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I finally got some tunes in this beast.

I took the compressor/tire fill kit and put some self stick velcro (the male side) on one side. Then I put it in the bed on the front wall. That opened the space behind the driver's seat for some upgrading. Now, in addition to a heated seat in the winter, we have a vibrating driver's seat all the time.

The subwoofer is a Kenwood Woox. It's a powered sub with dual voice coils and 100 watts. It fit with only a little bit of Dremel action. It has a wired remote so the output can be adjusted on the fly. The inputs to it came from the wiring for the main door speakers. The rears do not output enough to use. Fiddle with your fader to see what I mean. It's not even worth replacing them.

I added 150Hz bass blockers to the main door speakers. That got rid of the annoying rattle and distortion from them when you tried to get some bass. The sub is set to cover to 160Hz.

I added a pair of Kenwood tweeters. The door mids are exactly behind my long legs so I couldn't hear that output. The tweeters have an inline hi-pass filter.

Here's some pictures.











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Price...

I got the stuff from crutchfield.com.


Woox = $220 (the Crutchfield site lists it as 30w but it really is 100w)
Tweeters (Kenwood KFC-XT14) = $80
Bass Blockers = $10
Velcro = $10 (I used the female (soft) side to fix my windows)
Thump in the rump = Priceless

I did the work myself. It took me about 4 hours but could probably be done faster since I know which wires to use now. You have to be willing to drill into your truck, since the sub gets mounted with a couple of screws. The two screws toward the waterfall are only into the carpet because there is a plastic wire chase behind the carpet.

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I complained on another thread about the bass rattle and you referred me here. I don't understand it all (audio challenged) but I will print it (including photos) and take to a car audio shop and see if they can fix it. You don't think the warranty will do anything about "rattling bass"? My SSR is less than one month old?
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Warranty?

You know, I never even thought about complaining to the dealer about the crappy sound. I guess I figured as long as the speaker was not defective there was no reason. I just chalked it up to typical "from the factory" sound. I've upgraded almost all the vehicles I've ever owned. The 04 GTO speakers are next on the list.

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Rattle

Elaine,

There is a product called Dynomat, which is sold in car stereo shops, which will help reduce rattle of the bass. But first you should take it back to the dealer because if you can convince the dealer that it's a defect (not just a bad design) they should fix it for you. I've had my truck in to have 6 or 7 things repaired (starting to lose count). I did not have them look at the door speakers because I had a stereo shop upgrade my system and I don't notice a rattle anymore unless I turn off my dual 10" subs. :)

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sounds upgrade

taking out my current factory sounds, put in dvd navigation in its place and install xm radio by the ashtray. Some good spreakers and amp. also. I don't know much about stereo system but one of my regulars who owns stereo shop quoted me $4000.

is this good price?
 

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Where are the subs....

I took out the 2 rear midrange speakers that are behind the seats (actually in the roof storage compartment) and placed 2 10" subs there. It required removing the plastic housing around the midranges, OEM amp and a computer control module, remounting the OEM amp, and moving the computer module underneath the waterfall.

I will try and repost the pictures I had up before, but I just moved this weekend and haven't got my computer with the pictures set back up again.


SaharaJohn:

I was going to put in a Pioneer AVIC-N1 (navigation + dvd with XM radio controls) and replace all speakers. It was going to run about $3200. I did not do it at the time because stereo shop here didn't know if I needed to keep the old radio in or not (just hidden somewhere) and he wasn't really sure about other things as well. I'm told now that they have a part that would allow the old radio to be tossed. I finally settled on subs, XM controller and a Garmin Ique3600 navigation system (which is a PDA with navigation that I just mount on my cup holder and can move from car to car). This cost me under $2000. I think it would have looked better with just the one piece, but I guess that's what you get for being the first one in your area.

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taking out my current factory sounds, put in dvd navigation in its place and install xm radio by the ashtray. Some good spreakers and amp. also. I don't know much about stereo system but one of my regulars who owns stereo shop quoted me $4000.

is this good price?
http://www.thezeb.com/p-Jensen-MS4200RS-In-Dash-Navigation-109175.htm

Just curious to know why some navigation system are priced over $1800? the only reason i can think of would be that some of them are touch screen but in the end of the day its the same product.

How many speakers does the SSR have? and what size are they?

To be honest i would put the subs in the trunk bed as close the the seats as possible. I would be able to adjust the bass sound with a boostcontroller and put all amps and capacitors in the back. the bigger the space, the better the sound quality for the subs. I tried sound systems in a sports car and SUV and although the sports car had more power then the subs in the SUV, it still sounded much better in the SUV. but thats just my two cents
 

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Upgrades to the 05

Instead of a new thread, I thought I would resurrect this old one.

I got the tunes cranking in the 05 Aqua Blur. I have nothing to prove Chevy did anything different with the audio for the 05s, but it sure sounds better from the factory to me. That being said, I couldn't leave well enough alone.

I changed the rear and the door 3 1/2" speakers to Kenwood 4" 2-ways. Much better mid and high level sounds.

For the lows, I put bass blockers on the 6 1/2" door speakers and then added a Kenwood KSC-SW1 sub. It is the new version of the wOOx we had in the 04. The speakers in it are bigger, there is more power (150w), it is aluminum instead of plastic and the enclosure is actually smaller. I velcroed the remote to the bottom of the console lid so it is out of sight.

Here is the sub behind the passenger seat.



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Raging 750

you should hear 750 watts of clear sound out of an SSR. 10" blaunket sub 2" deep behind passenger seat. 9" midrange in each door morel. 3" tweeters in each door morel. all in sealed boxes. everything dynamatted. 250w zap amp to each door and 1 to the sub. clarion radio with commander xm hidden antenna. Sweet at any sound level. can hear all the highs and lows with topdown 125 mph. :cool :thumbs :flag :seeya


ps; speakers handle 250 watts continues, peaks up to 1000 watts
 
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dammit BOB, this post is worthless without pictures!!!!!! :nono

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:cool OK. here are some picts in the dark. the speakers in the doors you can not hardly tell because we did not have to change any thing to the door panels. pictured amp is behind drivers seat. air pump kit is in back. I have carpet so velcro holds it real well. other two amps ; 1 under passenger seat. just be careful of airbag wiring for side head in seat. DO NOT pull on them. 1 is next to the bose amp in black box in roof storage. :flag :thumbs :seeya

Just noticed I don't have the face of the radio on. just had it changed to the clarion. the panasonic, you could not see anything on the face with top down on sunny day but glare. could not read anything on it unless you put some thing over it to shade it from sun. rearranged the xm also. now can lay something behind it.
 

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very cool... so it looks like the sub enclosure is just flush behind the seat? it's not drilled into the roof storage area right? why do you still have the bose amp in there taking up space? to make the whole install easily reversible? how is the bass from the driver's seat? does your passenger whine if you turn it up? did you put it on the passenger side to save driver-side legroom? which amps exactly are you using?

nice install, and i love that leather!
-Wes
 
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