in local sound competitions. I got out of it and went to college, he stuck with it and was competing on a national level.
He has 2 kids now so he HAD to buy a Suburban he says. He was always going way overboard with his stereos. So I started talking to him and he just HAD to show me his Suburban. He doesn't compete anymore but you couldn't tell!
He had 6 Phoenix Gold Ti15's in a baffled enclosure behind the rear seat. That was being powered by 3 Phoenix Gold OCTANE-R 15.0:1 amps! He also had 2 sets of Phoenix Gold 951 COMP ELITE 3-way components sets in custom door panels in the front and rear door panels. That was being powered by a pair of Hifonics XI-ZEUS stereo amps. He said they were running in 2 ohm mode so that's 550W x 2 at 2 ohms peak. I believe it is about 275-300 watts RMS per channel at 2 ohms.
So total wattage in this truck was 6700 watts peak and about 3500 watts rms. Those 6 15 inch subs were absolutly incredible! Do you know how LOUD 6700 watts is? That truck set off car alarms 100 yards away and literally shook the earth around it! He had the windows down and the air velocity coming through the windows was enough to mess up my hair. My hair is pretty short too! It was blowing the water off of the leaves of the bush next to the truck.
He had a false panel under the rear floor. He built a bucket and inside the bucket was 6 1000 amp batteries wired up to a very beefy regulator and about 10 1 farad capacitors. Going into this regulator was this wire that was like an inch and a half thick! I looked under the hood and he had a custom alternator bracket with 2 custom 300 amp alternators plus his regular alternator. The engine was built pretty well. It was a fuel injected big block 454 punched out to 502 cubes with a set of aluminum heads and literally all the power goodies you can think of. He had dual 4 inch sewer pipes for exhaust and the engine alone would set off alarms! He said the engine was making about 750 horses and about 300 of it he estimated was turning the alternators. He wants to get a twin turbo kit for it because "it doesn't make enough power". Nuckin' Futs man, nuckin' futs!
Aside from the fancy wheels and sewer pipe sized exhaust, it looked like a regular Suburban. He doesn't compete anymore and he refuses to have pictures taken of the truck. He wants no more publicity with it. He's a family man now he says. The truck is his "toy" and he paid for the whole thing with winnings he got from IASCA competition and sponsorship bonuses. It cost him something like 78K total. He said his imaging is off so he doesn't make his best peak decibel number but he measured it at 138 db between the front seats. I said "That's all?!" sarcastically. I'll bet that if he actually worked at it, he could get another 6-8 db out of it easily.
I was very impressed! He was out here visiting family and now lives out in west Pennsylvania. He said he owns his own business now but I don't know what he does. Not important though.
But WOW, was that truck LOUD!