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logiebear 12-18-2012 04:39 PM

Complete Audio Overhaul - Help me choose my goodies
 
So I have a 2010 dodge quad cab with the base stereo.
Looking to re-do pretty much the entire thing. Looking for some advice on what setup I should go with here and some technical questions as well.

Here is what I already have in truck or sitting in my garage
My Truck: 2010 Ram Base Stereo
Receiver: Pioneer AVIC-X910BT (Already Installed)
Subwoofer Amp: Kicker ZX1000 - 1000W RMS @ 2 Ohm
Speaker Amp: MB Quart DSC - 4 Channel X 125W RMS @ 4 Ohm or 250 @ 2 Ohm
Wiring: 0 Gauge KNU Koncepts and some 0 gauge to 4 gauge adaptors to plug into amps

Here is what I am thinking ordering for the bass.

Box: Fox Box Dual Ported 12
Subs: Alpine Type R's - 2ohm

Read good things about that box paired with those subs. Since my kicker amp is 2 ohm stable at 1000w rms, having two - 2 ohm DVC subs should match up to 500w rms to each sub if I'm correct on the wiring diagram I'm looking at.

Now For Ordering Speakers. I had a pair of Image Dynamics 6.5 comps in my last vehicle and loved them. Want to do the same thing, and in the back I will probably just do the coxial version of the same speaker. (or should I run 6x9's in back?) I realize the back isn't as important as the front.

Front Speakers: Image Dynamics CTX-6.5cs
Rear Speakers: Image Dynamics CTX-65

Each speaker will get about 125w RMS with the MB Quart amp I have. Here are my questions on this. Stock speakers are 6x9's if I read correctly. I can get adaptors, baffles and just mount these in no problem. Something like these 6x9 to 6.5 Adaptors
As far as mounting the crossovers and the tweeters, surely their is room in the door for the crossover and I plan on mounting the tweeters on the sail's like in this picture.

Power wire for amps through the clutch delete plate shouldn't be a problem, but where would you guys recommend doing my amps. Either one under each seat or both on the back wall. If I do backwall should I drill straight into back wall or do some sort of board/glue setup?

Excited to get going on this project, will probably tackle it sometime soon after christmas.

Thanks for the help.

EDIT: One more thought. Speaker Wire - I probably need to go bigger than stock wire size for 125w RMS each speaker yeah? If so, should I plan on going through door molex connectors? Drill one slot out? Heard this can be a pain but I don't really see any other clean way.

autokraftgt 12-19-2012 03:55 PM

To answer your questions,
you should be happy with the fox box, the type R's, and the amp selected
putting 6.5's in your front doors with adapters is a snap...I have 7" in the factory locations and it was easy, and fit behind factory grills no prob for a stealthy look
You should have zero probs placing your passive x-overs in the doors
Since you will have to take your back seats out to install the fox box, it would be the perfect time to mount your amps to the back wall. That's what I did. I did not drill through the wall though....I found some 3M adhesive and attached a 1/2" piece of mdf as a back board and mounted my 3 amps to the board. I can remove the board at any time, but it aint goin anywhere!!!
Get High quality signal wire for all speakers...don't cheap out
I wouldn't waste any money on rear fill...with being said, I would utilize the factory 6x9's in the rear doors, or disconnect them all together which I did....you won't even know they are gone
Best of luck!

Thebestestdrummer 12-19-2012 04:28 PM

Cant go wrong with Memphis or JVC. I'd also upgrade the big three. You're pushing some decent watts. haha

logiebear 12-20-2012 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by autokraftgt (Post 963471)
To answer your questions,
you should be happy with the fox box, the type R's, and the amp selected
putting 6.5's in your front doors with adapters is a snap...I have 7" in the factory locations and it was easy, and fit behind factory grills no prob for a stealthy look
You should have zero probs placing your passive x-overs in the doors
Since you will have to take your back seats out to install the fox box, it would be the perfect time to mount your amps to the back wall. That's what I did. I did not drill through the wall though....I found some 3M adhesive and attached a 1/2" piece of mdf as a back board and mounted my 3 amps to the board. I can remove the board at any time, but it aint goin anywhere!!!
Get High quality signal wire for all speakers...don't cheap out
I wouldn't waste any money on rear fill...with being said, I would utilize the factory 6x9's in the rear doors, or disconnect them all together which I did....you won't even know they are gone
Best of luck!


I have a 4 channel amp ... would I benefit more from running the rear factory speakers off the headunit power ...

And doing another channel on the front stage ?

So components with tweeters mounted in sails and say 3.5 driver in factory spot under dash ? Or bad idea ?

I guess another option would be to run the front stuff active on 4 channels ?

Still kinda new to this higher end audio stuff.


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