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So about a year ago I installed a small system in my 4Runner and thought I would be happy with it. Unfortunately that isn't the case. I plan on taking everything out except for the head unit and starting over. I also plan on attending some competitions this year. I'm not using top of the line equipment but I think it will sound pretty good. Depending on how much I get into competing will determine where the build goes next.

Here is the vehicle, a 2012 Toyota 4Runner with a small lift and some aftermarket wheels and tires.



The current system consists of the following:

Kenwood DDX372BT head unit with a Pioneer ND-BC6 camera
AudioControl EQL equalizer
MB Quart RA1000.4 amp
RE Audio SEX12v2 sub in a prebuilt ported enclosure
Alpine SPR-60C 6 1/2 components

The new system is going to consist of:

Kenwood DDX372BT head unit with Pioneer camera
JVC MS-8 DSP
Precision Power P1000.1 amp
Precision Power P600.2 amp
Precision Power P900.4 amp
Precision Power P65c3 component set
Sundown SA18 sub in a CSCStang custome enclosure
Wiring is going to be a mix of Sky High and Soundqubed.



 

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I started the install today. It was a nice day so I wanted to take advantage of it. The first job is fiberglass a-pillars to house the tweeters. I plan on competing in the IASCA rookie class and the MECA street class. Both of these classes require all front speakers to be in factory locations with the exceptions of the tweeters.

This is my first time doing this so bare with me. I'm sure I will make some mistakes but as long as I learn from them that's okay.

Factory pillars.



I went to Home Depot and found some 1-1/2 pvc couplings that the tweeters fit perfectly inside. I trimmed them down to the depth of the tweeter.



I used small pieces of wood and hot glue to hold the mounts in place.



I next wrapped pieces of an old t-shirt and glued it down with hot glue.



After that I put two coats of fiberglass on them. They are now drying. I'm hoping to get some time to sand them and apply some bondo tomorrow. I don't have a garage so I am limited on when I get to work on the install.

 

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I was able to get some more work done to the pillars today.

First step, drilled some holes to give the fiberglass something to hold onto a little better. I should have done this at the beginning but I didn't know. I then added one last layer of fiberglass resin. Like I said before, this is a learning experience.



Next step, bondo! This is after sanding the first coat.



This is after adding the second coat. Unfortunately that is all for today since it is now dark and I don't have a garage.

 

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Small change of plans, I have decided to sell the 18" sub and enclosure and go a different route. I just placed an order for three JL Audio 12w3v3 4 ohm subs. I will be putting them in a sealed enclosure.

Anyway, today I managed to freeze my ass off while sanding the pillars with the last few minutes of daylight I'll see for the next few days.

Here is the passenger side, it still has a ways to go but I'm happy with how it is looking so far.



Here is the driver's side.

 

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I didn't get a chance to work on anything yesterday but I did manage to sell the Sundown SA18 sub and I opened up the MS-8 to check it out. So pretty...

 

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I know my updates are boring but I'm doing them anyway. :D

Spent another hour or two working on the pillars, mostly sanding. I have the driver's side ready for primer and some final sanding. The passenger pillar has a little more work to do.


 

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Nice 4runner. I like the lift kit on it and the wheels! What sub do you plan on running now that the sa18 is sold?
Thank you. I plan on running three JL 12w3v3's in a sealed enclosure. Should be great for SQ and still get somewhat loud when I'm in the mood.
 

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Oh, I have decided to run rear fill so I ordered a pair of PPI P.652 6-1/2's for the rear doors. I will be running them off of two channels of the JBL MS-8.
 

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They are getting a little closer every day. I placed the order for vinyl today, it will arrive tomorrow. I really hope it matches up.

I primered the pillars today, it really shows the problem areas. Hopefully I'll finish them up tomorrow and try my hand at wrapping them tomorrow or Saturday.



 

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I know you are probably tired of seeing pictures of a-pillars but guess what, I posting more pictures of a-pillars.

The driver's side is done. I got a couple of stretch marks but I think I learned a little something from my mistakes. Hopefully the passenger side comes out a little better.



 

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Passenger side is installed. They aren't perfect but I will live with them for a while. The tweeter isn't hooked up yet and won't be for a couple of weeks.



 
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