We recently performed a serious audio upgrade on a 2004 Chevy Tahoe. We decided that we would build custom door panels with multiple sets of speakers and lots of power to produce incredible output capability. We have had many clients do this type of upgrade so we are going to get pretty detailed with you on this build. This way, you can see the attention to detail we put into our custom work.
We Ask The Right Questions And We Actually Listen!
When we meet with a client, we try to dig as deep as possible about their needs and desires, and we also want to know how their vehicle is going to be used. If a vehicle is going to be a daily driver then we need to look at the designs from the perspective of keeping the vehicle enjoyable to use while not losing the existing ergonomics, and most importantly, keeping it reliable over the long haul. We have seen way too many vehicles that were daily drivers that, looked terrible after the vehicle was driven for nine months. That was a vehicle that was poorly designed from the start. You can rest assured that at Audio Designs and Custom Graphics, we will keep all of this in mind when designing and building your dream vehicle.
Now. On to The Good Stuff!
This vehicle is not a trailer queen, so the install needs to look as good three years from now and thousands of miles down the road. We started by lining the door completely with Stinger Roadkill to address two concerns: We wanted to lower the noise level inside the vehicle so the sound clarity would be better and we wanted to eliminate any vibration and rattling right from the start. Vibrations would have seriously effected the sound quality AND would have resulted in the door panel coming apart down the road. We wanted to keep these door panels looking good for years to come so we kept them very lightweight. Also, the door woofers were mounted to the door itself, not the door panel, for more structural rigidity. They were also designed to not intrude into the Tahoe cabin any more that the factory panels so fitment was never a concern.
As this vehicle will see rain and shine we built out the custom door panel using XPVC, a type of plastic that will hold up to moisture and vibration. It is much more expensive than using wood, but we all know what happens to wood when it gets exposed to moisture. All of the 3 dimensional shapes were done with Duraglass and Sonus Matter, which are the highest quality molding materials available.
Upholstering The Custom Door Panels
When it came to the vinyl we used factory matching product so the grain, texture, and color were dead on. As you can see from the pictures we also custom-made our own black grills and installed a suede ring insert to set the install off and really make them pop.
Next we installed four sets of Diamond Audio Elite DE65C 6.5″ separates in each door and powered them with two four channel amplifiers that saw a two ohm load with a total power output of 1600 watts, 800 in each door. We ran the speakers actively, meaning we used one amplifier to power the midbasses and one amplifier to power the tweeters. This gave the amplifiers much better control over the speakers, resulting in dramatically improved clarity. The whole system was properly tuned so there was no distortion, and the system had output that is hard to describe! This project had a three-day build time from start to completion.
Jacksonville’s Custom Door Panel Experts
If you like what you are seeing here, or if you have always wanted a true, high performance car audio system but you did not know who to trust, we invite you to stop by Audio Designs and Custom Graphics with your vehicle. We think you will find that we are very passionate about custom car audio and fabrication and that we take extreme pride in our work. We look forward to meeting you and showing you around our facility.