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Old 06-22-2013, 05:30 PM
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So my own install is going along, began about a month ago.. Truck is a 2011 CC Laramie w/RER and all the alpine oem crap. This is what I have installed, or ordered, to date:

- (2) Alpine Type R 12's (SWR-12D2) - coils wired in series on each sub, both subs parralled at the amp for 2ohm total.
- Foxbox for (2) 12's ported.
- Kicker 1500.1 Mono amp, mounted to a board and on the back wall.
- 1/0 gauge, inline fuse, batt terminals, etc.

Received, but still need to install:
- PHD fb Pro 6.1 component kit.

Ordered, but waiting to arrive:
- (2) adapter plates for the door speakers.
- (4) wiring harness adapters to oem dash/door speaker connectors.
- (2) JL Audio C2-350X 3.5's for the dash corners (will probably disconnect the center per other's recommendations on here)
- 100sqft of Fatmat.


To do:
- Fatmat install on back wall and all four doors - should have done it first, but didn't, so will have to pull the seats/subs/amp back out. Not too big of a deal.
- Big three wiring.

Still need to choose an amp for the dash and doors, as well as an LCx LOC of some sort. I may try the PHD's and JL's off the oem amp for curiosity sake, but doubt I'll be happy. All I know is that the oem stuff is severely lacking musically. I need to figure something out for the rear door and headliner speakers. Who has found something that has worked well for those locations?

I was too anxious to hear how the subs would perform in waiting for everything else to arrive, so I installed those a week or so ago. I am VERY impressed with how they perform and love that everything is hidden. They hit pretty damn hard and I really like having the bass remote up front for the different styles of music. I haven't been into any car audio since back in the early 90's, so it's been fun getting back into this stuff.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:15 PM
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Can you give a review on the FatMat after install?
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:33 PM
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An amp that I have used many different times in Ram trucks and other vehicles for front stage is the Arc Audio KS300.4
Its a small powerful 4 channel amp that produces VERY VERY clean power. Has front and rear adjustable crossovers, seperate gains, and will provide 90 watts x 4
That would be a great amp for your doors and dash
I would put a tweeter in the dash instead of the 3.5"

Your doors can handle the midrange frequencies just fine. You dont need a 3.5" unless you are going for a true 3-way
Look into that amp. For $350-400 you will never need to replace that amp.... Unless you catch the stereo bug and really want to spend bookoo bucks
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:50 PM
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Definitely going to check out that amp. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:51 PM
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Can you give a review on the FatMat after install?
Will do. I've read reviews from one end of the spectrum to the other about it, so we'll see how it does.
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I would like to get a review on the fat mat as well. Been wanting to do some sound deadening and it would be great coming from someone with bass already in then adding The fatmat after. I will be keeping up with this thread for sure. Nice choice of equipment too! Bet it will sound awesome with everything in.
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So after stewing over it for the past few days, I'm now leaning towards pulling the RER HU and installing a double DIN DVD unit of some sort. The idea of LOC'ing every channel out of the cheesy oem alpine amp just doesn't sit right. I also don't like how the oem amp screws with the sub channel's signal level based on volume.

Any recommendations? I do want to retain Sirius, the steering wheel controls, backup camera and the rear VES if possible, so I already know I have a lot of extra crap to buy now. My only strange 'gotta have' feature is an actual volume knob. I dislike up/down style volume buttons.

Just started looking at the following, any thoughts, let me know:

Alpine IVE-W535HD

Alpine INE-S920HD

Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD

Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD
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A double din you should put on your short list is the JVC av61bt
Just installed one into a friends car and it has all the goodies and sounds beautiful
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I like the looks of that too. Going to read up on it. Thanks!
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So after stewing over it for the past few days, I'm now leaning towards pulling the RER HU and installing a double DIN DVD unit of some sort. The idea of LOC'ing every channel out of the cheesy oem alpine amp just doesn't sit right. I also don't like how the oem amp screws with the sub channel's signal level based on volume.

Any recommendations? I do want to retain Sirius, the steering wheel controls, backup camera and the rear VES if possible, so I already know I have a lot of extra crap to buy now. My only strange 'gotta have' feature is an actual volume knob. I dislike up/down style volume buttons.

Just started looking at the following, any thoughts, let me know:

Alpine IVE-W535HD

Alpine INE-S920HD

Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD

Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD
I just installed the Kenwood DNX690HD in my truck a few weeks ago. Very happy with it so far. The first one they gave me had a bad Bluetooth chip in it but now they replaced the deck and everything works great. Definitely no complaints from me. Here's a link to my thread about my install and a short review: http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=142825
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