So Im finally getting back into this again. Had that Ford Edge that I just hated and couldnt do anything with and finally traded it in on a 2012 Accord EX. Love the car and cant wait to get started again.
Ive decided to stick to Street class this year and for a while. I cant do fancy installs. I dont have the time, tools or talent to compete with installs but I am a very good tuner if I do say so myself and have competed with the best in the biz in tuning. In Street class, we'll all have the same installs basically so its my tuning against theirs as opposed to my tuning and install ability vs theirs cause Im always gonna lose that especially when guys are getting professional work done.
Im also going with a simple, 5 channel amp setup. I gotta have room in my trunk. We go to Texas twice a year to see my folks and Ohio 3-4 times a year to see the in-laws and with a wife and kid, trunk space is at a premium. I just picked up this Rockford Fosgate Punch 5 channel for $525 and going to use it. I wanted the JL Audio 900/5 for its 100 watts per channel but the damn thing is $1000! This Punch is $700 regular but is on sale now clearing out for next years models I assume. Alpine has one for $700 but I keep hearing its plagued by noise issues and with all the noise I had with my old Alpine gear, I aint risking it cause MECA is on this noise nazi kick and you can lose some serious points for noise these days. This little beauty will fit right on the side panel of the trunk. No distro blocks, no wiring hassles, no fabricating anything other than a mounting block and itll take up virtually zero trunk space! Im giving up a little power from my PA amps (90x4 + 800x1 vs 75x4 + 500x1) but I dont think itll be that big a deal. The PAS review showed this thing making 80x4 and 600x1 at 14.4V so I dont think itll make an audible difference.
My head unit is my beloved Pioneer P99 that I bought last year. This thing is a work of art and has all the processing power I could need. The menu is a pain in the balls to work around in but its not so bad once you get the hang of it.
Mids will be the tried and true SR6500's. Theyre going in the heavily Dynamatted doors (1 door kit per door) via some spacers. Tweeters will be the best tweeters on the planet, the Scanspeak Illuminators. Going to put them in pods and mount them on the A pillars about 1" above the highest point on the dash and aim them towards the center of the car. Subs are a pair of MM104's for a 2 ohm mono load. Ive got the SR12DVC that Ive used since 2008 but since Im going down a little in power I thought it would be best to make up for it a little in cone area. For sound quality judging you dont really need a whole lot of sub. Plus Ive just always liked 10's for some reason.
For right now Im going to put them in a pre-fab sealed box and stick them in the front of the trunk firing back. This wont be "show worthy" by any means but itll be practical. When I need all the trunk space, Ill unscrew a couple bolts, unhook the speaker wires and pull the box out and Ill have my entire trunk and perfect access to the spare.
Eventually Ill do 1 of 2 things. Ill either make a trim panel thatll go in front of the box to make it look more integrated and a little worth showing off or Ill mount them to the rear deck firing thru the rear speaker holes in IB. That way I have my entire trunk and wont have to remove anything! Not sure which way Ill eventually settle on but knowing my lazy ass, Ill probably just cut out a trim panel, carpet it and be done with it. Never been that big a fan of IB subs anyway.
So thats my plan. Amp should be here Friday and Ive got everything else. Ill start work Friday night and Ive got a buddy that wants to come over and help Saturday so hopefully I can get everything in and playing music by Saturday evening! Man I cant wait to get back into it! FreezeFest will be my first show of the year in mid February. I aint quitting til I win a championship.......or at least win the award for most consecutive finals appearances without a win.