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    your rims

    the rims look great!! i am planning to do the same thing and was hesitant on tha Duplicolor shadow.. but after seeing your pictures i want to try it. They came out great. How do they hold up over time? and what did you use to paint the grey plastic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddy25 View Post
    the rims look great!! i am planning to do the same thing and was hesitant on tha Duplicolor shadow.. but after seeing your pictures i want to try it. They came out great. How do they hold up over time? and what did you use to paint the grey plastic?

    I had to redo the rims.They did not hold up so well.
    These days however I take more care.
    I don't let the car washes wash my rims any longer.
    I do that myself.
    Will upload pics soon
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    So I finally got around to working on the audio as well as a few other projects.
    As for the audio I finally got two of these bad boys to supply clean clear signal to the speakers.



    Alpine PDX- 1.600 for the subwoofers
    Alpine PDX 4.150 to power the door speakers.

    Subwoofers going into my truck are 2 of these



    I am also adding a Kicker subwoofer in the bed for extra tunes when tailgating.

    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Gigabyte Z97 mITX Intel Mobo, 8GB RAM, Intel Core i5-4590S 3.0GHz Proc, 320 GB Hard Drive, Dual 12' VGA HDMI DVI touchscreen monitors,....
    http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...avalanche.html

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    I repainted the speaker grills and instealled the tweeter and midrange in the door.
    also added the crossover behind each individual door panel









    I think the distance between the mid-range and the tweeters in each door is just enough to prevent distortion.

    In the last pic, the tweeter install is not as clean as I would like as the hole saw jumped a bit as I was creating the first hole and tore up the panel a bit.
    It could have been much worse and I can live with it so it stays that way even though it irks me when I look at it occasionally.
    Last edited by Dluvr22; 09-17-2012 at 05:03 PM.
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    Amps and CPU installed in the back of the seats.

    Before anyone says anything I know I need to do some wire management back there.
    For the most part the amps wiring are fine.
    The CPU wiring and the peripherals (USB cables etc.) makes for a bit of a mess back there.
    that will be cleaned up soon as I hate messy wiring.


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    Here is the sub-woofer installed in the custom enclosure that should fit in the avalanche




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    Now for the bad news.
    This sub-woofer box is a piece of crap and I wasted my money buying it.
    If anyone has a chevy truck and plans on getting this box, itt is not worth the effort unless it was made for a smaller paper thin 10" sub.
    This box has it's own story.
    The first one broke in shipping and took over 6 days for UPS to come and pick it up and another 5 days to get a replacement.
    Then the second one I received again had a crack where it had gotten damaged during shipping.
    I give up and decided to accept it like that and try to glue it together.
    Next problem was with the fact that my 2 10" shallow mount subs would not fit in the 10" cutout as it was supposed to.
    I ended up having to get a file to enlarge the hole significantly to get the subs to fit.
    Finally I installed it and was extremely disappointed with the sound.
    It turns out that this box is a down-firing box and all the sound is getting absorbed by the floor carpet.
    To make matters worse , my specific subs stick out too much from the mounting location in the box and is therefore coming into contact with the carpet and creating an almost complete seal to prevent much sound from coming out.




    You can see in this picture where the sub-woofer comes into contact with the carpets and not only creates a seal, I am certain it is also preventing the sub from pushing air to create sound.
    I am currently shopping around for a upward firing version for my truck since the bottoms of the seat are hard plastic and most likely will not absorb the sound.
    Last edited by Dluvr22; 09-19-2012 at 06:29 PM.
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    http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...avalanche.html

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    Any thoughts and suggestions from the car audio guys out there .
    I know this post forum is not about car audio specifically but this all ties in to my computer builds so I am adding here as well.
    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
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    http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...avalanche.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jontheinstaller View Post
    DLUVR22:

    Your tweeters should be no more than a maximum of 6 inches away from the mid for best sound.
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    Hope this helps
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    This is misleading.. The only rule about car audio is that there are no rules.
    Also depends lots on how the vehicle has been designed etc.

    MANY vehicles come with the Tweeters in the A pillar and the rest of the speakers low in the doors.
    My 2003 Avalanche comes this way and sounds alright just the way it is. For OEM BOSE speaker setup anyhow..

    Everything is a design compromise when you talk about vehicles. A car is NOT a great place for audio no matter what.

    When you start separating the speakers sharing the same signal your "sweet spot" gets smaller and smaller. There are time alignment pieces that can make the speakers sound better but MOST people won't be able to tell the difference sound quality wise between the tweeters in the floor and the a pillars. Nor will they care about the sweet spot unless you get real wacky.

    However putting the Tweeters as high up as possible will bring your "sound stage" up higher. The idea is that the music is generally recorded as if it were on a stage in front of you like at a concert and when you are in your truck it should sound the same way.

    Chances are if you put your tweeters in your A pillar you will find it maybe sounds a little louder and your music will be a little higher up. There is much more tweaking you can do because ultimately you want the sound to be coming like they were standing on your hood.

    I do agree with the powder coating though.. I am looking to powder coat mine black because I have a black truck.

    To get some better ideas maybe you should check out the avalanche forums and ask there where people are putting speakers.

    I most likely will be boring and put my Diamond Audio HEX speakers in the factory locations. I have 6" sub woofers I will install in the console to replace my dual voice coil OEM sub woofer to bring the bass up front and play my 10" subs from the mid gate area where the main stereo install will reside.

    I am looking to install my PC in the center console. I am not sold on putting the boxes out in the open. I am hoping to make my system completely stealth with the speakers and amplifiers hidden in the mid gate.

    Looks good though!

    Rodney

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dluvr22 View Post
    Any thoughts and suggestions from the car audio guys out there .
    I know this post forum is not about car audio specifically but this all ties in to my computer builds so I am adding here as well.
    Down firing subs usually sound great in trucks.....but you have to be willing to dedicate the space required. If the sub would not even fit the box properly then I guarantee you there was not enough air space inside the box for the sub to work correctly. If the boxes were breaking in shipping, that's a sign the material used to construct the walls of the box were likely weak and would have flexed & likely leaked under the pressure of the sub again destroying sound.

    My suggestion is if you want "decent Bass" with minimal intrusion in the cab, select a quality 8" sub and make or have made for you, a quality box that matches the specs of the sub you have chosen. If you want "Heavy Bass", select a 10" sub but remember the box will be bigger. If you want to rattle mirrors and annoy the guy next to you, do a couple of 10", a 12" or even 15" but be prepared to sacrifice a lot of real estate inside the truck.

    Down or up firing, I doubt you will get enough space under that seat for the box to match the sub and leave space in front for the sub to work, but I'm just looking at a pic, I could be wrong.
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