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Topic: mazdaspeed protege system build

Posted By: z03mz03m
Subject: mazdaspeed protege system build
Date Posted: January 09, 2010 at 7:48 PM

I was reading a manual for a precision power A600/4 amp that im interested in using to power 4 PPI 355cs component speakers and found a wiring diagram that stated "for a system over 300W run a ground cable directly to the battery instead of grounding to the rear chassis" I have never heard of this "rule" before and was wondering if anyone actually follows it?

Also I have not purchased the amp yet and wonder if any one would recommend it to power those speakers because its S/N is -87dbA and RMS is 50w X 4 @4ohms and the speakers sensitivity is 86db with a recommended power of 50w to 100w RMS. I don't know how the S/N ratio affects the power output of the amplifier and if i should find a more powerful amp.

Thank you anyone
This is my first post but not the first time I've used this website/forum.posted_image



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Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: January 09, 2010 at 7:51 PM
By the way this will be my second system that I have built but the first only cost me about 5-600 bucks so this will be my first real system and its going my 2003 Mazdaspeed Protege.




Posted By: boogeyman
Date Posted: January 09, 2010 at 8:26 PM

S/N or signal to noise ratio is the signal strength relevant to background noise....it has nothing to do with power output of the amplifier...I think that amp will be fine for you

I would not ground directtly to the battery the chassis should be fine.





Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: January 10, 2010 at 2:13 PM
so the S/N is the signal strength from what compared to the background noise of what ?
And this basically tells you how clean the signal is that your speakers are getting. Correct?

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: January 31, 2010 at 11:24 AM
update: I bought a Boston Acoustics 504 amp (50W X 4) and it was no where near powerful enough for my speakers I just looked up the power rating of my home surround receiver that I had them hooked up to and in stereo mode it gives them 110W RMS and sounds good so knowing this I'm now looking for an amp that pushes more than 50W. Some amps I'm looking at are the alpine PDX 5, PDX 4.100 plus a 1.600 for sub, or the new pioneer PRS D4200F and a PRS D1200M. all of these amps are the newer Class D ones that are coming out and from the reviews I've read including one from haemphyst on this site. any one know much about these AMPs avdice is welcome especially on the Pioneer one.

Thanks




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: February 01, 2010 at 8:18 PM
Another set of amps I found with the ICE power technology in them were eclipse amps they are a lot cheaper than the others but that's probably because 1 there going out of business and 2 there older (in technology years) again if anyone has these or knows about them tell me what you think.




Posted By: forbidden
Date Posted: February 01, 2010 at 11:59 PM

Here is a link that you need to read.

https://www.the12volt.com/installbay/forum_posts.asp~TID~49445~PN~1

As far as the Eclipse amps go, grab them while you can. They are one amazing amplifier. I bought all of the amps that the Canadian distributor had left in stock when Eclipse decided to call it a day.



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Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: February 02, 2010 at 9:18 AM
Thanx that's exactly what I wanted to hear from one of you guys. I've been looking at these amps since early 09 but just didn't have a car worth putting them in yet now that I have my MazdaSpeed Protege I'll grab one maybe two of the XA4200's and and the same for the XA1200. I'll probably need some advice in the future about some mid-bass and sub woofers. Actually last night I read through Heamphyst's system build and the one he helped the SLP guy build in his tahoe and saw that he recomended several speakers I have also researched earlier for home theater stuff. I was wondering what sub you would pick between the
Eclipse 12" SW6210

https://www......com/item_11724_Eclipse+SW6210.html

and the Dayton RSS315HF-4 12"

https://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=295-464

there he same price the only differences I found were Xmax and Fs

thanx again




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: February 21, 2010 at 9:03 PM
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OMFingG I'm 1/2...1/3... maybe just 1/4 of the way there but I have MUSIC!!!

So I got my Eclipse XA4200 last week as well as my new 4AWG wiring kit. I spent ALL day Sat making 6X8 to 5-1/4 adapters out of MDF, running 14AWG speaker wire(darn door molex's PITA), modifying my stock tweeter pods, installing woofers in newly made adapters, running new 4AWG power wire/ground (had 8AWG), also ripping out some stock wiring for factory amp that doesn't exist, and putting all the interior panels back before dark. Whew...

Today I mounted my XA4200 to my sub box and hooked it up. Front L/R are powering front L/R and rear L/R are powering my 12" Infinity (300W RMS). I installed the PPI 355cs crossovers under the front seats the beasts. I hot glued the inserts I made for the tweeters to the factory "module, piece, thing" and screwed the tweeter brackets to them, then installed them and the tweeters in the car. Then I re-connected my battery adjusted the crossovers so they wouldn't affect the HU's Auto time alignment/EQ and lowered the gains all the way. Next I turned my HU on and set the gains. While setting the gains to "A Billie" because of the repetitiveness of the song I was pretty happy with how things were sounding... Lunch... I let my Pioneer Premier DEH-P980BT do it's Auto TA/EQ thing and that's all folks.

Results AMAZING: crystal clarity, tight clean bass, imaging, you can FEEL the mid-bass and mid-RANGE(snare drums), loud, doesn't make your ears tired at all even at high volume.
The Wynton Marsalis Quartet - The Magic Hour-ALL tracks are great for testing imaging, bass, vocals, etc.

Track #1(Feeling of Jazz) I love the upright bass (CLEAN) and the symbol on the left(CRYSTAL CLEAR) Diane Reeves sounds like her head is in my instrument cluster and when Wynton comes in scatting on his trumpet(I play trumpet)... the whole song sounds so LIVE not quite as good Imaging as at work with a pair of Definitive Technology Mythos STS Super Tower's (sound and vision's Audio product of the year 2009) but very good.

Track #2 Good, but I haven't heard anything beat the Mythos imaging wise on this song the band starts the song by CLAPPING rhythms(lol you have to hear it, its really cool) in what sounds like a fairly small auditorium. Maybe later when I re-aim and make fiberglass tweeter pods and fiberglass woofer enclosures aiming them as well I will come closer to the Def-tech's (which for a reference R.A.PE an equally priced set of B&W's set up in the same room in mid-range, mid-bass, imaging, etc.)

Some other songs:
Embrace You by Chris Botti has been one of my favorite test tracks after listening to it on some Totem towers that had me mesmerized I think the silk dome PPI tweeters beat the Mythos aluminum domes on this song for a reason I can't really explain.

Gordon Goodwin's XXL album- High Maintenance, Hunting Wabbits, and Horn of Puente (making my Bose 2.1 sound like doodie right now)

Linkin Park - Cure for the itch
Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds AWESOME LIVE sound
Another GREAT very high quality recording is Santana - Shaman - Entire album

OK I'll stop now already.









Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: March 02, 2010 at 9:53 PM
Pictures

HU/dash before
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My wiring job
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HU/dash after
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Doors in
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Tweets in. I'm disappointed in the angle they ended up at but its temporary anyway until I learn/get into fiberglass then I'll re-do the whole doors.
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Sub/amp hooked up temporarily-ish as well. Damn that AMP works my sub gooood for only 200w box tuned to 30Hz. Not to mention my fronts.
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Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: March 28, 2010 at 9:50 PM
Getting new stuff tomorrow!posted_image
-Eclipse XA 1200
-Eclipse SW 6210
-Kicker 2 CH RCA for sub amp
-Ballistic Sound deadening kit (I figured I'd try it out since they list the same materials as Dynamat but their product is thicker and a little cheaper. I'll let you now how it goes.)

So now I'm designing a new sub box. It's gunna be ported and tuned down to about 18~19 Hz with 4" pipe and about~5700in3

Quick Sketch:
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I'm working on a detail drawing of it and it's going to be a little more complicated than the sketch getting it to incorporate my amps like I want and to fit it in my trunk snugly.

Does anyone have a recommendation of a specific brand/Kind of spray sealant or other way to seal the inside of the box in addition to glue and caulk? Maybe truck bed liner or undercoat?

Now that I'll have a dedicated sub amp that will free up 2ch on the XA 4200 for Bi-Amping! I am hoping this will increase imaging and SQ. I'm also interested to see what my head unit does with it when I do the Auto TA/EQ with tweets and woofers on designated channels.

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Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: April 01, 2010 at 11:57 PM
OK I got the stuff the other day and need help deciding on box design because the specs that came with the sub are different than the specs posted online and there are more of them.
Winisd says one thing and Eclipse says another about volume/port/tuning.

Eclipse SW6210 Specs (will be powered by XA1200(500w rms @ 2ohms))
Fs 20Hz
Qms 6
Qes .5
Qts .45
Vas 62L
CMS .2mm/N
MMS 300g
RMS 8.2kg/s
Xmax(one way) 15mm
Dia 24.7cm
Sd 480cm2
BL 12.5Tm
No .125%
1-watt SPL 90dB

Eclipse manual recomendation:
Volume 2 cu ft
Tuning Freq 22Hz
Port length 4" pipe 26"long

WinISD:
Volume ~3.3 cu ft
Tuning Freq 19Hz
Port length 4" pipe 26.5"long

Would someone help me figure out:

1. What specs of the ones listed above should I use in WinISD to get good results because I know it can mess up results if you put to many in or if they conflict or something.

2. What type of ported box should I select for best SQ in Win ISD? (QB3, BB4/SBB4, C4/SC4)(I figure best SQ would be a sealed box but i'm not willing to sacrifice the output) Any recommendations for other types of boxes are welcome I am extremely confident in my design/construction skills....TL?




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: October 08, 2010 at 1:14 AM
I am looking for ho alternaters for my car and the best I've come up with so far is at power*astards.com *b there fitzall-220 110 amps at idle and full output (220amps) at 1200 rpm. I've read a post by oldspark referencing them and was just wondering where else I should look? Also I emailed mike a pb and asked him if the fitzall-220 would work on my car because my stock alternater also has a plug with two ~18awg wires in it that I don't know what they do. Does anyone know what those wires are for?

Ps. I have upgraded my big three with 0 guage and have an optima yellow top battery.
My car is a Mazdaspeed Protege 2003.5 100,000miles stock 80amp alt.




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: December 01, 2010 at 12:19 PM
Working on what will hopefully be my final box design. Its been a challenge to fit three amps and a ported box on the smaller half of my trunk and make it look good. Oh I guess I haven't posted that I bought a third amp a ppi A500/2 that will power my tweeters freeing up two channels on my xa4200 to power my .... drum roll....exodus ex-anarchy's! I just bought them on sale on black friday and they will be here monday. I've got two more weeks of school left before I will have time to begin construction but then I have a month of relatively free time so more pictures and posts to come.




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: December 30, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Since I gave up on the ported box I will continue all of my work on this post.

I plan on documenting all of my work on My Picasa site. There are pics of the first few pieces and how they look in my trunk already posted.

Here is my new design for a sealed box that will go on the left side of the trunk.
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Here is the complimentary amp rack that will go on the right side of the trunk.
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I will mount my PPI A500/2 and the 2 Farad cap (just because I have it) on the back.

I have also started on making fiberglass tweeter pods.

I was going to order some resin and mat from uscomposites.com but they won't be back in operation until Jan 3rd and I was hoping I could get the stuff in the mail sooner than that. Might look for some local stores that would have some.

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: January 03, 2011 at 7:10 PM
Just put resin on the tweeter pods and uploaded a bunch of pics
click on the "tweeter pods" link above to see them

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: ice6
Date Posted: January 04, 2011 at 11:30 PM

You should check out google Sketch. it's a free CAD program and it actually helps with the logistics side of it.  Your plans so far are aggressive to say the least. I wouldn't tune any port below 30 Hz. you aren't going to get any real output from it at that low of a range. If you're going to port, go with something around 33-44 Hz. If you look at common respone curves for subs, you'll see that below 40 Hz things are on a climb as far as output goes. So tuning to 35 Hz, you'll see real gains in the 40-50 hertz range that will give the SPL you're looking for. So if you wind up tuning to 18 Hz, your SPl is going to "blow up on the launch pad" if you catch my drift. Doing a sealed may just be easier.

Your tweet pods aren't looking too bad, they just need a few skim coats of body filler (rage gold or dolphin glaze putty is my fave) to clean things up a bit. For good staging though, it would have been best to use dowel rogs or lasers to point the tweets at your ear since they have such a narrow output width.  





Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: January 07, 2011 at 8:34 PM
I have Google sketch but I think I'll stick with the $3000 AutoDesk software that I have for free because I'm an engineering student. posted_image

stevdart wrote:

 Everything points to a simple sealed box for best results.

z03mz03m wrote:

Since I gave up on the ported box I will continue all of my work on this post.



Yea the tweeter pods had a few problems because I used such thick fleece I sanded through the resin and had to fix the problems with a few more coats of resin from the inside (Lesson Learned). They will look great after a coat or two of rage gold which I have to drive an hour to go get tomorrow.Probably buy some thinner polyester and some fleece as well. And I did aim them with a slight bias towards the driver seat with a few improvised shelving items lol.

I am expecting my uscomposites.com order to arrive on Monday which is just in time for the first day of the semester!!!posted_image

I have cut out the ring to double up the sub baffle and also the rings for the 355cs's and the Anarchy's which will all find there homes in my front doors.

I'll probably drill the holes through my trunk to mount the sub box and amp rack bases tomorrow. I'm also hoping to get started on the amp rack.

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: January 09, 2011 at 4:35 PM
I unfortunately couldn't go get body filler the other day because of snow. posted_image

I guess It will have to wait until later this week when I'm board at the first week of school lol.

The good new is that I decided how I am going to finish the pieces that I'm fabricating. Black truck bed liner for the main areas of the boxes, tweeters and door panels and Gloss yellow with clear coat for all the trim. I like the contrast.

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I'm going to do something I've never seen done before, I'm going to make ported enclosures for the Anarchy's built into the door panels. Also The 355cs's will have small sealed enclosures with Dynamat Dynaxorb in both enclosures. The ported enclosures will be about 1/2 ft3 and tuned to 40 Hz. posted_image

Any nay sayer's about the door enclosures???

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: January 10, 2011 at 7:03 PM
Reading up on Aperiodic enclosures...

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: ice6
Date Posted: January 11, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Not opposed to door enclosures at all! Just take your time on the build. I haven't done an aperiodic before, but if you're doing an enclosure on the door itself, it's going to make the door considerably heavier, and you'll have to seal it well. Any leakage not going through that ape vent is going to start exhibiting characteristics of a free air enclosure.




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: January 12, 2011 at 2:20 PM
Thinking of using three of these Scan-Speak Aperiodic Vents for each Anarchy and one for my SW6210 since there spec's make them candidates for use in an aperiodic enclosure and it would be much easier than making a ported door enclosure.

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: January 16, 2011 at 7:59 AM
Well I have another reason why I hate winter....

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Oh and don't use doodiey tape. And always use two layers...its not a waste.
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I didn't care because I was going to put black carpeting over the sides of my trunk anyway. But if that had hardened it probably would not have come off.

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: teenkertoy
Date Posted: January 17, 2011 at 1:58 AM
I'm in the process of building an AP enclosure for my midrange as well. The Cookbook you linked is the best resource I could find regarding how to build them. Lots of articles hint at calculators for buuilding the enclosures and the properties of the membrane to use, but I can't find any. Tuning with a multimeter to see the impedance peak being lowered as membrane material is added seems to work just fine though.

If you'd like to see what I'm doing have a look here.

I'll be following your work here, eager to see what you build. Remember to seal off the rear of the membrane from the front of the woofer, just like the more common infinite baffle design : )

-J

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Malcom: "This is the captain. We have a...little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and then...explode."
Jayne: "We're gonna explode? I don't wanna explode.




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: January 18, 2011 at 4:10 PM
I'm finishing up a testing box for one of the anarchy's that is .5cuft including the port displacement and tuned to 40Hz with a 1X5" port 14"long just like WinISD said. I should be able to hook it up in the next few days and drive around with it. Then I'll order the scan speak AP vents and test drive them in that kind of enclosure.

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: January 24, 2011 at 8:12 PM
I emailed Acoustiblok a few days ago and they called me back with information and prices. They sell 4'X5' (20sqft) for $65 each plus shipping and the next size up from that was a 4.5'X30' roll (135sqft) for $389 plus shipping. My exhaust is REALLY LOUD so I plan on getting the roll and applying it to my floor, doors, roof, and my trunk including the floor sides and lid. The guy I talked to said he used dynamat in his cars before he started working for the company. Now he just uses Acoustiblok. He said on his current car he reduced the noise level by 10dB.

I'll have a large up date soon with progress on both the sub box and amp rack.

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: teenkertoy
Date Posted: January 24, 2011 at 8:30 PM
We may have spoken to the same sales guy haha. He has some great advice. I found that when installing the material in my car- even though it's only 1/8" thick- reinstalling the interior was more difficult because many of the panels fit very snug already. Sometimes I would have to trim the acoustiblok more than I wanted, or use an extra screw or two to hold the car's interior to the sheet metal. It was a challenge, but worth it in my eyes.

Good luck with that, and have fun.

The other idea would be to get an exhaust that's not so loud, might be cheaper and easier.

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Malcom: "This is the captain. We have a...little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and then...explode."
Jayne: "We're gonna explode? I don't wanna explode.




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: January 24, 2011 at 8:56 PM
teenkertoy wrote:

The other idea would be to get an exhaust that's not so loud, might be cheaper and easier.


Nahhh

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: February 12, 2011 at 2:33 PM
Big update!!!
Ill do it in stages:
Sub Box
Amp Rack
Doors
Anarchy's

It will be a mixture of progress, plans and how to.posted_image

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: February 12, 2011 at 3:47 PM
Stage 1 Sub Box:

I succeeded in fiberglassing the contour of my trunk on a slightly warmer day and with the assistance of my 1000 degree heat gun to kick of the reaction.

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After trimming away some excess glass I temporarily screwed it to the base so that I could transfer the curves of the baffle onto the fiberglass using a square.

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A few gig-saw blades later...

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I started making a brace that would also serve to shape the glass to avoid my trunk hinge which I tried to avoid in the first place but couldn't with my baffle the way it is.

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Then I got the idea to continue the curve over the top of the box for aesthetics.

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I cut those braces out of MDF and they split because I didn't drill the holes deep enough. So I will re-make them out of birch plywood.

Made a little end cap.

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That's as far as I am right now. I think I will re-make the trim ring (the yellow part below) out of MDF to get a better finish on it because right now its particle board and I am not sure about how to get a glossy smooth finish on it. Lacquer?

Here is what the final product will look like.

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: February 13, 2011 at 7:52 PM
Stage 2 Amp Rack:

I am about as far along with the amp rack as the sub box so here are some progress pics.

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I am also going to re-make the trim piece out of MDF for a better finish.

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Because I'm broke I hooked up the XA4200 temporarily so I would Have tunes.

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I decided to throw the anarchy in the back for some temporary thump. At first I had it on the floor in the back seat hooked up to one channel of the XA4200 and it sounded good. Then I threw it in the trunk for safer keeping and...posted_image I forgot it was 8ohms so instead of maybe 50-60watts on one channel its getting about 200watts bridged...and I am putting those in my doors... WOOOOT! That thing has surprised everyone that has heard it!

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This is what the final product will look like. I thinned the trim piece down to one inch to match the trim on the sub box.

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: June 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM
Stage 3 Doors/Anarchy's :

Well its been a while because I've been busy finishing school and working now that its summer.

Anyway... I was on the fence about fiberglassing my doors because I couldn't find any proteges at any junk yards within two or three hours of where I live. Fortunately I found one a few months ago at my favorite junk yard and salvaged the front door panels and the rear trunk lining that was ruined from resin along with other bits and pieces.

My next dilemma was whether or not to use the power hungry anarchy's or find some different midbass drivers. I have had the one anarchy in the box in my room breaking in and decided to test it out in the passenger footwell on one channel of the 4200 and band passed with the hpf on my hu at 50hz and thethe lowpass filter on the ampfence at 500hz. I alsohave high passed the ppi's at 500hz. That made up my mind with no feeling of compromise. With two of those up front it will be like adding another 12" sub but even better because all the sound is right up front.

Now im going to start working on the doors whenever I have time.

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: June 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM
BTW I finished the sub box and amp rack about a month ago just after I got the stuff from the junk yard. I am very happy with how it came out. The Rust-oleum truck bed liner and gloss yellow paint look just like what I wanted. I basically just had to decide that sanding everything about elevendy times was enough and paint it.

Im doing this on my phone so ill post pics later.


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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: July 02, 2011 at 2:22 PM
These are some highlights of the project.

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: July 07, 2011 at 1:02 AM
Bump for comments or questions at this point?

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: September 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM
About a week ago I noticed a weerrring noise coming through my speakers. so I have been troubleshooting a ground loop for the past few days.

I started by ripping the HU out because the RCA's had come loose before and I figured it was the same thing again; but they were all good. When I took out the HU I also took apart the wiring harness (which I had done with crimp connectors) and brought it up to my current standards of installation (which I have been practicing on my friends cars) basically tidying everything up and soldering the wires and using heat shrink. I also put quick connects on the power, ground and remote wires because they are all run separately from the factory wiring. While I was at it I I adjusted some of the slack in the RCA's from the trunk to the dash where there was plenty of room for it.

Figuring all this would have fixed the problem I was annoyed when it didn't. I just redid all of my settings and ran the Auto TA and EQ this morning and discovered an interesting phenomenon. The front speakers were receiving a weak signal from the rear channel signal...WHAT? I have both the front and rear RCA's hooked up to the amp but the front speaker wires are the only one's connected to the output of the amp. I left the rear speaker wires disconnected because I don't have rear speakers and I'm not bi-amping or bridging the fronts.

So I guess there is either a short in my 4ch Monster RCA cable or there is something terribly wrong with my XA4200.

Is there anything else that could be causing this that I haven't thought of?

Will ohm out the RCA's when I get a chance in the next few day's.
Tonight I have calculus and tomorrow morning I have and interview for my first legit engineering job so it'll have to wait until after that.

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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: October 14, 2011 at 10:14 PM
On top of the alternator wine my LSD decided to break on my way to dc the other week so I haven't had much time to work on my car while I've been making money to fix it...

A few days ago I did take my HU out and apart to see if the ground for the RCA's was good....
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I think the fuse (with a "P" on it) is to the left of the white connector that goes to the RCA Harness and it appears to be fine....other than the fact that it has been repaired? I did buy my HU pre-abused. I don't think this is the problem because the fuse would have smelled like and looked smoked.



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Dodge Magnum in progress:
Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: i am an idiot
Date Posted: October 15, 2011 at 4:20 PM
Those fuses can blow without any visible damage.  You need to use an ohm meter and see what the resistance is from the chassis of the radio to the shield connection of one of your RCA cables. 




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: September 05, 2012 at 9:41 PM
I am grounding all of the RCA outputs to the aluminum heat sink on the back of the HU to see if that fixes the problem.

I will be soldering one grounding wire with a ring terminal per pair of RCA outputs (6 RCA channels = 3 grounding wires).

Wish me luck! posted_image



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Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: September 06, 2012 at 11:40 AM

IT WORKED!!!!!! 100% NOISE FREE!!!!WHY DIDNT I DO THIS A YEAR AGO!!!!!????posted_image

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Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery




Posted By: DYohn
Date Posted: September 06, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Nice work.

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Posted By: z03mz03m
Date Posted: October 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Thanks DYohn.

The Mazda is currently for sale because I just bought an 07 Dodge Magnum so I'll be starting a new post with my plans for it.

It involves Anarchy and Ba$tards...Muahahahaha....posted_image



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Pioneer DEH-80PRS - PPI Amps - Dayton Subwoofer(s) - Exodus Anarchy's - Vifa Tweeters - Kinetik Battery





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