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    2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    NOTE: THIS IS NOT FOR GLAMOUR, ONLY FUNCTION!


    Alright so i decided to change out my sub last weekend. made a few orders on CarAudioClassifieds, eBay, and of course here and finally got everything installed. Tell me what you think!

    Old setup:
    Sub: 12" RF Power HX2 D2
    Amp: RF T10001bd
    Batt: Kinetik HC1400
    Box: ~2.5 cu.ft. tuned to 40hz (RF Recommended specs)
    4awg from battery to amp
    0awg Big 3

    New setup:
    Sub: 12" RD Heavyweight D2 Daily
    Amp: Sundown SAZ-3000D
    Batt: Kinetik HC2000 and HC1400
    Box: 2.71 cu.ft. before displacement tuned to ~34hz (still don't know Heavyweights displacement? either way its the biggest box i could fit in the opening for my trunk)
    0 awg from battery to amp (3 300amp fuses)
    0 awg Big 3
    Damplifier Pro in Trunk

    Now onto the pics!

    This is the old ugly setup I had, but it was definitely functional. Just had to keep the trunk closed to hide my embarassment



    look at that bootleg bracing haha. a couple 2x4s cut to keep it from sliding around worked like a charm.

    Behind the box you can see the battery and amp



    They fit perfectly! But not on purpose....

    See the box was had to be put in upside down because i couldn't fit it the other way (woops)...the back was supposed to be flush with the back of the seat buut yeah that didn't work out. After a lot of sanding that basically ruined the paint job i did on it, i finally got it in. Luckily it turned out my amp and batt could be hidden out of sight behind it...guess it worked out for the best

    Here's the back of the box from another angle



    including some more bootleg bracing for my batt. But like I said, function was key, not much else was worried about.


    So finally time to say goodbye. Started taking out everything with the help of my pops



    Got the box out



    amp still attached to the back



    all the brown edges you see are where it was sanded down just to get it to fit. and even then it was a bish to put in

    This is how it was supposed to sit in the trunk



    another angle with the amp removed



    trunk empty

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    Re: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    I almost forgot how much space i had in there! I used to be able to fit a tv, minifridge, and suitcases my freshman year for trips home from school...but those times are gone



    tire well



    after removing carpet



    ready to apply deadner Bought a bulk pack of dampflier pro but ended up only doing a little of the trunk. finished the trunk lid though

    before



    and after



    For my first time i dont think i did that bad. and plus it's easy as hell to put on. I'll do the rest of the trunk later but i was eager to get the subs in and i think the lid is the more important part anyway

    got a box in the mail



    she made it! couldn't wait to open her up



    shes a beauty



    big ole ugly magnet though lol



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    Re: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    single spider but it's stiff as ALL HELL.





    I made my dad push on my HX2 cone and then push on the HW...his jaw dropped lol he's like 'is it going to move??' oh yes sir, it will

    now time for old vs. new



    HX2 has a bigger dustcap



    Heavyweight has a bigger everything else lol.



    I look at these pics for hours at a time lol i love it.

    Now old amp vs. new amp



    bottom one has 3 times the power. I think it's pretty good size ratio for the amount of power i get.

    rest of the stuff i bought (batt, alternator, 0 gauge wire, terminals, fuses, fuse holder)



    220amp alternator still waiting to be installed, i found out i may have to remove the engine support just to get the serpentine belt off unless i find an easier way to do it i may have to pay to get it done...LAME

    started building my box. cut out all the pieces



    starting the build



    almost done (pops helping out some more...he couldn't resist when he saw me pulling out the tools lol)




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    Re: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    finished



    inside



    port



    test fit in the trunk...got in A LOT easier



    now moving to the actual install, got the big 3 done.



    definitely the hardest part of this project was wiring. cutting and crimping was a bish but threading the 0 gauge wire through the 4 gauge opening Best Buy made for me was the WORST. luckily the grommet was rubbery enough that i could stretch it around the wire. then i took a couple hours threading it underneath the carpet....man that was a pain. finding a hack saw also made cutting the wires much faster

    finally put the sub in the box...looks like *** to me



    amp attached to the back of the box



    finally finished all the wiring



    I know someones gonna say something about it all being the same color wire, but 1. I did the install myself and no one else will be touching it so i know the difference and 2. No one offered to send me 2-3ft of black 0 awg wire lol. plus i still have about 3 ft left of the 0awg that i bought, so i wanted to put it to good use.

    everything in place.



    I couldnt believe how perfectly the Kinetiks fit next to the box. they literally stagger off eachother the exact width of my trunk at that section...guess i'm on a lucky streak



    yeah you see it...the batts are basically flush with the front of my box. I honestly did not measure this at ALL...don't know how it happened this way, but not complaining either!



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    Re: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    used some of the left over mdf for bracing



    and it's done! I'm breaking it in right now but definitely satisfied so far. can't wait to turn it up hopefully by this weekend


    soooooo....watcha think??



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    Re: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    Nice bracing for the box and batt, how can u spend $1k+ on a system and not find a proper way of bracing the box. Also its not that hard to make a quick battery box.

    IMO it just looks like a half *** install with nice equipment.



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    Re: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    ur gonna need some internal bracing with that box...Also a nice amp rack would be a plus



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    Re: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    Quote Originally Posted by Marlo Stanfield View Post
    Nice bracing for the box and batt, how can u spend $1k+ on a system and not find a proper way of bracing the box. Also its not that hard to make a quick battery box.

    IMO it just looks like a half *** install with nice equipment.
    Well I work full time during the week and i am going out of town over the weekend through next week, so i wanted it installed ASAP. I'm considering doing a false floor but with the curves in my trunk its not going to be easy. the sides and bottom have several different levels that i would have to accomodate for.

    So far it's working out pretty well for me though so it'll probably stay like this for a while. But thanks for the input I'll definitely consider it



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    Quote Originally Posted by chaunb3400 View Post
    ur gonna need some internal bracing with that box...Also a nice amp rack would be a plus
    I am going to double baffle the box as well, i had to make sure it fit first though. why would an amp rack be needed?



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    Re: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    Don't hate on the dude, he said it was for functionality not "glamour"..

    I would have done the box longer & made an amp & battery rack on top of the box if you are trying to save that back bit of space.. or even put amps & where the spare is.



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    Re: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    I don't think he meant that the amp rack was needed, he just meant that it would be a nice touch.

    With a beefy sub like that.. I'm always afraid of vibrations causing amp internals to fck up.. but that's just me being paranoid I guess; even then I'd probably add some rubber feet to the bottom of the amp.

    And what's the port area? Seems a bit small, although I don't know the port length.


    Pretty nice overall man; very nice equipment.



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    Re: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    over all nice job how does it sound



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    Quote Originally Posted by J31Rob View Post
    Don't hate on the dude, he said it was for functionality not "glamour"..

    I would have done the box longer & made an amp & battery rack on top of the box if you are trying to save that back bit of space.. or even put amps & where the spare is.
    The box is actually pushed back as far as it can go. the amp i guess is technically 'outside' of the trunk...theres a good bit of space behind the seat since they are bucket seats so they have a slant.

    Quote Originally Posted by MTXman View Post
    I don't think he meant that the amp rack was needed, he just meant that it would be a nice touch.

    With a beefy sub like that.. I'm always afraid of vibrations causing amp internals to fck up.. but that's just me being paranoid I guess; even then I'd probably add some rubber feet to the bottom of the amp.

    And what's the port area? Seems a bit small, although I don't know the port length.


    Pretty nice overall man; very nice equipment.
    yeah i knew i was pushing it with the port width (only 2") but i modeled it in the RE Enclosure calculator it was tuned to ~32hz but i heard with sub displacement it'll go up about 2 hz so i'm estimating its around 34hz.

    and i have spacers inbetween the amp and sub box, would the vibrations thing still be an issue? i heard similar situations before where people take the amp off the box and its all scratched to hell and pieces inside moved around so i was *hoping* the spacers would fix the problem...

    Quote Originally Posted by DB-Audio View Post
    over all nice job how does it sound
    thanx man, so far it's pretty good. still haven't turned it up though. i put a review on CACO you can check out and i'll update it when it's broken in (hopefully by this weekend)

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    Re: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    nice job kern looks good. cant wait til its broke in, maybe we can meet up and youll let me hear that thing.




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    Re: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Substage Install

    doesnt look bad i bet its musical . . you can make those 12's slam tho ! the thing with your ap is you need a way for the bass to get back in the cabin . . maybe even do a front fire/front port into cabin sealed off that would sound nice



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