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Tristan B's 2001 Chevrolet S-10

I've been with Crutchfield since 1999, where I began as one our advisors, helping our customers choose new gear. After a couple of years, I moved to the writing team where I spent a decade researching new products and getting hands on with car stereos, amplifiers, speakers, and subs. Yeah, I've been doing this for a while.

For the past few years, I've been the managing editor of Crutchfield's Car A/V web article content. I couldn't ask for a better job — we get to play with car audio gear every day! I'm a Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outside of work, I love listening to music, playing board games, and installing new audio systems for my friends.

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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!)
  • Edd from Tucson

    Posted on 3/1/2016

    Very nice. How did you install the dash speakers? I want Kickers in mine but Crutchfield do not recommend them.

  • Barbie from Huntsville

    Posted on 1/17/2017

    Have a 1995 LS with 50,000 original miles .. Standard cab also, like your set up, mine is still all stock as well.. Would love to have your woofer box... Need one, mine has the stock bench seat ...

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