Go Back   PowerStrokeArmy > Non - Specific > Truck Audio

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-21-2014, 11:22 PM
jdgleason's Avatar
jdgleason jdgleason is offline
General
Member's Gallery
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 7,996
Default My factory sub and amp upgrade

Alright guys! For those of you with factory sub and amp combo like me, I have a cool new upgrade. Get rid of the factory sub and amp for some sweet JL stuff!

A while back I sound deadened the doors and back wall of my truck. Not necessarily for better sound from the sub as much as I wanted to quiet down the cab a bit. Side effects were definitely better sound though as well. So, since I was going to do this sub and amp upgrade, I decided to pull the back seat and go to town.

I finished the floor and C pillars with Raam mat dampener and sound barrier before I started with my sub install.

This is the floor before I added anything.



And here it is after the dampener and covered in sound barrier. It makes a pretty good difference in road noise, exhaust sound, etc. I like the inside of my truck QUIET.



Now onto the good stuff.

Here is the factory sub and box. The amp is tiny and mounted to the back of the box itself. Pretty slick deal, and works well for what it is. Like most of us here, I wanted just a little more without giving up the factory fit and finish of this set up though. (Don't mind the dust. lol)



I started by pulling the box out... It's 5 bolts and a plug. Super simple.



Now for disassembly of the box and retro fitting of the new sub.

The screws holding the stock sub in the box are all T20 torx. Pull all those and you can just unplug the wires in the back of the sub.





To adapt our new sub to the box, and provide some of the clearance that the deeper sub needs, we add this sweet billet ring, and take a dremel or whiz wheel to the ribs in the back of the box. Here you can see where I clearanced the ribs.



You use the stock torx bolts from the old sub to fasten it on. Also - use some ultra gray RTV or something similar between the ring and the box. The ring comes with new allen bolts to attach the sub to it.





Since the new sub doesn't use these plugs, and also only has 1 port for positive and negative, I twisted the two positives and negatives together.



The stock box has a harness that exits through a grommet in the back. Here is a picture before I cut the plug off to splice to my speaker wire once it's in the truck. Don't forget to twist these two together if you twisted the other ends together. Two are marked with a white tracer to make things easier.



And now, we are ready for the new sub! Looks way sweeter than stock!





Plug it in and screw it down to the billet ring.





Now we are ready to wire the amp and everything else in! Starting with power, take the power lead from the battery and run it through the firewall. In my case, I went through the passenger side. It was a pain to find the wire I pushed through inside the cab. Look for the blue wire. It's hidden behind a bunch of junk. Also, now is a good time to stuff some sound barrier up onto the firewall.





One thing that I really like about these trucks is the wire tray that runs the edge of the cab front to rear. Makes laying wire like this super simple.



Now that we have power to the back, we will tackle getting our crossover wired in. The crossover is what is going to give our new sub a signal from the stock system. Luckily, we can take it from the speaker in the c pillar. In mine, the 2 orange wires are the signal that I needed. They are positive and negative; again the negative wire has the tracer.



Now, we have to wire these in to the corresponding inputs on our crossover. I also took this opportunity to add sound deadener to the C pillar! I mounted the crossover inside of the C pillar too. Now we can plug the RCA's into the crossover and leave them out to plug into the amp.



The crossover will have 3 wires running to the amp in addition to the RCA cables. The 3 wires are remote: Signal for the amp to turn on, then just power and ground. I ran black wires for all 3 just so they blended in. I also took the ground for the amp from a seatbelt bolt on the c pillar, behind the cover.

Pay close attention to the speaker wires on the amp. Notice that they are bridged. This essentially means that we are only using one channel of the available 2 channels on this amp. These wires are what you splice into the back of your sub box where we cut the plug off.



The very last thing is hooking up the RCA cables from the crossover to the amp and then tuning the amp. This sub runs best between 80 and 100hz. On the deck, turn the bass down and tune it to your liking!






I have had this for a couple days now and it's AWESOME! It is perfect for guys looking for the next level from their stock sound systems. I need to make a bracket for mounting the amp, but I will worry about that this weekend!

For guys interested in this as a kit, I have a separate thread in Absolute's vendor section.

http://powerstrokearmy.com/forums/sh...603#post892603
__________________
-JD
2009 F350
Elite Diesel fuel, air, and trans | OUO Link arms and trac bars

11.57 @ 120.09 8,520# and 6,000' Fuel Only
11.25 @ 128.15 8,550#
1202/2133 uncorrected

Last edited by jdgleason; 01-21-2014 at 11:32 PM.
  #2  
Old 01-21-2014, 11:30 PM
Crack85's Avatar
Crack85 Crack85 is offline
Colonel
Member's Gallery
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Midland, Tx
Posts: 2,622
Default

Looks sweet brother
__________________
2008 F250 FX4 Lariat - Sold
2010 F250 - Harley Edition

SDRCM #9
  #3  
Old 01-21-2014, 11:32 PM
Powerstroked162's Avatar
Powerstroked162 Powerstroked162 is offline
On Da Juice
Member's Gallery
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Wa. State
Posts: 10,075
Default

So simple and clean. Enjoy it buddy!
  #4  
Old 01-22-2014, 05:11 AM
RedRice589's Avatar
RedRice589 RedRice589 is offline
General
Member's Gallery
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Ocala, Florida
Posts: 6,080
Default

Yes!! Thank you MR Gleason! I will be doing this in a week or so! Thanks again!
__________________
2015 F-350 Tow boss 4.30 gears and wide track front axle. Nickname: COCO
  #5  
Old 01-22-2014, 08:53 AM
jdc753's Avatar
jdc753 jdc753 is offline
Major
Member's Gallery
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Norton, MA
Posts: 2,289
Default

Nice little upgrade for sure!! and great job on the write up.

I really like that billet ring under the subwoofer since my first thoughts were yuck a plastic flimsy box. That ring should help stiffen and beef up the area the sub mounts to, and reduce flex of the box itself.
__________________
-Josh-
05 6leaker ocean liner
studded, ******d, and tuned
up 4" on 35's with a computer and stereo inside

00' Jetta TDI 5-speed, RC stage 2, Panzer plate, piped and ******d.
  #6  
Old 01-22-2014, 09:33 AM
jdgleason's Avatar
jdgleason jdgleason is offline
General
Member's Gallery
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 7,996
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RedRice589 View Post
Yes!! Thank you MR Gleason! I will be doing this in a week or so! Thanks again!
Sure thing buddy!
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdc753 View Post
Nice little upgrade for sure!! and great job on the write up.

I really like that billet ring under the subwoofer since my first thoughts were yuck a plastic flimsy box. That ring should help stiffen and beef up the area the sub mounts to, and reduce flex of the box itself.
I agree! I was surprised at how well it worked actually. I am super happy with it.
__________________
-JD
2009 F350
Elite Diesel fuel, air, and trans | OUO Link arms and trac bars

11.57 @ 120.09 8,520# and 6,000' Fuel Only
11.25 @ 128.15 8,550#
1202/2133 uncorrected
  #7  
Old 01-23-2014, 06:02 PM
jwlandry's Avatar
jwlandry jwlandry is offline
Colonel
Member's Gallery
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: S.W. Louisiana
Posts: 2,533
Default

do you happen to have any finished pics with everything back together? I really like this for the wife's truck since she said she wanted to upgrade the speakers.
__________________
2006 CCLB F350 Dually Lariat
5" SS, EGR Gone, CM AL SK Flatbed, Empire Direct Solenoid, Empire Oil Filter Relocate Kit, Carli Suspension, 20s, Tuned.

2016 CCSB Platinum F250 - Stock
  #8  
Old 01-27-2014, 10:31 AM
jdgleason's Avatar
jdgleason jdgleason is offline
General
Member's Gallery
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 7,996
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jwlandry View Post
do you happen to have any finished pics with everything back together? I really like this for the wife's truck since she said she wanted to upgrade the speakers.
I actually don't yet lol. I have been so busy with everything else that I haven't had a chance to build a bracket to mount the amp. I am doing what I can to retain the jack.
__________________
-JD
2009 F350
Elite Diesel fuel, air, and trans | OUO Link arms and trac bars

11.57 @ 120.09 8,520# and 6,000' Fuel Only
11.25 @ 128.15 8,550#
1202/2133 uncorrected
  #9  
Old 01-30-2014, 08:44 AM
RSK's Avatar
RSK RSK is offline
Colonel
Member's Gallery
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 2,550
Default

one more thing to add to the list of things to buy!
__________________
2010 f350 6.4 ccsb 4x4 lariat 180k sold!
05 6.0 rclb 4x4 xlt 237k looney tuned!
2018 6.7 f350 rclb 17k since 4/4
  #10  
Old 01-30-2014, 08:50 AM
nickg3130's Avatar
nickg3130 nickg3130 is offline
Major
Member's Gallery
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: West Long Branch, NJ
Posts: 1,854
Default

If anyone needs a factory sub and box let me know. I have one just sitting.
__________________
'10 F-250 Lariat
Custom tuxedo black/silver two tone
Icon/PMF 3.5"
22x12" AF Evo's
Precision 71mm atmo
Tuned By Eric@********** and ********
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:15 PM.

 

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Designed by Military Ltd