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06-18-2008, 12:22 AM
2000 dodge ram 2500 quad cab 4x4 diesel shortbed

old system = 2 rockford fosgate p2 10's off an audiobahn a8000 amp in an mtx thunderform .. had less than 400 dollars into this.. had it for a couple years now ..

had a rear speaker blow when i gave the truck to aamco to have the transmission built .. a little too much power made the torque converter have *slight* issues holding the power ..

so i came onto car audio . com looking to get a good replacement speaker ..

Well ive been here for a while now ..

Got a lot of **** ordered .. and am in the process of replacing it ..

I never thought that i would do this much into my truck's audio system ..

well heres a few pictures,

and this is a build log, This is about two days into it , i started last night and got the truck stripped down and the sound deadening onto the floor,

Still need to deaden the rear wall and do box build for subs, sound deaden doors, and get rear and front speakers in ... along with running wire ..

06-18-2008, 12:34 AM
Edit on the images ,

I murdered 56k ..

Thumbnails should be up ..

06-18-2008, 12:39 AM
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06-18-2008, 01:09 AM
That diesel is probably killing you huh? Whats the gas mileage on that thing?

06-18-2008, 01:16 AM
bout 25 highway 10'ish in town

06-18-2008, 01:19 AM
wooh hoo for another Dodge Ram Rider check my build bud I'll be watchin

06-18-2008, 01:23 AM
i have been watching yourss ..

it looks good ..

i already did 35 " tires with centerline wheels and a heck of a lot of performance and engine mods

expensive hobby / truck

06-18-2008, 01:25 AM
Pics of truck??

06-18-2008, 01:30 AM
i have been watching yourss ..

it looks good ..

i already did 35 " tires with centerline wheels and a heck of a lot of performance and engine mods

expensive hobby / truck

Yeah, your not kidden, I was gonna go deaden it for the last 3 nights but it has rained everytime I go out to do it:verymad:

06-18-2008, 01:36 AM
ive got a couple pics on my photobucket im trying to get here .. photobucket is acting up though ;(

06-18-2008, 01:40 AM
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r174/harleyfx69/th_tablemesa552.jpg (http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r174/harleyfx69/tablemesa552.jpg)
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06-18-2008, 01:53 AM
no lift?

06-18-2008, 02:34 AM
35"s fit no lift but i did level it out .. sometime next year ill probably put it in air more ..

as it sits now its taller than most trucks running full lifts

06-18-2008, 09:15 AM
Looks pretty good, some nice equipment ya got going in there as well. Will be nice all cleaned up and deadened. Least then you won't have to listen to that poor ole cummins lol just kidding. Good to see more trucks on here. What have you done to the engine? Looking forward to the rest of the pics, judging by your amps this thing is gonna be loud both inside and out now.

06-18-2008, 01:19 PM
engine wise,

tps sensor
injection pump
lift pump
engine tune
air box
transmission build
and a few other things that im sure im forgetting ..

06-18-2008, 01:34 PM
Looks great!!!

06-18-2008, 04:19 PM
engine wise,

tps sensor
injection pump
lift pump
engine tune
air box
transmission build
and a few other things that im sure im forgetting ..

Nice, thats a 24v motor right? I'm a Ford guy so I am not 100% up on the Dodge trucks but I know 98.5 was the change over from 12v to 24v but I can't remember when the CR motors started.

06-18-2008, 08:06 PM
ya its a 24 valve ..

opening half rear doors ..

47 re trans along with dana axles ..

and a few other things ..

Its a fun truck..

Ill have more pictures later tonight ..

working on / finishing the box tonight ..

probably tomorow start wiring things up,

Then when subs and amps are in, put seats and carpet back in,

Then go for rear / front .. gotta at least get truck drivable again ..

06-18-2008, 10:26 PM
okay guys ..

Sorry no pictures ..

all day event doing the box ..

ended up messing up the circle cuts and having to start over ..

Or woulda been done ..

so tomorow a lot should happen

06-19-2008, 01:52 AM
wooh hoo for another Dodge Ram Rider check my build bud I'll be watchin

Well this makes three of us, check out my Ram also :D

06-22-2008, 12:45 AM
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amp rack is in truck,

aq 2200d
aq 2200d

zero gauge run to each amp,

zero gauge grounds

12 gauge speaker wire to front components

16 gauge speaker wire to rear coaxials

im thinking of making two seperate boxes for the subs, and then making a small seat between them ..

so far 60 sq feet of deadening on the floor,

have to do about that much for the doors .. and then install door speakers and tune everything up ..

06-23-2008, 03:36 AM
truck is now fully wired, floor is darn near fully deadened with Edead ..

doors are waiting to get some plexi or if i cant find that MDF to seal what holes are in the panel ..

Then Raammat is going up on the doors,

most likely building two new sub boxes tomorow ..

along with center seat

then going down to let a shop do the final tune on the amps and get SPL tested,

I think they said they have an audio control or something like that,

Not quite a TL , but no place within 100 miles has one ..

06-23-2008, 05:14 PM
I like it so far, I have a 2nd gen ram 2500 4x4 ext cab too, mine has the V10 though. Post full pics, thumbnails are annoying lol.

06-24-2008, 01:49 AM
the thumb nails are expandable to full size images .. and they are quite large ..

as far as updates ..

Both front doors are sound proofed,

Rear doors are gonna be finished tomorow,

along with coaxials and components put in .. then everything gets put together again ..

Everything basically is in ..

wires all done .. just gotta put trim panels back in and get some new door clips for the doors ..

06-24-2008, 06:59 PM
the thumb nails are expandable to full size images .. and they are quite large ..

I know this....the thumbnails are still annoying.

06-25-2008, 12:22 AM
well rear doors are ran with a set of phoenix gold coaxials off the zx650.4 , tuning by ear i barely had to touch the gains on the amp to have a very loud and clear set of rears ..

The truck already sounds better with just a set of rears added in ..

The door is sound deadened quite a bit ..

Doing the fronts with the PG components tomorow ..

and btw the 6.5 " speakers are almost straight drop in into the rear doors,

needed to grind about 1/8 inch off all the way around the mount and it fit right in perfectly ..

06-25-2008, 12:25 AM

06-25-2008, 12:27 AM
:furious::verymad::furious:everytime I go to work on mine it rains:furious: and yesterday I went to do my headliner and my neighbor took my last can of spray adhessive:furious: so I said fvk it and got on here lOL

06-25-2008, 12:27 AM
now i can play country music really loud

06-25-2008, 12:28 AM
LOL did you see the pic of what mine will look like lifted?

06-25-2008, 12:28 AM
lol ,

I havent used any adhesives really ..

But i have a **** load of extra stuff from install that ill be listing FS shortly ..

Just gotta button up the front and then ill sort through what i dont want to keep ,

But i used over 50 ft of 0 gauge .. i was pissed because i had to go to local shop to get a 3 foot length and it was 15+ dollars ! what a rip off .. and it was cheap 1/0 too and actually smaller than the wire i already have .. but it worked out ..

06-25-2008, 12:29 AM
ya that looked nice..

But with a little bigger tire ..

Mine will eventually get a lift,

But i gotta pay for the stereo first,

Might get lift over winter vacation next year ..

Have to see ..

but what i have intended is 10 inch +/- on 40''s ..

06-25-2008, 12:32 AM
yeah I was going that route till they told me like 6g's for just the lift.

06-25-2008, 12:35 AM
3 inch body lift

5 inch coilover spring topped with a 2 inch spacer ..

then leaves in the rear ..

along with a couple of replacement parts put you at the height needed ..

piece it together and its a lot cheaper ..

hell i can already fit 37's with just a leveling kit ..

i dont think even chevys / gmcs can fit 37's with a 6 inch lift ..

06-26-2008, 02:34 PM
well its all buttoned up ..

Need to trim a bit of deadening off the door panels as its squeezed out a bit from under the panel,

sounds amazing

had to do 6x9 to 6.5 conversion out of 1/4 inch MDF,

the rear had to grind out a little bit to get the 6.5 in,

got a few more pictures uploading to photobucket now,

Ill try and get a video made by the end of the day,

But my digital camera doesnt exactly pick up the subs moving too well ..

but ill give it a shot

06-26-2008, 02:36 PM
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06-27-2008, 03:08 AM
New videos of system guys ..

My camera is just a digital camera so doesnt make a good video camera ..

But i tried to pick up a bit ..

the song is hood ***** ..

the front windshield flexes a WEE little bit ..

the doors flex out fairly well ,

and the rear window shakes and bows in and out like a mofo ..

its noisy too whihc is quite annoying

06-27-2008, 03:09 AM