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Old 09-01-2013, 07:03 AM
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Another amp addition question on a 13

I have a 13 lariat that I need more sounds from. I have some focal components I will be putting in the doors but for now it's the bass that sucks.

So I did a ton of research and am not sure the best route for adding an amp.

I read some use the jl piece, some use the audison bit 10, some have just used hi/lo converters, and some have just tied in to factory wires and converted them to RCA because the signal was already low pass. The last one is what I did on my wife's Audi and was ok but the Bose then limited the bass.

So my question is which option is the better and why if you know.

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Old 09-02-2013, 07:25 PM
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No one?

I know it's my first post but I'm a long time lurker
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:18 PM
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check out the new rockford fosgate 3sixty
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That looks pretty sick. My amps are all fosgate. Thanks
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:47 PM
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I'm in the process of replacing the door speakers after doing the 13" JL sub/Boxworx upgrade a few months back. The factory speakers just don't match up well with the new sub. So for fun, I pulled the door trim off and discovered the factory "Sony" door speakers are rated 25W. I don't know if that is a peak or RMS number. Now that's power! So I ordered a XD400/4 amp and the C2-570x 5x7s. Time to make it work right.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:36 AM
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Installed! What a difference in sound pressure. I've been tuning it for about 30 minutes and my ears hurt. It's more matched now with the JL sub. I need to wait for the USPS to get the last piece. It's a 4 gauge distribution block for the power. I have a ghetto soldered/taped up connection to split the wire.

The front and rear tweeters, and the center channel are powered by the OEM Sony amp. The front door and the rear pillar speakers are powered off the new XD400/4 and the sub from a XD600/1. I used a PAC Audio SOEM-4 LOC and pulled the signals off the factory amp from the front/rear channels (I have access to all the wiring diagrams). I removed the other 2 channel LOC from the sub and used the remote out from the XD400/4 to feed the XD600/1. It's much cleaner now. I just need to mount the OEM amp to the floor where the factory jack is. All pieces are behind the seat and I maintained the under seat storage and functionality of the rear power slider.
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I can't wait to get mine finished!
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The block came in the mail today. All is complete and clean looking considering having to tap the factory hardware.
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The block came in the mail today. All is complete and clean looking considering having to tap the factory hardware.
Any pics? I'm interested is upgrading mine as well. The bass is just poor out of the factory Sony.
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:51 AM
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Any pics? I'm interested is upgrading mine as well. The bass is just poor out of the factory Sony.
Well. I did the sub upgrade and the four main speakers.

Factory Sony amp/DSP in jack location (jack moved to in-bed tool box):


Overall view (no covers on the amps):


PAC SOEM-4 Line converter:


I could have gone with the SOEM-T converter since I run it in 2 channel mode. If I run it in 4 channel mode, the rear C-pillar speakers lose the highs. The reason being is the rear door tweeters share the same amp channel in stock mode so it filtered out the highs to the converter. I merely tapped (with solder) the rear speaker channels so I could maintain use of the door tweeters. The front door tweeters are a separate channel on the OEM Sony Amp/DSP so I didn't have to worry about it. If you're just doing the amp, just tap the 4 wires of the subchannel. It worked fine for the month I ran it that way. I just cutoff the factory connector from the OEM sub and used it as a pigtail for the line converter.

I attached the two pages from the wiring diagrams for all ten channels of the oem Amp/DSP
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