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Old 11-03-2008, 02:45 AM   #1
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I'm a new Bonneville owner... love the car.. only problem for me is... the stereo system. Its nice, but i want more bump, and more power.

I'm a high school student so my budget is kinda tight, and i want to get the biggest bang for my buck.

Im going to try to design a setup for my trunk, but i need some tips, tricks, ideas.. ect..

I saw a video on youtube of a guy that had 2 slots that had his amps on top, and they slid back to uncover access to the bottom. It wasn't on a Bonneville though, and i was wondering if that was smart for my trunk, considering the room in it. Or if i should get a few boxes, and put the amps on the floor... I need some ideas here.. please help.

Also anyone know the dimensions of a 04 trunk of the top of their heads?

If my questions not clear i think its this...

What is the best way to set up a audio system in the trunk of my Bonneville, and get the biggest bang out of my system for my money...
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well getting the biggest bang for your buck will mostly depend on what brand you get, kicker, pioneer, and kenwood all are nice but they cast a pretty penny, as for a set up, i saw on clubgp a how to where a guy built a custom box with the subs on both sides of the trunk with a hole in the middle so he could still use the pass thru into the interior, i just have 2 subs mounted in a standard box with the amp secured to the side wall behind the driver'* side wheelwell

and dont forget about the rest of the system, new head unit, and speakers as well as the subs, oh and if you havnt done car audio before there are special harnesses that connect to the factory connectors so you can go back to stock and make things a hell of a lot easier, i dont know much about the 04s but on my 2000 i had to buy a $70 module just to make the radio get power properly, and if you have steering wheel controls it was another $60 for that
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what you could also do on a budget is get a rear speaker rca converter, called an line out converter at most places i believe. but what it does is uses your stock radio, but you splice the stock rear speakers to get the signals from that for the bass to the amp. you still have your rear speakers working but an extra speaker wire is attached which gives you your rcas for the amp, if you need help or instructions say so on here or pm me. but the price will be in the amp, subs and wiring kit. kits run for around 40 for a decent one, or 120 for a real nice one like rockford, some kicker ones etc. subs depending on how much bass you want run from about 60 a piece to upwards of 500 bucks, i have some alpine type-* that i love and they are 75 a piece, i have some wholesale websites if you want them. but it all depends on your budget for the quality, if you need more help just let me know
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well getting the biggest bang for your buck will mostly depend on what brand you get, kicker, pioneer, and kenwood all are nice but they cast a pretty penny, as for a set up, i saw on clubgp a how to where a guy built a custom box with the subs on both sides of the trunk with a hole in the middle so he could still use the pass thru into the interior, i just have 2 subs mounted in a standard box with the amp secured to the side wall behind the driver'* side wheelwell

and dont forget about the rest of the system, new head unit, and speakers as well as the subs, oh and if you havnt done car audio before there are special harnesses that connect to the factory connectors so you can go back to stock and make things a hell of a lot easier, i dont know much about the 04s but on my 2000 i had to buy a $70 module just to make the radio get power properly, and if you have steering wheel controls it was another $60 for that
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what you could also do on a budget is get a rear speaker rca converter, called an line out converter at most places i believe. but what it does is uses your stock radio, but you splice the stock rear speakers to get the signals from that for the bass to the amp. you still have your rear speakers working but an extra speaker wire is attached which gives you your rcas for the amp, if you need help or instructions say so on here or pm me. but the price will be in the amp, subs and wiring kit. kits run for around 40 for a decent one, or 120 for a real nice one like rockford, some kicker ones etc. subs depending on how much bass you want run from about 60 a piece to upwards of 500 bucks, i have some alpine type-* that i love and they are 75 a piece, i have some wholesale websites if you want them. but it all depends on your budget for the quality, if you need more help just let me know
First off thanks to both of you...
I have an aftermarket head unit... Its an Xplod its almost like this one (Sony - 52W x 4 In-Dash CD Deck with Bluetooth Technology and Detachable Faceplate - MEX-BT2600) but in green..
So if im understanding you two right.. the next thing i need to do is replace my stock speakers, the 2 in the front doors and the two in front of the rear window?

Im thinking maybe these.. Sony Xplod XS-GTX6930 GTX Series 6"x9" 3-way car speakers at Crutchfield.com

And i was looking at what your amp is Blkbville... and is it a good one? I found one made by the same people (Brutus Bxi 606) and i was wondering if that would supply enough power to the subs...

maybe 2 Kenwood KFC-W3011 12" 4-ohm subwoofer at Crutchfield.com... ?

Please give me some feedback on my ideas... like i have said.. i dont know what im really doing..

I know it looks pricey... but it dosnt have to happen all at once

Oh.. and if you two or anyone else has any websites that will sell these for less.. let me know

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i like Car Audio Video - Car Subwoofers - Car Amplifiers and Speakers, they usually have good pices, the 6x9s will work on teh rear deck, i forget what models i have but i love my sony xplods, the front door are 6.5" im pretty sure, but i would go to crutchfield and confirm that

do you have the headunit installed now? b/c for me it was a major PITA
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please whatever you do. do not buy your stuff at bestbuy, circuit city. they are all overpriced pieces of crap. headover to caraudio.com to get a good answer to them pioneer, sony ect is a joke get the real stuff.
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i like Car Audio Video - Car Subwoofers - Car Amplifiers and Speakers, they usually have good pices, the 6x9s will work on teh rear deck, i forget what models i have but i love my sony xplods, the front door are 6.5" im pretty sure, but i would go to crutchfield and confirm that

do you have the headunit installed now? b/c for me it was a major PITA
Na.. my head unit is in my old car... when i get everything im going to have them install it.. probally much easier and quicker anyway...
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ebay is a great place to find/buy audio. I dug around and got an Alpine Sub amp that had speaker level inputs so a line converter wasnt needed and a 10' square Kicker sub for just under $200. Both new and in OEM packaging. Mounted the amp in the center of the inner trunk lid and cut a square hole in my rear deck with the sub mounted on top. Need to box it still, but a closed trunk isnt exactly "free air" and it'* sounding fine for the moment. Trying to fit the sub box in with my dual air compressors, 3 gallon chrome tank, air manifold with 8 selenoids, 750 Watt AC inverter, and Nitrous bottle isnt coming easy. Maybe I get rid of the back seat, I dont let anyone back there anywayz.....
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yeah man the brutus will work, your gonna have to run it at 1 ohm to get enough power for kenwoods though, not hard to do go to google and type in 1 ohm wiring with a mono D block and youll be able to figure it out yourself, its basically one wire attaching all positives and one wire attaching all negatives. you dont HAVE to replace the speakers at all, you just splice them, but youll get better sound quality with new speakers. my amp is very nice though if your wondering
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ebay is a great place to find/buy audio. I dug around and got an Alpine Sub amp that had speaker level inputs so a line converter wasnt needed and a 10' square Kicker sub for just under $200. Both new and in OEM packaging. Mounted the amp in the center of the inner trunk lid and cut a square hole in my rear deck with the sub mounted on top. Need to box it still, but a closed trunk isnt exactly "free air" and it'* sounding fine for the moment. Trying to fit the sub box in with my dual air compressors, 3 gallon chrome tank, air manifold with 8 selenoids, 750 Watt AC inverter, and Nitrous bottle isnt coming easy. Maybe I get rid of the back seat, I dont let anyone back there anywayz.....
Do you have any pics of your mounted speaker.. if im understanding you right.. you mounted your sub to the hood of the trunk?
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