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darren700
10-24-2012, 09:25 PM
So i got a new truck, 2009 Sierra SLE Ext Cab Short Box (4.8L V8)
Performance mods so far: K&N Cold Air Intake, MBRP XP Series Stainless Dual Catback Exhaust

Decided to go with the 18 Zcon for a sub. Only 1200watts for now, plan to drop in a AQ 2200 asap. Sounds great already though.

System Specs:

Stock 145a Alternator
Stock Battery
Kinetic HC2400 (2 runs pos, 2 runs neg between batts)
Big 3
All Kinetic Wiring
Tsunami Fuse Terminals
Pioneer Premier P690UB
US AMPS MD1D (1200rms) and MD23 (300rms x2)
CDT ES-6MO, DRT-26a, Upstage Tweeter, 560 Xover
SSA Zcon 18 D2 (6.6cu ft @ 34hz)
80sq Feet RAAMmat BXT II (doors, back, part of floor)
25^ft eDead Xtreme (Floor)

Just finished the build tonight so i have some time to make this thread. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Should have taken more pics of the sound deadening, the whole interior was torn out and the entire back, back wall, floor and front doors are all deadened. it was well worth it too, with windows & doors closed there is barely any noise from the outside. No major vibration sounds either. The Headboard was vibrating real back in the back against the frame, 0.5" thick foam strips between the two solved the problem. no major vibrations now. this truck is build solid!

The Truck:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4194.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4193.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4192.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/back.jpg


The Sub (Other sub used to compare is Stereo Integrity Mag 15)
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4135.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4134.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/20121012_153616.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4139.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4137.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4136.jpg

darren700
10-24-2012, 09:25 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/20121014_173103.jpg

Under The Hood.

2 runs 1/0 Through the stock grommet
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4077_zpse77d1f9f.jpg

Ground Distro for stock battery i made out of aluminum:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4094.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4096.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4097.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4100.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/20121001_175150.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/20121001_175307.jpg

darren700
10-24-2012, 09:25 PM
Battery spacer plate i made out of 1/2" plate steel (the Hc2400 was too long and would have hit the truck's CPU without raising it with this plate. Utilizes stock tray screws and threaded rods to mount battery.)

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4090.jpg

RC Car Tire cut up and used to prevent battery from sliding:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4101.jpg

Custom made fuse bracket by me (uses shock tower bolts and self tappers into the side of the frame)
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/20121001_175219.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/20121001_175313.jpg

Aluminum Buss Bars i made, positive covered in liquid electrical tape.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/20121001_175208.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/20121001_175142.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/20121001_175157.jpg

darren700
10-24-2012, 09:26 PM
Aluminum Brackets made to hold up 1.5" PVC piping for running wires over motor between the batts:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4091.jpg

Wires all covered in loom:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4177.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4179.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4178.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4174.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4175.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4173.jpg

darren700
10-24-2012, 09:26 PM
Sound Deadening:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4079_zpscf174241.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4083_zps8fafbfc6.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4150.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4151.jpg

Doors:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4153.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4155.jpg

Stock Speakers cut out of Mounting bracket to fit CDT Mids
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4154.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4162.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4163.jpg

darren700
10-24-2012, 09:26 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4183.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4182.jpg

A Pillar Tweeters:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4156.jpg

Deck Install: (notice voltage is so low because the truck is off).
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4181.jpg

darren700
10-24-2012, 09:26 PM
Sub Box Supporting Frame:
-2"x2" Aluminum Square tubing with 1/8 Wall.
-3 Main peices Welded together
-Uses Stock seat bolts on driver side, bolts and nuts through floor to outside on passenger side

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4105.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4104.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4106.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4107.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4102.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4103.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4111.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4109.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4110.jpg

darren700
10-24-2012, 09:27 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4108.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4147.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4146.jpg

darren700
10-24-2012, 09:27 PM
Sub Box Building:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4114.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4115.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4120.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4121.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/20121013_090725.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/20121013_093346.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4140.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4141.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4143.jpg

darren700
10-24-2012, 09:28 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4144.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4145.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4148.jpg

Sub Install:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4164.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4161.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4160.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4159.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4165.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4166.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4172.jpg

darren700
10-24-2012, 09:28 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4171.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4170.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4169.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4167.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4180.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a252/darren700/Sierra%20Zcon%20Install/IMG_4190.jpg

---------- Post added at 09:28 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:28 PM ----------

let me know what you think!

Changchung
10-25-2012, 01:33 AM
Nice job you do... This is not a subwoofer, it is a massage chair...

Congrats.

Nice wiring job...

ssteele18
10-25-2012, 01:47 AM
Very clean.. Deff way more work than I put into my current vehicle..But then again, if I had a brand new, or much newer car, I suppose I would want it spick 'n span.. Anyway, I hope she sounds great and you figure out if you wanna throw on the AQ2200 or not.

Dtrom
10-25-2012, 02:08 AM
Looks good mane!

Iosias
10-25-2012, 03:32 AM
Looks amazing. The grounds on the amps are just to the cab? Also did you bypass the voltage regulator on the alternator?

darren700
10-25-2012, 06:54 AM
thanks alot guys. didnt bypass the voltage regulator, so no need for it. My voltage barely drops below 14.4
Yes amps are grounded to the frame, but keep in mind both batts are grounded together, and both are grounded in two spots to the frame, plus two grounds from the engine to the frame.

darren700
10-25-2012, 06:59 AM
double post

gckless
10-25-2012, 07:09 AM
Nice build! Wiring is really clean. But, your doors/mids could use some work. Get those tweeters up to the A-pillars, and seal off the door. You'll notice much better sound in the front stage as a whole.

darren700
10-25-2012, 07:22 AM
Actually, the doors are completely sealed, i just forgot to take a picture of them when i was finished. there are no holes in the door skin now.

There are tweeters in the a pillars as well as in the doors (DRT25 Titanium in doors and CDT Upstage kit tweets in the a-pillars). images really well. i am very happy with the frontstage, the upstage tweeters really raise the image well.
much better than in my monte carlo.

Iosias
10-28-2012, 10:26 PM
Hmm, my friends voltage goes from 11-14v, maybe his dash is metering wrong. We wanna run 2k plus in it but were worried about the alt. (2010 Silverado)