less
Well, I guess you are wondering where the amps will go. Well here is your answer. The amps will be placed in an Amp Board that will attach, at an angle, to... Show more the truck with hinges. Here you can see the MTX 500D on the left and the MTX 204 on the right.
Here is the amp board bottom all covered. You can clearly see the two Eclipse 5 * 7 external crossovers and the distribution block. Nothing to fancy right now, but it gets better.
Here is the amp board cover and behind that is the center box cover. These two boards will be covered with black carpet and a piece of Lexan will act as a window for the inside.
Remember that cold day that I mentioned at the beginning. Well here I am making connections and freezing my hands off in the truck. You can see the amp boared hinged to the cab of the truck with all the wires hanging. And yes, that is a piece of 2*4 holding the amp board up. There are plans for two gas shocks to be mounted on the upper left and right corners to hold that bad boy up while you work. Those pics will be posted when that job gets finished.
Here is just one more shot of the amp board up. I will tell you a little about them. The 500D will be bridged giving me a total of 500 watts to each sub. That is plenty for them for now. (And for my wallet!) The MTX 204 will run my Eclipse Point Source 6 1/2's and 5*7's. I am not at all pleased with MTX's 4 channel series amps, but for now the look is great and the Ecipse's still sing to you crisp and clear.
And here is the StreetWires Cap. I tell ya, you definately need one of these when you plan on throwing 500 watts to two subs. Before my headlights would dance to the bass. But now they are fine. This cap is mounted tucked in the rear driver's side seat bay. The other seat bay is merely covered with a board and black carpet. I haven't thought of any neat ideas for that side yet.
Here you can see the stuffed animal waving at you through the Lexan. Oh yeah, the Memphis mounted on the Lexan was a last minute decision that looks great. It truly gives the box a 3D affect.
And, although I only have one pic for now, here is the finished product. (I will add new pics at different angles soon) The two nine inch mini neons really set that red vinyl off. It produces just the right amount of light for those amps. I was not pleased with the one ten inch neon in the center of my box. Doesn't radiate enough. I am planning a new set of lights for in there. All neons are ran off the same toggle switch located off to the side of the steering wheel.
And here is the driver's side sub. Just for those that wonder. And yeah, the subs are directly behind the seats. Gives you a nice back massage at loud volumes.
Here is Maxx. Our helper for the entire install. One special shout out goes to my father. Who, not only bought more than half the equipment in the truck, but was also patient enough to help install, construct, and connect everything. Our ideas have come to life in something that we are both proud of. Competition here we come. I am sure to help out in anyway possible the installation of his system when that day comes. Thanks Dad. Show Less