My buddy Chingy brought me his sub box he made to fit in the 'OEM' location where a sub would go in his 'slightly' new Axis wake board boat.
He made it to perfectly fit the Arc Audio Flatline 12, 12" woofer. It's a high output SQ subwoofer...so it only needs 1.0 Cu. Ft. of sealed goodness. I didn't get a before pic, but it was a standard birch box with a SHAT-TON of screws in it.....my job? Make it look puuurdy.
I 100% sealed the box inside with each and every corner/joint receiving about a 1/4" of resin 45's. Then the entire internal and external surfaces were resin'd to be waterproof and leak proof.
After that, a few good hours of body work were put into the face plate to make it smooth and ready to go. A 3" hole was cut out for a heater vent. Everything got 5 coats of DupliColor Bedliner with the subwoofer grill getting a nice gloss coat of White to match the boat a bit better.
I installed some gnarly 1/2" Steel bolts for speaker terminals so that it's easier to install and the box stays sealed.
The rest of the project will include the following Audio Components provided by Trax Customs:
Arc Audio KS1200.1 Mono Block Subwoofer Amplifier
Arc Audio KS300.4 4 Channel Amplifier (Tower Speakers)
Arc Audio KS300.4 4 Channel Amplifier (In-Boat Speakers)
Arc Audio Flatline 12 - 12" Subwoofer
Arc Audio KS605 6.5" Coaxial Speakers throughout (6-8 total)
WetSounds Revolution 10 Series Wake Board Tower Speakers (X2) 400 watts RMS each
WetSounds 3-Zone Equalizer for full control over this beast and Mic talk-back to riders
Past Client brought his Ford in for an audio upgrade....wanted some extra bump in his truck.
Had an Arc Audio 10" woofer with a 350 watt amp that was calling his name.
Amp tucked away nicely behind the rear passenger seat and made the sub box with millimeters to spare. This sub is fairly deep, and normally you'd only mount a shallow mount in these trucks...but I didn't want to go that route....so I made it fit.
System sounds good, nice and tight bass. Truck came with an auxiliary switch panel, and we tied the amp turn-on to the 4th switch; so the owner can turn the sub on/off whenever he needs to.
This is a project I did last year and the customer didn't want to lose any storage space.....so i built a small box to house the dual 8" Digital Designs subwoofers...knowing that they wanted more.
The used amp i installed fried on him after a bolt came loose inside the chassis and did some damage.....so with the upgraded Arc Audio KSMini 500.1 amp, we gained some storage there and customer wanted more of a box built.....so a little amp cover and custom built box later.....system is much more complete!
Just wrapped up this install....solid, solid install!
Customer and I have planned this one out for a while and it was finally time to complete the project.
The customer did all the sound deadening...and MAN, what a difference it makes. He did the roof, floor and all doors with up to 3 layers of recommended sound deadening products.
Once it got to me, here is what I put in:
Alpine IVE-W535HD Multimedia Headunit with Bluetooth, iPhone, Backup Camera and more
Arc Audio KS 300.4 4 Channel Amp (Mounted to Rhino-lined Amp Rack)
Arc Audio KS 300.2 2 Channel Amp (Mounted to Rhino-lined Amp Rack)
Hybrid Audio Technology 6.5" Clarus Component Speakers (Front)
Hybrid Audio Technology 6.5" Imagine Coaxial/Component Speakers (Rear)
Arc Audio 10D4 10" Subwoofer in a custom made rhino-lined subwoofer box
I used 0ga power wiring throughout, then split into 4 ga for the amps.
The customer had all the speaker brackets, boxes and amp rack made from a reputable 'Toyota' owner in California...and the results speak for themselves....the fit and finish of all the parts we perfect...spot on.
This was a good project, where the customer actually helped install some of the initial products; so now he knows exactly how everything is ran so down the road, he'll know whatever he needs to when it comes to service.
This was a fun project and it turned out great...I'm never let down with the output of Hybrid speakers paired up with Arc amps...
Looked forward to doing future work on this truck (lighting, etc).
This one had a crazy deadline. One Day, a BUNCH of work, and all before client leaves on a trip.
Customer already had Alpine Type R's installed throughout the cars stock speaker locations.
He had to retain the stock JBL system though, to keep his OEM woofer in the rear.
Well, he picked up a Pioneer 4 Channel Amp as well as a Kenwood Mono Amp.
Goal was to get all the amps installed and mounted, as well as build a custom OEM-style box to fit in the stock location; all while housing (2) two 8" Digital Designs 308 woofers.
After the amps were wired up, I got started on the box...and with only minutes to spare, finished the install by closing time! Alot done for one day, but it sounded good and was worth the extra effort.
The woofers are getting about 250-ish watts rms a piece. They are more efficient in a ported box, but for the space we had, a sealed enclosure was all they were going to get.
Right now, the amp is turned down for break-in purposes, but in a few weeks we can turn it up a bit and let them hit.
Turned down as they are, they provided some pretty low notes, and the mid-bass was much better than the stock JBL system.
Client contacted me looking for a full install of his Infinity Kappa system he purchased, as well as a custom molded fiberglass box to house the 10" Kappa sub.
Here is what I put in:
Pioneer AVH-P8400BH Multimedia Bluetooth Headunit
Pioneer USB to iPhone/iPod Patch Cord
Pioneer CB-SB10 - Satellite Radio Module
Sirius Connect Module
Infinity Kappa Five - 5 channel amp
Infinity Kappa 60.9cs - 6.5" Component Speakers
Infinity Kappa 62.9i - 6.5" Coaxial Speakers
Infinity Kappa 100.9w - 10" Subwoofer (Selectable Ohm Rating)
Kicker Amp Wiring Kit
Molded the box to fit within a certain specified area in the rear boot area.
Black carpet to match the existing interior
Sold a set of my Memphis Marine Tower Speakers to a customer locally, and he had some 'wiring issues' he wanted me to look at.
It was a typical scenario of someone buying a boat that had WAY too many hands work on it previously.
After I cleared out all the existing wiring (which reduced the total boat weight by at least 5 lbs) I made a quick amp rack and got to reducing clutter and providing the owners with more storage. Done and Done!
It was going to happen sooner or later....well...it happened.
Amp wasn't doing what I wanted it to do, so instead of getting JUST a new amp, H's Aveo got a new 3 channel amp, new subwoofer, new box and new front component speakers.
Here's what she's got now:
Digital Designs 6.5" Component Speakers
Memphis Audio 10" MR Subwoofer in a ported box
Arc Audio 3 Channel XDi Amplifier (80 x 2 RMS and 400 X 1 RMS)
A good mix of my main 3 brands.
Basically wanted a demo system that I could show clients what a basic sound upgrade would sound like.
You don't have to go all out to get great sound.
A small little amp that takes up the same amount of room as a piece of paper.
6.5" Round speakers in the front and a 10" Subwoofer in the back.
This system does exactly what I wanted it to....very clear, clean highs, good mid bass and plenty of low end notes.
The front aftermarket 4" Pioneers were no comparison for the new hotness that was going in.....they looked cute though....
If you wanna hear it, or see other items I've done on this Aveo, hit me up....or go to Brewforia for a beer, and ask H for a demo...she'd love that :)
What's being installed:
JVC Navigation, Bluetooth, DVD Player with Sat Radio and Backup Camera
Digital Designs CM1000 Mono Block Amplifier
Digital Designs 10" 500 Series Woofers in a sealed down firing truck box
Custom Hydro-Dipped Interior Accent Panels
Projector Retrofitted Headlights All Gloss Black
Gatling Gun Version 2 Shrouds, Dipped to match interior Panels
Bi-Xenon Projectors for High/Low HID Lights
Red Demon Eye Accent Lighting
Super White LED Halos behind shroud for Iron Man V2 look
All Accent lights on custom switches
HID Fog Lights
Started this project a week ago, but due to the simple fact that it wouldn't fit in the shop, I only had a few hours a night to work on this before I lost daylight.
First thing was first, I needed to pop the headlights open so I could get them to the owner for paint, as well as all the parts to Hydro Dip to get them dipped.
This project was made even more difficult because....well.....it's a Dodge. Mopar electrical systems straight up suck....anyone that mods them will say the same.
All these electronics added, especially the lighting upgrades, had to be bullet-proof, or Dodge would let you know and have them not work properly.
This truck was recently purchased about 3 weeks ago, and it looked nothing like it did when I got it....now that I'm done, it's even THAT much more noticeable. You'll be sure to break ya' neck when this thing drives by.
Other Mods the owner has done in 3 short weeks:
Painted all chrome bumpers either body match or black
Custom Made 22" Rims with 38" Toyo Tires
Had a customer bring in his 'newly' acquired Ford Focus. He purchased it for his son, for college, and now it's his again.
Time to upgrade the interior sound to something he likes.
We started off this journey with a simple suggestion of an uber deck, the Clarion NX 702, Multimedia DVD player with Navigation, HD Radio, USB, iPod, Bluetooth and much more.
We then added sound deadening to the entire sides of the vehicle to cut down on road noise, keep unwanted heat out, and improve the sound quality of the interior; all done with Stinger's Road Kill brand.
The front sound stage received our Hybrid Audio's Stage 4 Clarus Component Speakers. A 6.5" midbass monster, a 20mm soft-dome tweeter and their competition grade crossovers.
The rear sound stage received our Hybrid Audio's Stage 1 Mirus Coaxial Speakers. These things, rested in their newly sealed and deadened side panels produced the much needed mid-bass this system was designed to produce. That and Hybrid's soft-dome 20mm tweeters front the sound stage up higher in the rear too.
There were no noticeable rattles in this thing that received over 40 sq.ft. of deadening, which is a good thing, as our Arc Audio Mini 4 channel amp pushed these badass speakers with 75 watts of pure RMS power. I placed the amp under the passenger seat with plenty of wire exposed, so that in a few short weeks/months, we can add another mini amp (mono block) for a subwoofer....then this system will be complete.
For now, this is simply the best sounding Ford Focus in the valley, and I'll put my word on that. This is what is to be expected when you know exactly what you want and there are products to fulfill these needs.
Pure headunit with good output, strong amp, quality speakers and reduced interior noise.....that's the recipe for success.