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Old 02-25-2010, 08:30 AM
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Im thinking about putting a system in my truck. My ? is would a couple of tens fit behind the rear seat? How big of an amp would i need to use to have good sound quality? If any of you guys have done it i would love to see some pics of it. How hard would it be to wire into the stock radio? Or would my best bet be to take it to a pro and have it done? The only things that im worried about is cost to have it done.
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your amp will depend on the RMS of ur subs. It's all in what you want. If your looking for lots of deep bass then you need a sub with high RMS wattage. These types of subs also need lots of air so they may not fit behind your seat (I honestly don't know). Some people are good at building slim boxes that can still contain a lot of air.

Technically u can hook them into your factory stereo, but it would be MUCH better if you bough an aftermarket head unit. You will be able to adjust the sound of your system this way.

Go to crutchfield.com and look around. It's full of information
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What I put in my 06:

Pioneer D3 head unit, Alpine component speakers front, Pioneer 4 ways in the back, JL Stealthbox in the center console. Amps: 40 watt/channel Alpine, 300 watt Rockford Fosgate for the sub. Added my old 8 gig ipod nano for music source (controlled through the D3's main screen). 40 watts sounded low to me, but it'll go louder than I care to hear.

Forget boosting power on the stock radio, it will sound terrible.

You can play with big subs behind the rear seats, but you'll lose your jack and tool storage. I like the stealthbox. It's right beside me so I hear it real good, and it's a neat installation. Very clean sound out of it, as good as some double sub installations I've heard.

And a tip: don't buy car audio off of ebay. I bought two items: a JL amp for the sub that was burned out when it arrived, and another JL amp for the main speakers that arrived with cut off wires hanging off of all of the connections. Surprised it didn't have half the car it was stolen from attached. 0 for 2 is not a good record. Got the D3 from Amazon, the rest came from a local dealer at just about ebay prices.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:30 AM
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Thanks for the input. I think im going to have it taken to a pro and have it done. Im not very good at this kinda stuff.
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When I put mine in, I bought a plug adapter, commonly available at car audio stores. This plugs into the plug that normally goes into the back of the factory radio, and has the wires labeled as to where they should go: power, ignition, lights, speakers...

I ran my own speaker wire, as factory isn't big enough for additional power, you'll end up with distored sound. Had to run a 12v line from the battery back to the amps behind the rear seat to get them power, and be careful how you ground the amps: don't use the bolts on the equipment tray, you don't get a good ground. I used the strap anchors at the bottom of the window.

Yeah, if you haven't done this before, it's probably worth the $$$ to get someone else to do it. I just don't like anyone else working on my truck if it isn't absolutely necessary.
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