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#170 08 Jetta Wolfsburg 2.0T 6sp DSG

Posted by Dugjt88 on 27 February 2013 - 12:38 AM

And thank you for welcoming me. Caraudiofabrication.com referred me to the site
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#88 C.A.R's Endless Off-topic

Posted by GPC on 12 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

Does this count as starting the thread?

 

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#76 1997 Chevy Silverado 1500 Extended Cab

Posted by manofsteel on 12 February 2013 - 03:47 AM

Looks sweet, I haven't see Linear for days.


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#483 *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Door Pods - Fiberglass Sub Box - PICS and...

Posted by caraudiofab on 24 July 2013 - 05:28 PM

Started molding the shape of the door panels.

 


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#482 *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Door Pods - Fiberglass Sub Box - PICS and...

Posted by caraudiofab on 24 July 2013 - 05:28 PM


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#481 *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Door Pods - Fiberglass Sub Box - PICS and...

Posted by caraudiofab on 24 July 2013 - 05:27 PM

Got to do some more work on this build:

 

In this post I will teach you how to reverse mount speakers and also how to use threaded inserts:

 

I found the threaded inserts at my local hardware store, I have also seen them at Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards. I really like them as you don't have to be concerned with stripping out the wood if you have to remove the screws to remove the speaker and put it back in. They are very easy to use as I will outline in the video at the bottom of the post:

 

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Here is a picture of what they look like once mounted fully, I chose to use a washer as well to have more of a surface for the screw to hold against.

 

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With the reverse mounting I found this configuration to be very appealing to the eye. I really like how you cant see any of the mounting holes, just the outer most part of the surround.

 

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In the video below I outline how to install the threaded inserts, as well as how to reverse mount a speaker. Enjoy!


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#479 *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Door Pods - Fiberglass Sub Box - PICS and...

Posted by caraudiofab on 24 July 2013 - 05:27 PM

Hello! For those of you who don't know me my name is Mark and I am the man behind "Car Audio Fabrication" on YouTube. I have posted build threads before (like this one: http://www.stevemead...tz-tips-tricks/) and if you have ever seen one you know that I love to mix in "How To" Videos throughout the build that describe the process and show each step. This build will be no different! well, it will a little bit because I am going to try to mix in a lot more pictures for your viewing pleasure!

 

I love to help other car audio enthusiasts young and old, newb and veteran, so if you see something you have a question about ASK! smile.gif  

 

The Vehicle:

Chevy Duramax 2500 HD Extended Cab (Will add pics soon)

 

The Gear:

Alpine Type R's 6.5" Component Speakers

10" JL Audio W3

Knukonceptz wiring

Wirecare.com wire protection products

Alpine MRP-M500

Alpine MRP-F300

 

The Install:

Custom Fiberglass Door Pods with Vinyl Wrapped Inserts to accent interior and match sub enclosure

Custom Fiberglass Subwoofer Enclosure (Specs to Follow)

 

The Goal:

Quality sound that integrates well with the vehicle and requires little to know permanent vehicle modification. (No cutting of panels allowed!)

 

My Goal:

Teach the readers of this thread as much about the fabrication of the pods and sub enclosure, as well as the install as I can.

 

Let's begin!

 

We started with collecting some of the gear, the ownder of the vehicle wanted to re-use his Alpine Component Speakers and JL Subwoofer, I talked him into purchasing a MRP-F300 which is the exact same foot print as the MRP-M500 and will allow for a really clean install.

 

The components:

 

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The sub:

 

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The amplifier: (Still need pics of the 4 channel)

 

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I then determined what was needed wiring wise and put in an order with my friends over at Knukonceptz.com:

 

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#4704 Brand Spanking new Server and Host

Posted by Mark LaFountain on 10 March 2016 - 07:23 PM

After down time almost weekly as of late from our existing host who we've been with for years and years, in fact, I can't remember how long it's been so long, we have finally given up on them and changed to a new host. Our new dedicated box has 4 times the RAM, and twice the processor, also an SSD hard drive, so site load time and performance should be very notifiable.

The move is all done, and SSA is now on the new dedicated server. The other forums are also, but I have to work out some php handler issues before they will be working properly. In the mean time, please enjoy our new forum, on a brand new dedicated server with our new host.

I hope you are all as excited as Aaron and I are. It's been a long time in the making.


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#4627 Hello

Posted by TX210_BassHead on 19 December 2013 - 10:00 PM

Hello to all the followers out there I've been watching CAF's vidoes for bout a year. now just saw a new one and found out about this website from him and decided to join. My father got me started with loud stereo systems when I was 10 and I've been doing it ever since.


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#46 1997 Chevy Silverado 1500 Extended Cab

Posted by Cablguy184 on 05 February 2013 - 06:34 AM

Amplification:
(Front Stage Dash) Linear Power 2150 (soon to be replaced with a Linear Power LP2075 when made availiable)
(Front Stage Doors) Linear Power 2150
(center) Linear Power 2075 (when made availiable)
(rear) Head Unit Power
(Sub Stage) Linear Power LP2250 (hopefully I will get the chance to test the new Linear Power LP2400 when avialiable)
Total System Amplifier Power ... Around 1100w RMS when complete
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Sub Stage:
2 10" Linear Power / Blues Car Audio ISO-Kits
(4 10" drivers set up Isoberic ported and tuned to 22 htz in a Blow Through style / dual Chambered Ecnlosure)
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#4 Welcome to the All new CarAudioResources.com!

Posted by Mark LaFountain on 10 January 2013 - 12:41 AM

We brought back an oldy but goody.  This forum was around 10+ years ago and was and will remain one of the great online car audio forums.

 

So bring your friends, hang out, post up your builds, ask questions, sell stuff.

 

Enjoy.


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#237 02 Toyota Avalon XLS

Posted by azlnick on 23 April 2013 - 07:54 AM

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#236 02 Toyota Avalon XLS

Posted by azlnick on 23 April 2013 - 07:52 AM

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#235 02 Toyota Avalon XLS

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#2237 *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos...

Posted by caraudiofab on 12 October 2013 - 07:30 PM

To see the steps that got me to this point check out the video below!

 

 

Well, thats it for now, off to a good start, I already have the bottom fiberglass molded, just need to edit the video, so you guys have to wait!  adhd.gif  Let me know what you guys think, wondering what direction you think I should go with the insert pieces, back lit, metal mesh, etc.


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#17 How to make FLAWLESS Fiberglass Insert Template Shapes From Scratch- **VIDEOS**

Posted by caraudiofab on 10 January 2013 - 06:49 PM

Cont from above.
 

ΒΌ MDF or Hardboard (Left) and 1/2" MDF (Right):

 
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Where to find: Big Box Hardware Stores, Lumber yards
Starting Cost: Depends on Size and date, material price changes
If you have a particular curve in your material that you cannot merely copy from an object you found you can use the 1/4" thin hardboard or mdf to smoothly cut the shape with your jigsaw, make sure you take the time to sand the surface you cut smooth so that the transition is perfect and has no rises. 
 A favorite among car audio enthusiasts the 1/2" MDF is a MUST for template production, MDF is void free and will allow for perfect surfaces when using various router steps.
 
Body Filler:
 
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Where to find: Online, Big Box Hardware Stores, Auto Supply, Auto Body Stores
Starting Cost: 15
Also known as “bondo” body filler is a must for making negative plugs throughout the process. I personally recommend “Rage Gold” by Evercoat due to its awesome working period and amazing sanding qualities. 
 
Painters tape:
 
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Where to find: Online, Big Box Hardware Stores, Art Supply
Starting Cost: 3
An easily found item, we will be using the painters tape to protect our panels on steps that require the use of body filler.

 

 
Misc:
 

Other things you need that dont need explaining: Scissors, marker, ruler.

 
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The Videos!
 
You are going to want to crack open a cold one and start to free your mind! Get those creative juices flowing! Follow the steps outlined in these videos to construct the templates!
 
Episode 1
 
Episode 2
 
 

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#16 How to make FLAWLESS Fiberglass Insert Template Shapes From Scratch- **VIDEOS**

Posted by caraudiofab on 10 January 2013 - 06:47 PM

 
 
Hey guys! Have you ever seen panels in installs like this and wondered how in the world did they get those shapes?
 
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Well with a series of router tips and tricks, you can start with literally any shape drawn on paper (shown on left), and transform it into a perfectly fabricated wooden template that you can then copy several times into future installs. (Shown on right).
 
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 Take your installs to the next level with these shaped panels that you can use for hiding amps and crossovers, trimming around speakers, making amazing port shapes, the possibilities are endless! Let's get down to the nitty gritty:
 
What you Need:
 
Safety First! Make sure that you have eye protection, hearing protection, and a dust mask for that harmful MDF dust!
 
Tools:
 

Router and Router Table:

 
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Where to find: Online, Big Box Hardware Stores
Starting Cost: $100 (Don’t let the cost deter you, you can easily make this back doing installs for friends and family)
The workhorse of the operation the router and router table combo will allow you to use various “bits” to create different features that lead to the finalized template.
Important features to look for: 
  • Variable Speed
  • Compatible with .5" and .25" shanks
  • Bit Height adjust from top of table
 
 
Router Bits (List shows in picture left to right)
 
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Flush Trim Router Bit:
 
Where to find: Online, Big Box Hardware Stores
Starting Cost: 15
The flush trim bit will allow you to make copies of shapes and transfer them from one panel to another with the upper bearing riding against the edge of the “master” template you are copying. Spiral trim bits are better but are more expensive. 
 
Rabbeting Router Bit:
 
Where to find: Online, Big Box Hardware Stores
Starting Cost: 25
The rabbeting router bit allows you to make a 90 degree notch out of the template. This can be used in conjunction with the flush trim bit to enlarge or reduce the size of an insert. Watch the videos to understand this technique. It is in your best interest to purchase one of these with a set of bearings, allowing adjust-ability of the distance that the but will cut into your work piece.
 
Roundover / Chamfer Router Bits:
 
Where to find: Online, Big Box Hardware Stores
Starting Cost: 15 each
Though these bits are not required for template production they are very appealing when creating a finalized template as they can create a smooth rounded edge or an interesting bevel. When used correctly both can add an extra touch of appeal to a template. 
 
Jig Saw:
 
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Where to find: Online, Big Box Hardware Stores
Starting Cost: 30
A more basic tool, there is probably not much info needed here. This will be used to rough cut your template shapes in order to minimize the work that your router must do to cut into the wood. 
 
Drill and Drill Bits:
 
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Where to find: Online, Big Box Hardware Stores
Starting Cost: 30
Again, likely that you have an understanding of these tools. We will be using them to add a hole to start our jig saw when making holes on the inside of templates.

 

 
Materials
 

Template Tape

 
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Where to find: Online, Big Box Hardware Stores, Art supply stores
Starting Cost: 3
Also known as double sided foam tape this tape will allow you to hold work pieces together while performing steps with the router table. It can also be used to allow for material “gap” when wrapping various pieces with suede, vinyl, carpet, etc.
 
Round and Straight Shaped Objects:
 
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Where to find: Everywhere!
Starting Cost: FREE!
In order to get parts of your shape to be perfectly smooth you are going to need existing surfaces to create them from. Start collecting large metal washers, speaker ring cut outs, straight edges from MDF etc!

 


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#139 How to Design Your Box in Google Sketchup!

Posted by caraudiofab on 22 February 2013 - 06:09 PM

I would like to add this video as well:

 


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#1348 Absolute amps

Posted by rudy1056 on 02 September 2013 - 07:37 AM

Is Absolute amps and speakers any good? I used to have 2 10" excursion series subs and they worked well with an orion 200 watt amp for bass.
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#112 Our Facebook Page

Posted by manofsteel on 17 February 2013 - 04:28 PM

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