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bigbud747
03-10-2012, 09:03 PM
I got some money saved up from building a few boxes, so i finally broke down and decided i needed louder mids and highs. What came out of the door (and is not going back in) was some Infinity Reference series 6x9's. They sounded great off of about 40 watts, but this will be better. Plan is doing a Soundstream SME-804 and an Audioque Bullet Tweeter in each door. Will be receiving 100 watts per side. Just started on this last night. Right now i'm letting the second pod firm up, then will be putting a couple of layers of glass on them, then milkshake for the smoothness.

Tell me what you guys think so far. Btw, this is only the 3rd fiberglass project i've ever done so i'm open for criticism.

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Tupolev
03-10-2012, 09:09 PM
Great work! I'm planning on a few Sundown Neo's for my doors. I have one question, why Eor?

bigbud747
03-10-2012, 09:10 PM
On clearance at Wal Mart. Lol. And was very stretchy and easy to work with.

pickup1
03-10-2012, 10:07 PM
Couldn't you mount the tweeter higher up in the door?

bigbud747
03-10-2012, 10:11 PM
The AQ tweeter is VERY loud off the 50 watts I'll be sending it, so i didn't want it blaring in the ears. It sounds great at this level on the door, but when i open the door it will project for a very long distance. And, this way it keeps the pod simple and clean looking.

bigbud747
03-11-2012, 02:33 PM
Milkshake applied and sanded down. Next step is fill in any valleys with spot putty, and paint them. I'm going to do a Fleck Stone paint to match my kick panels i did a few years ago.

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pro-rabbit
03-11-2012, 02:37 PM
Looks good man.

I'm pming you my info since I didn't yet(sorry got side tracked) like always.

bigbud747
03-11-2012, 02:40 PM
Thanks man. And no problem. Haha. I completely understand.

pro-rabbit
03-11-2012, 02:42 PM
Thanks man. And no problem. Haha. I completely understand.

Clear your PMs foo lol They are full.

bigbud747
03-11-2012, 03:09 PM
Ok i just did. Haha. I didn't even know i had that many.

keep_hope_alive
03-11-2012, 04:14 PM
Looks good, how are you venting the cavity to the door? Why the single board effect and not a pocket?

bigbud747
03-11-2012, 06:32 PM
No venting into the door because this isn't intended to be a sealed setup. And the board was easier to form off of, and to mount to the door. Cuts down on build time by a lot with no making the fiberglass base.

fasfocus00
03-11-2012, 06:37 PM
good job on the panels so far, just curious but is there a reason you didn't aim the tweeters?

bigbud747
03-11-2012, 07:07 PM
After just throwing the tweeter in the door real quick to see how it sounded, they sounded great at shin level aiming sideways. Brings the sound stage up to head level, but isn't harsh. I stepped out of the truck and got about 6 feet away at its level and it was deafening loud. I wouldn't want to aim these at anyones face. Haha. They sound amazing though.

bigbud747
03-11-2012, 07:13 PM
First layer of Fleck Stone.

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bigbud747
03-12-2012, 11:46 AM
They are done! In the truck the pods are actually angled slightly up, so that's a plus. With just the component set and the AQ tweets in, it is very loud, and crystal clear. I can hear little aspects of music i've only barely been able to hear before (fingers sliding across guitar strings). I'm amazed at how good they sound, and also by how well the pods turned out. It's a perfect fit with about 1/2" clear from the kick panels and the floor. Still waiting on a reply back to see if my 8's shipped out or not.

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pro-rabbit
03-12-2012, 11:49 AM
I was going to ask why the paint, but I see it matches some things you already did.

Did you just screw it in and then seal it up? Hard to see with the pics. Should sound better then the stock location though.

bigbud747
03-12-2012, 11:52 AM
Yep it's held on by 8 wood screws through the the back of the door panel into the pod. And before i put it on i ran a bead of silicone around the edge, so it's nice and sealed off.

And yeah, i had done my kickpanels with fleck stone a couple years ago and liked how rugged it was, and it goes with the grey in my truck the best. This is my daily driver/work truck so i needed them to be durable and have scuffs not visible. Haha.

pro-rabbit
03-12-2012, 11:57 AM
Yep it's held on by 8 wood screws through the the back of the door panel into the pod. And before i put it on i ran a bead of silicone around the edge, so it's nice and sealed off.

And yeah, i had done my kickpanels with fleck stone a couple years ago and liked how rugged it was, and it goes with the grey in my truck the best. This is my daily driver/work truck so i needed them to be durable and have scuffs not visible. Haha.

I will see if I can get some pics of the truck when I'm ripping it apart this week. It looked great when done, but after a season of demoing at shows in booths it is less then pleasing to look at now.. :( Even my suede has seen better days.. lol

bigbud747
03-12-2012, 12:00 PM
I hear ya. Even this morning i hit my foot against it twice while getting in and out of the truck, but no scuffs or anything. I know that if i wrapped it in the Carbon Fiber vinyl i did my box in it would look better, but i need it do be durable. Haha.

disturbed471985
03-12-2012, 12:04 PM
I hear ya. Even this morning i hit my foot against it twice while getting in and out of the truck, but no scuffs or anything. I know that if i wrapped it in the Carbon Fiber vinyl i did my box in it would look better, but i need it do be durable. Haha.

Be sure to tell e1 thats getting in ur front seats to watch the speakers....... My cousin threw her 2ton leg against my flutes denting the dustcaps.. I was one mad mofo and still am.. I also had to change how I got out my car to make sure I dnt give one of them the foot... Tried some grills but god that looked awful but so does kicked in dustcaps :blackeye:

Mitch86
03-12-2012, 12:06 PM
The pods turned out nice! I love the look of the fleck stone paint. I might do my box with it...

bigbud747
03-12-2012, 12:06 PM
I would be livid too. I'm definitely going to tell people to watch their feet. I'm hoping that people have would want to take extra care of getting in the truck with open speakers near their feet, but some just don't care.

disturbed471985
03-12-2012, 12:12 PM
I would be livid too. I'm definitely going to tell people to watch their feet. I'm hoping that people have would want to take extra care of getting in the truck with open speakers near their feet, but some just don't care.


Yes, Sir.......

itsblown
03-13-2012, 09:11 AM
would there be problems with the back wall of the box being the plastic door panel? did you do anything to stiffen it.?

bigbud747
03-13-2012, 08:20 PM
This wasnt intended to be a sealed application. Will be used as a mid range driver, not a strictly midbass driver.