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Old 10-28-2015, 04:55 PM
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Welcome to the build log for the SounDrive Tahoe which also happens to be my daily driver It's built for both competition and daily listening/demos.

I'll start off with a current equipment list that I will update as needed then post pictures starting from when I bought the Tahoe earlier this year until now.

04 Tahoe LS - 93,000 Miles
Subwoofers: 2 DD 99z Tight Gap (First DDZ model)
Sub Amp: Taramps HD10k 2 ohm
Head unit: Alpine 9887
Mids/Highs: 4 CDT HD 6.5" coax
Mids/Highs Amp: None yet
Alternators: 370a Mechman Elite + 130a stock alt on a Mechman dual bracket
Underhood Batteries: 1 NorthStar 34/78
Other Batteries/Electrical: 1 Northstar 8DK
Sound Deadener: Knu Kolossus 100 mil (front doors only)
Power Wire: Red/Black Electron Beam 2/0
RCAs: Custom SounDrive 17' 2ch to 4ch splitters (2ch currently not in use)
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Old 10-28-2015, 04:59 PM
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Pictures right when I bought it in May:








The majority of the door speakers were blown out when I purchased it so I replaced them with some CDT HD series coax for a temporary fix.

Stock 6.5" location...



I bought an adapter so I wouldn't have to modify anything. Guess what, it didn't fit.



6.5" fit in the stock hole just fine so...



Self tappers won this battle.

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Next task was to deaden the front doors. They're huge.



Outer skin is completely covered. Inner skin isn't perfect but I plan on redoing it with a few large pieces of deadener for full coverage.



Snapped another pic at this point

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There was a show that weekend so I bought a box from a friend to throw in temporarily



Amps at this stage were 2 Taramp's DSP3k 1 ohm. They're pretty cool little amps. I had them set so that at 1% clipping, they cut back and would not clip any harder. Cool little feature of the DSP series.



Put it all in the back. 4 NSB group 31s. Fits like it was made for the Tahoe.



NSB 34/78 went in as well



Managed to start breaking interior pieces already



Kinda failed at the first show. The 1% clip limiter really held back my output, later found out I had an issue with the sub level control on my HU, and the box just blew for numbers since it was tuned at 29 with not enough port area. Ray at Sonus clamped the amps doing 600w each after rise though with the clip limiter and hellacious rise, so I guess it's not as terrible of a score as I make it out to be.

Metered a 144.9 sealed up which caused this interesting post from a competitor

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Next step was the alts. I am a mechman dealer so naturally I went with a 370a elite and their dual bracket - they only had 2 left and they're discontinued.





Time to take the sawzall to a new (to me) vehicle, because, why not. Had to cut off a tiny bit of the stock alt bracket so the second alt would clear.



Picture of the alts in






Now it was clearly time for a new box design. I wanted something loud. Not kinda loud, really loud. And with a little inspiration from Alan Hall's build and a lot of modifications I came up with this design... which I didn't stick with. I did stick with the baltic birch though. This stuff is great.



I ended up changing some things around and ended up with this. One port plugged for daily, both wide open for competing. And wow, it was amazing what a difference made. At this point I had sold one of the DSP3k and was running a single one at 2 ohm - so 1500w before rise. It was really close to as loud as the last enclosure was on 1/4 of the power. Strapped it in as it was time to go back to school for a week and work on it again the next weekend.



Did some fancy sub wiring here.



Hello there.

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Old 10-28-2015, 05:23 PM
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Finally came up with a temporary fix for the awful wheels at this point. I need to redo 3 of the wheels as they're peeling off; I think it's because of all the concavity in the wheel.



What better way to get louder than by adding more power? The HD10k 2 ohm was finally ready to be ordered in the US and I got one of the first ones right before finals.. less than a week before actually



Replaced my fancy brass bolts with even more fancy, larger aluminum bolts and copper washers for more conductivity. Does it do anything? Probably not. Does it look cool? Yup. Couldn't find copper lugs with a hole large enough for the huge aluminum stud



Finally got the false floor in - also installed the NorthStar 8DK with toolmaker battery terminals. I also put some Toolmaker terminals up front on the 34/78








And what you've all been waiting for. We metered it after all of this.. so no deadening on most of the doors, hatch, or roof yet. No testing with box placement and no modifications to the box like rounding corners or resin yet.



155.7 outlaw. Not bad for a first trial in my opinion. Now, to get my headrest score up there since I compete in MECA.
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freakin sweet score man! keep up the good work it looks awesome
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More power coming soon
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What's the peak and number with the plug?

Also... link to plumber's plug?
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Wow! Nice turn around on the score man. Tuned in!
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