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Unread 10-09-2008, 02:38 PM   #1
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Well, I sold the old Kicker setup including my two 12" CVX's and my zx1500.1, 650.4, and 450.2.

Just got a Zapco Reference 1000.4 and am waiting for my Zapco C2K 9.0XD to come in. Bought both off of ebay....slightly used amps for close to half off = GREAT!

Also, just got my CDT 6.5" Component set in from Woofersetc.com.

And last but not least, I got a custom 15" subwoofer coming to me in the next two weeks or so. Specs fit in well with the Zapco 9.0XD which will be powering this sub. I will be making a sealed box myself for this sub....volume/dimensions have yet to be decided. I like to take my time to plan, lol.


Anyway, right now, I am running the speaker wire. Since the component set has a crossover, I will be placing them in the back very close to the amplifier. Then, I will run two sets of wire (woofer & tweeter) from the crossover to my front doors. I am going to install the tweeters on the (I think it is called) A pillar.

Anyway, once I get some pictures taken, I will post them up....

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Well, here is the update after my first day on the new build....Pics follow

I got the tweeters mounted how I want them....made the MDF cutouts to install the 6.5" woofers in my door. Just didn't have quite enough time to install the woofers in the door.

Got some pics of my amplifier, small battery (Will be getting a much bigger battery after the Zapco 9.0 arrives), the MDF cutouts, up close of the woofers, my mess of cables (mess now, but will be cleaned up later!!), and an up close of the Symbilink transmitter which comes with all Zapco amps.

What the symbilink stuff does is take your low-voltage signal from your head unit, and up the voltage greatly...you plug the symbilink transmitter into your RCA pre-outs at the head unit, and the symbilink transmitter ups the voltage to 16 volts or less, then transmits that upped voltage signal through a special cable to your Zapco amps. This makes the signal come in much stronger at the amp end, thus blocking out more noise and keeping a cleaner signal than regular RCA cables would.

Anyway, lemme know what you guys think so far. I didn't want to mess with fiberglassing, so instead of making a good looking tweeter install like most would, I just opted for making it a bit easier and mounted them like you see in the picture....same cross firing that you would get from custom tweeter pods...just a whole lot less mess and time.


Should be able to get the 6.5's in the doors either this weekend or this coming Tuesday, hopefully. Zapco 9.0 is supposed to be here next Wednesday, and it'll be a week or two before my 15" sub comes in....of course more pictures will come when i get to do more work
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Well I got my Zapco C2K 9.0XD in today and got some pictures to put up....This amp is absolutely beautiful. Got it off ebay used for only 860 shipped. This amp retails for somewhere near $3,000 and you can get it off of Woofersetc.com for around $1,900 brand new. The thing i really like about this amp is that the seller chose not to get the Zapco sticker in the middle of the amp, so it makes for a very clean look.

Anyway, I am expecting my subs in the next week or so hopefully. I am about to go and finish up the front door component install today, while I am off work....

Here's some pictures!
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Thanks! And yep, I can't wait for the sub to get here now, lol.

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God! Nice build up man! I sure hope your really up for the install. For the caliber f the equipment, this isnt going to just be a simple bolt in install!!!

Im so jealous of that amp too! Nice find! Keep the pics coming.

And that TC Sounds sub is going to blow your mind! I almost bought one back before they changed their name over to Audiopulse. That particular model used to be the TC-3000. And sole for about 380/piece! Lol, thier prices have gone way up, but are still worth every penny!
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Thanks pbasil1! Yea, I was tired of being a Kicker fanboy, lol. Sold all of my kicker stuff on ebay and decided on a SQL system. Glad I went to Zapco amps, because even though Kicker was some quality stuff, there is even more of a jump in SQ from just switching amps from what I could tell. My door speakers just had more of a crisp punch to them....think that is because of the increased damping factor and of course the lower THD/noise. But, yeah, the subwoofer is going to be nice when I get it.....I got a custom sign on the dustcap that everyone will have to wait and see for themselves when I get it in and get some pictures up.....I can't wait. They used to sell for 380? Well I got this one for $400 shipped and I am hearing GREAT reviews all over the audio forums about it.


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Here is what I've gotten done...took me part of Tuesday and about 30 minutes today. For the front components, I had to make a MDF baffle so that the 6.5" speakers would fit into my factory 6x8 openings. Had to drill new holes in my door to secure the baffle and of course, put in some extra dynamat to reduce vibration.

Once the speakers were in, I hooked all the wires up to the crossovers which will be located in the back of my truck near the amp(s). Turned on and tuned everything to the sound i want, and everything sounds great! These components reproduce music with great clarity with the help of some very clean power from the Zapco Reference 1000.4.

The only thing i have left to do now is throw my old Infinity Reference 5x7/6x8's in the back panels to have some rear fill, and then, once my subwoofer comes, make a box for it, throw it in the box, and clean up the wires and my installation will be complete.

Oh, and I am going to be getting a new alternator and batterie(s).

Anyway, here are some pics of the completed front components.
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Very nice work man! You have come a long long way since you first built you kicker system! Robot underground is selling some TC 3000 stuff on there ebay store right now for about $380... Im very tempted!

Keep it up bro.

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Very nice work man! You have come a long long way since you first built you kicker system! Robot underground is selling some TC 3000 stuff on there ebay store right now for about $380... Im very tempted!

Keep it up bro.

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Thanks! Yea, I have been on a lot of audio forums and been doing some reading up and all that. I wish i could go with a 3 way for up front, but i would have to do some major cutting and stuff that I am just not up to with this vehicle...I'm very happy with what i have now though.

I got my TC 3000 from them....
Just got news in my email from the guy that runs tobot underground and since it is taking longer than expected for my sub to come, he is upgrading me to the Neo motor This is gonna be great, because the neo motor provides like 2 times the control over the cone than the regular ceramic one does. Plus i think it makes the weight go down...and a bit more power handling as well.


Yea i saw those powder coatings! That would look real good on a subwoofer basket

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