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Jared's 2004 Chevy Cavalier

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:

  • 0 ga Raptor Power Wire
  • Pyle 3600 watt mono amp
  • 2 Power Acoustik Subwoofers
  • Power Acoustik Capacitor
  • Bandpass Box
  • 8 ga Speaker Wire

Installation Description

I ran Power Wire through the firewall with a monster grommet, and also through side paneling in the interior of the car. Through a conveniently located hole to the trunk and the tire well to the back location of the amp this was ran as well. The Subs are mounted on a custom platform made from wood and carpet. The subs had to be partially dismantled to fit into the box. I used a RCA converter for input this is hidden next to the 6X9 rear speakers. To complete this installation I made frequent visits to for advice so everything went smoothly.

Q&A Section

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

I thought it was boring and it had no subwoofers.

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

The sound.

Why did you choose these products?

They have high power output.

What was the most difficult part of the installation?

Running the power cables throughout the car.

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

I would like to have a bigger capacitor or a new custom box.

power cable and fuse holder


amp and cap in front of subs


just like jello, every sound system should have a little wiggle


the transportation for the subs


eh, good enough for me.

subwoofers can mess with your hair.

subwoofers can mess with your hair.

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