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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    What do you want to add?

    Some things I'd add off the top of my head:

    - Spend more time with the baffles. I just threw mine together because I wasn't entirely sure what I was doing, and the kick panels looked really out of place to me as a result. They didn't blend in with the interior as well as they could have. I also f-ed up with the tweeter depth. *headdesk*

    - Carpeting should have overlapped into the baffle, creating a more snug fit and you wouldn't see any of the filler (which looks like garbage). I also didn't need to sand nearly as much as I did for carpeting, and I would have had to do far more work if it were going to be painted. If I was going to get them painted, I would seriously consider just doing a rough job and handing them over to a professional. Sanding is torture.

    - Buy carpeting/vinyl/whatever locally and check to see how the colors match first. I just bought some blue carpet from selectproducts...not a wise decision.

    - Use a jig when making the baffle. My idea for getting a perfect circle, while somewhat creative, is more or less stupid and a waste of time. I also should have taken a router to the edges of the baffle to make a more smooth transition.

    - Use lag bolts, not drywall screws.

    - Just rip the fiberglass with your hands, don't cut it.

    - Lightweight body filler is your friend.

    I'm sure there's more, but those are the ones that immediately jump out at me.



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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Great write-up, man... and not saying I could do any better, but the carpet isn't really cut evenly where the speakers are. I'd suggest at least spray painting around it so it's black.
    I'll definitely print this out when I go to do mine.



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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Yes. Read the post directly above yours.



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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    This explanation seems simple enough to follow, but does anybody know where i can find some Q-logic ones or some other prefab ones that will fit my 2007 chrysler sebring. I want to modify them from there using this git-up so that it looks as factory as possible...




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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Does it make sense to put a layer of Dynamat on the inside of the kickpanel? Or, for that matter, on the inside of a fiberglass sub enclosure?

    I'd like to make a pair of fiberglass enclosures for a 10" sub this spring. I'll have a layer of Dynamat covering my entire trunk, so would I need to put any in the enclosure?




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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    how much does this roughly cost for 2 kickers




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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    How many layers of fiberglass for the base and for the top? That should be included for sure!!!!!



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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Honestly good explanation but your execution and final product need work? Imaging is very crucial,atleast make your pods match left and right ? It appears from the photo's they aren't even mounted at the same position<so the angles can't be anywhere near the same? I've been doing fiberglass work since 1995 and for a first try not bad but i would of made it a little more factory looking and mirror image them! I'm only trying to give a little helpful criticism.




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    Re: The newbie guide to custom kick panels

    Very nice tutorial, especially for your first. I haven't read through all 9 pages but I would add to overlap the carpeting into the baffle cutout and color match the carpet. But nice job overall!




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