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14 years old, found some 6x9s in the garage, and my bro-in-law provided the twin shaft. This was in a 79 Suzuki 4x4. I put the 6x9s in a random sized box, particle board, and drilled some holes in the ends to port them. I did hide the wires as best I could.

It was my dad's 4x4, and he always joked he had the loudest AM radio on the block.
 

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I remember it like it was yesterday. I used my "shoot at me" money as a down payment on a brand new 1969 Charger R/T. I installed an Audiovox Sound Exploder (power booster) in line with my factory head unit. The power booster was about as big as two packs of cigarettes and it made 1250 watts. (It said so right on the box). Then I installed a pair of Audiovox 6 x 9 speakers in the rear deck. They were "only" rated at 1000 watts. I was afraid I was going to blow them up.

I was not satisfied with the factory 8 track sound quality so a few weeks later I bought me a under dash 45 RPM record player. The first 45 I bought for it was Bob Dylan's "Lay, Lady Lay". Ahhhh, yesterday. I miss the old days when I wasn't fat, still had hair and wore bell bottom pants.:blush:
 

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Hey, I was 12 or 13, and they were Urban's. Caution to the wind....

I thought the diagram on the box, that showed the cutout and overall diameter, meant to cut there.:D
No, I hear you, that's the same way it was for me too. The Radio Shack box had a punch out template that I actually thought meant the sub were to be used in the box it came inside. Sounded pretty weak/sloppy, and just flat out bad when it first powered up, so that's then the duct tape came out. Helped some and like I said, it sounded "awesome" for about 10 minutes. I think the driver blew within a matter of hours, or I finally came to a point where I realized what I was hearing was not as good as I initially thought. Regardless, the woofer came out and ended up in the trash.

It was a freebie, but I'm thinking in hind sight, it wasn't a bad driver, just VERY poorly installed/utilized by myself. I think it was actually a loud speaker for use with a guitar.
 

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It also didn't help that I was trying to run it off a crappy bookshelf stereo.:laugh:

I eventually made a crappy plywood box, that made a brief appearance in my first car.
Ran speaker wire, from my home stereo, out my bedroom window to the trunk, so I could listen to them in the car. Ah, youth....
 

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Wow! This brings back some memories. I really don't remember the gear but I do the instal. It was in a 1974 Impala 4 dr. I had a CD player, probably Pioneer or Kenwood an amp and a pair of 12's. My Impala had the single speaker in the dash so I was set for my mids and highs. The amp installation ended up being a learning experience in fuses after the fire! Since the car was about a city block long I was lucky to have money for wires so an in-line fuse just wasn't in the budget. Ran the power wire down the the door jamb. The amp got hot enough to fry eggs on. About a week later my buddy was getting in and pinched the power wire resulting in the "fire". The good ol days!
 

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For my first install, I wanted everything. Three way active front and rear, processors, high end speakers, anything I could spend money on, but was quickly brought down to earth realizing it probably wouldn't sound good. Instead I decided to research and buy pieces one by one, recognizing what they added to the sound, and the deficiencies with what remained, deciding what should be upgraded next.

The first install is more of a timeline:
- A borrowed Pioneer DEH-P3500 head unit powering just the stock fronts, and an IDMAX12 running off of a borrowed JBL BP1200.1. At this point the only thing I "KNEW" was that I wanted an IDMAX sub. I don't regret it, but it was the most expensive piece ever.
- The BP1200.1 was swapped out with an Elemental Designs Nine.1. Now I have a solid sub-stage, but it overwhelms the rest of the sound.
- The stock fronts were replaced with a set of CDT EF-61FG components running passive off of head unit. The sound is marginally improved, but is still lacking presumably due to power.
- The fronts were then amplified off of a borrowed PG 2180. Significant improvement in sound quality.
- The 2180 was swapped out with an ED Nine.4, still running passive to the components. Marginal perceived improvement, but this change was done largely to facilitate moving to an active setup in the future.
- The HU was swapped out for an Pioneer DEH-p880prs, allowing the fronts to then be run active. Significant improvement in quality, but most of this is due to tuning.
- Tuning
- Tuning
- Tuning
- Tuning
- Tuning
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- Realizing that my overall enjoyment and the perceived sound quality I get out of the vehicle is made 90% up from the tuning, not the quality of components used.


Which of course led into my "second" system in another vehicle which was largely a reverse of this. Start with the tuning capabilities, and junk components and then incrementally improve components only when absolutely convinced that the deficiencies cannot be tuned out. Surprisingly cheaper to attain good sound that way and a lot of fun.
 

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Wow,,, trying to clear the cob webs – 1979 Chevy Monza - stock dual shaft 8-track “stereo”. I put that in quotes because it had a single 4x10 speaker in the center of the dash and a 6x9 speaker in the driver’s side rear hatch area – the fader was actually the right/left balance.

Within months, I added an AudioVox Amp 600, 5-band, graphic equalizer, power booster (60 watts max RMS) that had a backlit power meter, which looked pretty cool. Shortly thereafter, I installed of a pair of Jensen 5.25” separates in the kick-panels with the tweeter/super-tweeter pods at each corner of the dash (used double sided tape).

Next summer job paycheck went toward custom enclosures and a pair of Jensen 6x9 coaxials for the rear hatch area. This was a HUGE improvement over stock, but the rear boxes were too small and the front speakers actually put out more bass,,,, and that wasn’t much!! However, it sounded better than most folks my age was running at that time.

A few months later, I sold the rear Coaxials and bought a pair of cheap KLH 10” 3-way home speakers for the rear hatch. NOW,,, I was really able to rock “Double Vision” and “Highway to Hell” - lol. Looking back on it, I can’t believe I didn’t melt down that Audiovox booster.
 

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I had to steal pics since I have none from 1988. It was in a 1979 Mazda RX7 back in my college days.

Proton 214CD HU
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/EsAAAOSwcwhVPodo/$_1.JPG

Two Alphasonik amps.
A-225/A240
http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mQhAPz6aW9UFqGogeISa-nw.jpg

Alphasonik PEQ-7
http://thumbs.ebaystatic.com/images/g/3fYAAOSwiLdWAHZL/s-l225.jpg

For speakers I started with an Infinity 3 way separates. 6x9s in the empty space behind the seats, 4" mids in the factory kick panels and surface mount emit tweeters on the doors. All passive x-overs. Eventually progressed to (2) 10" Goldsound woofers to replace the 6x9s.

Second build was in my brothers Nissan extended cab truck.
Sony CD player
ADS PQ8 and PS5 amps with a AX2 crossover
And in true DIYMA form, (4) 8" House brand Madisound woofers, (2) 4" Madisound mids and (2) Peerless tweeters.
Custom box for the amps/subs. I think I still have the perf tool we used to get sound fro thee tweets through the factory door panels.
 

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Circa 1987
1979 Mustang Indy pace car
Rockford Fosgate had a kit with 3.5 mid, 3/4 tweets in a plate and 2 8" subs
Mids in stock location, figured out how to mount the tweets in the a/c vents
Self made crappy ported enclosure with shag carpet :p
Punch 75 amp powered it all
Clarion hu of some sort.

After coming in second in my class in an OKC show I purchased a Rockfor OEQ-1 to tune it. Of course I never bothered to take to another show hehe.

My mother swears she could here me coming from 1/4 mile away.
 

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early 1990s my first install was a 1978 Chrysler Cordoba (I think Sir Mix-A-Lot sang about it in "My Hooptie"). Best buy put in a JVC cassette player to replace the factory 8-track, and I added a LA Sound 100 watt amp with something called "Pro-Thump" subs, had 2 12s in a sealed box, later upgraded to 2 used Cerwin Vega 12s. I wish I knew what dynamat was back then.
 

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Mine was a Pioneer 6 in dash cd / DVD player with BA SL 60's powered by Scosche amp plus my pair of BA G 1 12s powered by an Orion Cobalt 800.1 DEI model. My pioneer got stolen at a local dealer and I sold the rest when I went HAT. Still on the hunt for that Pioneer on eBay as well as on here. I think I got it in 2008 or 2009 from a pioneer dealer.


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Boston acoustic coaxles. 3 Memphis studio 10s in the back of a fox body Mustang.

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Oh lord, here we go. In my VW baja, a Targa twin shaft that I bought off of a friend (hot,stolen ), with a Unic amp powering a set of home speakers thrown in the back. Wires EVERYWHERE! I bungee corded the home speakers in the back so they wouldn't flop around. ... I thought I was "Billy bad ass" typical 15 year old. Lololol
OMG I couldn't remember my first stereo until I read your post LOL I had that same exact setup right down to the bungee cord holding big house speakers. Ha ha wiring was the same always something shorting out or coming loose and my Hu was under the seat not even mounted Ha ! I am glad I saw this its making me laugh ! I dont know what year that was for you but for me it was probably 1978 !!
 

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circa 1987-1990

LOL i was salivating over stereos since 13yrs old so i bought every issue of CA&E i could get my mits on. I read the Crutchfield handbook like a 1000x !

Before i could even drive my mom let me install a custom fitted ported Pyle subwoofer powered by a RF punch amp. Pioneer dual shaft cassette radio with Acoustic Research 6x9's in the rear deck.

back then i thought it was all about having music coming from the back, when she sold me the car at 16 yrs old (1983 Buick skylark) I installed morel separates (shop owner introduced me to them, this guy would later make like 3 winning iasca cars) in the front doors along with kicker 3" mids in the dash. I was in hog heaven.

except my install wouldn't let me roll my windows down due to the huge morel tweeters LOL

it later morphed to all RF amps, sub changed to JL (punch 30,45 & 75) i was the coolest kid in hs LMAO.

i delivered papers in the morning and afternoon and worked all summers to save up for these expensive goodies.

i used to carry my spare tire and jack behind my seat, the old style jacks that went into the bumper and had the crow bar!

the good ol days....
 

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My first was something like a low end Sherwood tape deck, Concord CA 100.2 amp and a Pyle Driver full range box in the back seat. Think it was a pair of 12s with sealed back 3" midranges and 1" soft dome tweeters. Wasn't carpeted it was like a textured vinyl all circa late 1980's. Also my first (and only) system to get stolen.

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hehe...

In 1988 I was given a 1981 Ford Escort. Blue, slight rust at the bottom (this was, after all, Michigan... old cars rust there). The previous owner had installed a Sparkomatic AM/FM cassette deck in the dash. I lived two blocks from a Murray's Auto Parts store and all but lived in there. I outfitted the rear with a pair of Sparkomatic 3 way 6x9's (the joints with the orange surrounds), then installed a pair of Sparkomatic 3.5" speakers in the dash. That wasn't enough, though, so I saved up some more money and bought a Sparkomatic 40W amp. ALL OF YOU that lived through the 80's know the one...



YEAH BOY!!! The BIG BLACK BUTTON!!! The bane of every serious installer back in the 80's! I installed it under the dash and attached it to the rear 6x9's within minutes and was down the block with my King Tee "Bass" cassette single trying to lay my mack down to some chicks.

After I got clowned for how bad it really sounded I tried my hand at building subwoofers. I bought a pair of 6.5" polypropylene cone woofers from Radio Shack and a little book they sold on how to build speakers. I had built a box out of 1/2" pressboard or something like that and then changed it around so the radio was driving the front and rear speakers, then I ran the sparkomatic amp in parallel off the rear speaker leads and sent it to the box. Improved, but it still sucked. I ended up buying a Realistic 40W+40W amp (IIRC it was was 40x40) sticking that on a new version of the subs and moving the Sparkomatic back to the 6x9's... both amps being driven off the speaker leads from the rear.

I sold the car with all the stuff in it. About 8 months later I got my first job at a real car audio shop during the summer after my senior year.
 

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Oh yeah, I remember... how can it be that no one has mentioned KRACO yet (or maybe I read through too fast?) Anyway I was 16 in 1982 and had a 1952 Ford F1 pickup. One of the first things I did was buy a Kraco similar to this one pictured, but mine was wood grain with the eq, but no auto reverse. I didn't know anything about building a box and sealing it, but I did build boxes to go in the rear corners of the cab (3/8 plywood I think) for these fine Kraco 6x9s pictured! A little while later, I found some "Hi-Tech" speakers at a state fair tent booth, 6 1/2" and put them in the kick panels. A short time later I "upgraded" to the incredible Kraco Stackmaster! Found a pic of that too! After these initial attempts, I discovered Crutchfield catalogs and started learning about quality :)
 

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16 years old, 1987 GMC s15 standard cab.

Head unit was an old JVC pull out cd unit that required the disc be loaded into a tray that fit the cd player.
Amplifier was a Sony XM-3040 bridged two channel.
Speakers, Pyramid Phase 3 tennas mounted int MTX truck boxes with peizo tweeters firing upward.

Amp wedged under the passenger side of the bench seat, 12 gauge speaker wire, 10 gauge power and ground, and no name RCA's.

Later added an Audio Control 2xs and some Boss 4 channel amp powering dash speakers( 2 channels unused ) and the Sony pushing two beat down Orion Cobalt 12's.
Then came 2, 8 ohm Savard Rap 12's, Sony running 3 channel with the front channels running a pair of Pioneer 4x6" coaxials.

Many incarnations in that truck and a lot of learning...and the occasional release of smelly, magic smoke. This was around 1993 or so.
 

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i was 15. craig under dash mount tape deck under the seat of my riding lawnmower. ran one channel to a 6x9 stuck to the fender. wasn't pretty but i didn't have a car yet.
 
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