I'm interested in seeing what you do to get the 8s to fit in the doors. I may be doing a similar setup. I'm glad your getting something better than that soundstorm junk.well i got bored with the ultralinears and my soundstorm took a shit on the left channel, so, i figure ill throw up what im thinking about building next, this is only going ot be speakers for now, not sure on the amps i want to push it all.
i want to go predominantly Hi-Vi research for the components, im still iffy in the tweeters though
Hi-Vi Resarch M8N
Hi-Vi Research M4N
Hi-Vi Research RT1L
Subwoofers 2 12's (depending on price, these are my choices the others are in no particular order)
#1 Ascendent Audio Havoc 12"
DIYMA Reference 12"
Dayton Audio Reference HO 12
Dayton Audio Titanic MKIII 12"
Also for the Deck im planning on getting this kenwood
Photain(sp) has 8s in his doors.