It has begun...
I went to Automotive Entertainment of Pasadena today (a shop I've been visiting for years -- just was too frugal to shop there) and made a deal with the owner. I bought a Dynaudio System 340 set with instructions for installation. I didn't want to pay for installation and the owner was nice enough to provide a plan for installation.
Handing me a woofer he told me to build the mounting plate with ring for the 7" Dyn driver for both doors, have it mounted and come back when its done before I soundproof it. After that I'm going to run wiring, and lastly he would build the kick panels tuned for the truck (staging, height adjustment, etc).
I'm going to document and take pictures of the whole install and progess (what a used, how much I spent, how much time was invested, etc) and create something that is Lon's Garage worthy for all of you read/enjoy.
As far as the sub goes I was going to put in an Image Dynamics into my stealthbox (since they were cheap enough) but I ran out of money and am going to keep the 10w3. One thing I will document though is 'sealing' aka 'making air tite' the factory JL Stealthbox **PRIOR** to installation with pictures and then the install with pictures.
The end product will be as follows:
Alpine CDA-7897 (http://ecominet2.alpine-usa.com/pls/...y=20&p_main=10) - the weakest link of the system -- probably will be replaced by the 7898 or something better like a CD700 from Nakamichi
Dynaudio System 340 (http://www.dynaudiousa.com/products/car/3way.htm) - 3 way component system - 7" woofer, 3" midrange, 1.1" tweeter - with the 7" driver mounted in a home made MDF mount, sound proofed doors.
JLAudio Stealthbox (with the factory 10w3-v2 woofer sealed - the way I'm going to seal it is that I will remove the woofer, get some silicone sealant applied around the mounting area and remount the woofer. -- Anyone know whats up with their website -- its been down for the last few days.
Now the amps -- this is where I'm still lost, the two contenders are:
Zapco 350 (http://www.zapco.com/nosound/index3.html) - 2x100watts@4ohm continuous.
Audison VRx2.250 (http://www.audison.com/audiso/eaud2.htm) - 2x160watts@4ohm continuous.
McIntosh MCC302 (http://22.214.171.124/mcprod/products...?product_id=57) - 150x2@4ohm
Here's where it gets really tricky. I could do a bi-amp config where I have an amplifier running the 7" woofers and another amplifier running the 3" mid + 1.1 tweet. Personally I would prefer to run one amplifier providing about 200w x 2 @ 4ohm into the crossovers and let them do their thing.
Another reason I have the above amps chosen is that they're small and they will fit behind the rear seats out of everyones sight -- won't steal it if they can't see it.
I'm going to leave the rear doors alone for now because I'm 1k over my budget