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Old 01-17-2015, 09:49 PM
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Default 2001 Tahoe build. Big front stage and 150+

I've never done a build log before so I'll start at the beginning stages of the truck when I got it a little over a year ago. Don't mind all of the for sale pictures. I almost never take pictures of my equipment when I get it and I've gone through alot of amps with this truck

Current equipment in the truck.

Pioneer 80prs
2 PRV TW450ti super tweeters
2 10" Beyma 10mi100
PPI 900.4
2 18" Sundown Zv3's with NSv2 softparts
AQ2200

Upgrades in progress.

6 PRV TW450ti tweeters
6 Hurricane 10E 10's
Taramps HD8k for 10's
Taramps HD8k for each sub
4 Singer 350's

Here's the truck and the very first thing I did was put a Pioneer 80prs in it




First setup was a 4th order with 2 SA15's that I took out of my honda civic.



It wasn't nearly as loud as I expected it to be so I quickly traded the box and subs for a 18" FI SP4





I picked up a spare set of door panels and got to work on the front stage. Before this, I never touched fiberglass in my life. There were ALOT of lessons learned with these






I packed the back with fiberglass


I started to do the bodywork myself but lost my patience and decided to pay someone else to finish it, which turned out to be a huge mistake because he pretty much ruined the doors (where I left off below)



To save on some wire, I bought a little distribution block from Home Depot and bridged the 10's right under the center console and also ran my remote in, then 2 remote wires out




While I was doing the doors, I got rid of my SP4, which was the worst sub I ever owned, and bought an 18" Sundown Zv3. I cut off the slot port of the SP4 box, plus a few inches to shrink the box down and threw in a 8" aero



Fast forward a couple weeks, my front fuse popped and I didn't know it. My rear battery drained down to 8 volts before I realized there was a problem and the former got soo hot, it swelled up and the sub eventually locked up




I picked up another Zv3 from the Yardsale but this one had NSv2 softparts so I threw that into the box and put the blown sub to the side

Up until this point, everything was ran off a Popcorn 2500. This amp is hands down the best amp I've ever owned. I ran that bitch down to 8 volts and NEVER quit



At some point I picked up a couple of JL 1000/1's and a 10W7 off a crack head. I got rid of the Popcorn and put in one of the JL's for the meantime.


Bought a Sundown SAZ2500



Traded that for a pair of AB 150.1's but only got to use 1 of them



I finally got around to getting the recone for the blown Zv3 I had and built a box for them. 8 cubes tuned to ~35hz with a 10" aero




Met someone local who had a SPL Labs meter and played around for a few hours trying to find where the truck peaked and what it liked and didn't like. This was done on one of the AB150.1's

Music


Burp


Shortly after that, I got scammed for both of the 150.1's so I picked up something cheap just to get some bass back. I had been dying to try an Audioque 2200 so I bought one off a member on here



After that, I decided I was sick of low voltage so I made a triple alt bracket. I've always had a 200a alt in the factory spot so I just added a couple of factory alts and my voltage never dropped below 14v




I made another triple bracket but never ended up using it because I'm going to do 6-8 alts so a quad is needed on the drivers side





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Old 01-17-2015, 09:50 PM
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Part 2......


I went to a few shows and realized I really needed to up my front stage so I started playing with arrangements






After talking to a few people, they told me I can fit 3 10's and keep the factory door handle. It would just require a little cutting of the inner door and playing with the window track so that's what I decided to do



Traced out


Cut


Checking to see how much I would have to cut





This is where I'm at now. Resin will be here at the end of the week so I should have them finished by next weekend. The plywood in the back is just there so I have something to support the rings before I get the first layer of glass on. Once the first layer goes on the front, I'll cut the support dowels and remove the plywood





Ordered 4 more tweeters to make it a total of 6 for the front doors. These are discontinued so it took me almost a month to find the damn things





My end goal with this truck is to do a 55 no-wall with 2 18's and have a front stage that will easily keep up. Will I get the 55 with 2 18's? Everyone seems to think it's not possible but I'm sure as hell going to try to get as close as possible. Worst case, I pick up 2 more 18's

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Got the other door started and ready for fiberglass today. I had a tough time trying to get them to be perfectly symmetrical but I think I got them close enough. You'll never see both door panels at the same time unless you're 50ft behind the truck and by that point, you won't be able to see the differences. They're getting painted and retextured to look identical to the factory part. A buddy does interior repair work for a living and he said that'll be really easy for him to do so that's 1 less thing I have to worry about



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Nice, what frequency are you going to HP the 18sounds at?

Sorry to hear about the scams and stuff, but it looks like you are hanging in there!
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crazy good job fabing up the tripple alt bracket - i need to do some similar type work myself for a few singer hairpins - ugh the cost of them arg !

also your doors look great ! keep up the good work
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Nice, what frequency are you going to HP the 18sounds at?

Sorry to hear about the scams and stuff, but it looks like you are hanging in there!
100-5khz for the mids. I may run a different mid. I'm hearing the 18Sounds don't do well below 500hz

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crazy good job fabing up the tripple alt bracket - i need to do some similar type work myself for a few singer hairpins - ugh the cost of them arg !

also your doors look great ! keep up the good work
Thanks. The brackets are me and a buddy doing all the work. He does killer welding so I let him handle all of that. The price of alts is insane, which is why I just run stock ones. I'll eventually get a couple of 350a alts but those are at the bottom of the priority list

I can't wait to get the doors done but I'm not going to rush them like I did my first ones. I don't have the mids or amp yet so I have plenty of time to get them done
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Looking good bro! Tuned in to get ideas for my 04 hoe
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Got a few hours today to get started on glassing the doors. I used the UV based powder additive to some 435 poly resin from USComposites







Tomorrow I'll get started on adding strength to the backside and glassing all of the rings together

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Why was the sp4 the worse sub you ever had?
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It wasn't nearly as loud as it should have been. My Death Penelty 15 and even Zv3 12 were louder on less power
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