-- I appreciate the subs and the support guys. And just for the record, I enjoy the way the car looks. It's not like my last two cars where every time I parked, I turned around and looked at it, but it was a very practical choice for me, and I am very happy with it for those reasons.
-- I took some measurements a couple of days ago with the assistance of a non-supportive 16 year old sister - who did not want to hold the measuring tape straight :laugh:. But this should give a good idea of what kind of space i'm working with. Let's get to know the car.
-- Image 1 is where the battery is located in the vehicle. It is located in the rear hatch, on the passenger side, under the factory floor. I plan to run 1/0 awg for my power and ground, into a Streetwires CBR44M
, combo distribution block and fuse holder. I am not sure where I want to put the ground right now. I am thinking I can just mount it on the negative battery post. (Thoughts?)
From there I will be running 4 gauge in to each amp. I really like the form factor of the CBR44M. I purchased it from a DIYMA forum member a couple of days ago.
-- Image 2 is the center cover for the factory false floor. The Prius has a super deep spare and extra cargo space area that is accessed by opening this cover. I am going to try and reuse this. I might add a little MDF or CLD to the bottom to give it some more mass, but I am going to hold off until I have the sub playing and see what I think.
-- Image 3 and 4 is the next layer down. This is the cargo storage area located under the false floor. It is actually a really cool feature the car has. Previously I used it for my surf stuff, but I am going to be purchasing a rubber mat. Notice the width of the area I have to work with. This is basically the width I have to work with for my amps. Image 4 shows what the space looks like with the cargo tray removed. (I know you can't read the tape)
-- Image 5 is the depth from the bottom of the spare to the bottom of the factory cover. I have 15 inches to work with from the deepest portion of the well. If you take a look at JT's Prius install
, you can see that his enclosure was angled at the base to provide a level mounting surface. I haven't yet determined how I plan do achieve this. The other thing to take notice of is the overhang. This takes away a small amount of space for me to work with. No biggie.
-- Image 6 shows the max length of the well. I wont be able to take advantage of the 25", for the reason I mentioned above, as well as the curvature at the most rear portion.
-- Image 7 is the width of the well, once again, we have rounded corners and some curves, so I wont have the full area to work with.
-- Image 8 explains itself.
-- At this time, I wont be attempting to glass. I think it's what I will want to do in the long run, but I want to try a solid wood build first. I have a lot of volume to work with already, and I think that would be the only advantage over the MDF. I roughly calculated the type of volume I can get out of the space, and I roughly came up with 2.31 Ft3. If someone would like to run some numbers for me, please do. This calculation was based on a 22"x22"x11" square box. (Like I said, it's a very rough calculation).
I am including the spec sheet from ID as a reference.
-- Moving on, I picked up some DIYMA 14 gauge speaker wire.
-- To get the signal from the factory radio, I will be running some speaker wire from behind the factory radio to this. I considered using a line driver or a converter, but was talked out of it because they thought that due to the added connections, it was a potential location to add noise.
-- Out of the Mosconi 6to8v8, I am still not sure what interconnects I want to run. I am definitely on a tight budget and looking for suggestions if you are up for it. I am currently considering the following:
Amazon.com : Rockford Fosgate Twisted Pair 6-Feet Signal Cable : Vehicle Amplifier Stereo Patch Cables : Car Electronics
Stinger SI426 2-Channel 4000 Series RCA Interconnect Cable
Stinger SI226 6 Ft 2000 Series 2-Channel RCA Interconnect Cable
Rockford Fosgate RFIT-6 (rfit6) 6' (1.8 m.) 2-Channel Dual Twist RCA Interconnect Cable
StreetWires ZN1220 ZeroNoise 1 Series 2-Ch RCA Interconnect 2m (6.6 ft.)
StreetWires ZN3220 ZeroNoise 3 Series 2-Ch RCA Interconnect 2m (6.6 ft.)
-- I also picked up a 32 sqft pack of Second Skin Damplifer (bstock). I am really unhappy with the thickness of the butyl, but we will see how it works after the install. I grabbed a speaker tweaker kit for the doors as well. Also, I reached out to someone to get a price on some MLV.
-- Lastly, for tonight, I was hoping someone could give me some input on the Blackhole Stuff
. I am wondering if I should consider grabbing some for my enclosure. I have plenty of volume, but will it improve the sound quality at all?