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How to Build a Custom Subwoofer Box Tutorial
mklett33 posted a topic in SPL & SQ / FabricationHello and welcome to my version of the “How to Build a Custom Subwoofer box Tutorial”. This tutorial aims to teach you not only how to create a subwoofer box but how to add additional styling and design to make it a one of kind masterpiece. This is a four part tutorial series; a brief description of each part is given below and accompanied with a video and pictures. Enjoy! Part 1: How to Build the Box In this first video I cover the basics of a box design, incorporating bracing and 45’s and construction techniques. Part 2: Customizing the Box This video covers the design and production of custom template created insert shapes that mount to the front of the box and can be used to accent and tie to other parts of the install. These techniques can be used on other aspects of your install like custom door panels, and more. Part 3: Molding the metal mesh Molding metal grill mesh gives a very custom look to our box, you could use this technique to hide a port, or protect the speaker itself. Part 4: Wrapping with Vinyl and Carpet In this final video we finish the custom box by wrapping it with carpet and the template shapes with vinyl. Thanks for watching and learning! Now that you have learned these new techniques what would you use them on?
14.9v For Daily or For Comps Only?
DedicatedEnthusiast posted a topic in XS PowerSo i've seen several differing opinions on this was jw what the correct thing to do is now days when dealing with 12v xs power batteries such as the d5100R
How to: Fiberglass Door Pods ( Panels ) Complete Video Tutorial with C
mklett33 posted a topic in Technical Info & How To'sIn this tutorial write up we will be covering how to create some awesome door panel pods that will add a custom look to your install, allow you to integrate multiple speakers into a door panel, and allow you to control the mounting position of the speakers. Note that while these are in fact door “pods” that are not actually permanently bonded are made as part of the door panel itself, there are many techniques within that could be used if you were in fact planning on creating door “panels” from scratch. Let’s begin! Step 1: Woodwork and Templates: In order to have a good foundation for our door pods we want to make awesome speaker rings. The video above covers many of the details needed. Take your time with this step as clean woodwork is essential to having a good foundation to create the door pods. Tools needed: Router Jig Saw Jasper Circle Jig Flush Trim Bit Rabbeting Bit Foam Tape LTP Stapler and Staples Upon completion you should have great looking speaker templates that are prepped for molding into the panel. Step 2: Reverse Mounting Speakers: This step is not essential in terms of design, but it is important to have a plan for exactly how the speakers will mount. The last thing we want is to make these amazing door panels and use wood screws to secure the speakers that will become loose with time. Take a look at the fasteners we used here instead. Tools Needed: Drill and Bits Marker When complete your speakers will be ready to mount securely to your pods.
*CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Door Pods - Fiberglass Sub Box - PI
mklett33 posted a topic in Build LogsHello! For those of you who don't know me my name is Mark and I am the man behind "Car Audio Fabrication" on YouTube. I have posted build threads before (like this one: http://www.soundsolutionsaudio.com/forum/topic/57168-video-build-log-fi-bl-rockford-fosgate-focal-knukonceptz-tip/ ) and if you have ever seen one you know that I love to mix in "How To" Videos throughout the build that describe the process and show each step. This build will be no different! well, it will a little bit because I am going to try to mix in a lot more pictures for your viewing pleasure! I love to help other car audio enthusiasts young and old, newb and veteran, so if you see something you have a question about ASK! The Vehicle: Chevy Duramax 2500 HD Extended Cab (Will add pics soon) The Gear: Alpine Type R's 6.5" Component Speakers 10" JL Audio W3 Knukonceptz wiring Wirecare.com wire protection products Alpine MRP-M500 Alpine MRP-F300 The Install: Custom Fiberglass Door Pods with Vinyl Wrapped Inserts to accent interior and match sub enclosure Custom Fiberglass Subwoofer Enclosure (Specs to Follow) The Goal: Quality sound that integrates well with the vehicle and requires little to know permanent vehicle modification. (No cutting of panels allowed!) My Goal: Teach the readers of this thread as much about the fabrication of the pods and sub enclosure, as well as the install as I can. Let's begin! We started with collecting some of the gear, the ownder of the vehicle wanted to re-use his Alpine Component Speakers and JL Subwoofer, I talked him into purchasing a MRP-F300 which is the exact same foot print as the MRP-M500 and will allow for a really clean install. The components: The sub: The amplifier: (Still need pics of the 4 channel) I then determined what was needed wiring wise and put in an order with my friends over at Knukonceptz.com: I am very excited to use their new product the KNF-60, we were one of the first to get a production unit and I was really impressed with using it in a different build so I decided to get one for this one as well: All of the wiring in this build will be protected by Techflex which I recieved from our show sponsor WireCare.com . They really have some great products and the "snake" style techflex will look awesome with the tan and black truck. Its crazy how many colors of this stuff there is! Now the EXCITING stuff! I made these outer insert templates with a series of router techniques and skills, I discuss them in the video. The idea is they will insert into the pod and can be wrapped with a different material or painted to accent the install. Here you can see I will mount the woofer from the rear, and the tweeter is flush mounted: Finally I added some low temp plastic around the base template so that the top insert could lay flush. I show how I do this in the video as well. Well thats all for now, let me know what you think! Add this thread to your book marks and check back often!
Fiberglass Amp Rack 101: Build a Custom Fiberglass Mold for Amplifiers
mklett33 posted a topic in SPL & SQ / FabricationWhat’s up ladies and gentlemen of the car audio world? Today I bring to you the all inclusive Fiberglass Amp Rack 101 Lesson! Allow me to insert my shameless plug and say that if you enjoy any part of this tutorial, or learned something new, please post a comment, rank this thread, and share with your friends! Also I love when I get new subscribers on my YouTube channel! (www.youtube.com/caraudiofabrication ) Other than that let’s review what you will learn shall we? http://youtu.be/YUEUAhttGts Intro: First off I know I know, this looks like a ton of reading, and a ton of work, but it really is not, it just seems that way because I am outlining every thing I have learned over the years of many car audio installations. When I started learning this I would have done ANYTHING for a write up with the tricks and techniques I am going to show you, but it didn’t exist, so again while it might seem like a lot to read it WILL be WELL worth your time to read through this and watch the videos. Note that some of the videos or somewhat of an “update” to my progress within the step, where as others are much more of an actual step by step instruction. The videos have a run time of a little over an hour, so grab a frosty beverage and some food and sit back! That being said there are a million different ways you could construct an amp rack, this tutorial will cover what I have learned and found to be very effective means of building a professional quality amp rack. Note that for the sake of length some sections of this lesson may refer to previous lesson posts I have made, in these cases I will provide a link for you to visit so that you may learn that technique as well! Also note that the quality of my videos improves throughout the series. Please watch all the videos to gain the full experience! In order to watch all of the YouTube videos is one go, please view the YouTube playlist here: Note that each step within this write up also has the video thumbnail, with a link to the video below it. The Process: Before we begin allow me to briefly outline the process that will be covered. By understanding each step involved you are well on your way to an amazing fiberglass amp rack! Designing the Layout Skeleton– The Foundation of your shape and Making TemplatesPrepping Templates and Skeleton for Molding Applying Fabric – The Skin of your shape Glassing and Strength Smoothing and Prep for Finish Adding Plexi and Inserts Wrapping the Amp Rack – Vinyl, Suede, and Carpet Final Thoughts Let’s begin!
How to keep factory steering wheel controls - Video
mklett33 posted a topic in Amplifiers / Head Units / Processors / ElectricalHello all! In today's day and age many vehicles have controls on the steering wheel for controlling functions and features of your factory sound system. Many are discouraged from moving to an aftermarket head unit for the sole reason that they would then lose these controls. Well fear no more! This video will show you my experience with the Axxess ASWC - Steering Wheel Control Interface. I found this interface to be extremely easy to use, easy to install, and easy to program. Following the steps outlined within the vehicle will have you well on your way to controlling an aftermarket head unit with your factory steering wheel controls. I hope you enjoy!
Are you about to make a thread asking about box design? READ THIS FIRS
mklett33 posted a topic in SPL & SQ / FabricationHello there! If you clicked this thread it is because you are considering making a thread asking about a box design! (Or you are wondering, what's this thread about?) Well I am here today to help you and make your box designing dreams become a reality! Follow these 4 easy steps to correctly pose the question "Is this a good design for a box?" By following these steps other members will be able to better assist you in your goals! STEP 1 (Research): Research! Hop on Google and find your manufactures recommendations for the enclosure. Go up in the search bar of this fine forum and search! You will be surprised to find that someone has probably already asked "How good is sub xxx tuned to 34 hz?" And whats awesome is if you do some snooping you can see if they made a build thread, and then find out how well their plan turned out! You can even PM the person and get their opinions on how it turned out! that's the best part of an online community. STEP 2 (Answer "The List"): Check out this cool list below! These are the type of questions that people are going to ask about your box design goals when you make a thread! So have them ready up front! Copy and paste this list to your new thread and fill in the blanks! If you are not sure on an answer simply put a question mark (" ? ") in that space! That way members will be able to provide the best answers for your questions! (See something I should add? PM Me please!) The list: Vehicle : Location in the vehicle: Space available (Length x Width x Height): Subwoofer make and model: Subwoofer Size: Number of Subwoofers: Type of Port (Kerfed, Slot, Aero, etc.): What type of music do you like?: Is your goal SPL or Everyday Music?: Tuning Freq (Hz): Volume : Questions: STEP 3 (Make a good thread title): Now that you have your list filled out go ahead and make a thread, but I strongly encourage you to put as much info about your design in the thread title. This is a VERY IMPORTANT step! By putting information about the thread you are making in the thread title someone will be able to much more easily search for your thread! And not only that more people are likely to respond to your thread as they will be like: "Oh an Fi BTL, I had one of those, I''m gonna help this dude out!" Here is my recommendation for a format of your thread title: Recommended Thread Title: Design Questions for : (Subwoofer Size) (Subwoofer Manufacturer) (Subwoofer Series) in (Cubic Volume) (@Tuning Freq) Enclosure Here is a sample using the above format: "Design Questions for 12" Fi BTL in 2.5 Cubic Ft @ 34 Hz Enclosure" Trust me, if you take the time to have a good thread title, it will attract much more interest and help! Again, if you don't know the freq you want to use or any other part of the tile just leave it out! For love of all that is holy DO NOT make a thread title "Box help" Thread titles like that are the devil! STEP 4 (Do more research!): As the answers start rolling in keep researching! There are plenty of useful tools out their for designing! Part of the fun of this whole hobby is learning how to do things! Then you can impress your friends and make boxes for others! LEARN LEARN LEARN! These videos are just a sample of what you can find on youtube that may help! I hope you enjoyed this thread! With these steps you are on your way to getting accurate answers to your questions from the members of this forum! And not only that you are bettering the forum by allowing information to be more easily found! Take care and stay loud!