Kristopher R's 1999 Ford Ranger
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.
More from Robert Ferency-Viars
- Alpine CDA-9886 with Imprint
- JL Audio 2AWG MetaWire
- Tsunami Capacitor 20 Farad Competition Series
- Stinger Patch Cables, Rockford Fosgate 3ft Patch Cable, Monster 16AWG Speaker Wire
- JL Audio Battery Terminals
- JL Audio 500/1 Slash Series Amplifier
- JL Audio 300/2 Slash Series Amplifier
- JL Audio 300/4 Slash Series Amplifier
- JL Audio C2 570x Speakers (5x7) 2Way
- JL Audio C5 570csi Components (5x7)
- JL Audio XR525csi Components (5.25 round)
- Kickpanel Pods by Q-Logic
- Alternator 130AMPS
- Polk Audio DB1212 (DVC) (2OHMS)
Well at first i had some infinity kappas all around with a kenwood amplifier and a polk mono amplifier for the subwoofer. I didnt care for how it sounded, it was too bright for my liking and i've always had an eye for the C5's by JL Audio. i tried them out and realized this was what i needed. since i didnt have the money i chose C2's, the front set blew so i upgraded to C5's. the installation for the kickpanels wasn't too bad except i still have trouble with the parking brake which crutchfield told me to bend 1.5".
the battery and alternator died after i installed the subwoofer so i upgraded there with the BIG3 install as well. I upgraded from a 2farad tsunami cap to a 20 farad to be safe. the polk sub amp was too small and i liked JL so i switched that out too. everyday i try to come up with new ways with just the equipment i have to make it sound better for example re wiring the front speakers and the kickpanels to have a different wattage and play around with settings on my alpine HU.
Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
the stock system wasn't enough clarity for me and every piece of equipment i got just was't enough, i had to get more so i kept trading out and upgrading.
What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
My amplifiers-with all the wires and the chrome capacitor and the chrome 500/1 i think it just really amazes people that i have it and that i installed it.
Why did you choose these products?
well at first i was a big alpine man-i didnt know anything about name brands-but the day i got to test listen to some JL's i fell in love with them and just started switching everything out from there.
What was the most difficult part of the installation?
the most difficult part i would say was routing the wires. with a extended cab 2 door its very limited on space-2nd i would say the front speakers
What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
i plan to switch out my Polk subwoofer with 2 JL 8W3's which apparently is JL's specialty but ive never heard different subs only differnt speakers so i dont know how much different a sub can be besides size.
|kickpanels with JL XR525|
JL C5 Components with Custom Tweeter Location
|all my amps and the capacitor-subwoofer in backround|
|really proud of my chrome 500/1 never seen another one.|
Me with my amps