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    My modest, average joe, install (56K good luck).

    To preface; I'm a huge HT buff, and have spent tens of thousands of dollars on equipment and room treatments. I've always been one to do things myself rather than pay someone else. You just gain a greater sense of satisfaction when it's done. Well due to all my funds being dumped into my HT, my truck's have always been neglected. Well lately I've been getting the itch to do more than the basic install so I decided to tackle the project. This is a daily driver, and not designed to ever be near a sound comp. I also want the install to retain all the stock aesthetics.

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    sub: MTX TE1501D
    mains: MTX TE1004
    front stage: JBL 660gti
    subs: two 12" RE SE's
    deck: Alpine W404 multi media and Alpine 12 disc changer
    EQ: Imprint
    wiring: Knu Koncepts 1/0 gauge, 4 gauge, etc.
    sound deadening: Raammat and ensolite

    Interior Gutted, nice and shiny.



    Doors are gutted as well. I chose to remove the window regulator's to make getting deadening inside the door a whole lot easier. Chevy really makes it nice for taking things apart. Half the truck was assembled with a 10mm socket.


    Don't forget to tape up the window before removing the reg though. Bad things will happen if you don't.


    Even though it's a purty yellow, avoid messing with the box under the driver's side seat. This controls the airbag....nuff said.


    First layer of mat is down. I used a combination of wiffle ball and golf ball to roll it around the curves. This took a lot longer than I originally figured.


    Second layer finished. Flat exhausted at this point. The only part that didn't get a full two layers we're directly above the front seats. I ran out and had to make do with what I had.


    Back wall finished. This will only see a single layer as well.


    Stopped for a few minutes to snap a few pic's of a T storm rolling through.







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    OK, enough screwing around, back to work. Stuffed a bunch of ensolite in the back quarters.


    I doubt it will do much, but seeing as I had a bunch left over I decided to lay some on the floor pan.


    Dropped 2 layers on the outside inner panel, and also covered any piece of exposed metal (intrusion bar, etc). Definitely made a difference knocking on the door. There was also a surprising improvement between the first and second layer. Here's part way through.


    I also added some ensolite behind the speaker position to help with standing waves.


    Seeing as I only had 2 days off work in a row, and this is my daily driver, I had to get cracking and at least get the truck back to driveable. You'd laugh if you saw me trying to remember how it all went back together. Lack of sleep doesn't help any.


    Reg's back in the doors and ready for the outer skin. I'm in the process of building some MDF spacers for the door openings. This should create a little diffusion between the speaker and metal door. In trying to stick with the stock look, the JBL tweeters will be mounted above the woofer with the included waveguides. Thank goodness for Chevy's massive speaker grille's.




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    Cut out the MDF for the amp rack. Covered the back of it with ensolite to dampen it from the back wall. Yes I used screws to attach it to the back wall. I know some of you are adamant against this, but in case you haven't noticed, Chevy cut two huge holes for vents on each side of the cab. I doubt a tiny screw hole is going to matter much. Besides, I figure removal of amp rack is easier this way than using liquid nails. Screws are stainless to prevent any corrosion.


    Mounted amps, distribution block, and Imprint. Ran all the speaker wire. I had 14 gauge left over from my theater install so I used that. Maybe a little bit of an overkill but it was free.


    That's all for now, comment welcome.




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    Re: My modest, average joe, install (56K good luck).

    Quote Originally Posted by Alter Ego Trip View Post
    Is that a funnel cloud ?




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    Re: My modest, average joe, install (56K good luck).

    nice clean start i like it. more pics when you get em!



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    Re: My modest, average joe, install (56K good luck).

    Keep em coming.




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    Re: My modest, average joe, install (56K good luck).

    Quote Originally Posted by Louisiana_CRX View Post
    Is that a funnel cloud ?
    You know it sure looked like the start of one. I'm in western MT though, and Tornado's are really rare over here. We've had a couple touch down, but they are few and far between. This has been a killer year for T storms though. We've had more in the last month than I can remember in 10 years.




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    Re: My modest, average joe, install (56K good luck).

    thats looking really good so far



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    Quote Originally Posted by Christo19 View Post
    thats looking really good so far
    Thanks. I could use a hand, you up for a road trip?




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    Re: My modest, average joe, install (56K good luck).

    VERY nice looking so far. I love seeing some good truck installs



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    Re: My modest, average joe, install (56K good luck).

    Quote Originally Posted by Alter Ego Trip View Post
    You know it sure looked like the start of one. I'm in western MT though, and Tornado's are really rare over here. We've had a couple touch down, but they are few and far between. This has been a killer year for T storms though. We've had more in the last month than I can remember in 10 years.
    with global warming we will see a lot more bad weather than normal

    install looks good so far




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    I enjoy this thread.





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    Re: My modest, average joe, install (56K good luck).

    your HT work has reallly helpe with this install....silverado?



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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbonnie View Post
    your HT work has reallly helpe with this install....silverado?
    You got it. My lease was up on my 07 so I purchased an 05 to play with. I'm in the process of building a 6.0 liter swap to replace the 5.3 when I get some time. Here's a couple quick pic's of some of my theater build.

    07 Chevy.


    Custom stage I built. I pulled down some of the covering to get the camera to focus. The whole front wall is treated with 2" thick fiberglass paneling. Speakers and receiver were just positioned to eq before adding more acoustic treatments.


    Changed out speakers for a better sound stage up front. These are powered by a Cinenova grand 300x5 amplifier. The rear surrounds are run off an Onkyo 906.




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    Re: My modest, average joe, install (56K good luck).

    i had an 06 silverado and loved it. wish it was still around but when gas jumped to 4.70 a gallon and drivin 700 miles a week didnt help my bills at all.

    great install so far



    HU - Pioneer 800prs
    Mids - Peerless HDS nomex 6.5's
    Highs - Seas Prestige Alumi-domes
    Front Stage Amp - Sundown 100.4D
    Sub - SA-12
    Sub Amp - Saz-1000D
    Wire - Knukonceptz, Kicker Hyperflex

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