Hey guys, a little while back I mentioned I was pursuing some serious audio upgrades. One big part of that is that I'm using speakers that wouldn't just fit underneath the grilles in the door, and my custom installation will produce far better acoustics for the speakers to perform in. That journey has now begun, and of course I'll share it with you guys.
I don't have them in hand yet, but I finally placed my order for the tweeters to match the woofers for my doors. As soon as they get here I'll start work on the door pods. I have all my supplies ready to go.
For this project I will be creating door pods for Legatia L6v2 woofers paired with Scanspeak Illuminator D3004 (1") tweeters. After I get this all built I'll get my DSP to go fully active, but lets say that is a reward I am only going to allow myself once I actually finish the speaker install.
I'll be installing in my 2000 Dodge Intrepid, but I have a fully 300M interior. I also have several spare door panels to play with so I can really hack them up as I see fit to make an install work.
There is going to be some significant glassing to do here, as I'm going to install them on axis (pointed straight at the driver - pending some testing of speaker locations), with the drivers themselves in the same vertical plane, and as much as possible a teardrop shape coming back from each speaker to reduce harmful reflections.
Here is a shot in the car of the passenger door panel.
And then here are two shots in the car of the drivers door panel. The first is from my head position (listening position) so show my angle and spacing that I have to work with. The second is a more direct shot to see the panel meeting the dash. I'm missing a lower trim piece in these shots (just sitting in the garage).
Then finally a shot of a couple of spare two tone panels out of the car. Besides color they are identical.
I'll get to the exciting stuff soon, fabrication!
So far I taped up both panels to be ready for fiberglassing the base for the door pods.
Now I filled the grooves with resin and put down the first couple layers of fiberglass. I intentionally have the fiberglass coming up higher than I need so I can go around the edge and trim the bases for the pods down to the correct point.
Next I'm going to lay down in one batch several more layers of fiberglass to get the rigidity that I need for these bases. After that I'll pop them loose from the panels and it'll be time to start mounting speaker rings to them for speaker placement testing (mostly aiming).
While that's curing I'll be programming my table engraver software for all my speaker rings. I'll precision cut those out of MDF on Wednesday most likely, then glue together the multiple layers of the rings to make each speaker have one assembly it mounts into.
Also I'm going to drill the mounting holes for the pod bases from behind the door panel through the screw holes in the door panel. That way they will line up for sure.