So I'm putting together a budget system for the stroker (college student with bills to pay, so I'm trying to keep it cheap).
About a week after I bought the truck, I pulled out the stock deck and front speakers (which were blown). I found a Dual deck from wally-world (yeah yeah, I know, but the features for the money seemed pretty good, and it's worked flawlessly so far, I'll have model numbers for everything posted later), Pioneers cheapest 6.5's, a Sony 600 watt 4-channel amp and a Sony 10" sub. I know Sony is the greatest, but I've used their car audio stuff for a long time, and they've taken every single but of abuse I can put them through, and have never failed. I was happy with it for the time being, I just needed something that worked while I saved my money back up.
It sounded alright for the time being, but now I'm building a system with hopefully better sound quality, less distortion, and good bass.
I pulled the amp and sub out a few weeks ago for fear of a battery drain issue, but I think I have the problem solved.
So for now, the system will consist of:
Dual XHD6430 AM/FM/MP3/WMA Receiver with HD radio and Ipod integration
Sony XM-ZR604 600 Watt 4/3 channel Amp
Sony Xplode 1100 Watt 10" sub
Hifonics Zeus ZXi-6.5C 6.5" Component speakers
The Zeus components were only about $60, so I was a little skeptical. So I read countless reviews about them, and in 99% of them, the people were raving about them ("Great set for the money!", "Buy these, you won't be dissapointed"!, "Sounds as good as my Alpines!", blah, blah, blah...) So I figured I'd try 'em out. According to UPS, they should be in tomorrow afternoon!
I had the amp and wires half-azzedly tucked under the rear seat, and I planned on re-doing it, I just haven't gotten around to it until now. Yesterday I lifted my rear seat about 1/2" to help give the amp more breathing room (as many of you probably know, there ain't much room under there
), and got to work.
My plan is to bridge two of the channels on the amp for the sub, and use the other two to power the components. I'm not doing anything with the stock rear speakers yet, as they still work (they don't sound all that good obviously, but I can't hear them up front anyway). If they do blow, I'll just fade the sound out of them. I'm more concerned about my front stage anyway.
Totals so far:
Amp - $100
Deck - $95
Speakers - $70
Sub - $65
Other crap needed for install - ~$50
So if all goes well, I'll have this going for under 400 bucks. But of course that cost is spread out over the span of 7 months. I had the amp from January when I bought it for my old Chevy before I sold it. So the up front cost for this truck will hopefully be under $300. The amp and sub I bought in April when I got the truck, so my immediate cost will hopefully be around 100 - 130 bucks
But enough rambling. Anyway, I don't have enough pictures to be worth posting, As I just started. But I will take them as I make progress! This won't be a long build, if all goes as it should, it'll be complete by the end of the week. I'm going to take the mirrors off and paint them while I have the door panels off, but that shouldn't take more than half a day to complete.
Anybody have any ideas for tweeter mounting options? As far as I know, they can be surface or flush mounted.