Tristan B's 2001 Chevrolet S-10


Robert Ferency-Viars

Robert Ferency-Viars is the managing editor for the Crutchfield car A/V learning content, and has been with the company since 1999. A Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he loves spending time with his wonderful wife and sons, listening to music, writing, and playing games with friends. Robert's love for car audio began at 16 when he installed his first car stereo.

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Items installed:

  • Pioneer DEH-P6600 Source Unit
  • Pioneer CD-IB100II iPod Adapter
  • Kicker I460 Dash Speakers
  • Kicker I650 Door Speakers
  • Kicker Impulse 652xi Amplifier for Subwoofer
  • Kicker Impulse 12i 12" Subwoofer

Installation Description

I worked as a professional installer for many years, so car stereo installation has become second nature -- in fact, the more unique and the more challenging the installation, the better I like it. A standard cab truck with a high-Q woofer is one of the toughest. Besides, this truck is for racing, not car audio competitions, so I've done my best to keep the equipment lightweight and to a minimum, but without compromising the sound. The current stereo has been in place since I bought the truck new. Only 42,000 original miles later, it's still loud and clear.

Q&A Section

Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?

Stock systems sound terrible. And are unimpressive at car shows.

What's the first thing you show people about your installation?

All of it -- and how clean it looks and sounds.

Why did you choose these products?

I have had outstanding experience with both Pioneer and Kicker from my competition days.

What was the most difficult part of the installation?

Designing a box that would fit behind the seat of a standard cab S-10, but produce tight and low bass.

What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?

None, unless something blows up. If anything, a good 3-way (tweeter, 4" & 6") to replace the coax speakers.

My toy -- 350 hp V6 5-speed My toy -- 350 hp V6 5-speed
My toy next to my daily driver. My toy next to my daily driver.
Custom sub enclosure Custom sub enclosure
Amp and sub crammed into a standard cab (no leg room lost!) Amp and sub crammed into a standard cab (no leg room lost!)

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