What to put in my car...

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  1. Super(man)

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    I am about to purchase a 01 Red Grand Am GT (almost identical to this http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/8/web/416000-416999/416168_35_full.jpg)

    It's gonna be my first car (I'm 16) and no my parents are not buying it for me. I was thinking of putting maybe two 12" subs in the back with an amp to power them. I don't even think I will have to replace the speakers for now since the stock ones should be fine at this moment until I can get more money for them. Also not sure on whether I should be replacing the headunit, but I was thinking I will since I wanna use my iPod for music and I can't get an AUX-POD or ipod2car or anything that is compatible with the 01.

    Now I am relatively good with electronics, I think I'd have no problem installing these but I am not sure what kind of sub I should get. Should I have one or two? I love bass, but I would rather have a lower powered bass which sounds smoother then something loud and muffled. Same with the amp, I have no clue what I should get. Remember I am trying to keep this cost effective for me after I purchase the car (which will set me back a bit). I was thinking maybe putting under a grand when this is all set and done.

    Also, should I bother replacing the headunit or is the stock grand am 2001 head unit a good unit?

    Thanks guys,
     
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    hmmm.....a grand huh? well for starters, head unit is a great place to begin. I'm a fan of Kenwood Excelon (lots of bang for you buck, good sound). You'll get varying opinions here about HU brands. The best thing for you to do is to go out and play with some of the different ones that are available in your area. (I'm leary of internet electronics). I would start out with a strong HU and build from there as budget allows. maybe $300-350 for a good radio with iPod capabilites (almost all the major names have ability to control the iPod with add on adaptors). This should also give you some kind of crossover controls so you don't murder your stock speakers (that you'll replace later!). as far as subs go, you have 2 options: for the time, you can pick up whatever combo that Best Buy or Circuit City has on sale (or whatever large chain you have in ONT), or scrimp a little more together and get a fairly nice amp, a sub or two, and a well built box. another option, get some middle of the road (power handling wise: Rockford P2, Kicker CompVR, for example. there are many other brands, just using those since they are well known) and a sealed or ported ProBox ( www.proboxrocks.com ). I've used those in many many applications, and the end result was always satisfying. If i were going to go pre-fab, i'd definitly be using ProBox.
     
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    Local FutureShop (Canada company version of Best Buy) has some "Rockford Fosgate P210S4 Punch 10" Car Subwoofer" http://www.futureshop.ca/multimedia/products/large/10040196.jpg

    I was looking at them and was thinking of putting two in a box in the trunk... They are on sale so I was wondering if they would be a good subwoofer. I listen to mainly rock, some rap/hip hop but not a lot.

    What amp can I use to power these?
     
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    yeah those will sound pretty good. something mono, about 500 watts. the RF 600BD if you can fit in your budget, a mono MTX, the Alpine MRP-M350 is a hell of an amp, it was $200. Don't know if that's still a current model #.
     
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    While those subs won't take loads of power, they'll certainly tak more than that ;).

    What Voice Coil (VC) config are the subs? More than likely they are Single 4ohm subwoofers, and you'll want to look into a mono subwoofer amplifier that gives RMS power (RMS= continuous power) into a 2ohm load. This is because you can parallel (combine +'s from both subs... and combine -'s from both subs) your two SVC4ohm woofers... and present an amp with a 2ohm load.

    So, look into an amp that does RMS power @2ohms. Something around 300rms for the pair should do well.

    :)
     
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    the rockford p2's are garbage. I had 2 of them and they were pathetic. I would go with one big sub since you have a trunk, and maybe a jl mono 500/1. my setup is a thunder 9500 and the 500/1 which I am more than pleased with after I stopped dicking around with inferior equipment. Bottom line is that you get what you pay for with car audio equipment. I like that amp but get rid of those subs. I know your on a tight budget but the peace of mind you will have when your amp barely gets hot and your subs are underrated will be well worth it rather than blowing two subs and starting over again with money wasted like I had to.
     
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    A grand....This is doable....

    alpine 9856 deck - $189
    http://www.woofersetc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=3986

    alpine 4ch amp - 160
    http://www.woofersetc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=3729

    alpine mono amp - 240
    http://www.woofersetc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=3739

    alpine type S 12" 2ohm dvc subs (2) - 108ea
    http://www.woofersetc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=2538

    alpine 6.5" door speakers - 75
    http://www.woofersetc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=3733

    Alpine 6x9 rear - 90
    http://www.woofersetc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=3735

    All that not including wiring, dash kit, harness, antenna adapter, or box comes out to 961 before shipping.


    So if you build your own box and get the install parts localy, you can do it for around 1050.

    If that's too expensive you can run your factory mids for a while until you can afford new speakers.

    there's a well rounded mid level all alpine system that is a HUGE upgrade over your factory system.
     
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    I have in my car 1 Kicker S12L7 12" it is a fucking beast.
     
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    terrible sq:o
     
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    yeah, but they're loud as hell
     

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