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Offline Nitrous

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My experience @ KKD Garage
« on: April 10, 2013, 01:04:00 PM »
So before coming to Kenny (KKD Garage) I had half a system in my car. I had a double din dvd head unit, big amp that turned on when it felt like it and a huge box that took up my whole trunk with 2x 12" JLw3's and nothing else. It was a hackjob of a bassy system and I didn't really have the knowledge to complete it so I gave up and went to him.

We priced out a system with a few options: good, better, best, and I went for something between better-best and we chose to go this route with parts:

Reuse my headunit
Alpine 6.5" SPR-60C Type R front components
Alpine MRX-V70 5 channel amp
reuse 1x12" JLw3 with a single box I had

The prices Kenny quoted me were on par with prices you find online for these parts and generally far cheaper than crutchfield and his labor costs are very reasonable for how meticulous he is with his work.

Kenny was extremely fast in getting the parts in and letting me know what was going on through emails/texts. When everything arrived we made an appointment to get me in and when I brought the car to him he told me he found some 6.5" pioneer's that he said he may be able to squeeze in the rear doors and he would only charge me the labor cost to put them in so this was a cool surprise. He was very knowledgeable about audio and recommended that I don't remove the OEM rears but put these in so there's more fill for that surround sound feel. Also I think any rear passengers (if I ever have any) would like that. So I drop off my car and go to work

By the time I got off work he was done so I went up to pick it up. He knew I went way over my budget with the system and I think Kenny already knew that, but he went above and beyond in helping me out...  when I arrived he showed me a custom mounted amp rack that he built for my trunk which looked SWEET! (He also asked nothing for it, he just wanted to do it.) He also did manage to squeeze the 6.5" pioneers in the rear, which I didn't think was possible in our cars so that was also tits. There were some clearance issues with the 6.5" type r speakers in front but he managed to make some spacers to make them fit! He put everything back together and got my head unit 100% working which I was never able to  :lol:

His work speaks for himself, this is a no bullshit review that I wanted to post up, because I'm that happy of a customer. Kenny does fantastic work and will go above and beyond for the customer to make you satisfied.  :mrgreen:

Thanks again Kenny!

Offline klarowe

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Re: My experience @ KKD Garage
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2013, 02:07:25 PM »
Thanks. If you don't mind I will post up some of the finished pics I took. I'm definitely happy with it came out. It took a bit longer than I expected, but I just couldn't get that amp to look right without making something so that's what needed to be done... lol. Glad you are happy with it. When you are ready let me know and we can get a better head unit and some 'real' rear speakers to really bring out the quality!
Kenny LaRowe
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Re: My experience @ KKD Garage
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2013, 02:29:25 PM »
You took pix? Feel free to post them up!

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Re: My experience @ KKD Garage
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2013, 03:16:58 PM »
You took pix? Feel free to post them up!

Apparently, Kenny is also a Ninja, another reason to frequent the business!

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Re: My experience @ KKD Garage
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2013, 05:13:04 PM »
I took a few before and after pics. The install that was done was not bad by any means... it was actually very typical of what I see when a customer tried the installation themselves. There were no safety issues with the installation (I've seen some real scary ones). But this works perfectly to give an idea of what a little bit of money can buy with a professional installation : :mrgreen:

Power wire Before. Nothing bad at all here, it was routed through the firewall (not through the fender like quite a few people do) and it was properly fused. The only thing I found 'wrong' with it is that the wire was attached to the clamping nut for the terminal. Although it works, it is not the preferred way because it can cause the terminal to not clamp properly.


Power Wire After. The connection was moved to the main terminal post. The wire was tucked (tightly I might add) into the factory rubber cover to ensure that the cover would still be functional. The wire was also loomed to protect from heat and elements as well as to clean it up a bit. The wire was also secured to factory wiring so that it could never 'find' its way into a moving part of the engine and cause damage. The fuse holder was secured in order to make it easily accessible if needed. I did leave a little bit of slack between the fuse and batter to be able to get the fuse holder to a better location for changing the fuse.


Component Speakers. There is no before picture here, the speakers were the factory installed speakers that you see every day. The components were added and all wiring run behind the plastic moisture barrier to make sure they can never come loose. Before anyone asks, keeping the tweeter close to the woofer will provide the absolute best sound quality, but in an every day daily driver, the small bit of difference really isn't worth cutting up a door panel to mount the tweeter; especially when there is a perfectly find factory location mean for it.


Amp / Sub Before. Again, nothing really 'wrong' here and no safety issues. Just a little wiring management to be done along with changing out the sub box and making everything look good while opening up some trunk space.




Amp Rack After. This was nothing super special. No matter what I did, I could not find somewhere I was happy with just mounting the amp... and I'm not normally a huge fan of mounting it on the box so I finally said screw it and made up a quick amp rack. I didn't have any carpeting for it, so I ended up carefully removing the carpeting from the previous 'amp rack' and covering the face of the amp rack to at least make it look presentable. Ended up fitting just right (had to stretch it a bit to fit the width. Wires are all secured to the rack to prevent pulling on the amp terminals.


Amp / Sub After. Mounted the amp rack using one of the vertical supports from the seat. Drilled 3 holes in the support and used 3 screws into the amp rack to hold it. There is also one screw through the rear seat framing to secure the top corner of the amp rack. She sits nice and tight and should never have any issues. We also decided to go with just the single 12" sub since the 2nd sub was in pretty rough shape. With the proper amp powering the sub, I think that the single sub would sound better over using an unmatched amp with 2 subs.




I did not get a picture of the rear speakers, but basically I used a couple speaker spacers placed perfectly to get the 6.5" speaker to fit in the 5.25" hole and still clear the door panel. The door panel didn't fit 100% (there was about a 1/8"-1/4" gap just on that corner) but there was nothing visible. The slight non-fitment was worth the extra sound quality of the better speakers. Also not pictured is the wiring runs. The power wire and remote wire are run up the driver side, underneath the carpeting; and the RCA and speaker wires are all run up the passenger side. This is very important, especially with a 4 channel amp, to prevent cross feeding and distortion.




Kenny LaRowe
Owner / Technician
KKD Garage LLC
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