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a small amount of work since CES as i had to help build a show truck for my company. Ill post pictures of that in the next post. Here's what i have done and i plan to get this done soon so stay tuned.

I got a piece of acrylic laser etched with the company logo on the back side so that when I side light it with LED's it will glow. Also in the pic you can see where I put seat matched vinyl behind the acrylic.


Then I started wrapping my trim for the acrylic. I used Weldwood landau top and trim adhesive to adhere the two together.



Here is it once i finished wrapping it.



And a pic with it in place. Notice the gap that was around the trim is greatly reduced with the application of vinyl. Once i cover the enclosure it will pressure fit.



More soon!!!!
 

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A few pics of the truck I helped build for my company. I know it's a Chevy but it came out kinda cool.







 

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OK.... Some real progress in the last few days.

Since the enclosure will sit right up against the back wall i didnt want the terminal cups (one for speakers, one for power for the LED's) to make it sit away from the wall any more than it had to. So i used a rabbet but to give it some clearance.



and a pic of them in the openings.



Since I am wrapping the enclosure with vinyl there is no good way to seam the sides of the box when attempting to cover the entire enclosure (not just the front, sides and top). So i made side caps that are removable. notice the pin striping is continued on to them as well.





They fasten with whats called Ball and socket fasteners.



Here is a picture of the box with the side caps on and the front plate attached and staple holes filled in.



Side caps off and the outer holes filled with filler.



To allow the vinyl to wrap around the corners of the enclosure and the end caps to still be able to fasten the box and the side plates needed to be gapped. I did this with my rabbet bit and took about 1/32 of an inch off around the edges.







Test fitting the vinyl to ensure proper fitment.





Edges of the side plates were rounded over and the port opening was chamfered.



Side plates covered wrapped with seat matched vinyl from Keyston Bros. !!



Box all taped up and ready for some landau top and trim adhesive. (yes, i even hole punched tape to put over the threaded inserts!!)







Box and vinyl both got a liberal coat of adhesive.



I wrapped the front, top and back then went back for the bottom.



After about 30 mins of heating and massaging the vinyl, I finally started to take shape....



One more night and I should have the woofers loaded and it buttoned up. Wont be long now!!!
 

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Thanks, It is definitely a good feeling when you can draw it up before hand and only stray from your original idea due to fitment and such. This is what i drew up before i even started cutting the first piece of wood.... I had to move from the flared round (AERO) ports due to they just wouldnt fit. I also moved away from the grills and decided to chamfer the top plate to mirror the trim of the woofers.

 

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Finished it up last night.









 

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That is badass man. Very well done.
 

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Thanks sir. I had fun doing it.
 

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So everything is in the truck playing now and it sound great, the subs are everything i hoped they would be (especially for them butting right up to the back of the seat. Pics.... (as always).



The plan is to build an extension of the speaker box to go up and wrap into the back window. To do this i needed to sink the rear power window motor into the cross brace. sheet metal was put back over it to but strength back into what i cut out. I still use the upper latch for my so so i flipped them so that they can be reached without flipping the seat down.



Now for some wire porn!!!

Stinger 9000 series RCA's with one copper run and one silver run per channel. These things are amazing. All labeled and ready to be run down the passenger side.



Driver side front:


Drivers rear:



Passenger front:





I terminated all wires to Ferrules and then added a piece of heat shrink to secure the Ferrules. The next few pics show how they are put on.









Ferrules help the wire to not split or break when being cinched down with a set screw like those found on amplifiers.

1/0 Stinger OFC power cables Ferruled, Tech-flexed and heat shrinked.



Then i made a mounting spot for the amplifier that is made of ABS and mounts in using the factory mounting point of the flat floor that used to be there. The black box type thing has been there for a while as that is where i keep my snatch strap, tie downs, tools and such.



Then I mounted the amp and connected the wires. The amplifier is a Phoenix Gold Elite.5 5 Channel Audiophile Grade amplifier.







I also upgraded all the wiring under the hood that had to do with power and charging. Note: when upgrading the cable from battery 2 to the alternator.... leave the factory one intact as well. Trust me.

Fuse holder sits on a custom ABS bracket that is shaped just like the fuse holder, then has an ABS arms that was heat bent to then tie into the factory bolt there.





Then I installed the tweeters into the custom sail panels i had made by a buddy at NVS audio. I didnt have time to complete these and he offered for me to send them there and he would take care of them.... So in a box they went.



I was left with a Phoenix Gold RMD (Remote Monitor Display), a Bass knob and a switch to turn the LED's in the speaker box on. I needed a spot for them to mount and not be visable all the time as the Blue LED's are super bright.

So..... I fabbed one up!!



Used a mini chamfer bit to ensure it set flush with the angle.



Luckily i have a template of this as i need to tweak it, I squared it off the latch box and it looks crooked to me so ill play with it but heres a picture of the first revision.



Then i got talked into doing an industry trade for a processor for this system. I have all the stuff to install it just looking for the time to complete it. But here it is.



another few weeks and i should have it wrapped up.
 

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Well I finally had some time to knock out the upper trim panel for the box and make it complete. It came out pretty good, was a little interesting to vinyl.





I had to clearance the LATCH points since i still have a little one who rides with me all the time.







I made some side trim pieces to hide the sound damping material that was still visible.





And here it is all wrapped up.





 

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That upper trim panel is a really nice touch. Haven't seen anyone try that before.
 

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Nice work, seriously nice!
Be sure to let us all know when you get serious about car audio....holy cow dude that is one CLEAN install and the detail work in your enclosure..well
I bow down
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Sorry about the photos. You can still view them by clicking on them but Photobucket wont let you 3rd party host anymore without paying. I cant even host them and then edit the original post as the forum wont let that.
 
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