Thomas S's 2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
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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- JVC KW-AVX800 touchscreen
- 8" screen mounted in dash
- JVC KS-PD100 iPod adapter
- JVC KS-BTA200 Bluetooth adapter
- Two Kicker ZX650.4 120 watts x 4 amplifiers
- Kicker ZX750.1 750 watts x 1 amplifier, wired at 2 ohms
- Tsunami X15HCAP-20 20 farad capacitor
- Polk db6500 6.5" components front and rear
- Alphasonik PF325 3.25" components center channel
- Kicker SSMB6 6.5" rear bass
- Kicker bass control knobs (one for each amp) mounted in center console
- A pair of Kicker S10L5 10" dual 2-ohm voice coil subwoofers, wired to 4 ohms
- Hand made pair of 2.25 cubic foot boxes for Kicker subs
- Hand made amp rack for Kicker amps and Tsunami Capacitor
- Optima Yellow-top battery
- Metra 0-gauge wiring from battery to cap
- Metra 4-gauge wiring from cap to amps
- Stinger Zero Noise RCA cables from HU to amps
- Custom subwoofer box 2.25 cu.ft. ported for each sub
- Custom rack for amps and capacitor
- Superchips Power Programmer for Ford 4.6L V8
- ProCopper center console to house HU, center channel and bass knobs
It has taken me three months so far to put this all together, what you see is not a finished product but almost done. I am pushing over 2300 watts RMS from the 3 Kicker amps with the help of the Tsunami Cap, Optima battery and High output alternator. This system is what I have been trying to do for a long time and I will be very happy when done. I have done all the work myself.
|Amp rack under construction (Click to enlarge).||Subs and amps in the trunk (Click to enlarge).|
The amp rack was the first part to be built, it took a few weeks to put together but it's carpeted and fits like a glove. The amps all have blue LEDs inside, also LEDs in a plexi sheet under each amp. The sub boxes are each 2.25cu.ft. ported for ridiculous bass and carpeted to match the amp rack.
The amp rack illuminating the trunk at night
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The subwoofer amp at night
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The Polk mids are mounted in the stock locations in plexi adapters, the front tweeters are fiberglassed into the doors with the crossovers mounted on the bottom of the panel, the rear tweeters are mounted in a rear panel with the crossovers on the rear deck.
Front speakers and crossover in the driver's door
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|The center console with bass controls and light switches (Click to enlarge).|
I have a ProCopper police center console (used to hold radios and strobe controllers in cop cars) to hold the head unit, center channel components, bass controllers for the Kicker amps, and a switch for all the lights in the trunk and grill. There is an 8" screen fiberglassed into the original radio location in the dash.
I still have to get the Kicker midbass speakers into the rear doors but I am waiting for the weather to get warm because I have to cut the rear doors and use a little fiberglass. Also in the spring I will get the wiring cleaned up in the trunk and ready to show off.
Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
Why not? Also the car only came with an AM/FM radio.
What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
I don't need to show, they hear me coming. The amp rack, it fits so perfectly in the space and looks amazing all lit up.
Why did you choose these products?
I know the quality of Kicker and have had JVC for some time now, awesome stuff. They were in my previous vehicle and were chosen for price and quality.
What was the most difficult part of the installation?
After getting the vehicle? Building the amp rack and getting it to fit. Took me three tries to get it together and in.
What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
Rear door speakers have to be done, hopefully no fiberglass but you never know. Maybe headrest monitors too. Tints.
|Another shot of the trunk lit up at night|
|Tsunami Capacitor at night|
|Vic from front|
|Me on Mt Mansfield in Vermont|