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KickerCS Upgrade with Kicker Key amp Install Assistance

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by siKjiTz, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. May 22, 2019 at 5:45 PM
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    horntac1

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    Alright harness is done and ready for the install. IMG_2059.jpg
     
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  2. May 22, 2019 at 5:48 PM
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    Does anyone have recommendations on the best areas to apply the sound deadening material? I ask as I have seen it applied to the inside of the door, interior of the door as well as both? Percentage of coverage needed etc.?
     
  3. May 22, 2019 at 6:28 PM
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    Now THAT is what harness should look like! good job!
     
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  4. May 22, 2019 at 6:46 PM
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    Thanks man appreciate that! It took some time but I am very happy with the outcome. Hopefully it works ;)
     
  5. May 22, 2019 at 6:55 PM
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    putting that much effort into a harness is what makes it work! keeping it clean and tidy just makes life easier
     
  6. May 22, 2019 at 7:17 PM
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    Couldn't agree more. I'm pretty OCD about wiring/cabling etc. Knowing that wires were a mess behind a panel would drive me nuts lol. I've already wrapped the wires that will run from the tweeter harness down to the crossovers which I plan to drop in the kick panels.
     
  7. May 22, 2019 at 8:15 PM
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    Beautiful!
     
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    I put some between the door and speaker mount and also a 10"x 12" piece on the exterior panel directly behind where the speaker is mounted(front doors). Seems to be fine. I don't get any vibrations and the KSC speakers have solid and powerful kick to them. I didn't do the rear doors but also have the DSW kicker 6.75 and to be honest they don't sound all that great on bass especially when cranked up. I plan to put the KSC 6.75 in and will add deadening to those doors at the that time.
     
  9. May 22, 2019 at 9:12 PM
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    This is where I'm confused as to where and how much to lay down. It sounds like you went with a more minimalist approach versus covering one of the door panels entirely and its working for you. Seems like a big jump from the DS to KS series so it seems like you should hear an improvement.
     
  10. May 23, 2019 at 12:45 PM
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    Yeah, I wasn't going to go all out on covering the entire door panel. At least not at this point. Honestly, for me I don't see the need. If you have all the sound deadening on hand it sure wouldn't hurt to use it. Too bad there wasn't a way to hear two Tacomas with identical set ups minus the deadening to compare. As the saying goes, you don't know what you're missing. I know they have foam rings that go in back and create a funnel if you will on the front. I forget what they are but I've seen mixed reviews not sure if they really make an improvement or not. Sound is subjective so someone's feed back may not apply to all.
     
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  11. May 23, 2019 at 1:13 PM
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    A side by side comparison would be nice. I did see one video where they took some sort of before and after measurements which were than displayed on a graph. The graph showed an improvement after the material was installed. I have some of the RoadKill foam kits, figured it couldn't hurt. I did order enough Noico to cover one panel on each door so I will continue with that plan. Now back to which panel lol.
     
  12. May 23, 2019 at 2:32 PM
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    My guess would be the exterior panel? Stop some road noise and help the speakers since sound also goes back directly behind the cone. I'm no expert. Lol. Maybe someone with more knowledge on speaker performance and acoustics could chime in. I'm all for improving my system even if it sounds great now. Can never be too great!
     
  13. May 23, 2019 at 3:10 PM
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    Agree it can never be too good. My thinking is we are already trying to do this project on a budget so it's even more important to maximize the equipment that we are installing.
     
  14. May 26, 2019 at 5:55 PM
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    Update - I have installed the system and WOW amazing upgrade to the factory components. Everyone that has installed this setup has been really happy but it exceeded my expectations.

    I installed the deadener on the exterior panel of all four doors with 95% coverage. I also added material on the inside panel around the speaker opening. It's crazy how solid the doors feel and sound now. The speakers went in with ease and wiring the tweeters and crossover was super easy using the PnP harness from *********. I also used their tweeter adapter for mounting. Tested the speakers for function and all was good. I connected the amp and placed it in the space behind the head unit at the bottom. I think that little nook behind the radio was made to fit this amp lol. Tested system and ran auto setup. Auto setup dialed the levels in and it sounds super good.

    I want to thank everyone involved with this thread. Without it I most likely would not have attempted it on my own. The help and guidance made for a really fun project. Now I can sit back and enjoy the Tacoma and some good tunes to boot!

    IMG_2126.jpg IMG_2125.jpg
     
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  15. May 26, 2019 at 6:22 PM
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    Great work! Enjoy the new sound!
     
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  16. May 26, 2019 at 7:35 PM
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    Thank you!
     
  17. May 28, 2019 at 10:03 PM
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    Awesome job man! Now I may put the sound deadening on the whole door as well. What speakers did you put in the rear doors?
     
  18. May 29, 2019 at 6:29 AM
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    Thanks man! The sound deadening installation wasn't too bad. I measured and cut the main 3 pieces for the first door then used them as templates for the second door. Once the main pieces were in I took some time cutting smaller pieces to cover areas the main pieces didn't.

    I installed the KSC6704 6 3/4 and they fit fine. I gave up a bit on the lows going with the components up front so my plan is to install a powered sub at some point.
     
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  19. May 29, 2019 at 9:46 PM
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    Awesome thread! Thanks for all the info! I'll be building my harness tomorrow and starting the install along with a hideaway this weekend. What does the above underlined mean?
     
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  20. May 30, 2019 at 7:23 PM
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    Do the wires from the metra Blue, Blue/White, and Blue go together with the blue from the Key? So 3 blue wires and 1 blue/white wire. I already unpinned the looped wire.
     

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