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Old 01-15-2012, 04:02 AM
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Default Shag Nasty's RD Audio daily driver budget build.

Hello folks,
I am building a little system for my gas saving daily driver beater. The car itself is a 2003 Olds Alero. This car was torn apart by the police who where looking for drugs, the car was then auctioned off. The lady who bough the car blew the head gasket and told me I could have the car if I fixed it. After much research, $300 in parts and tools, and couple of weeks of work, I got the car running. She even paid for all of the parts, so this car was totally FREE other than the $225 fee to get a licence plate and registration for the car.

Now on the the audio gear.

I recently purchased a pair of RD Audio Classic 12" drivers for $60 each from the local pawn shop. I live way out in the woods and woofers like this are very rare around here. Most folks around here run the typical big brand electronics store gear like Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, ect. So finding these high quality woofers was quite a surprise. The owner of the pawn shop wanted $200 for some low end Kickers but only $60 for the RD's. Needless to say, I bought the RD's without hesitation. These RD's will crap all over all of the other overpriced woofers in his store, I told the guy that too!
Amplification will be provided by a Hifonics BRZ1200.1D. I am aware this is not the highest quality amplifier, however, I got it at a good price with an amp wiring kit included and free shipping. This combo was purchased from Audio Savings. I will probably upgrade the amplifier later in the year, but I need some cost effective power just to get me going. I am also interested in clamping the amplifier to see if it will put out it's claimed power. My hopes are not high, but I think it will meet my needs for now. The amp will not be here until Wed.
Today I worked on my enclosure, which is a 5 cu.ft. bass reflex alignment tuned to 35Hz. This enclosure was built using scraps from previous projects. It is not very pretty and it has been repurposed a few times before this application. There are no rounded corners, flush mounting for the woofers, or aero ports. This is a quick and dirty enclosure just to get me bumpin. Although, measured testing earlier in the afternoon indicated that it is properly tuned. I will probably add some bracing and fiberglass for reinforcement.
Since a thread is pretty much worthless without pictures, I have included a few pics.

Motor and nice chrome basket of the RD woofer.


RD next to an Image Dynamics woofer.


Test fitting.


Holes cut and woofers mounted for testing of tuning frequency.


Thanks for looking at my little build thread. I will update when I get the amplifier on Wed.
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That's a badass deal man
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i love going to the pawn shop and getting good deals. i went to a pawn shop and pick a 2 month old 2010 kicker 2500.1 for 200 bucks cause the guy didnt know anthting bout car audio.lol
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Thanks guys!

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i love going to the pawn shop and getting good deals. i went to a pawn shop and pick a 2 month old 2010 kicker 2500.1 for 200 bucks cause the guy didnt know anthting bout car audio.lol
That is a great deal man, I paid that much for my crappy BRZ1200.1d.

The owner of the pawn shop had no clue what these woofer where. He probably couldn't find much info about them on the web and he low balled these babies. His ignorance was my gain.

Stay tuned!
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Any interest in buy a matching amp?
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Any interest in buy a matching amp?
I am saving the rest of my money for an Alpine 9887. One amp will fulfill my power needs for now, but thanks anyways.
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I received my amplifier a few days ago and I got it installed. The first song I listened to was Trae's In The Hood and that stuff was loud. I was kinda scared the first time I heard the substage operating. But now I am used to it and I want MORE!

I seriously doubted the Hifonics Brutus, but this amp throws down some power, at least all the power I need. After listening to the RD's in the big enclosure, I put one of the RD woofers in a 1.25 cu.ft. sealed enclosure with the coils in parallel which presented the Brutus with a 2 ohm load. I was NOT pleased with the results. The RD did not sound as nice as I had hoped, it did not handle the power very well. Although, the visceral impact from these drivers is pretty nice. The Brutus was also not very impressive in this configuration. However, with the RD's in the bass reflex enclosure and the Brutus operating at 1 ohm, things get pretty nasty. I do not think the previous owners of these woofers put very much power to them. The coils got a little stinky during the first few listening sessions. I was afraid I had cooked my drivers, but they do not smell anymore now though.

After riding around with the setup for a few days, I have come to the conclusion that I need to put some bracing and fiberglass in this enclosure. These woofers are tearing it apart. The vibrations are also tearing up my car. My trunk rattles so much, it really embarrasses me. However, I am not going to spend any money on sound deadening for this car. I will not have this car very long and it would be a wasted of money. Bass Box Pro recommends a very small bass reflex for these woofers, so I might try to build a smaller enclosure. I would post a video, but all that can be heard is rattling, and that is not acceptable. Thanks for looking and reading. A few pics.



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