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Old 11-10-2009, 05:11 PM   #1
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Question Kicker Setup Idea: Noob Check

Ok so I am a complete noob when it comes to compatibility on amp, subs, etc.

I have HK without nav. and I wanted to keep the stock HU. I don't want anything too crazy but I want a good "bump in the trunk". I plan on wiring a Kicker 2 channel (link below) tapped before the stock amp. Then, a solo-baric L5 8" (link below) from this amp. Plan on using 4 gauge wire. Also, do I need to add an additional fuse? I haven't decided on the box yet, maybe homemade.

http://www.crutchfield.com/s_20608DX...tml?o=p&tp=115

http://signature.crutchfield.com/s_2...52.html?tp=111

I guess could someone double check my idea and make sure this would work and not destroy anything. I am open for any ideas really, but I'm pretty sold on the solo-baric though.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:24 PM   #2
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a lot of people do infinite baffle setups with those solo-baric subs through the ski pass, you might want to look into building a box there or just mounting it to the frame of that opening--search, there are a lot of threads on it. if you just have it in the trunk, you'll almost definitely not have the bump you're looking for, since are cars have really good sound isolation in the cabin.

as far as the amp and sub combo go, i'd probably look into making sure that the amp you buy has the ability to take balanced inputs, i did a quick look at the crutchfield page and didn't see anything about it being able to handle them (this will save you from needing a line output converter). in either case, it's usually good to overpower subs by a bit to ensure that there's no clipping. some people go overboard in this department, but you'd probably be better off getting something in the range of 400 watts rms.

and yes, you will need a fuse running from the battery to the new sub.
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:22 PM   #3
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Ok, Thanks for your help. I'll look into it.
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:02 PM   #4
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cabin is sealed really well id like to tap into this and find out some ideas to open up the trunk if you not doing a ski pass box like now i have a 12 w3 and it bumps pretty good but i know its bumping way harder i just cant get the full effect cause that trunk is sealed!
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I know all the new kicker ZX series mono amps accept balanced inputs. You would just need to tap into the pre-amp signals and put some RCA connectors on and plug them into the amp if it is a ZX. You should be getting a monoblock class D amp for a sub anyways.
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I have the Kicker DX300.2 running a single 12" in bridged mode, and yes it does accept balanced differential signals. I have found that I get the most blanced sound with the gain a touch below 1/2 and the bass two ticks below middle on the HU. For 'bump in the trunk' you will obviously want to nudge this up a bit.
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:23 PM   #7
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cabin is sealed really well id like to tap into this and find out some ideas to open up the trunk if you not doing a ski pass box like now i have a 12 w3 and it bumps pretty good but i know its bumping way harder i just cant get the full effect cause that trunk is sealed!
our trunks are freaking air-tight! i've done some reading on opening them up. some people ditch their rear deck speakers (which open up nice holes for bass to pass through), though most people start by popping out their ski-pass sheet metal. this is a pain for anyone who has an actual ski pass door though.

there have been a few members on the forums that take out chunks of the sheet metal in the rear deck as well, though that's a little extreme.

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I know all the new kicker ZX series mono amps accept balanced inputs. You would just need to tap into the pre-amp signals and put some RCA connectors on and plug them into the amp if it is a ZX. You should be getting a monoblock class D amp for a sub anyways.
+1 on the class D suggestion....

don't skimp on your amps, get the good stuff!
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:29 PM   #8
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I know all the new kicker ZX series mono amps accept balanced inputs. You would just need to tap into the pre-amp signals and put some RCA connectors on and plug them into the amp if it is a ZX. You should be getting a monoblock class D amp for a sub anyways.
Ok, thanks, do you know which wires I would need to tap into? Like which colors?
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You will want the "head output rear" wires.

EDIT: On second thought you might end up wanting the head output front wires if you tend to have the fader towards the front on the headunit a lot.
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You will want the "head output rear" wires.

EDIT: On second thought you might end up wanting the head output front wires if you tend to have the fader towards the front on the headunit a lot.
I chose to go with the rear outputs as it meant I had a degree of control over the sub output using the fader without having a fiddle in the rear (oh my).
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