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Sounds Are Still Important

Installing an Audio System in Malitude

On the Malibu with attitude that I call "Malitude," I'm doing a lot of things that I have never done before. That includes an automatic transmission, twin-turbos, and an overall vehicle size that's significantly bigger than I've ever built or owned. Along those lines, I've never had a car with a really good sound system. Usually, I just get a head unit from the local stereo shop and a couple of old school 6 x 9 speakers to throw in the package tray and call it good. It's different this time around.

I gave Kicker a call to ask about the recommended components that I would need. Now don't get me wrong--there's a lot of systems on the db Drag Racing tours that make the system you see here look silly. What you'll see here are cool parts that package into a muscle car very well, aren't too obtrusive, and sound great for the money.

After all the components arrived, I wasn't sure how all this stuff went together (to be quite honest). Everyone has a friend who's into audio stuff, right? I do too, my buddy Ryan Kuhlenbeck. He'd built a few speaker boxes in the past and has installed a number of systems and said he would give me a hand. That buddy thing is an essential part of any installation.

Before I knew it, we were at the lumberyard getting wood to build a speaker box. Since I don't own any wood working tools, I let Ryan tackle the box construction. The right custom boxes are airtight and bulletproof (not literally, but strong enough to throw tools and luggage at it without sustaining significant damage). You need wood to mount the amps, so don't forget about that part.

Once the job was done, I must admit that I'm happy with the way it all turned out. However, expect at least a weekend job to get all the wiring and carpentry finished. Follow along to see how we made out and know that next month, we should be on the road.

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