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Author Topic: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche  (Read 39162 times)
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« Reply #175 on: 07/15/17 02:01 pm »

Coolant line stuff done (FINALLY!)
Have to test it out yet to insure the union between the factory water line and the new braided line will hold. I bypassed the Throttle Body since it is not obvious how this could even begin to be helpful. By the time the coolant is warm enough to heat up the TB the engine block would be warm too providing heat to it...

Installed the AUX box for the radio with wiring to go to the computer and to an Aux port that will be added to allow a phone or something to be accepted.

Installed the new crossovers inline in the factory wiring. (Split the tweeter feed wire, figured out which comes from the radio and routed wiring accordingly. )
Using Memphis component set for now. may move to the Diamond Audio later once I get more information on the cross overs. We will see. I atleast want to run these speakers for a while and see how they sound.

Installed the HD Radio. This goes to the PC and will be used eventually as the FM radio. For now will go through the computer which can play through the radio.

Waiting for paint to dry then will be installing the Cell/Wifi/GPS antennae. Had to drill a hole in the roof to install this. I used a paint marker and painted the cut hole to prevent rusting. Will also apply black silicone to the hole to seal it up.

Next step is putting dash back together and install the Memphis tweeters in the A-Pillar, the 6" in the doors and see how they go.

After that will be wiring up the PC box to get it into the truck and operational.

Once everything is back in the truck I can start working on my Midgate box. I have a spare midgate and just picked up a table saw to accomplish this. Will be attaching a box to the back of the midgate and install the speakers inside to box to give them enough front space to move. They are 12 inch Alpine speakers. Will be running them off my Audio Art 100MS amplifiers which put out a measured over 300 watts per amplifer when bridged. (These were cheater amps that were good for 4 ohm bridged. Due to their unregulated power supplies they go up to about 350 watts when the vehicle is putting out full voltage while running. They were rated for 50x2 at 12 volts but ramp up almost logarithmic.

From the interior the only thing that will look different will be the 10" screen in the console. Everything else will pretty much be hidden.
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2003 Cladded Black Z71 - PC installed otherwise mostly stock.
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All on high and FTDRL (BCM friendly version)
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« Reply #176 on: 07/25/17 11:38 am »

Installed the Antenna for the Cell/GPS/WiFi. Will be picking up adapters for the GPS and WiFi so I can use them right away. The Cell is intended for a repeater unit but don't have the $400-$500 to spend for one at the moment...

Installed the Memphis speakers in the doors. These sound way better than factory. Haven't installed the tweeters yet. The passenger side BOSE speaker was torn when removed.. The original BOSE speakers were integrated into the mounting bracket. I ended up using my Dremel and cutting away the basket for the old speaker and used an exacto knife to cut away the surround. The Memphis speakers I used are an exact fit and with them in there look like they belong. Although I didn't pay attention to my butane soldering iron discharge and melted a hole in one of the speaker cones. No damage to the speaker its self other than a hole in it.  veryveryangry  Hopefully the +33 electrical tape will do... Looks funky but won't see it unless really looking for it. Doesn't seem to affect the sound at all since it appears to be hard thin plastic anyhow.

Have to cut the A-Pillars bigger to install the tweeters yet.

Next will be looking at getting the console back into the truck and build the midgate box. Since I have a table saw here just for that project I MAY build the Midgate box BEFORE doing the console install. We shall see... Building the box shouldn't be too hard.. Integrating it into the midgate will likely take some work though.

Rodney
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« Reply #177 on: 07/30/17 11:49 am »

Ok today I started reassembling my Console. Currently have the computer installed back into place and mounted some of the new power distribution stuff.

Picking up some foam from work to help quiet down some of the noise some of the components will make such as the relays.

Everything will fit in the console, just trying to sort out the best way to accomplish assembly. Will be ordering a couple small low noise fans to cool off the power supply. With the computer on you may hear the cooling fans but not much I can do about that. Just the way it is. Although may not really need much in the way of cooling for it since it is in the now wide open BOSE subwoofer compartment.

Have relays for the RAP and IGNITION wired up. I have room for 4 Relays and may install all 4l. May use it for  I found the switches can fit inside the center console at the rear of the console in the unused portion that really is worthless.

Designing a speaker box now for my 3 12" alpines. Will be a stealth setup. the ONLY thing obvious will be the screen in the console and if you look behind the seat there will be mesh in the bottom section. Will be using mesh behind some sonically transparent cloth similar to the stuff there now. I will be firing the subs through the back of the mid gate but we will see how well this setup works out. I will be maintaining the window holder but will likely set it up to shut off 2 of the speakers when the window is in its storage compartment.

Also considering where to install the amplifiers... At the moment looks like I will have a 6 channel amp bridged down to 4 channels. (120 watts for front, 75 for rear)
Each sub will have its own amplilfier that bridged goes over 300 watts. The subs are designed for 300 watts and these amplifiers will go up to near 400 watts so should be able to drive them fine without clipping. 

Hoping to have all this stuff installed for the nationals... Have a nice alarm to protect it all too. No way you can get into the truck without me knowing it... Even if you break into the truck it has a phone home alarm that will immediately call my phone if it is tampered with.  Nothing in this installation will be quick to grab other than the screen which will be worthless to someone else since you won't be getting all of the electronics to run it...

And I don't know anyone that wants a 6'3" 320 lb pissed off red head running at them with an "implement"...

Rodney
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« Reply #178 on: 08/12/17 10:26 am »

Work continues on building the center console. Think I have power distribution section done. Next step is to make sure I am not forgetting any components then start putting the console back together. The computer is mounted properly and the relays, fuse panels etc are all setup. Just have to start installing the different sections into the center console and make sure it all works. Then one properly wired I can drop it back into the truck, connect to the harnesses already integrated and away I go.

This weekend I am also building a board to mount my "Hacking lab" on so I can continue working on the M2 interface. And building a speaker box to mount to the rear of my mid gate. Building it to maintain full access of the midgate. Will be mounting the amplifiers in an "alternate" location...

Rodney
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« Reply #179 on: 08/20/17 10:34 am »

So I got in on another thread... Ugh... 

http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php/topic,97388.200.html

Darn brake lines anyhow...

So other work is pretty much stopped while working on the brake lines. Currently stalled until the flexible lines arrive. Paid for 2 day delivery so hopefully no later than Wed. 

The Dremel is a nice light work tool but I grabbed my jig saws from storage to continue cutting for the sub box. But this is stalled until the brake lines are complete.

I started a thread to discuss the new subwoofer enclosure and amplifier enclosures too...
http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php/topic,151754.0.html

Also looking into adding some interesting lighting to my Truck...

If I use Acrylic rod with diffusers built in and some colored CREE LED's it could make an interesting light bar. Similar to the tail lights on my CTS. (My CTS uses LED powered Acrylic rods as the running lights as an OEM item.)  Cost looks to be about $40 for each LED color for each tube and the tubing is like $30 for 10'. 

Will make for a fun winter project...

Rodney
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« Reply #180 on: 09/02/17 04:23 pm »

Brakes done.. Back to the sound system as mentioned in the other thread...

I did add a couple Moroto 5 watt DRL lights in the grill...

I took a picture with my phone but it sucked in the dark... I will have to post a picture later.

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« Reply #181 on: 10/28/17 06:13 pm »

So getting ready for parking my truck for the winter.

Engine running great after all the issues with the heads...

Sound system is better now...

Brakes work great now...

Noticed that getting a little wear on one tire weirdly so I am going to look into replacing most of the front end components. Probably will just do the A-Arms and Tie Rods since I don't have any play in the steering wheel.  After raising my GF's truck I am thinking maybe its time to consider doing it to my truck. Most 6" kits seem to be around $1300 but I am assuming I will also need longer brake lines. May consider bigger tires and an hptuner if I jack up the truck... Although installing a new engine may become more interesting down the road.
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