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Old 31 Jul 2011, 05:55 pm
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Well after accumulating equipment over the last few months it is finally time to start my new install. I will be keeping my Headunit and kickpanel speakers. I will be replacing my door speakers, subs and amp. The new equipment going in is - Soundstream RF-60c 6.5" components for the doors, Sundown Audio SA-8 d4 8"subs, Sounstream TX4.560 amp for doors and kicks, and Sounstream TX1.1300d for the subs. I am going to be building new door panels and a new sub enclosure.

Anyway, here goes the build.

Just in case you don't know what a 2001 PT Cruiser door panel looks like here it is.

I wanted to remove the inner (dark) section to have something to build off of. There is some "welds" that hold the two pices together. These are a pain to remove. It took lots of swearing and trying different tools to get them loose. i never found an easy way. Here are those welds on the back side.

I also wanted to remove the armrest from the panel. It was a bit easier I just had to drill out the mounting poits with a large bit. here they are.

This is what that left me with.

I used the piece I removed from the panel as a template for the new panel.

I used some existing poits on the factory panel to mount the new one to. I had to use varying size blocks and washers to space it out correctly. I also learned that overtightening will result in tearing the mounting point from the plastic panel.

The result of all this looks like this.
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Old 31 Jul 2011, 06:13 pm
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Next I took another piece of 1/4" mdf to use as my base for pods that will hold the door speakers and crossovers. I got the shape I wanted then I made a block fror where the crossover will go. I have used T-nut that wway I can mout the pod to the panel from the backside. I'm sorry I didn't take pics of everystep in this process but here is where I am at the end of today. I have stuck the crossover and speaker grill in there locations to better give an idea of where I am headed with this.

I just wanted to say this is a very used tool in my shop. It is inexpensive and very handy.

Hopefully I can begin fiberglass tomorrow.
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Old 31 Jul 2011, 06:40 pm
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That looks great. Always good to see something so different from stock
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Old 31 Jul 2011, 07:37 pm
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Wow, that's nice !!!
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Old 31 Jul 2011, 08:27 pm
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Very cool
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i agree, it's looking pretty good.
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Old 31 Jul 2011, 09:51 pm
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nice install;

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Old 01 Aug 2011, 12:18 am
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NICE!

I'm on a new build as well, but it's strictly vehicle restoration

Too bad my car doesn't use 2-piece door panels, I've always wanted to do something like that but never had a chance.

I have to ask though, what was your reason for not going active crossover? I love the flexibility of going active and will never go passive if I can avoid it.

Again, nice build you've got started...can't wait to see the end result!
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Nice work Low! I would love to mount my polks where I could actually see them
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Old 01 Aug 2011, 05:42 am
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First let me thank everyone that is checking out my build and especially those that take the time to comment.
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NICE!

I'm on a new build as well, but it's strictly vehicle restoration

Too bad my car doesn't use 2-piece door panels, I've always wanted to do something like that but never had a chance.

I have to ask though, what was your reason for not going active crossover? I love the flexibility of going active and will never go passive if I can avoid it.

Again, nice build you've got started...can't wait to see the end result!
The crossovers are passive. Of course, I will utilize the active x-over built into the amps as well. Here is sounstream's page with the details of the components. Soundstream - Reference Components
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