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Old 09-23-2009, 12:14 PM
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Talking 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

NOTE: THIS IS NOT FOR GLAMOUR, ONLY FUNCTION!

Alright so i decided to change out my sub last weekend. made a few orders on CarAudio, eBay, and of course here and finally got everything installed. Tell me what you think!

Old setup:
Sub: 12" RF Power HX2 D2
Amp: RF T10001bd
Batt: Kinetik HC1400
Box: ~2.5 cu.ft. tuned to 40hz (RF Recommended specs)
4awg from battery to amp
0awg Big 3

New setup:
Sub: 12" RD Heavyweight D2 Daily
Amp: Sundown SAZ-3000D
Batt: Kinetik HC2000 and HC1400
Box: 2.71 cu.ft. before displacement tuned to ~34hz (still don't know Heavyweights displacement? either way its the biggest box i could fit in the opening for my trunk)
0 awg from battery to amp (3 300amp fuses)
0 awg Big 3
Damplifier Pro in Trunk

Now onto the pics!

This is the old ugly setup I had, but it was definitely functional. Just had to keep the trunk closed to hide my embarassment



look at that bootleg bracing haha. a couple 2x4s cut to keep it from sliding around worked like a charm.

Behind the box you can see the battery and amp



They fit perfectly! But not on purpose....

See the box was had to be put in upside down because i couldn't fit it the other way (woops)...the back was supposed to be flush with the back of the seat buut yeah that didn't work out. After a lot of sanding that basically ruined the paint job i did on it, i finally got it in. Luckily it turned out my amp and batt could be hidden out of sight behind it...guess it worked out for the best

Here's the back of the box from another angle



including some more bootleg bracing for my batt. But like I said, function was key, not much else was worried about.

So finally time to say goodbye. Started taking out everything with the help of my pops



Got the box out



amp still attached to the back



all the brown edges you see are where it was sanded down just to get it to fit. and even then it was a bish to put in

This is how it was supposed to sit in the trunk



another angle with the amp removed



trunk empty



I almost forgot how much space i had in there! I used to be able to fit a tv, minifridge, and suitcases my freshman year for trips home from school...but those times are gone



tire well



after removing carpet



ready to apply deadner Bought a bulk pack of dampflier pro but ended up only doing a little of the trunk. finished the trunk lid though

before



and after



For my first time i dont think i did that bad. and plus it's easy as hell to put on. I'll do the rest of the trunk later but i was eager to get the subs in and i think the lid is the more important part anyway

got a box in the mail



she made it! couldn't wait to open her up



shes a beauty



big ole ugly magnet though lol



shiny butt



single spider but it's stiff as ALL HELL.





I made my dad push on my HX2 cone and then push on the HW...his jaw dropped lol he's like 'is it going to move??' oh yes sir, it will

now time for old vs. new



HX2 has a bigger dustcap



Heavyweight has a bigger everything else lol.



I look at these pics for hours at a time lol i love it.

Now old amp vs. new amp



bottom one has 3 times the power. I think it's pretty good size ratio for the amount of power i get.

rest of the stuff i bought (batt, alternator, 0 gauge wire, terminals, fuses, fuse holder)



220amp alternator still waiting to be installed, i found out i may have to remove the engine support just to get the serpentine belt off unless i find an easier way to do it i may have to pay to get it done...LAME

started building my box. cut out all the pieces



starting the build



almost done (pops helping out some more...he couldn't resist when he saw me pulling out the tools lol)



finished



inside



port



test fit in the trunk...got in A LOT easier



now moving to the actual install, got the big 3 done.



definitely the hardest part of this project was wiring. cutting and crimping was a bish but threading the 0 gauge wire through the 4 gauge opening Best Buy made for me was the WORST. luckily the grommet was rubbery enough that i could stretch it around the wire. then i took a couple hours threading it underneath the carpet....man that was a pain. finding a hack saw also made cutting the wires much faster

finally put the sub in the box...looks like sex to me



amp attached to the back of the box



finally finished all the wiring



I know someones gonna say something about it all being the same color wire, but 1. I did the install myself and no one else will be touching it so i know the difference and 2. No one offered to send me 2-3ft of black 0 awg wire lol. plus i still have about 3 ft left of the 0awg that i bought, so i wanted to put it to good use.

everything in place.



I couldnt believe how perfectly the Kinetiks fit next to the box. they literally stagger off eachother the exact width of my trunk at that section...guess i'm on a lucky streak



yeah you see it...the batts are basically flush with the front of my box. I honestly did not measure this at ALL...don't know how it happened this way, but not complaining either!

used some of the left over mdf for bracing



and it's done! I'm breaking it in right now but definitely satisfied so far. can't wait to turn it up hopefully by this weekend


soooooo....


Edit: FIRST VID!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJbwITnQdG4

let me know what you think, rate the vid on youtube if you have an account (:
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Looks nice man and is the box built to the specs of the subwoofer it seem a little too small but other than that great work and now you got get vids lol.
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Nice but I woulda double baffled the front.
Those HW's can be heavy.
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Looks nice man and is the box built to the specs of the subwoofer it seem a little too small but other than that great work and now you got get vids lol.
It might be. I built it really conservatively on the RE Enclosure calculator so I could fit it in my trunk...the opening behind the seat is really low so I could have made a deeper box but it would have stuck out more. I tried to make the port smaller but i thought 2" wide was pushin it like i said RE said it was 2.71 before displacement tuned to ~32.2hz so idk how much the HW takes up but its off of that

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Nice but I woulda double baffled the front.
Those HW's can be heavy.
In the next week or so i'm gonn put the other baffle on. I wanted to do it without it at first to make sure it could fit...didn't want another situation like i had last time haha but thanks for the heads up
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you could of just dropped the other baffle 3/4" in so the 2nd baffle was flush. that way the outer dimensions would of been the same
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looks good. def do another baffle or some bracing. those subs are beefy!
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Lookin good dude. Where are you in Cincy? I'm down in Clifton now going to school full time... Also, plans for that HX2? I've got a couple boxes chilling in Lebanon that it'd probably work pretty well in, if you're interested...
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you could of just dropped the other baffle 3/4" in so the 2nd baffle was flush. that way the outer dimensions would of been the same

Yeah I thought about it but I was already concerned about whether the internal dimensions were big enough. My HX2 had .127 cu. ft displacement so I accomodated for .2 but i couldnt find an exact spec for the HW...hopefully i can take it out and get the rest of the deadening done next week and then i'll put the baffle on then. It shouldn't be coming out after that anyways.
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Lookin good dude. Where are you in Cincy? I'm down in Clifton now going to school full time... Also, plans for that HX2? I've got a couple boxes chilling in Lebanon that it'd probably work pretty well in, if you're interested...
Yea man YGPM

And just for reference, I will be selling everything else soon as well. I'll even sell the PVC Pipes if people want to make a similar ported box. the T10001BD will include original box and the cover plate, i always kept it off for easy tweaking.

I'll add links here once i put them up for sale
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