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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    and that's TWO sets of kicks, mr. Bean.....! i did my koda pods too and it's HELLA easy.







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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    I would really like to get togethe with adidas and req and do a big *** car audio project. I would really like to share with you guys what I've learned over the years about custom car fabrication and also learn from you req what you know. It's too bad you don't live closer cause neither of us have jobs right now and it would work out great.... hahaha




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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    well me and req are getting together at his place in liverpool, NY here on the 22nd of this month...

    plane ticket?



    there will be a thread for what me and req do




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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Quote Originally Posted by GCAdidas13
    well me and req are getting together at his place in liverpool, NY here on the 22nd of this month...

    plane ticket?



    there will be a thread for what me and req do
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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Is glue the only thing that holds the wooden dowels in place? or do u fiberglass the base of them so they dont come apart?

    Also do u fiberglass the inside of the pods as well or just the outside?



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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Just glue is enough. It only has to hold the piece of wood that you are fiberglassing over. After you are finished fiberglassing the outside, it is common practice to remove the wooden dowels (i use popsicle sticks) and spread out a layer of just resin on the inside. It will hole everything like it should




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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    roughly how much resin and mat will i need to do a set of kicks? a gallon of resin? a qt?




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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Why is this stickied? Those are hidious kick panels, very poor quality...ok so they're not that bad but the carpet around them look awful.

    Rule el numbre uno - don't use carpet or vinel when your flush mounting them. (unless you know what you're doing.

    EDIT: that was a little harsh, but I was drunk when I posted that.
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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Quote Originally Posted by Crzy
    roughly how much resin and mat will i need to do a set of kicks? a gallon of resin? a qt?
    You might be able to get by with a quart, if they're small kickpanels, but just buy a gallen.

    I just picked up a gallon for 30. Not too shabby when one quart if half that cost.




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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    I agree.. and yet I disagree.. LOL! The fiberglass work, for a newbie, was informative and appears to have been done methodically step by step appropriately and with MUCH patience...This obviously makes for an AWESOME fb job! The only issue I have is the carpeting and the finish around the speaker cut-outs. I have not fiberglassed..YET... but I have covered many a box, seat, couch, etc. The only suggestion/improvement to this, that would take you to the next level, is if were to cross cut your "openings" and roll the material into the opening; so the cloth would have appeared to continue and not have shown those ragged ugly edges. You did a great job installing the ring symmetrically and it was a shame to see the carpeting of the pod done half assed.
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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Quote Originally Posted by Crzy View Post
    roughly how much resin and mat will i need to do a set of kicks? a gallon of resin? a qt?
    IMHO... a quart per pannel is sufficient. Unless youre putting 8's in your kp, you dont need alot of layers. I personaly use said amount for 6.5s with 3 layers of matte (either felt or 60 stitch cotton). Its proven to me that it works.



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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Quote Originally Posted by Insomniac119 View Post
    Why is this stickied? Those are hidious kick panels, very poor quality...ok so they're not that bad but the carpet around them look awful.
    It's called a newbie guide, dickweed. They were made by me for the first time to encourage people to try it for themselves. Die, slow.



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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Quote Originally Posted by Gauntlet View Post
    It's called a newbie guide, dickweed. They were made by me for the first time to encourage people to try it for themselves. Die, slow.
    Plus he made this thread over three years ago.

    Quit fronting.




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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    i have wounderd how 2 use fiberglass




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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Quote Originally Posted by pj_chevy03 View Post
    i have never had any experience (or even a chance to hear speakers in kickpanels) so i have a few questions.

    Wouldn't your legs seem to "block" the sound from the speaker in the left kick panel. It just seems like your leg would be in the way.

    Considering that a kickpael is an enclosure, would it give you better midbass response, like around 80 hz or so?

    Would the left kick panel have to be pointed up more toward the drivers seat than the righ one?

    Can the difference in air volume of the 2 kicks give a different sound from the speakers?

    thanks for any help...
    Nice detailed walk-through.

    I thought I'd add some thoughts on these questions, I hope it helps!

    Your legs can block the sound a little, I can hear a slight difference with a passenger blocking the right side if I really listen for it; but I don't think there's a good way around that, door speakers will do the same thing.

    Some speakers may have better midbass response in an enclosed kick like that; but many (including the couple sets I've done) have much better midbass when you cut a good sized chunk out of the back to better simulate an infinite baffle setup. The size of the kicks can make a difference there too, they will frequently be too small to get a good response. You could check with the manufacturer and see what they recommend for that particular speaker. I've always played around with them after they are finished, try them sealed and if you are not satisfied try cutting a chunk of the back out. My current set started with a 3" diameter whole in the back and I ended up cutting out most of the back to get the best midbass response out of this set.

    The left one would frequently be aimed up more like you said, but it depends on how you want to set things up. I personally tried to optimize mine for my own listening, so they were both aimed with my ears in mind and therefore aimed like that; but this causes the imaging to be a little off for the passenger. If you aimed them more evenly, it wouldn't be a good for you but better for the passenger.

    I doubt there'd be much of a difference for the two sides unless you had to build one side much differently for some fit reason, in which case you may want to attempt to compensate. If you end up with a more IB type setup like I detailed above, you won't have to worry about it.




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