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I'll start with the boring "thank you's" first. Thanks big time to all of these people:
Pete with Team Toxic Bass and Hexibaseforum.com (user = Hexibase) for the enclosure design help
Scott at Fi for answering all my questions and selling me a great woofer
Scott (xbrightsidex) and joe (paint toad) from s10forum.com for putting up with all of my pictures as I built and chatting with me about stuff
Jimmy (aka Tempe on many many forums) for also putting up with me and my pictures
Danssolow from Hexibaseforum.com/diymobileaudio.com/mys10.net for helping me find my xover
Some random guy named Jeff Smith who I bought the xover from used for $125 shipped
All of the forums I frequent for help:
www.s10forum.com/forum
HexiBase Forum :: Index
DIY Mobile Audio - Diy Mobile Audio
TeamSSAudio: (Powered by Invision Power Board)
Parts Express Tech Talk - Message Index


Now to the build:

Some of what I already have:
I'll be using Audax 1" textile dome tweeters for now. I have a feeling all speakers in the front are going to change this coming summer, but this is a big step up from passive 2 way to active 3 way.


Hifonics 1206D


2 7" Dayton reference 4 ohm
2 5" Dayton reference 4 ohm
(I'll probably not be using the 7" and use the 6.5" Dayton classics in the doors already...they have a better low end IMO)


quick sketchup


the glue I'll be using

I already had all the MDF from building boxes for other people, and the glue too, so...the only cost to build this box will be the 6" pvc, the woofer, binding posts, T-nuts, and carpet if I carpet it.

2/23/07
Started building my sub box
For 12" Fi.Q dual 2 ohm woofer
box dimensions are 30" deep, 15" tall, 16" wide with the sub firing toward the passenger side and a 6" round by 15" long port firing towards the rear of the cabin. Here is everything I have cut out so far:


2/25/07
Started assembling my sub box
I bought 2 90 degree corner clamps and went to town clamping/gluing/nailing the box together. The glue has a 30 minute set time in the clamps so it went slowly, but quite well. This is my first box to ever use corner clamps on and its amazing. I ran the bracing vertically on the box, and I will be flush mounting the woofer.









And then the bracing. With the exception of the top and bottom boards, bracing is done.







Done for the night
 

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2/24/07
In the wee hours of the morning...
I sanded all the braces and board joints just to make sure they were perfectly even. Then I glued and nailed on the bottom board.





Later in the afternoon
I cut out some speaker mounts for my 5" references to go into my 6.5" kick panels. The speaker mounts do not take up the entire diameter of the kick panel (done on purpose so any water that may sit on there from my feet does not rot the MDF or speaker). They are pretty sweet.



The pencil is there just to give you an idea of how it'll be centered in the kick panel.


Of course...I'll primer and paint all of this stuff before installing. So far it's looking excellent though.

2/27/07
Crossover came in!
PPI FRX-456 crossover. Got it for $125 shipped (used). This thing is amazing. I can do up to a 6 way setup with this sucker. If I wanted to, I could run 1 set of full range RCA's into it and have it separate it into all 6 channels (sub, midbass front, midrange front, tweeter front, midrange rear, tweeter rear). Of course, I'll probably only ever use it as a 3 way setup, and perhaps maybe run the sub into it too someday, but I have a head unit controlled sub output so I like that better. Here's some pics hooked up to one 5" Dayton reference and one Dayton reference 7" with the signal split to their proper frequencies, etc.











I also painted
Speaker rings painted and predrilled for mounting holes to the kick panels (countersunk holes)



Installed the speaker rings in the kick panels. Yes I did mean to leave that gap there, and yes I realize I still need one more screw in the driver's kick panel. My 12th screw was flathead, not phillips like I thought.





3/6/07
I had to replace a messed up RCA today so I took the time to reroute my RCA's to my new amp's location...the amp enclosure. I also took the time to take out some unnecessary plastic behind the head unit and manipulate wires for a better fit. Then, while the carpet was up, I ran 6 sets of speaker wire underneath and routed it to the amp enclosure as well. 99 total feet of wire used. I color coded the wire with electrical tape. I bundled the left channels in yellow and the right channels in green. The midbass wire got blue, the midrange wire got red, and the tweeter wire got white. This will allow me to hook up the speaker wires more easily without guessing which wire is which in the future, especially if I need to diagnose a problem. Sorry, no pictures. Nothing really picture worthy anyways...

3/10/07
In the wee hours of the morning, I submitted my order with Fi for a 12" Q Dual 2 ohm woofer. I paid via PayPal. $259 shipped is a good deal in my mind.

3/13/07
Made a Wal-Mart run and came way with a Duplicolor Bed liner gallon. I'll be using mini foam rollers to roll this on to my box. It should make a durable coating for the box since it'll be coming in and out of the truck fairly often and it will seal any leaks I did not seal from the inside. I like this idea better than carpet.


3/14/07
Made a trip to Parts Express; only 45 minutes away. $145 worth of parts including 1.5' RCA's, fuse distribution block, wire terminals, gasket tape, binding posts, 4 100 amp fuses, a relay to turn on all my stuff, and a set of T nuts with bolts.


Then, on my way back, I stopped in Xenia for some 6" PVC. Had to buy it in 10' section, but since I was in my firefighting uniform, the owner gave me a discount. $30 for the PVC. Bleh. Went back to campus and had a guy I know in the Engineering workshop cut it for me on a large bandsaw.

While I cut the holes for the flush mount and the port, I started installing amplifiers, crossover, fuse block, and doing a heck of a lot of wiring.


Here's the box with the port in place (ring inside holes it to the box wall and there is a cupped support underneath the PVC for support).






One more pic with the top glued and nailed on. Lots of sanding will follow so I can cover it in bed liner.


I did get everything put back inside the amp case for the night. I'm still running passive 2 way, although all the wiring is setup for me to do active 3 way. I could either use my two cheap amps (2ch and 4ch) and run active 3 way for the time being like that...or I could wait until I purchase an Infinity 6ch amp and be done with it. Sorry, no pics of everything put back in the case, but with the lid on you wouldn't see anyways
 

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what the **** is up with the wise man in your cargo area?
dude, i've got him hooked up to a small power inverter. i turn him on at night at stoplights when there's people behind me or at night when someone is tail gating me. its hilarious. he stares right out the back window. whats even better is now he sits on top of my craftsman tool case so he's about 5" taller
 

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dude, i've got him hooked up to a small power inverter. i turn him on at night at stoplights when there's people behind me or at night when someone is tail gating me. its hilarious. he stares right out the back window. whats even better is now he sits on top of my craftsman tool case so he's about 5" taller
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killer bro......looking great.....love the x-over:)
 

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i almost forgot to add that i'll also be adding a 1/4" roundover to all the edges before i roll on the bed liner.
 

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Damn, Looks good. Build looks great. I wish I didn't get so excited with my box and put the extra details into it to make it look good. Can't wait to see it finished.
this is by far the longest i've ever spent on a box build. i started it weeks before i ordered the sub and started figuring out the design months before hand. i'm putting all the little bells and whistles on this build that i wanted because this is likely to be my permanent setup (with the exception of swapping around speakers up front). if you're gonna do something, you might as well do it right
 

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3/15/07
Just a note: Dayton Audio cables are by far the best I've ever used or seen. They're fairly inexpensive and well built. Here's a pic next to the standard crap cable you can buy at walmart for comparison.

 

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looks great, I also just figured out that if its worth doing might as well do it right. Keep up the great work.
 

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if you're gonna do something, you might as well do it right
Yeah.. My dad said the same thing. Told me my box looked like shit, etc. I let him sit in my truck. He shut up after he felt it. Either i'll build a box to utilize some aeroports, or I'll just smooth out the lines and hit it with some black carpet.

Either way, I can't wait to see yours turn out.
 

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Just a note: Dayton Audio cables are by far the best I've ever used or seen. They're fairly inexpensive and well built. Here's a pic next to the standard crap cable you can buy at walmart for comparison.


very good comparison, ones to right look just like mine :haha:
 

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