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    Icon6 *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Inside

    Hey all! Much like my previous threads I am starting another part of a build that will be completely documented through video. The support for the door pod series was awesome and I hope you guys enjoy this series just as much. Just like before I will be video taping every single step and editing all the information together to present to you. If you haven't seen my videos before I hope that you enjoy them and would love to hear what you think!

    If you missed the seeing the door pods I mentioned above here is how they turned out:



    If you would like to see the in depth process of each step for how I made these door pods there is a conveniently organized playlist on YouTube at this link:

    Fiberglass Door Panels Pods - Video Step 1 Woodwork Templates CarAudioFabrication - YouTube

    But enough about the door pods! Its time to get into our next project: The Fiberglass Under Seat Sub Box! Lets get started!

    First a little about the system:

    The Vehicle:
    Chevy Duramax 2500 HD Extended Cab (Will add pics soon)

    The Gear:
    Alpine Type R's 6.5" Component Speakers
    10" JL Audio W3 (Just kidding, I was planning on using this but have fallen in love with the DAD KMH-8, so we are using that instead)
    Knukonceptz wiring
    Wirecare.com wire protection products
    Alpine MRP-M500
    Alpine MRP-F300

    If you are interested in a review for the KMH-8 or learning more, check this out:


    I started with a concept, I knew that I wanted to build a box that would house both the amplifiers for the system and hide the wiring, but at the same time I wanted quick and easy access to them. The plan for how I am going to do this is difficult to explain, but as the build progresses it will become clear.

    The box will also feature several inserts, I have entertained the idea of doing light up plexi on parts of the box. But I am not sure I want too. What do you guys think?

    Anyhow here is the initial idea, I like to get stuff out on paper first, really gets the creative juices flowing:



    With the general idea framed out I started building. Pretty traditional stuff here but one of the coolest things I can teach you here is how I used a "Adjustable Curve" to get a perfect match with the floor contour of the vehicle. I also got the "Beauty Panel" frame trimmed out on the top of the box.



    To see the steps that got me to this point check out the video below!



    Well, thats it for now, off to a good start, I already have the bottom fiberglass molded, just need to edit the video, so you guys have to wait! Let me know what you guys think, wondering what direction you think I should go with the insert pieces, back lit, metal mesh, etc.



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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    Whew, resin stinks, I got a good six or so layers on. Nice and thick, I can stand on the box with no flex whatsoever.



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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    Tuned in
    Love your builds man
    Gonna check out the door pods when I get home as I.need to redo mine. First go round didn't turn out so well



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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    Here is the next video, I have a bunch of pictures too, but I want to edit them before upload.

    This video will show how I mold the bottom of the enclosure with fiberglass.




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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    Pictures! All steps can be seen in the video in my previous post.

    Molded the floor of the enclosure:











    Have to be sure it is strong!



    Added the top:





    Had to fill up the large hole at the back of the enclosure where I wasnt able to just mold the floor:





    One mistake I made is I went to heavy with the resin with the first coat, it ended up really glossy on the bottom of the enclosure, but still I was able to build several layers and it is STRONG. In the video I even bounce up and down on it with no issues!



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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    Did a little bit of wood working yesterday! Everyone lurking in here?!?



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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    Who wants some pics?

    Started with a circle around the sub, didnt really like it so you will see but I do something a little different:





    Finally got a new dust mask! i love this thing!



    Like the new shape around the sub better?









    Amplifier cover templates:






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    Messed around a little with this mesh, do you think I should use it?



    Man I need a dust collector! Any suggestions?


    Here are all the steps in video:




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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    Super clean work man, awesome design. I like the mesh it looks like what rockford uses on there marine stuff, where do you plan on using it.




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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    Quote Originally Posted by DeanG View Post
    Super clean work man, awesome design. I like the mesh it looks like what rockford uses on there marine stuff, where do you plan on using it.
    Thanks, I plan on using it underneath the insert pieces over the amp and next to the subwoofer.



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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    What kind of respirator do you have for the fiberglassing?




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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    Quote Originally Posted by elmatta View Post
    What kind of respirator do you have for the fiberglassing?
    I have a 3m one that I picked up from a local hardware store. I spent $35 on it iirc. Look for one that is rated for paint.



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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    Awesome work! Those respirators have particle filters that replace those chemical filters. Pink disc things.




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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    Very very nice work, I've used several of your vids to help me throughout some of my small builds. Thanks




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    Re: *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos Ins

    So I know have got the amp rack fibeglassed, smoothed and all ready for vinyl. Lets take a look at the steps:

    Started with some fiberglass:







    Started smoothing thins out with filler:









    Heres how the mesh looks over the amps, still not sure if I will use it, or paint it. I need to see what it looks like after everything is wrapped.



    Everything is smooth now!






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