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k_schutte
06-17-2012, 11:25 PM
Well, this one is going to probably **** for me. For sure won't get me the 152-153 I am use to but I am at least hoping for a 140, LOL... going to be running a LOC, stock everything else, Big3 and that's about it.

the car: http://i47.tinypic.com/el7ihy.jpg

the system is as fallows:
P.A. CPT1-5500D @ 1ohm (2kw~ rms)
2) RE SE-x 10"s
2.5ft^3 @ 36hz via 6" aero port. subs rear, port to the drivers/passengers side (gonna see which I like better)
nice Line Out Converter with built in line driver
stock head unit
stock speakers


LOL, lame as balls, I know! I will be ditching that factory 10" in the rear deck so that will at least be ported. the mids/highs on the car are pretty good for right now and I just dont want to mess with the stock looks of the dash cuz I love it. The spot on the cement is from my Explorer, which was always parked there before I got this car a while back.

skylineTT
06-17-2012, 11:28 PM
The spot on the cement is from my Explorer


Lol I like that you disclosed that info before we gave you crap. Why the SE-x's?

jolly_26
06-18-2012, 12:00 AM
2k rms doesn't sound that lame bro. Not epic, but still a stout system I'm sure

av83
06-18-2012, 12:05 AM
Good looking car, man. Love CTS's.

k_schutte
06-18-2012, 08:10 AM
Lol I like that you disclosed that info before we gave you crap. Why the SE-x's?

IDK, I bought them 2 years ago for my Conquest and never used them. they have been in my closet since, tried trading them for something else but no interest so I decided to toss 'em in.

kushy_dreams
06-18-2012, 02:58 PM
You should have a 140 with ease with that substage.

I do 142 sealed on the dash on a burp and 141s at the headrest on music with half the power, a little more cone area (2 12s) and my box is tuned way lower to 31hz and the subs are meant for sq. I would do subs back port back and put the box a ports width from the rear of the trunk if you want #s.

k_schutte
06-22-2012, 08:27 PM
I had my box built by a "pro"... LOL Well, a group of them actually. There are a bunch of local guys that have been doing dB drags for years and they all got together and designed/built me a nice little box. After a bit of testing they decided subs back, port to the drivers side would be best. Here is the box, I am going to have it bed linered. Nothing too special as I stated, 2.5ft^3 net at 35hz~, rounded corners, flush mounted subs (of course) and they set the port out a bit with that baffle so it would mount flush and so we could add a little port length without taking up space to get the 35hz~ I wanted.

Every corner has been rounded since the pic, box was about 85% complete when the pic was taken.
http://i49.tinypic.com/30w5nie.jpg

k_schutte
06-22-2012, 08:30 PM
Wire should be here tomorrow, gotta pick up the LOC and then I should be installing. I am HOPING to get time this weekend but I am not sure if that is going to happen. I really like the way the box turned out though!! Once I get it sealed, bed lined and loaded, I will get more pics up

k_schutte
06-22-2012, 08:45 PM
It might not seem completely lame but in comparison to my last build:

http://i49.tinypic.com/345et6x.jpg
http://i46.tinypic.com/2mg9qw7.jpg
http://i45.tinypic.com/2dhhhj7.jpg

It's gonna ****! LOL that did 153's as you see it. Never did any testing, didn't seal the box, didn't do crap. built the box about 5-6 hours before the competition, found my peak and burped a 153.1 or something like that, barely a 153... I think she had more in her, I just didn't get around to it.

Kangaroux
06-22-2012, 09:20 PM
Nice looking box, I like the port. If you are going with bed liner get some herculiner, good stuff.

CHEMMINS
06-22-2012, 09:25 PM
WTF is homeland security doin next to yer ride.....you some terrorist mofo?......jk.

k_schutte
06-22-2012, 09:43 PM
LOL, nah... I build their vehicles. Local PD's, sheriff, homeland security, FBI, INS (called ICE here though) etc...

pieper88
06-22-2012, 09:55 PM
LOL, nah... I build their vehicles. Local PD's, sheriff, homeland security, FBI, INS (called ICE here though) etc...

Hey, I know where you work

k_schutte
06-22-2012, 10:20 PM
Hey, I know where you work

You sure...? there are like 4 companies around here that do it. of course, we are BY FAR the best!!! not just saying that either, it's pretty obvious if you look at ANY of our builds! not to mention the COUNTLESS vehicles that get brought to us for fixing when the "lowest bidder" fucks every up!

EDIT: just realized you can see the neighboring building so you very well might know where I work. LOL You know the people/place well or just know of it...?

jteske88
06-23-2012, 07:56 AM
u have the nwer black baskets then? im rocking the 12 spokes and love em. let me know how they sound.

k_schutte
06-23-2012, 10:07 PM
Yeah, they're the newer versions...

Got the box sprayed, turned out pretty decent. I ended up using two cans of Dupli-Color bed liner in spray cans at $10/can. Could have used a third can but I honestly didn't worry TOO much about the back or bottom. Main focus was on the front and port side as that't pretty much all you will see when it is in the car.

cell phone pics, sorry.
http://i45.tinypic.com/f1jvnm.jpg
http://s11.postimage.org/iv5zjnbsz/IMG00355.jpg

kushy_dreams
06-23-2012, 10:40 PM
I like your hanging method, I'm totally doing that in a week when I paint my box.

k_schutte
06-23-2012, 11:24 PM
I like your hanging method, I'm totally doing that in a week when I paint my box.

worked out quite well for me! just finished building that shed like 20-30 minutes before I coated the box. LOL

I might end up painting the box now as well. Not 100% sure right now but that bed liner is paintable so we'll see what happens. I was thinking a nice pearl white to match the car or some crazy metal flake or something, IDK, probably leave it alone for a bit...

Kangaroux
06-24-2012, 12:01 AM
Yeah, they're the newer versions...

Got the box sprayed, turned out pretty decent. I ended up using two cans of Dupli-Color bed liner in spray cans at $10/can. Could have used a third can but I honestly didn't worry TOO much about the back or bottom. Main focus was on the front and port side as that't pretty much all you will see when it is in the car.

cell phone pics, sorry.
http://i45.tinypic.com/f1jvnm.jpg
http://s11.postimage.org/iv5zjnbsz/IMG00355.jpg

That looks real nice. Got a close up? I'm tempted to do bedliner on my next box. Thinking of doing a coat of black paint under it first just so I don't have to use a ton of it since the box is gonna be big.

pieper88
06-24-2012, 12:21 AM
You sure...? there are like 4 companies around here that do it. of course, we are BY FAR the best!!! not just saying that either, it's pretty obvious if you look at ANY of our builds! not to mention the COUNTLESS vehicles that get brought to us for fixing when the "lowest bidder" fucks every up!

EDIT: just realized you can see the neighboring building so you very well might know where I work. LOL You know the people/place well or just know of it...?

I knew the specific one based on the pics. More know of it and have seen some of the work you guys have done.

k_schutte
06-24-2012, 01:20 AM
I knew the specific one based on the pics. More know of it and have seen some of the work you guys have done.

Hopefully our recent work!! They had a couple people who were a bit "lazy" before. I do the builds now, well I have for the last 8-9 months. Funny, it went from a 3 person shop to just me and we are getting the same amount of work done, just better. LOL seeing people complain about running 1/0 makes me giggle! Some of the cars I have built have two groups of wire the size of softballs! Try making THAT fit into a 2012 Caprice (Pontiac G8)!! not an easy task. :)

k_schutte
06-24-2012, 09:52 PM
Wanna talk about low budget...? I don't have the money for the wire I need for the subs. So, I go out to my garage and start looking around. Then I find a handful of extension cords, BIG ones. they are 10awg/3 cords and I have like 6 of them. so I grab the shortest one and...


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LOL, 100% OFC, 10awg wiring for the subs. Sure, it might be a little "ghetto" but wire is wire and it is what I needed so.... Took me about 20-30 minutes to get all the wire out. I CAREFULLY ran a razor down to cord and removed the outer lining. then I had to remove that cardboard insulation crap and the untwist the three wires to get the green and black that I wanted to use. All in all, it worked and didn't cost me a penny.

k_schutte
06-28-2012, 10:40 PM
at a bit of a "stand still" right now thanks to the weather. 100* heat index and nasty humid is not a good time for installing car audio!!

armykyle1
06-28-2012, 11:42 PM
Box looks great!

shpatb
06-29-2012, 12:02 AM
I wish you lived closer to make me a ****** box like that one... :(

k_schutte
07-05-2012, 12:56 AM
Well, I finally said F* it, went out in this 96* heat and got my this installed. I am EXTREMELY happy with it as of right now and am VERY impressed! Mind you, I have been without subs for like 2 years now but...

I have them on about 400-500 watts each right now to break them in and then I plan to throw like 1Kw rms to each of them. This is my first "lower tuned" setup, I am usually up around 42hZ for the dBz, LOL. sittin around 33-34 hz right now and loving it! I can't wait to double the power and see what happens!

I plan to get it metered at some point as it sits and then again with the 40hz~ tuning and see what the difference is, just out of curiousity. In case I didn't mention it before, this is my first multi-sub setup, my first "lower tuned" setup and my first "anything smaller than a 15"" setup. I will try to get some vids up in the next day or two. No pics of the trunk until I get it cleaned up and 100% finished though! Hopefully this weekend...

k_schutte
07-06-2012, 04:07 PM
Videos never seem to do cars justice, LOL...

Running them at about 400w each right now for "break-in". I can't wait to crank it up and see what happens in a couple weeks.

One thing I am wondering about, the LOC inputs. the car doesn't have rear deck speakers so I used the +/- from the factory subwoofer (removed it to have the rear deck vent). I am not sure if the car has a built in crossover and/or if that would make a difference if it does...? I am using the Cache CLOC+D (Cache CLOC+D (CLOCD) Line Output Converter w/ Line Driver (http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_33576_Cache-CLOC-D.html))

anyways, on to the poopyness... :(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdJljlDjQ1Y