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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-01-2004, 10:21 PM
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Ok, this if for a Ford, so anyone with a weak tummy, click the X now.

I have a '00 Ford Superduty, extended cab. I can't handle not having a system that sounds good anymore, and with the help of my tax return I'm hoping to do something about that.

In my pile of parts I have 2 12" Punch HE's, and a Rockford 550s amp.
I'm not set on exactly what I want, but here's my guidelines. I want something that sounds good, has a nice range of sound (high's to a good crisp low). I don't need to be heard across town, but feeling like your getting punched in the back is kind of addicting too.

I need a new head unit, and was looking at the Alpine 9815, seems like a good one, plus I really like Alpine (was really happy with it in my car). Also, if I choose something different, it has to play MP3's.

Stock speakers are 5x7's. I haven't looked, I'm not sure what other sized I could fit in there. I'd like to put something good up front, probably power it with an amp also. It'd be great if I could use my 550s amp to power them, it'll make 137.5w, 2 channel at 4ohms. And in the back I'd probably just get a set of coaxial speakers that are just ok, just to fill in the sound a bit, and power them from the deck.

I'm really torn on what to do for subs, especially with little to no space. The ones I have aren't bad, but I know there's much better out there. I'm contemplating taking the back seat out, building a custom box, and maybe putting a thinner seat cusion ontop of it, since it rarely gets used anyway.
I've looked into building a box to go under it, looks like I could probably only get 1 10" under there even with the seat raised a couple of inches.

Of course I'll need an amp to power the future subs, and what I need will vary with what kind of subs I get. I've ran across some good reviews for the JBL 1200.1 amp, but that amp might be overkill unless I get some really good subs (which I might do if it's in the budget).

I'm not going to get a war started on to cap or not lol. I'll probably try the system with out one, I'm thinking with 2 batteries and a good size alternator it shouldn't dim too bad, but if it does I'll throw in a cap later.

Has anyone heard/used a centerchannel in thier setup? I was talking with a local sales guy, and he said once you have one, it'll change what you consider good for ever. He's also said he's willing to install it, and let me try it for a month, if I don't like it, he'll take it out and refund my $$... kinda seems hard to pass that up.

One last question/problem. To do this myself or not. I'll admit I'm completly new to instaling stereo's, but I'm pretty comfortable doing electronic and wiring stuff. Maybe I'm over looking things, but it really doesn't seem too hard to do, with the wiring diagrams and having the right materials waiting to be installed.
Think it's something worth tackling myself or just leave it to the (selfproclaimed) pro's around here?

If I can get the stuff bought and instaled for close to the same price I can just buy the stuff on my own for, I'll let them install it, but if I can save some $$, maybe I'll put it in myself (or most of it anyway).

If any of you brave souls feel up to the task of holding my hand through some parts of this I'd really appreciate it (contact me either on here or through email if you prefer). Also, anyone that might have some good deals on parts I'm interested in, feel free to give me a hollar too.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 04:56 PM
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i've got that jbl amp, and i love it. for the price you can't go wrong, and it'll put out alot of power. if you can get a set of components in the front that will make a huge difference. even one of its little brother would be a good choice if you don't need the extra power, or even 1 of the 4 channels would work nice too. before i bought my eclipse deck i didn't think the brand of deck made a difference, boy i couldn't have been more wrong. the deck plays music so much cleaner then all of my old decks, or any of my friends decks. i am just running some cheap panasonic comps off of the head unit and it gets loud and stays clear. you could save a little money by not having an amp on the fronts and jusy running them off a better deck. your electrical system sounds pretty stong so i wouldn't worry about a cap. the instal is really easy for everything. get the wire harness specific to your truck, that makes it a cinch to put in the deck. then wiring the amp is easy too, and the speakers just get replaced and wired the same way. as for speakers i really like the infinity's, just wish i could afford them.
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 05:40 PM
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Thanks for the reply!
I have what could be an odd ball question. How do you mount a single din deck in a double din hole? I know the front has to be finished off, but how about behind that, are there mounting brackets?
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 09:26 PM
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when you get the wire harness from your favourite local stereo shop, they should also have a plastic insert to fill the space around the new cd player. or you could mount an eq or something underneath. crutchfield is a good place to see what the stuff looks like, but your going to pay out the nose if you buy from them.
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 07:07 PM
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How about some product reviews/opinions? Something to liven this thread up [img]smile.gif[/img]

Alpine Type-R subs (10" or 12")? Heard they pound pretty good, and dont take quite as much power as I expected.
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2004, 06:51 PM
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i heard they were decent subs. i've always had good luck with jl's. but i am trying out a new set of subs from a newer manufacture. the subs are sonic fx, here's the site sonicfxaudio.com i'm trying a pair of the d12's. i should have these soon, and they will handle a little more power, and they aren't crazily priced.
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