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    Sorry, Another New Guy

    I'm new to the car stereo world, but i've been learning a few thing but i'm just here to ask for anyone's advice. I listed the things I have so far, and I need some help on what I need to get now(caps, special wires, or w/e you think might help).


    1989 Lincoln Mark VII

    Deck: JVC EXAD KD-AR5000 (touch-screen)
    Sub: 1 Power Acoustik 12" MOFO
    Amp: 1 Power Acoustik A2400DB

    This is all I have soo far. I want some advice on an enclosure, if i need caps and if so, what kind. Wiring kits, and whatever else I need. None of this stuff is installed and won't be until mid-May.







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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    Ok, here goes.

    We'll need to know a few things. Tell us what your budget is for wire and stuff, along with what you listen to. This isn't an exact science, but it's not like trying to kill a fly with a atom bomb, either.

    Capacitor: Just ignore this. You don't need one. If you see a low ESR one for $10, pick it up, otherwise, not worth the time or money.

    Wiring: Look for 2 guage. That amp will draw a lot of juice. You'll need enough to run from one end of the car to the other, and enough slack that you can randomly move the amp as it strikes your fancy. You'll also need enough to do the big 3. I'll get to that later. Right around 30 feet of it will be perfect, and you'll have enough to spare. Wire is wire, so if you find some 2 guage at a welding supply store for cheap, pick it up. *hint hint*
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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    well i'll chime in and say do not buy a cap.




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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    Get a 1/0 guage amp kit and 10 guage speaker wire for subs. RCA wires to connect deck to amp.

    Also we need to know if you want an SQ setup (good sound quality) or an SPL setup (very loud however losing some sq) to determine what kind of enclosure you will need. Also how much space are we working with here in the trunk?

    However, becuase you got a SPL oriented sub, I would suggest going the recommended 2.4 cu^ft ported.



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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    well what hes got so far looks good looks like he needs help with the basic stuff so its not like hes saying....
    OH this profile amp and these audiobahn Q subs!!!, i like him can we keep him....




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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    I listen to underground rap and all hip-hop music. And I guess my budget for all other things would be around $200 for the box(they recommend ported), wires and other needs, and if i need to put more money on other things then i will but only if i have to.


    As far as the SQ and SPL goes, I just want an average of both I guess. But I know the sub is SPL oriented so, I'll probably lean towards that.

    The trunk is very big, but then again, this is only a single, so it should definitely fit, but I mean I want to know what are some good and inexpensive ported boxes at that size?
    Also, what is good company for wire and wire kits.
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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    do you want to buy one or make it ur self?




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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    The enclosure:
    You're better off making it yourself. You only need some basic carpentry skills. You can have some of the more talented members of this forum design one, and you can buy materials at Lowes or home depot. Overall, you're looking at $50 to $60 to accomplish this. Any prefab will run $100+.




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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    I don't get what a ported box is anyway. I've never heard of it before, but now that i need one, i need to know i guess. I don't mind making one, I just need to know what i need and all that. I heard these power acoustik mofo subs crack boxes so i dont' wanna go through that, so someone lead me in the right direction. And thanks for all the help so far.

    And how big is 2.4 cu.ft. because bamaboy's box up ^^^^ up there in his signature says 2.5 cu.ft. and it looks like a couch. Somebody please help mE!




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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    I'll chime in and say... search.

    Every newb question has been discussed - and is discussed - at least weekly.



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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    i don't kno how big the alternator is in my car, but it's a lincoln mark vii and someone told me i'll have to get a bigger one. How much bigger do i need if the amp is 2400w just to be safe? jeez, this is getting expensive quickly!




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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    Rule of thumb is divide the number of watts (RMS) by 10. 2400 watts would be 240 amps. However, that's only if you want 100% output. I run the capability of 2200 watts RMS on a 90 amp alt. No problems. You won't need a HO alt.




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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    i saw what the big 3 was but i don't understand, what is the significance? does your stuff run cooler? or does it push out more power? i don't understand what purpose it serves




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    Re: Sorry, Another New Guy

    Quote Originally Posted by bokeifus
    I don't get what a ported box is anyway. I've never heard of it before, but now that i need one, i need to know i guess. I don't mind making one, I just need to know what i need and all that.
    http://www.diysubwoofers.org/prt/
    http://www.ddaudio.com/dd/caraudio/e...o/portInfo.asp
    http://jlaudio.com/tutorials/ports/index.html

    I heard these power acoustik mofo subs crack boxes so i dont' wanna go through that,
    LOL......You know what that tells me....that someone built or used a very, very, very crappy and poorly constructed box. And, in that case, any sub would have cracked the box. So no, don't think that these subs are so powerful you'll be blowing your box apart. Build it strong, and you'll have no worries.

    i saw what the big 3 was but i don't understand, what is the significance?
    Supposed to allow for better transfer of electricity, to aid in decreasing the amount of voltage drop you have.

    does your stuff run cooler?
    No.

    or does it push out more power?
    Well, in theory; maybe The main goal behind the big 3 is to decrease your electrical system's voltage drop. In an unregulated amp, higher voltage supply input means higher output from the amplifier. So, if you decrease your voltage drop, you should see a slight gain in output from the amplifier. But, don't think you'll gain 500w from doing the big 3, cause it won't happen. The difference may not (and likely won't) even be audible.




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