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Old 08-27-2015, 07:04 PM
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Figured I'd start this now. Before I say anything more, I am going to start with this disclaimer: this build is going to be slow, but then really fast. I can't put one component in without having the rest. So, it's going to be 2-3 months of designing, planning, and procrastinating, and then it's all going to come together in a week's worth of work (hopefully). I'm only starting it this early to hopefully get some help/tips/thoughts to help me see something I may not have.

Now that that's out of the way, here she is:



The Blazer was having problems, tranny was making noises and starter was starting to go and I didn't trust it to drive out of the city. It legitimately was the biggest source of stress in my life. Threw in the towel, got the car. Got tint done this weekend too.

Here's what I pulled out of the Blazer. All of this will be transferred to the Impala:




For my head unit, it will be an 80PRS. Just ordered the dash kit, wiring harness, and antennae adapter. I really hope I can get the voltage meter in the pocket under the HU (because I'm going from double DIN). Not really sure where else to put them. Now I had both digital and analog voltage and ammeters before, but I might not be able to do the analog this time. I would still like to. Here's what I'm working with:






For my tweeters, I'm reusing the Vifa NE25VTS. I will be putting them in the sail panels. I still have to decide aiming, any thoughts? I think I am going to aim both at either the center between the two seats, or opposite headrests. I did the latter in the Blazer and liked it so that's a sure fallback. But I just ordered spare sail panels to play with.

Mids will be Stereo Integrity TM65s. Will be fully sealing and deadening the doors, as well as applying the KHA method of driver treatment, including the foam ring to the plastic door panel. Will be nice to actually fit drivers behind the stock door panel.

For my substage, I'll be running only one Dayton HO 15. Since my seats don't fold down, I've decided to do a 4th order firing through the speaker grills in the rear deck. I will be doing 2 cubes rear chamber, 1.6 cubes net at 54Hz with two 5" ports for the front chamber. Here's the grill I'll be firing through and the trunk I'm working with:






For my amps, I will be running the Soundstream REF2.370 for tweeters, a Ground Zero 4200XII bridged to the mids at 8ohms, and a Ground Zero 2400XII bridged to the sub at 4ohms. Not quite sure on placement, but I think in the trunk what I'm going to do is put all wiring in between the sub box and seat, box right behind that, and then the amps placed vertically in a row (side to side, so looking from trunk like this: = = =) with the rear covers off. Then I'll put plexiglass over the amps, so when all is done, looking in the trunk all you'll see is the amp guts. Plus, I'll still have half my trunk.


Pretty excited about being able to make this look pretty OEM. Only thing that will be different is HU and tweeters.

What's the best cheap deadener now?
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sweet........ i gotta 06 with a xl 15 in the trunk.

id recommend pulling the rear bumper and coat the inside with boom mat spray (deadner).
thats the noisiest part of my car.
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Any thought to slightly fabbing up a grill for that massive cutout in the middle of the deck?
Just thinking about you previous porting question thread and that hole, at least in the pics looks to be 2-3x the opening of one of the 6x9 holes.
My 01 Malibu with overpowered SA15 in trunk facing back, since I have kids and the seats stay folded up quite often, the back deck was my enemy. I took care of my enemy with a cut off wheel [rear speakers re-located to the rear door, they had provisions already but the card was solid.]
The cutaway resolved vibration and SPL loss issues greatly, seats down is still better air movement wise.
I did this before in my Mirage deck and the right speakers (Dayton 6.5s) would still provide fill and ambiance with enough bass for rear and front seat passengers.
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sweet........ i gotta 06 with a xl 15 in the trunk.

id recommend pulling the rear bumper and coat the inside with boom mat spray (deadner).
thats the noisiest part of my car.
I'll keep that in mind. I'm sealing the rear deck, so I'm hoping to have minimal vibrations in the trunk. But I'll be taking care of rattles as they pop up.

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Any thought to slightly fabbing up a grill for that massive cutout in the middle of the deck?
Just thinking about you previous porting question thread and that hole, at least in the pics looks to be 2-3x the opening of one of the 6x9 holes.
My 01 Malibu with overpowered SA15 in trunk facing back, since I have kids and the seats stay folded up quite often, the back deck was my enemy. I took care of my enemy with a cut off wheel [rear speakers re-located to the rear door, they had provisions already but the card was solid.]
The cutaway resolved vibration and SPL loss issues greatly, seats down is still better air movement wise.
I did this before in my Mirage deck and the right speakers (Dayton 6.5s) would still provide fill and ambiance with enough bass for rear and front seat passengers.
That cutout in the middle is 6" at the deepest and 10" at the widest. Won't be using it at all, just sealing it up. I'll be removing the 6x9s, firing the ports through the speaker grills, and sealing the rear deck completely. Will hopefully have minimal leaks into the trunk.
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Just ordered a bunch of small random stuff from Parts Express, and also got Noico treatment materials from Amazon. Got 54sq.ft. of their 80mil deadener, and 75sq.ft. of their CCF. Heard from a couple places it's good stuff, so I'm going to try it out.
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So I need a little help. I don't know how to design this amp rack. What I want is basically this (just pay attention to the amps, not subs):



I'm going to be building a box to hold the amps, and then the rear board (towards the trunk, so what you see) will also be a beauty panel and be wider than the rest of the amp box. I wanted to mount the amps to the rear board so that the guts are visible. More I think about it the more I don't think that's possible though.

I don't know how to secure the beauty panel to where it's removable, so that I can get to the amps, and still have a clean look on the outside. It's going to be 1/2" plywood, so I don't trust magnets to hold that on there if the amps are mounted to it.

Actually, just thought of this while I was typing, maybe I can do hinges on the bottom so it folds out/down, then magnets all along the sides and top. Could be those cupboard magnetic latches (like this: Liberty White Heavy Duty Magnetic Catch with Strike-C080X0C-W-P - The Home Depot). But then I wouldn't be able to mount the amps to the rear board, I would have to mount them to the opposite side (towards the front of the car), and then would only be able to display the top/chassis.

Who's got ideas?
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Well I've been really thinking about it, and I'm just going to live with brass screws/hardware. They don't look all that bad in stained wood. I looked at linear actuators, all kinds of cabinet latches, door poppers, a bunch of things, but nothing inexpensive that I was comfortable with. Not going to try to describe it, but trust me that I think it will look good.

Bought PVC end caps and a hole saw today for my tweeters, turns out I was off by an 1/8" when I eyeballed the tweeter hole size. Will be making another purchase tomorrow.
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Got the correct size hole saw, and bought another pair of PVC end caps. Drilled them out, should be pretty decent for mounting on the sail panels:





Going to have to cut them and aim them correctly on the sail panels, and then body filler some curves in. Was going to do fiberglass, but man do I hate working with that stuff. Need to find where to buy Rage Gold besides Amazon for decently cheap.
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Are you going to just mount the tweets where they look good or play with mounting for best sound?
If you are playing, that pipe strapping is a great way to try many positions w/o damage.
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Are you going to just mount the tweets where they look good or play with mounting for best sound?
If you are playing, that pipe strapping is a great way to try many positions w/o damage.
They are going in the sail panels. That might not be the optimal position, but it's definitely not a bad spot for tweeters. I'd like to get them up a little higher in the pillars, but I don't want to screw with the A pillars in this vehicle.

Now you're making me rethink this as I type it. Spare pillars are only $25 each. More damn money. More difficult overall, but miiiiiiight be worth it. I know sail panels aren't bad, but, hmmmmmmmm.....

Edit: Nah. Sails. Driver and passenger seats are back far enough.
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