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The "I've finally decided to start the build" build

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First items on the readjusted list has been purchased and on the way. I've got a 2k mile round trip to make in the spring, so I'm going to start with some creature comforts for it! I've been reading and consulting y'all here for a console sub repair/replace/upgrade.

I'm going with the Kicker CompRT mini sub and Kicker PXA300.4 that RangerRick suggested in his how-to. After reading it multiple times, and asking a lot of questions both here and from some folks I know at work, it looks like that I'll be running it bridged and wire the coils parallel. Since I'll have the console out, I'm going also install the sound deadening. I'm going to start with the 80 mil stuff, and see if it is enough. Bobthetj03 mentioned above that for the work the 170 mil would be better, and I figure the worst case scenario would be that I'd just layer the 170 over the 80 like Chris did for 250 total.
 
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Muahahaha!

The last of my goodies arrived today! I might, or might not be able to do anything for a bit though. My BIL is in the hospital, and I've been there since Friday, but once the dust settles, I've got a project!

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Sorry out your BIL. I did the same upgrade in mine and it makes a big difference. (Mine was blown out though so anything would have been better. I used the Kicker 12px200.1 for the amp and put it in the center console.
 
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Sorry out your BIL. I did the same upgrade in mine and it makes a big difference. (Mine was blown out though so anything wouldnhave been better. I used the Kicker 12px200.1 for the amp and put it in the center console.
Thanks for the sentiment. I've been brothers with him for nearly 30 years, and he truly is my best friend as well. He's got a long road ahead of him, and I'm glad I get the opportunity to make the trip with him.

I will probably change the amp out in the future for the 200.1 monoblock, and use the 4 channel to run the dash and sound bar in the future. I just thought that for now I can get the size figured out for this amp for the best location to mount it, and then plot the course for future shuffling of equipment. I've already got a self contained 10 inch sub and amp on a quick disconnect in the back, and hopefully when all is said and done I'll have a nicely balanced system that sounds great!
 
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  • Noico Sound Deadening: Self-explanatory. Since it's on the road a lot, why not make it quieter? I'm unsure of doing the 170mil insulation as of yet, but I'm open to it if the right argument can be made. It's a rag top so I'm on the fence.
  • Armrest Sub Replacement: I've already got one of these installed, but the bigger issue is the sub in the console. It sounds terrible.
Finished these two over the last couple of days. Took longer than I thought, but the results are outstanding! Breaking down the interior went quick enough, it was the cleanup of the tub, and puzzle piecing the sound deadener in place that I was surprised by. I wanted a pro job, and I took my time to make sure it was done properly. Working the amp in required that I rework some wiring I had in place for a self contained sub/amp combo I have in back. I'm admittedly not a audio expert, and I read, and reread several times the manuals just to make sure I didn't set anything on fire. I ended up running 4 guage in from the battery and split off at a distribution block down to 8 guage to each 300w amp. I used a 100 amp fuse for the 4 gauge, and a 50 amp for each 8 guage lead to the amps. When listening to it this afternoon, it was a night and day difference!
 
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I was off work yesterday and decided to go ahead and tackle some brake problems I was having. I had a pretty good warped rotor up front, and I was going to hold out for the black magic pads, but decided to go ahead with a good set of ceramics coupled with some new centric rotors I sourced locally. While I was at it, I went ahead and flushed the master cylinder and brake lines with new, clear brake fluid. I also refreshed the clutch fluid from the reservoir by suctioning out the old, and replacing it with new.

I later went out and put the extra 1156 LED bulb that I had ordered for the underhood light in my taillight for a replacement for one of the reverse lamps. It does so well, I've ordered one for the other side!😉
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We're expecting upwards to a foot of snow this weekend, and the temp is dropping fast, but who cares? I'm installing some parts!

Thanks to @Dan T. for a new to me factory air breather box to replace a CAI that the PO had put in. It was going easy enough until I broke a very brittle PCV elbow valve. Couldn't hurt to replace it anyway, so I took my daughter's KJ down to O'Reilly's and picked up a new one with accompanying house, and clamps. While there I nabbed a new Wix air filter.
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Next on the list was the Chevy underhood reel light. Too easy.
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After all this I made a trip to the store, and noticed that my rough idle had seemed to have abated. Purred smoothly the whole ride when coming to stop at a light. Unsure why at this point, but I'll take it!
 

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Glad the part found a good mew home. Well done


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We're expecting upwards to a foot of snow this weekend, and the temp is dropping fast, but who cares? I'm installing some parts!

Thanks to @Dan T. for a new to me factory air breather box to replace a CAI that the PO had put in. It was going easy enough until I broke a very brittle PCV elbow valve. Couldn't hurt to replace it anyway, so I took my daughter's KJ down to O'Reilly's and picked up a new one with accompanying house, and clamps. While there I nabbed a new Wix air filter.
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Next on the list was the Chevy underhood reel light. Too easy.
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After all this I made a trip to the store, and noticed that my rough idle had seemed to have abated. Purred smoothly the whole ride when coming to stop at a light. Unsure why at this point, but I'll take it!
Happy to take some of that snow here in Atlanta


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Happy to take some of that snow here in Atlanta


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You can have it, brother. I'm ready for spring to get here myself. There's a gentleman here on the forum that's only down the street from me that said he'd show me some of the local trails he knows of when the snow melts!
 
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It's been kinda quiet on the jeep parts buying front lately as I've been getting ready for a trip back to my home state of Arkansas to accomplish two things... lots of fishing, and painting various parts of my Jeep.

The left front fender has a couple of places where the paint was lifting, while the grille, cowl, and windshield frame needs some attention as well. While doing this I plan to install new door paddle handles, hinge pins with delrin (sp?) bushings, and since the fenders and grille will be off, I'll go ahead and tackle propping the engine up on some new Brown Dog motor mounts. While there, I might go ahead and rewire the battery terminals, but I'll wait to see how my time is looking. The last thing I want to do is let the crappie and bream off the hook, so to speak. :)

Edit: Aw, to hell with it. I just ordered a set of cables from CustomBatteryCables. Might do that before the trip to save on fishing time.
 
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