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loudsubz
06-24-2011, 12:15 AM
First off I didn't find this mod that easy, but at the same time it wasn't overly complex with the right tools. Definitely not a direct drop in (esp. with the horn).

Overall I enjoyed the mod and now I am able to keep the nice light bar/audio combo and not junk up the tower.

As follows:

1. Remove the 4 Allen head screws on the back of the pods holding the U shape bracket in place so the speakers can pop out of the front.
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011034.jpg

2. Stock Speakers/Setup
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011036.jpg

3. A look at the trim rings in their stock form (will not go all the way down to meet the lip on the horn and the mid bass
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011037.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011041.jpg

loudsubz
06-24-2011, 12:15 AM
Also a look at how the U bracket will not work on the new horn as the crossover board interferes with the setup (I ditched it in my setup)

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011040.jpg

4. Trimming of the rings is really easy with a jig saw or scroll saw. For the horn ring you only need to trim them a bit to make them flush. For the mid bass ring you need to take off the entire ring on the inside of the plastic.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011045.jpg

5. All trimmed and mounted to the mid bass with the stock U bracket

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011053.jpg

6. Test fitting

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011049.jpg

loudsubz
06-24-2011, 12:16 AM
7. Wiring up. I ran new wires from the harness to the pods as the original wiring was kind of messed up and I wanted it to be a little cleaner and also have a better solder connection.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011050.jpg

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011054.jpg

8. Test fitting both of the drivers in their pods

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011052.jpg

9. Adding #4 screws to the outside of the pod to hold the plastic ring in place for the horn and to double up on the mid bass as well.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011061.jpg

loudsubz
06-24-2011, 12:16 AM
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011064.jpg

10. Even after adding the screws to the plastic ring on the horn I noticed if you moved the bar around (over waves or hard bumps against the dock etc) the rear of the horn where the crossover and driver sit were a little on the heavy side so I added spray foam to the can to help support it. I wrapped the driver in plastic and put tinfoil on the inside so the foam wouldn't stick to the inside yet it would create a cradle for the rear and help hold it.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011060.jpg

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/loudsubz/kicker_tower_mod/iPhone6-23-2011057.jpg

Thats where I stand now. I test them out this weekend. The speakers are well built and look good, can't wait to try them out.

DOCDRS
06-24-2011, 06:54 PM
Nice work, your going to save me some time. Mine have been ordered and due with an IX500 amp early next week. I like the foam in the rear, sweet idea. When I get mine done we'll have to have a get together. Hooked up with another Moomba Man on Go Home Lake last weekend :)

cmtaylor777
06-25-2011, 03:26 PM
How do these sound?

loudsubz
06-25-2011, 07:44 PM
Very nice. Not as much mid bass vs my 8 inch krypts but that's expected with the size but the horns are very smooth, nice sound. I havnt pushed them that much yet I still need to dial in the amp and I'm only pushing 175 watt rms per ch

loudsubz
06-26-2011, 07:47 PM
Hope you like Chromeo.

Took a short clip testing it out. I was on our deck which is around 90-100 feet away.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pxJ2TM4uHg

jmvotto
06-26-2011, 09:21 PM
nice sound. is that a ramp i see in the water?

loudsubz
06-27-2011, 08:20 AM
Yes it is.

We have taken the board and tube off it. Heres one of a buddy going off

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/34210_457856891272_507736272_6280705_6073997_n.jpg

Heres one of my cousin on the tube

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/37272_722729573189_120808414_44973059_7085510_n.jp g

mcdye
06-27-2011, 09:00 AM
For those of us with the stock Phoenix Gold speakers, there is no ring to work with.