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Old 05-07-2016, 05:23 PM
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After driving the tacoma for years with stock stereo I finally decided to upgrade. Ironically my ex DD rep and friend started rep'n for a new company I had never heard of at the same time I decided to yank and crank factory system.
After speaking to Steve about AD car audio products I made my mind up to buy a set of coax, comps and a sub to pair with my alphasonik us acoustics 4050. My goal for my work was to have some SQ with a side of bass without breaking the bank or altering the interior. All speakers are in factory locations with wooden baffles and sub in a simple ported enclosure.
My choices of AD I opted to go entry level. I picked up a pair of the 1000 series 6.5 coax, 2000 series 6.5 comps and an 8" 4 ohm svc sub
I'll begin the thread with some pics of the products and then on to how to make speaker rings safely.




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I'm sure many here are already making speaker rings safely but for those who want to know how to or have freaked themselves out trying to make some.
there's many ways to make using different tools but I will focus on using a router with a circle cutting tool.

Before anyone starts asking I use a milwaukee plunge router and an old B&D circle cutting tool. I have owned and own porter cable and bosch also and prefer the milwaukee when cutting circles because of it's thumb screw that after some time you can cut passes on top of each other while dropping the depth without having to stop and change depth.

First I'll start with some pics with some explanations.....



pin nail gun bench 1/2 mdf

measuring OD cut

drilling hole for circle cutting tool pivot


fastening mdf to work table inside ring, center and outside to prevent material from moving or flying in your face

outside cuts completed

using a putty knife to pop outside off before inside cut

inside cuts completed


finished rings for rear doors of tacoma

cutting off pin nails from finished ring
Note: While performing all task I was wearing eye protection and a dust mask...
and a picture of the circle cutting tool attached to router while routing for those who has never seen it done before
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Today I'll share some pics of speakers and install...


<a href="http://s1186.photobucket.com/user/brian_mcdonald1/media/ad%20ca%20tacoma%20install/ad%20designs%20001_zpspvbdqetg.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z363/brian_mcdonald1/ad%20ca%20tacoma%20install/ad%20designs%20001_zpspvbdqetg.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo ad designs 001_zpspvbdqetg.jpg"/></a>





Both sets feature bumped back plates, silk tweeters, coax is paper cone and comps are wool pulp.

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how to turn factory tweeters or brackets into new tweeter brackets...









shows glue stick application

Don't think I need to explain but if anyone has a question ask...
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Nice job. Especially the mdf rings.
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Now that the speaker adapters are finished I'll move on to the speaker install


Tweeters installed in factory locations

It's just a work truck so 1 sq ft per

front and back get xtc baffles to protect from water

coax installed and ready to power up

front speaker holes ready for 6x9 to 6.5 adapters

xtc baffles were sandwiched in between speaker adapters and doors then trimmed around adapters

left speaker adapter ready for speaker install after xtc baffle is trimmed


break time for a littlle sumpin

imagine this speaker in the 6x9 adapter... lost the real picture
Note: front adapters are made from 3/4 mdf so speakers are as close to where factory speakers sat
on a side note after I bought these speakers this happened at MECA
https://www.facebook.com/addesignsca...type=3&theater
According to Steve they beat HAT
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That looks legit, man!
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OK on to the new kenwood dpx592bt I scored to replace a single din kdc bt858 that I learned to hate to the point

I have ran kenwoods for years and the last batch I ran (kdc bt858 & kdc 958)
blew chunks. At first I really like they'er clean looks and 4 volt rca, features and my past experiences. After realizing the 858's x over isn't capable of lower than 100 hz hp I learned to live with it. I really liked the x over on the 958 but soon after living with these units I started hating the controls, too few and small as bleep. Unless it was night time I couldn't see bleep in the tacoma, every time I tried to answer a phone call via BT I pushed the wrong button, every time I tried to change source I almost rear ended someone.

after about 13 months of use the 958 sticks in error mode, about 14 months into the 858 in the tacoma screen started blanking out and or shut down.

You'd think I'd switch brands but instead bought the 592 and a x500 single din after seeing they'er new 13 band eq and 3 way x over. The 592 has big buttons and big preset radio buttons. Still can't see chit due to angle of tacoma's dash but I can now answer the frickin phone change stations and make a call 10 Xs safer, wasn't real excited bout playing with 13 bands but at last a HU with a preset equalization setting I actually like. In fact all the presettings are more in tune with any previous HU I've owned. Rock really sounds like rock jazz sounds like jazz ect...

So far likin the 592, no signs of weird anomalies yet...as for settings running the x over @ through, all the other bs like, size 6.5, sound stage on low, realization low ect...bs bs bs I usually run flat with no bs turned on but this new'r bs is sounding good so why not use it believe me it made big differences

Note: cool 3.5 cord from Jeff still in use

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Onto amp...front stage is powered by amp rears are powered by HU for rear acoustic fill and to make the front sound stage stand out...LOL I never ride in the back seat and when people do they don't want me to krank it...after playing the speakers on the us acoustics for a couple of months I just wasn't that happy with the performance when compared to my XJ's system...it is was clean sounding and was surprised by the mid bass response of mids and clarity of tweeters...Steve informed me the tweets on the comps are german silk, mids wool pulp. There is a video on AD's FB page of them submerging the coax in water for a 1/2 hour then pull em out and they still played.

I saw all of Ad's amps online and they really had nothing much better than what's out there or that I already own...that's when I started looking at a arc, zed and zapco amp. So since I'm just not that in the loop of car audio anymore and Steve's still into it full time I called him up to ask him between the 3 which one would you buy...I thought for sure he'd say zed because he's friends with Steve at zed...this is when I learned they had a new line of amps engineered By Mr. Mantz with a new feature that's been used for years in studios called APEC, here's a video explaining it...www.youtube.com/watch?v=73YgKyoP9P0
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