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Premium Audio Upgrade for less than $250

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by bshammer0, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Dec 7, 2017 at 4:01 AM
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    DeathsArrow

    DeathsArrow Well-Known Member

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    The sound deadening slows things down quite a bit. The speaker swap out can easily be done in under 2 hours. I think it took me about 10 hours or so with the sound deadening. I'd never done it before and I was definitely nervous about messing things up. It gets faster as you go and get a feel for how to apply the sheets to get the proper bonding.
     
  2. Dec 7, 2017 at 4:02 AM
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    Yeah, I probably ended up spending about an hour or maybe a bit more per door on the deadening - and thus I only did the fronts and have yet to do the rears given my primary reason was to minimize any bass rattle and the bass is in the 6x9s FWIW
     
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  3. Dec 7, 2017 at 4:09 AM
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    Yeah, I think I am gonna do the tweeters first just to "get my feet wet" and also to see how big of a difference they make like everyone in here says. Then I think one of these days I will mount the speakers to the brackets and see how much modification needs to be done in order to make that work. That way once I am ready to take some doors apart, my speakers will already be ready to install.

    Since I am expecting the holes in the speakers to not match up with the brackets, I am actually thinking about drilling how ever many holes I need to get the holes to be straight, then putting some skinny bolts in the holes, and securing them with washers and nuts, if possible anyway. I don't like the idea of angling all the screws and just hoping they grab, and don't strip out once I tighten them down.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2017 at 4:12 AM
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    I have definitely been dragging my feet on getting this done. When I first discovered this thread, I literally read every page in here over the course of like a week or so maybe lol. Then I quickly ordered everything from the OP, and I have had it all for a couple weeks now at least. I have been lazy, and also just putting it off because I know the sound deadening is gonna be time consuming for me. I wanna get it done so I can report back to this thread how my experience goes. If I was single, it would be much easier to find the time on a weekend to do this project that's for sure
     
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  5. Dec 7, 2017 at 4:53 AM
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    DeathsArrow

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    It took me nearly 2 months to install and wire the powered subwoofer I bought. Take your time, do a little at a time, it'll get done.
     
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  6. Dec 7, 2017 at 5:19 AM
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    Not that I've seen, but if I run across one I'll post it up here.
     
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  7. Dec 7, 2017 at 9:12 AM
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    Pikestaco

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    need to learn more about this stuff
    Check my posts. Newbie and tried to explain it in detail. Give yourself 6-7 hours if you’re doing it.
     
  8. Dec 7, 2017 at 9:24 AM
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    I used JBLs: GT7-96 & GT7-6

    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_109JBLG796/JBL-GT7-96.html?tp=91

    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_109JBLG76/JBL-GT7-6.html?tp=94

    Awesome sound... love them and am very happy w/ what I have in the truck. They are extremely efficient and fit great. These are the speakers the tech at Crutchfield suggested for me as I was first looking at Infiniti speakers. He noted on those that the Infiniti speakers would not sound great without a separate amp to push them. I did not want to go that far, so these were a great substitution.

    I said this somewhere else - you could probably go to Wal-Mart and get some cheap Pioneer speakers from there that would sound better that what is in the truck.
     
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  9. Dec 7, 2017 at 9:45 AM
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    If you'e referring to me, I read your posts yesterday. I've read literally every post in this thread. Yeah I think I will need at least that much time, if not more. I tend to take my time with most stuff, especially since I'm gonna be trying to be super careful
     
  10. Dec 7, 2017 at 3:00 PM
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    What do you think made the biggest impact on road/wind noise in the cabin, the doors or the rear wall? I've done the front doors and noticed an improvment but have not yet had time to do the rear doors or rear wall. Probably gonna do the rear wall first.
     
  11. Dec 7, 2017 at 3:48 PM
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    It's hard to tell. The rear wall lets a lot of road noise through. I had my rear seats and bins out for a week while I was working on the subwoofer mount and the rear wall noise was awful, especially on the highway.
     
  12. Dec 7, 2017 at 3:51 PM
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    did you mess with the vent at all? It seems like most of the noise is coming from that passenger side vent. saw pics of a guy who actually pulled the bed off the truck so he could get to the vents from the outside.
     
  13. Dec 8, 2017 at 4:08 AM
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    No, there's no need as long as the seats and bins are in.
     
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  14. Dec 8, 2017 at 6:07 AM
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    Big thank you for the OP and other supporting members here with this thread. Upon reading this and all the positive comments I too picked up all the items exactly as detailed in the first post. The results were really good for the money and totally worth it imo. While I did get the sound suppression material noted in the first post I did not install it. I took one look at the extra work involved at the time and was pressed for time so I figured I would do the speakers alone first then decide later when I have more time if I want to go back and add the material. As of now I don't plan on going back to add the material.

    My question now is would there be a good benefit of adding an amp to this (kicker) setup and how involved (cost, possible products) would that be? What do you folks think?

    Any input is appreciated and thank you again to all the folks here who have helped to promote this worthwhile upgrade.
     
  15. Dec 8, 2017 at 7:03 AM
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    Disclaimer: the setup i purchased below is by no means a high quality expensive setup. It gets job done reliably and adds tons of value though.

    A few added an amp setup and posted above. The speakers handle 150 and 100 watt rms so there would absolutely be a value to adding an amp. I just returned the very expensive setup i purchased from crutchfeild and went with a 5 channel kenwood amp that pushes 50 watts to each speaker and 300 watts to my sub instead. All you would need for an amp to the speakers would be an amp, with hi level inputs to the amp or the rca connector that plugs and plays listed in a post above but that one has bad reviews. Then a 4gauge wiring kit for 40$ or so. So cost is around 300$ to do it and about 2 hours of work for me since ive done about 10 installs on amps and subs or for a novice about 4 hours. As far as quality, you could do a lc6i and all those things but this isnt the thread for that this is the novice simple install thread the op intended plus a little extra to add to op’s original suggestions.

    Materials:
    50x4 channel amp with hi level input
    4 gauge wiring kit
    9 wire speaker wire and rem bundle to go from amp to speaker wire behind stereo.
    (Optional only) line in converter such as lc6i.

    This is what i just purchased:
    1)Amp https://www.crutchfield.com/p_113X8015/Kenwood-Excelon-X801-5.html
    2)17’ 4 gauge red wire, 5’ 4 gauge black wire, 90 watt in line fuse
    3)(x2)9 strand speaker wire to connect audio from stereo to amp then audio from amp to speakers. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_1429WC1820/EFX-9-Wire-Ultra-Flex-Speaker-Wire-20-feet.html?tp=2917

    Best buy wanted 450$ to install amp when i asked the installer lastweek and local stereo shop wanted 275$ to install. The wiring cost me 90$ and i get to install it how i want it so i chose this route.

    So you have many options, many different 4 channel amps out there, many different components to add to installation if you wanted the “competition sound quality etc.” but in the end all you need is an amp and to have it wired.
     
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  16. Dec 8, 2017 at 7:24 AM
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    The rear is terrible at letting in road noise. If I ever get where I'm that so bored that I'm game for pulling all the stuff out to get to it, I'd do that in a heartbeat. Anything you add to this truck will help. I think they put in as little as possible and milked all they could out of us in profit on it.
     
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  17. Dec 8, 2017 at 1:09 PM
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    quick question. what size speakers are in the rear of an access cab (2016)? i keep seeing people listing both 6.75 and 6.5 for the rear doors.
     
  18. Dec 8, 2017 at 2:02 PM
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    6.75 kickers fit just fine.
     
  19. Dec 8, 2017 at 4:25 PM
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    Anyone have any luck installing this setup on an sr5?
     
  20. Dec 8, 2017 at 4:41 PM
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    my build tread: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/wife-hates-my-addiction-build.513084/
    It would be exactly the same wouldnt it?
     

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