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Old 02-06-2019, 04:40 PM   #1
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1st Gen Blazer Sound System Ideas

Hey everyone,

Looking for some ideas that keep a stockish look while having decent tunes. So ideas that accomplish that ideal...

What I have bought or have considered:

-Stock radio dash hole - i already have a Retro Sound Long Beach unit to install.

For Speakers utilize either:
-Kick panel speaker pods (these seem to be sold by every vendor)

OR

-"CentraPod" thing i found for jeeps which i think could work well.

Or both?? (I will not cut my doors for a speaker).

For a subwoofer - I dont want a sub box or to put a sub in my rear CST panels. So i was thinking those slim under seat subs...maybe under the back seat?

And lastly an amp - where could i mount one thats hidden? Under the driver seat?

Anything I'm missing or not considering?
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:04 PM   #2
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Hey everyone,

Looking for some ideas that keep a stockish look while having decent tunes. So ideas that accomplish that ideal...

What I have bought or have considered:

-Stock radio dash hole - i already have a Retro Sound Long Beach unit to install.

For Speakers utilize either:
-Kick panel speaker pods (these seem to be sold by every vendor)

OR

-"CentraPod" thing i found for jeeps which i think could work well.

Or both?? (I will not cut my doors for a speaker).

For a subwoofer - I dont want a sub box or to put a sub in my rear CST panels. So i was thinking those slim under seat subs...maybe under the back seat?

And lastly an amp - where could i mount one thats hidden? Under the driver seat?

Anything I'm missing or not considering?
Any reason to not put the amp in the console?
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:59 PM   #3
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Re: 1st Gen Blazer Sound System Ideas

Nope! Would it fit (guess this depends on the model) and does it have enough air flow in there to not overheat?
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:48 PM   #4
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Re: 1st Gen Blazer Sound System Ideas

Amps have gotten quite small. I have a small one in my Jeepster that I use to run an old iPhone off of with my music and satellite radio. Stock radio in the dash that does nothing but look period correct. They are easy to hide (mine is not much larger that a pack if cigarettes).
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:12 PM   #5
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Re: 1st Gen Blazer Sound System Ideas

My dash was already cut and there were already holes in the door...so I didn't sweat it too much.
I bought a low profile sub box and shimmed the rear seat up 1" with some black plastic spacers so it would fit...you don't notice it unless I point it out.

I put 5" round 2 way speakers in the front doors...I made some side panels out of textured ABS plastic sheet and mounted 6x9 3 way speakers in them.
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For the amp I put in a 2000 watt 5 channel Pioneer and mounted it under the driver seat..I had to modify the bracket for the slider in order to get enough clearance...

The head unit is just a Pioneer digital unit with bluetooth...no CD player

Really sounds clear and loud...the sub is adjustable and I mounted the control box behind the console next to the floor.
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:29 PM   #6
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My dash was already cut and there were already holes in the door...so I didn't sweat it too much.
I bought a low profile sub box and shimmed the rear seat up 1" with some black plastic spacers so it would fit...you don't notice it unless I point it out.

I put 5" round 2 way speakers in the front doors...I made some side panels out of textured ABS plastic sheet and mounted 6x9 3 way speakers in them.
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For the amp I put in a 2000 watt 5 channel Pioneer and mounted it under the driver seat..I had to modify the bracket for the slider in order to get enough clearance...

The head unit is just a Pioneer digital unit with bluetooth...no CD player

Really sounds clear and loud...the sub is adjustable and I mounted the control box behind the console next to the floor.

I like those abs panels, but where did you get that trim piece you ran along the bottom of the panel ?
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:39 AM   #7
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Re: 1st Gen Blazer Sound System Ideas

My Jimmy isn't built yet so I can't tell you how this works for a Jimmy. But I have a 2000 Dodge Viper RT/10 and the factory sounds was atrocious. I changed out the paper done speakers in the doors for some higher quality speakers. But the bass still sucked and no space to put bass in.

My installer your me that the Kenwood under seat speakers are really low profile, comes powered with built-in amplifier. My viper has lowered seats by 1" so not a lot of space...

I put two into the viper and the bass is glorious for my type of music. No it is not so deep that it wakes up the neighbors kids three houses down, but for normal to high sound levels it fills in that mid bass that Rick music is so full of.

This is what I used. I'll probably use it on my Jimmy as well. Maybe under the back seat and the driver's seat. https://www.amazon.com/Kenwood-KSC-S...=fsclp_pl_dp_2
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Old 02-07-2019, 08:23 AM   #8
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I like those abs panels, but where did you get that trim piece you ran along the bottom of the panel ?
I bought it here https://www.mcmaster.com/8451a47
Also got some aluminum "J' channel for the top trim
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:26 PM   #9
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Re: 1st Gen Blazer Sound System Ideas

McMasterCarr is awesome. nice job A1971.

Ok so sounds like I can find a small amp to hide somewhere, maybe even inside the console.

I like the idea of a couple slim profile subs under the rear seat.

Does anyone have opinions on the front speaker situation? The kickpanels, and the "cetrapod" idea. One or both?

Do i need some speakers for the rear for "fill"? I dont want to mount them in the panels and not sure i want a speaker box or two cluttering up the area but that might be the only option.
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McMasterCarr is awesome. nice job A1971.

Ok so sounds like I can find a small amp to hide somewhere, maybe even inside the console.

I like the idea of a couple slim profile subs under the rear seat.

Does anyone have opinions on the front speaker situation? The kickpanels, and the "cetrapod" idea. One or both?

Do i need some speakers for the rear for "fill"? I dont want to mount them in the panels and not sure i want a speaker box or two cluttering up the area but that might be the only option.
The system for my '70 worked out great..but I'm kinda in a dilemma on my '72.....
it has the retro-look head unit in dash...and there are holes in the doors from a PO....
but I just bought new CST side trim panels and I'm not really down with the idea of cutting holes in them right off the bat....
I've been toying with the idea of a sub under the back seat like my '70 and perhaps some 4x6 3 way speakers mounted in some enclosures under there as well..???
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:50 PM   #11
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The system for my '70 worked out great..but I'm kinda in a dilemma on my '72.....
it has the retro-look head unit in dash...and there are holes in the doors from a PO....
but I just bought new CST side trim panels and I'm not really down with the idea of cutting holes in them right off the bat....
I've been toying with the idea of a sub under the back seat like my '70 and perhaps some 4x6 3 way speakers mounted in some enclosures under there as well..???
Yeah ok this is more where I am. Bought new CST panels. No way I'm cutting them lol.

Got a pic of your underseat sub? I thought about speakers under the rear seat also like you mention but...will they sound ok?
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Old 02-07-2019, 02:05 PM   #12
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Yeah ok this is more where I am. Bought new CST panels. No way I'm cutting them lol.

Got a pic of your underseat sub? I thought about speakers under the rear seat also like you mention but...will they sound ok?
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this is one of the spacers I put in to raise the back seat 1"...just drilled the same holes as the seat bracket and used longer fasteners
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This is a picture of the sub box from the back...
I also raised the rear brackets and moved the seat back 5" as well...I used some channel for brackets...
makes much more leg room for rear passengers...
the little tab on the side is for a screw to fasten the sub box..but I never put one in..

I used a Kicker 10" sub and a low profile box...I still had to mill the top of the box to let the sub go in low enough to clear...
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:00 PM   #13
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Pretty slick i like it.
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For the amp I put in a 2000 watt 5 channel Pioneer and mounted it under the driver seat..I had to modify the bracket for the slider in order to get enough clearance...
A1971Blazer;

Do you have any photos of the bracket modification to the slider under the driver seat that you can share with us?

Although you have an amp mounted in that location, I have a Kicker Hideaway sub/amp combination that I am considering installing in the base of console if I cannot get it to fit under the driver seat. The driver seat is my preferred location if I can get it to fit with slight modification.
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A1971Blazer;

Do you have any photos of the bracket modification to the slider under the driver seat that you can share with us?

Although you have an amp mounted in that location, I have a Kicker Hideaway sub/amp combination that I am considering installing in the base of console if I cannot get it to fit under the driver seat. The driver seat is my preferred location if I can get it to fit with slight modification.
Sorry...I usually forget to take pictures....
The rod that connects the sliders from one side to the other was in the way....
I took the little brackets that it hooks to on each side, cut the section where the rod hooks in and made a little extension piece that would raise it up about " and tig welded them back on the original piece.
That gave just enough room for it to clear the amp...and still be able to slide the seat
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Excellent explanation! Great idea and thank you for sharing.
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Old 05-29-2020, 08:40 PM   #17
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Re: 1st Gen Blazer Sound System Ideas

Bringing back my old thread from a year ago. I'm finally at the point with my blazer to actually get some sound system installed!

I love what's already been discussed but perhaps there's some new ideas from folks out there?

Once I make some decisions I'll post up pics of my audio selections and installation.
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Old 05-29-2020, 09:20 PM   #18
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Re: 1st Gen Blazer Sound System Ideas

An idea i had was to take a few reproduction bed fuel filler covers and modify them so that they could house two speakers forward of the rear seat and a sub across from the fuel filler. This would give it a stockish look.

The only downside is that i would also like to run cst panels at the back and i don't know if i could bring myself to cut holes in them, even if it was done professionally.I have seen perforated material with a speaker behind it so perhaps it could be done that way.
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I use a Tuffy center console security box with a head unit in it. I also have Tuffy 6x9 boxes in front of the wheel wells. They are wedged between the roll bar and wall and velcroed to the wall. I have a 8” sub/amp combo velcroed to the floor under the rear seat. (Quality and sound of sub not great but it works for me)

All this allows me to lightly hose out the interior when needed. The rear 6x9 provide lots of sound. I’ve got 6x9 in the front doors but you have to be careful with rattles.

You can see the rear speakers are slightly aimed towards the fronts as the boxes are wedge shaped. They don't rattle at all. They are velcroed but could probably be screwed into the wall if necessary.
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