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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. 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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#70 1997 Chevy Silverado 1500 Extended Cab

Posted by caraudiofab on 11 February 2013 - 06:55 PM

Nice install man! Really clean, on the amp rack did you think about maybe putting a piece of plexi under the amps for the led's to light up?

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#4845 1994 Chevy 1500 "Phantom Dually" Build

Posted by Cablguy184 on 02 April 2018 - 03:31 AM



We will get to work on the front suspension ASAP. Just set the bed back on until we can get back to work on the notch (after the front suspension is dropped). 

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#4844 1994 Chevy 1500 "Phantom Dually" Build

Posted by Cablguy184 on 02 April 2018 - 03:30 AM





Not sure those 2" shackles will be able to stay. Most likely will be replaced with stock shackles.

DAMN, THOSE HUB KITS LOOK AWESOME !!! ​Too bad I can't permanently mount them at this time. ALOT of work to do !!!  

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

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



I am very excited to use their new product the KNF-60, we were one of the first to get a production unit and I was really impressed with using it in a different build so I decided to get one for this one as well:



All of the wiring in this build will be protected by Techflex which I recieved from our show sponsor . They really have some great products and the "snake" style techflex will look awesome with the tan and black truck.




Its crazy how many colors of this stuff there is!




Now the EXCITING stuff!


I made these outer insert templates with a series of router techniques and skills, I discuss them in the video.






The idea is they will insert into the pod and can be wrapped with a different material or painted to accent the install. Here you can see I will mount the woofer from the rear, and the tweeter is flush mounted:




Finally I added some low temp plastic around the base template so that the top insert could lay flush. I show how I do this in the video as well.




And here is the video describing the process!




Well thats all for now, let me know what you think! Add this thread to your book marks and check back often!


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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: 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 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:




The sub:








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




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








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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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#4 Welcome to the All new!

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.



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#237 02 Toyota Avalon XLS

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


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#234 02 Toyota Avalon XLS

Posted by azlnick on 23 April 2013 - 07:46 AM

Hi, my name is Nick and I'm building this system for overall SQ, daily driving.
I'm learning as I go along, but appreciate all the tips, hints, and help I can get.
This log will be updated as I get more pictures and more of the equipment installed.
Stay loud.
  1. Upgrade the front stage to provide overall excellent SQL even at higher volumes. I want people to have an immersive experience and to experience a quality of sound they have most likely never heard before. 
  2. Big 3 Upgrade
  3. Sound Deadening on front doors.
  4. Build Amp rack that hides all wires and fits in trunk. Must look flush and clean.
  5. Relocate front stage amp and crossovers to amp rack in trunk. Rerun wire as needed.
  6. Redo Big 3 with cleaner runs.
  7. Build Sub box for (1) XCON 12 D1.
  8. Sound deaden trunk.
More to come...

Arc Audio FD2100
Image Dynamics CXS62v2
KnuKonceptz Wire and Accessories
Pioneer DEH-80PRS
MurderMat BL Series

Crescendo 3500 or Sundown 3500
Sound Deadening in Trunk

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#232 How to Build a UNIQUE Subwoofer box - Video

Posted by caraudiofab on 18 April 2013 - 05:14 PM

Hey guys, in this episode I show you how you can take a seemingly normal box, and make it truly custom and one of a kind, and integrate it into your install, and really give your builds a PROFESSIONAL look.
Here is the video:
The pictures below outline the steps:
1: Laying Out your shapes and ideas:
2: Preparing the shapes for body filler:
3: Applying Body Filler:
4: sanding Bosy Filler:
5: Prepping for Vinyl or Paint:
6: Wrapping the panel and triming:
7: Finished Product:
8: Finished Product:
Please comment below or on the video itself, if you enjoyed the video check out my others as well on YouTube. 

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#2236 *CAF* Duramax 2500 HD - Fiberglass Underseat Sub Box - PICS and HOW TO Videos...

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

Hey all! Much like my previous threads I am starting another part of a build that will be completely documented through video. The support for the door pod series was awesome and I hope you guys enjoy this series just as much. Just like before I will be video taping every single step and editing all the information together to present to you. If you haven't seen my videos before I hope that you enjoy them and would love to hear what you think!


If you missed the seeing the door pods I mentioned above here is how they turned out:




If you would like to see the in depth process of each step for how I made these door pods there is a conveniently organized playlist on YouTube at this link:



But enough about the door pods! Its time to get into our next project: The Fiberglass Under Seat Sub Box! Lets get started!


First a little about the system:


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 (Just kidding, I was planning on using this but have fallen in love with the DAD KMH-8, so we are using that instead)

Knukonceptz wiring wire protection products

Alpine MRP-M500

Alpine MRP-F300


If you are interested in a review for the KMH-8 or learning more, check this out:


I started with a concept, I knew that I wanted to build a box that would house both the amplifiers for the system and hide the wiring, but at the same time I wanted quick and easy access to them. The plan for how I am going to do this is difficult to explain, but as the build progresses it will become clear. 


The box will also feature several inserts, I have entertained the idea of doing light up plexi on parts of the box. But I am not sure I want too. What do you guys think?


Anyhow here is the initial idea, I like to get stuff out on paper first, really gets the creative juices flowing:




With the general idea framed out I started building. Pretty traditional stuff here but one of the coolest things I can teach you here is how I used a "Adjustable Curve" to get a perfect match with the floor contour of the vehicle. I also got the "Beauty Panel" frame trimmed out on the top of the box.



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#182 Edit post in threads

Posted by Cablguy184 on 07 March 2013 - 02:43 PM

I can not update my build log ... Is there any way you can fix this for me ?? or make me a temporary moderator so I can fix this ??

Thanks in advance
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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!

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.



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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#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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#1344 4 Absolute 12" subs in my 1969 chevy nova

Posted by rudy1056 on 02 September 2013 - 06:21 AM

I plan on installing 4 Absolute 12" subs in my 1969 chevy nova. My question is it a good idea to make a fiber glass enclosure or a MDF box for them? or is it not a good idea to make one for 4 subs?
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Posted by manofsteel on 17 February 2013 - 04:28 PM


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