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    Second Skin Rep - 2008 Infiniti EX35 - JL, Ultra Subs, Arc Audio

    Thought I would share the install my new friend John at Hand crafted Car Audio of Chandler AZ did for me a couple weeks ago.
    I met John through a Second Skin sales rep named Bob Morrow.
    Some of you guys already know of Bobs Tacoma which has been reviewed in this DIYMA thread:
    http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum/...-t-tacoma.html

    So Bob introduced me to John, one of the customers he calls on.
    John is a true DIY guy turned professional.
    He works out of the garage in his home in east Chandler AZ and within the first minute of walking in, I knew I was in the right place.
    The tools he has and the cleanliness alone were enough to make most retail install bays jealous.

    You can see a shot of his garage on the home page of his website:
    Handcrafted Car Audio - Mesa, AZ - Car Audio, Video, Security and Accessory Sales and Installation.

    After talking with Bob and John for a few hours, we came up with a game plan. I already have tons of amps, subs and components to choose from. Most all brand new, but some simply wouldn't work.

    I really wanted to keep everything as factory looking as possible. I did not want fabricate pods in the dash, or put the tweets in the pillars. We did not use kicks, and I opted to keep the factory spare tire. My biggest concern here is that I travel to Mexico 6-8 times per year. It is a 4 hour drive to the beach so I would absolutely hate to blow a tire on the way and be stuck in the middle of the desert with no spare. The spare had to stay.

    The problem with this was that it limited the space we could use for the amp rack, as well as the subs. We ended up glassing one sub on each side of the hatch while making the amp rack adjustable so that I could still access the spare tire with ease. It turned out better than I could have hoped for!

    All in all, everything is very factory.
    The mids are in the doors and the tweets are in the factory dash corners. I knew that I would be compromising on this but I honestly would rather keep everything factory, and take my licks afterwards.

    Here is what we used:

    Head Unit - Factory Infiniti integrated with:
    Arc Audio SRI

    Components
    Ultra Subs SS-6

    Subs
    (2) JL Audio 8W7

    Amps
    (2) JL HD750/1's
    (2) JL HD600/4's

    I only needed one of the 4 channel amps so that one is sitting back in my closet.

    Crossover
    Arc Audio IDX

    Sound Deadening
    Second Skin Damplifier Pro

    All in all, everything is still very factory.
    The mids are in the doors and the tweets are in the factory dash corners. I knew that I would be compromising on this but I honestly would rather keep everything factory, and take my licks afterwards.
    Here are the pics:
















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    Overall I am very happy with the results
    We still have some tweaking to do, but without messing with it too much it is very loud, and crisp. A bit too crisp o nthe highs in fact. Having tweets with 150 watts in the corners of the dash bouncing off the windshield certainly is not doing me any favors, so my one of my next steps is to kill the tweets and replace them with a with a set of HAT L4s that Scott just sent me.
    Some time alignment would be great, as would an EQ.

    I am looking at a 7 band Arc model but I am open to some suggestions if you guys have any. Today, Matt at Image Dynamics suggested an Audio Control unit. If anyone has some ideas, please throw them my way. The factory head unit is lacking for sure.

    Manville sent me the bass controller for the sub amps, but I am not sure if I will need it once we get the EQ put in. Just gotta get the right EQ and find a place for it.


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    Re: Second Skin Rep - 2008 Infiniti EX35 - JL, Ultra Subs, Arc Audio

    Should of used the new blackfoil damp pro!! haha looks nice man



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    Re: Second Skin Rep - 2008 Infiniti EX35 - JL, Ultra Subs, Arc Audio

    That looks absolutely sick

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    Re: Second Skin Rep - 2008 Infiniti EX35 - JL, Ultra Subs, Arc Audio

    very clean install



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    Re: Second Skin Rep - 2008 Infiniti EX35 - JL, Ultra Subs, Arc Audio

    Looks good man




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    Re: Second Skin Rep - 2008 Infiniti EX35 - JL, Ultra Subs, Arc Audio

    Quote Originally Posted by GetLikeMe View Post
    Should of used the new blackfoil damp pro!! haha looks nice man
    I thought about it, but decided to move forward anyway.
    I had gone long enough without a system and I had to keep pushing it back.
    I still have to deaden the ceiling, as well as the back of the trim, so I will use the Damplifier Black there, as well as the SPL Tiles and SPL Sludge.

    Thanks for the kind words!
    Glad you guys like.

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    Re: Second Skin Rep - 2008 Infiniti EX35 - JL, Ultra Subs, Arc Audio

    am I wrong for thinking this could actually meter decent in addition to having a good sound




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    Re: Second Skin Rep - 2008 Infiniti EX35 - JL, Ultra Subs, Arc Audio

    Quote Originally Posted by Crimson Boom View Post
    am I wrong for thinking this could actually meter decent in addition to having a good sound
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    Re: Second Skin Rep - 2008 Infiniti EX35 - JL, Ultra Subs, Arc Audio

    Wow very nice finished product, looks **** as hell.



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    Re: Second Skin Rep - 2008 Infiniti EX35 - JL, Ultra Subs, Arc Audio

    very nice very clean too good job



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    Doesn't it work like this?







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