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Chris Blackburn's 1998 Dodge Dakota

Matt Holliday was one of Crutchfield's ace car enthusiasts for several years. He brought a lifetime of knowledge and experience to our team. He has since left the company to join the family business and pursue other interests.

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Installation Description

It was a lot of work and fabrication for the subs to fit in the enclosure, but tried and true installation technique pays off. The amp is hidden in the side panel of the truck completely out of sight. The idea of the install is to keep the truck useful for family outings, as I do have family. It definitely makes travelling a lot better, and louder, too. The door and rear panel speakers went in fairly easy with the component tweeters mounted high on the door panel for sound quality.

Q&A Section

Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
I like a stereo that is rich and full, not just in the driveway, but also on the highway.

What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
The sound of the install.

Why did you choose these products?
I've sworn by Infinity for over 10 years now. Kenwood has always made a simple head unit to use, and the sub box was done for ease of installation.

What was the most difficult part of the installation?
Mounting the amp in the body panel of the truck was the hardest part. I had to cut metal to fit the amp into position, then BOLT it into place (it is not held in by screws, it is literally bolted).

What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
DVD and Satellite radio. I would like to do video sunvisors soon. Also re-incorporate a laptop computer back into the system.

The Noise Generator

The Noise Makers

My truck in all it's "Purple Glory"

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  • Fumble from Tyler

    Posted on 3/30/2016 1:46:16 PM

    Hi Chris, I have an 01 Dakota that I have installed the Loaded-version of the MTX box. I saw the Infinity 10's you loaded yours with and was curious to know what the sound difference was like? I know you bought your box unloaded but I about fell over when I saw the specs on that 10 inch woofer reading over 1k watts, lol. I think the Loaded-box has around 100-200 watt amp powering both my 10 inch MTX speakers.

  • Fumble from Tyler

    Posted on 3/30/2016 1:48:30 PM

    My apologies, I just re-read it. Those woofers are 250 watts RMS. That still is aver twice the wattage the Loaded-box comes with (MTX speakers).

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