So I have been working on this for a while and have been sharing my build on the diymobileaudio site. The project has taken on many different turns but I am getting settled on the final setup. Hope you enjoy.
First setup was factory headunit, mosconi 6to8 v8 DSP, Boston acoustics Z6 components with an extra midbass in the custom made kickpanels, three JLaudio 300/2 amps and a JL audio 1000/1 amp powering a Jl Audio 13w7 ported. All the gear was able to fit under the rebuilt factory load floor level. I removed the factory fabric from the load floor and reused it on a new floor with a grill to vent the sub into the cabin. The DSP was later replaced with a helix DSP Pro after a while. I also eventually replaced the factory headunit with a kenwood unit later in the build. I had to cut a hole in the floor to fit the deep magnet of the sub. Dont worry, I have the tools and skill to weld the metal back in when I want to. Once welded back in, you will never know that the hole was there.
I also had to shorten the factory e-brake lever to fit the kickpanels in there and still be able to use the e-brake. just requires a tiny bit more force to apply the brake. Not really much more at all though.
I went away for 8 months for a military deployment and decided to do a little upgrading.
So the new setup was changing the amps to the JL HD amps and changing the sub to a single ported JBLW15GTI MKII sib which eventually got changed to a dual sealed W15GTI MKII setup. The door drivers were changed to 8 inch JL audio ZR800-cw midbasses and I eventually made pods in the factory sail panels for Audiofrog GB25 midranges with the GB10 tweeters in the pillars. Well, I again changed that to having the GB25 in the pillars and the GB10 tweeters in the sail panels. I raised the floor by 1 inch to allow for sub excursion and covered the raised section with faux leather since I cannot find perfect factory matching carpet. I then made a new load floor, reused the factory fabric again and hooked it all up with some purdy lights and stuff.
The pillars and sails are not done obviously. They will be finished with the same care as the cargo area. Either way, It sounds great and I am very pleased with it all.
Last but not least...In the middle of this build, I made some hemholtz resonators aka Jpipes to kill the drone of my mufflex reso delete kit. and here are those pics. These help with the sound quality of my stereo by getting rid of the annoying noise at highway speeds.
Well the jpipes worked.....sort of. The eco mode drone was reduced but it has moved down now. I cannot stand it. The non eco mode drone is completely gone but eco mode is more of an annoying vibration than a sound now. Cannot wait to tune it out
Looks sick. Very clean and brave. How does it sounds?
Sounds great! I am still making a few changes to get it exactly where I want it. I am currently making the enclosure larger to get more efficient bass at 35hz and below. It simply requires making a new baffle section for the subs. the oval will now be rectangle. I will see about 1.25 cubic foot more airspace.
I am then going to increase the airspace that is under the floor by about another 1.25 cubic foot. I will end up with about 5.75 and some crazy low end bass.
I gotta say, having always upgraded my stereos in my previous vehicles, to see your work (especially since it's DIY) makes me green with envy. I toyed around with getting the Harman Kardon upgrade at purchase, but thought it wasn't worth the extra cash. Kicking myself now.
The base stereo system doesn't seem to carry the "oomph". Granted, base stereo systems of today are leaps and bounds over what they were in the past, my stock setup still leaves much to be desired. I can only imagine what your configuration sounds and feels like.
Do you think the stock wiring and amps can handle some plug and play speakers and tweets? I can't seem to find anyone who has upgraded their stock system.