Well I listed the EQ on ebay. I figured there was no use getting it all tweaked and such when I physically have no room to install it. I refuse to expose the EQ. I want everything hidden best I can. So I bought a PPI EQ230 off a fellow member here. I will be able to fit that under the false floor, and remove it from the cradle to tweak settings up front.
More grill cloth action to happen soon. Going to wrap my radio bezel in burgandy colored grill cloth along with a couple accent pieces in the car. Want to get my 2 tone interior back.
Also in this off time I have been working on the car. I installed a nice compustar remote start system. Mmm... nothing like coming out to a nice warm car in the winter.
More updates in the next week or so. Project is VERY close to being done. Don't think I have ever been able to say those words.
Grest looking install, especially the a-pillars; they remind me of when I had planar tweets up there.
I can appreciate the need for a stealth trunk, here's something you can do with the PPI EQ: I made a custom straight through Cat-5 cable and kept the cradle in the trunk and the control piece stayed in my glove compartment. Works great, if your glove compartment has room, if you're like my wife, it may not even close due to all fo the stuff inside
I just swapped out the IDQ12v2D4 for a DIYMA R12. Given the ohm differences I also swapped out the (2) 2075 amps for my old JBL BP1200.1 (1200 @ 2, 600 @ 4). Verdict is still up in the air. The DIYMA sub defiantly has more output. It gives you that kinda kick drum thump that was missing with the IDQ. But the IDQ had a more natural sound to the bass. It really didn't stick out in the stage and blended well with the midbass/front stage. The DIYMA kinda reminds me of being at a concert with a mic'd kick drum. Not exactly realistic sounding, but in your face force.
Verdict is still out on this one. I'm thinking just to be fair I might swap back to the IDQ and keep the JBL installed.. but I really have to watch it because with the ohm load the IDQ will present the JBL is going to unleash 1200watts RMS.
Subs swapped back and the IDQ w/JBL is the winning combo. Just sounds so much better! Natural bass is a wonderful thing. Put a conservative tune on the gain... we'll see how long before I explore more.
Well my (2) 2075's weren't quite cutting it in the power dept. So I have retired them.. and I got such a good deal on a pair of matching old school (early 90's, note the hardwired power wires) Alphasonik PMA-2150IX's .
They put out the same current as my old USA2150 was (front stage).
I only have a picture of the 1.. but they are in excellent shape. Even have the protective film still on the decal plate!
Got 1 of the 2 in temporarily because I had to ship out my USA2150. Sounds very nice. Have to say all the pigtail wires off the amp is a pain in the ass. What I wouldn't do for screw down terminals. I'm going to solder/heatshrink all connections this weekend. The amps don't have any fuses either.. requires an inline 30A. So I picked up a MAXI style stinger fuse block. Should be here saturday.
Looks great. I like stealth installs my self. I think you definatly accomplished what you were going for. What do the pillars look like from the front and side windows now that they are wrapped?
I am considering doing something similar with my truck and am curious to know if they still stand out to somebody who is just walking by the car.
Also Have you thought about making up something that would fill in the spokes of the spare with mesh? this would provide a bit more protection for the sub and would keep it from geting jabbed by anything in the trunk that may slide under there.
I will snap a couple pics for ya from the window view.
I'm actually going to cut out an over-sized circle cover of automotive carpet and sew a nice stitch all the way around with a couple velcro pads. That way I don't have to worry about trunk contents damaging the wheel. There's no real worry about anything getting to the sub.
I'm going to start the sound deading phase of this install soon. I plan on sound deadening the doors foil backed material, and foam. Will also be installing some second skin speaker tweaker pads. The trunk area is also going to receive some foil backed material.
I originally used MDF baffles, but while I'm at it I'm going to swap them for these baffles I made from a non-porous cutting board. Some sanding is in order yet once I mock them up.
Thinking of starting a new thread once I get the rest of my material.
You have inspired me. I am going to do a Neo8 A pillar install in my grand cherokee. Do you have the dimensions of the first enclosure you made by chance? The one with just the neo8 driver or would you be willing to sell them?