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Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by Shaft » Thursday, 12 November 2009, 11:09 AM

Maybe not too extreme, but now that the weather is cool I am going to start working on my truck again. I'm upgrading the stereo system and will be installing a Predator 10k in the next few weeks. This journal will be to provide pictures of the build.
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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by drdx » Thursday, 12 November 2009, 11:28 AM

Tell us more. Is the general in the hospital yet? Any amplification plans? Aren't you running a whip now? When I was down your way I saw more whips in one parking lot than I'd seen in a long time. Those folks know what works and are not allergic to height for sure.

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Post by Shaft » Thursday, 12 November 2009, 15:29 PM

drdx wrote:When I was down your way I saw more whips in one parking lot than I'd seen in a long time.
More whips than in Bozo's bedroom. :r&r:

The General hasn't gone to the hospital yet and may not go until after the holidays. I'm planning on running my Cobra 29 with the RFX-75 and just the Predator 10k for the time being. The only amps going in are two JL Audio 300/2's. I'll post some pics here in a few minutes of what I've done today.
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Post by Shaft » Thursday, 12 November 2009, 15:46 PM

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Headliner cut out for the AudioControl EQL.

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AudioControl EQL flush mounted in the headliner.

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4 ga. power wire coming into the back of the cab. Dynamat Xtreme on the back wall.

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4 ga. power and ground. 140 amp circuit breaker.

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4 ga. ground added to the electrical system.
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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by drdx » Thursday, 12 November 2009, 16:15 PM

Nice, yeah you know it is really all about the install. I know that not everyone can be a master level installer, I'm definitely not, but if you take your time it always shows. I'd rather see a simple clean install any day than a messy one with bigger stuff. I think the install says a lot about the whole thing. This week in dumpster diving, I scored a bunch of that black conduit, some small, some large, in nice long runs. It makes me want to install something, but I just don't know what.

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Post by BushHog » Thursday, 12 November 2009, 18:41 PM

Great clean lookin install bud, keep them comin let us see how it all turns out



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Post by Shaft » Friday, 13 November 2009, 16:00 PM

Here's the amprack I built today. I need to clean it up a little bit. Still waiting on the sub to come in, but it will be pretty simple to add it since all the hard work is done. Just my luck, when I turned everything on, my CD players decided it was time to die. Oh well. I'll get a new one someday.

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Post by Shaft » Thursday, 19 November 2009, 23:28 PM

The puck mount from Radio Active came in today. Weather permitting I'll install it tomorrow. Still waiting on the sub and the P-10k to come in.
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Post by Shaft » Friday, 20 November 2009, 13:12 PM

Going to try and install this thing. I went to Northern Tool to buy a new unibit to cut the hole larger. That cost me more than the puck did and almost as much as the antenna. Oh well, it's a tool for life. :) I'll post some pictures later.
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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by drdx » Friday, 20 November 2009, 13:17 PM

I love my puck mount. Are you SURE you're aren't planning to amplify? I think you're sanbagging us on that. Let's see........10k, puck, lots of planning.

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Post by Shaft » Friday, 20 November 2009, 16:31 PM

OK, here are today's pics. Enjoy.

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8" Bosch saw blade.

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Boring the hole to fit the 1 1/14" puck.

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Paper template was made by photo copying the puck mount.

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Hole in the roof from where the Wilson 1000 was.

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Boring the roof hole out to 1 1/4".

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Antenna and mounting holes.

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Puck mount and saw blade bolted in.

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Gold ring terminal for center of coax. Silver terminal for coax shielding.

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Coax attached to mount.

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Post by Texas Mobil 219 » Friday, 20 November 2009, 17:26 PM

HOLLY SMOKES. I can see the Preditor now. LOL
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Post by Shaft » Friday, 20 November 2009, 17:51 PM

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Finished puck mount.
Maybe I'll forget the P-10k and keep that stop sign I've got up there. :lol:
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Post by BushHog » Friday, 20 November 2009, 19:16 PM

looks great man , how long did it take ya to get that stop sign up there lol



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Post by shooter » Saturday, 21 November 2009, 5:11 AM

i like your choice of eq there. audio control has made some of the finest audio electronics out there . i have an eql and two eqt's in the closet . do you have an epi -center ? if not, get one they are amazing .
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nice stop sign , should get a good swr .............

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Post by Shaft » Saturday, 21 November 2009, 7:28 AM

shooter wrote:i like your choice of eq there. audio control has made some of the finest audio electronics out there . i have an eql and two eqt's in the closet . do you have an epi -center ? if not, get one they are amazing .
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nice stop sign , should get a good swr .............
I'm a car audio professional and once even discussed going to work for AudioControl. One system I had a 24XS, 2 EQT's, Epicenter, and one of the first FOUR.1's ever made. I sold all of that equipment a while back. I have an Epicenter and ESP-2 sitting out in the garage and may eventually install them in this truck. Would love to get another FOUR.1i.
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Post by Shaft » Saturday, 21 November 2009, 16:27 PM

I routed the coax today.

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Coax and ground strap routed through the frame of the B pillar.

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Ground strap screwed into body of truck.

Just for grins I hooked up a 48" Firestick I've got. SWR on it was about 2:1 on 19, which is about the best I've ever seen from that antenna. Maybe I should stick with the stop sign.
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Post by Shaft » Friday, 27 November 2009, 14:43 PM

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22" Predator 10k baby!

Wow, this antenna has tuned good. I got it down flat on 1 and 1.2 on 40. Shortened it a little more and got about 1.05:1 on 1 and 1.1:1 on 40. When I checked it with the meter on my Cobra 29 with the RXF75 (dead key about 15 watts) I was still getting a low 1 on 1, 2 on 19, and almost 3 on 40. I'll try to work on it more later, but now I LOVE IT!

Now all I need is my subwoofer box and to get my General Lee fixed.
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Post by rayray1963 » Friday, 27 November 2009, 15:51 PM

Love the install Shaft, your professionalism is showing. Your going to love that 10k.................

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Post by Shaft » Friday, 27 November 2009, 16:24 PM

I took the truck out and was wrong about the SWR using the internal meter on my 29. and was getting about 1.2 on 1, 1.5 on 19, and 1.7 on 40. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I'm going leave it there.

Went and drove around and killed a few trees. Here's what my stinger looks like now.

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I've been told that the ears on a P-10k are great, but I think it is too good. Seriously, someone needs to make a mod that will filter out US Marshall's and Nature Boy's diarrhea of the mouth.
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Post by Shaft » Saturday, 28 November 2009, 5:58 AM

It looks like we'll have to go to plan B (whatever that is) for the subwoofer. The ebay deal turned out to be a fluke. At least I got my money back on it.
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Post by Texas Mobil 219 » Saturday, 28 November 2009, 6:27 AM

Shaft:

Thats 10k looks great. Great job on the install.

Cant wait to here you out there man.
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Post by drdx » Saturday, 28 November 2009, 12:31 PM

I wonder if you have the older 10k stinger. The older ones are more "bendy" or so I've heard. I have one of each, and my older one is easier to bend while my newer one has more bounce back to it before bending. I think jesse james mentioned that on here somewhere. Either way, I bet it works great, as any nicely mounted high efficiency antenna would in that optimum mounting location. Now, about that am. It is time. Both the GL and an rx75'd cobra would push a 4 pill nicely.

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Post by linx » Saturday, 28 November 2009, 13:06 PM

We've always told everyone how killer the 10k's are.

There's trees in Texas? I thought it was all flat desert. (just kidding).
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Post by Shaft » Saturday, 28 November 2009, 14:23 PM

linx wrote:We've always told everyone how killer the 10k's are.

There's trees in Texas? I thought it was all flat desert. (just kidding).
I live in Southeast Texas, which is home to the Sam Houston National Forrest, as opposed to West Texas; home to tumbleweeds and cactus.
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Post by Fast4socal » Friday, 11 December 2009, 15:47 PM

hey that looks good! maby i shuld come down and u can help me drill holes in my roof...for my 10k btw what is AudioControl EQL used for?
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Post by Shaft » Friday, 11 December 2009, 16:15 PM

Looks like I have a fan now. I had to look that quote up to see why I wrote that. That was over 2 years ago. :)

The EQL is a 13 band equalizer for the audio system. AudioControl makes some of the best audio processors out there.
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Post by Shaft » Tuesday, 15 December 2009, 16:52 PM

I went up to the CB shop today and they checked my SWR. 1.1 on 19. I'm happy with that.
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Shaft wrote:Image
22" Predator 10k baby!

Wow, this antenna has tuned good. I got it down flat on 1 and 1.2 on 40. Shortened it a little more and got about 1.05:1 on 1 and 1.1:1 on 40. When I checked it with the meter on my Cobra 29 with the RXF75 (dead key about 15 watts) I was still getting a low 1 on 1, 2 on 19, and almost 3 on 40. I'll try to work on it more later, but now I LOVE IT!

Now all I need is my subwoofer box and to get my General Lee fixed.
Now thats what im talking about. Looking Good Shaft.
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Post by Shaft » Thursday, 17 December 2009, 21:38 PM

I started working on my subwoofer enclosure yesterday. Here are a few pics.

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My version of a stealth box.

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This down firing enclosure will house a JL Audio 10W0-4.

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The box will be mounted to the center console/seat frame and will hold the center console storage box. Almost ready for fiberglassing.
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Post by drdx » Friday, 18 December 2009, 7:51 AM

What kind of fiberglass are you using? I saw a new product on that "2 guys garage" on speed that is some kind of fiberglass deal that is supposedly a lot neater and easier to use. I've never done any fiberglass work but hope to some day, maybe on my next mobile project.

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Post by Shaft » Friday, 18 December 2009, 10:21 AM

I just used a can of Bondo all purpose fiberglass resin. The mat I used was a fleece throw blanket I bought at walmart for $4. When it's for cosmetic purposes, cotton fleece is a whole lot cheaper than glass mat. Plus, glass mat won't stretch to give you the curves you want. Cotton fleece, grille clothe, even panty hose are all good to use to get those curves. If you need strength, then reinforce that with glass mat.

I just finished putting on the resin. Now to wait a few hours for it to dry. When I go to finish it out I'll be using Bondo body filler that has fiberglass pieces in it.
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Post by WESTGATE » Friday, 18 December 2009, 10:45 AM

hey Shaft....where u at here in TX?im over here around Brownsville
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Post by Shaft » Friday, 18 December 2009, 11:44 AM

I live in the Houston area.
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Post by Bulldog777 » Saturday, 19 December 2009, 6:44 AM

Shaft I enjoyed reading your journal and neat saw blade idea!

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Post by Shaft » Sunday, 20 December 2009, 13:50 PM

I put on another layer of resin and fiberglass mat today. Tomorrow I'll work on sanding and body filler, and then hopefully prime it for painting.
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Post by Shaft » Thursday, 24 December 2009, 20:29 PM

Here are the pics of the complete box. I had a great drive going to Ft. Worth from Houston today. Got to do a little bit of cruising without my wife and really turned it up.

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Storage box was set inside the speaker enclosure and covered in fleece.

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Another picture of the fleece before applying the fiberglass resin.

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After the first coat of resin. Later, fiberglass mat, Bondo, more resin were applied. After that lots of sanding to give it a smooth surface.

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The center seat frame was cut and modified to allow mounting of the box. The subwoofer is a JL Audio 10W0-4.

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The factory cup holders were removed from the seat frame and screwed into the box. A special tray was made to hold a 52 oz. Bubba Keg.

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I didn't like how the paint turned out. I was a lot lighter than the color on the cap. I will probably go back and cover it either with carpet or seat material.
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Post by 'Doc » Thursday, 24 December 2009, 20:49 PM

What are you doing next Tuesday? I got this 'seat-desk' box thingy that could be nicer and was just wondering...
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Post by Shaft » Thursday, 24 December 2009, 20:54 PM

'Doc wrote:What are you doing next Tuesday? I got this 'seat-desk' box thingy that could be nicer and was just wondering...
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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by Sporty Mike » Thursday, 24 December 2009, 21:53 PM

Dang Shaft, I hope you don't drink coffee 52oz's ata time!!!! :biggrin:

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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by Shaft » Thursday, 24 December 2009, 22:25 PM

Sporty Mike wrote:Dang Shaft, I hope you don't drink coffee 52oz's ata time!!!! :biggrin:

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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by Sporty Mike » Friday, 25 December 2009, 14:05 PM

Well, that's good to know, at least we know your kidneys are safe!! :biggrin: :biggrin:


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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by Shaft » Sunday, 05 September 2010, 0:40 AM

I didn't want to start a new journal thread, so I figured I'd just continue this one. Plus I think "Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover" has a good ring to it.

Some things have changed with my truck, and some haven't. I upgraded the woofer to a JL 10W3 after destroying that 10 year old 10W0. The Cobra 29 with the RFX-75 is still the radio I'm running. The General Lee is still sitting at the house not working. I really need to send it to RA. I also bought a new audio head unit for the truck. It's a Kenwood KIV-BT900. There is no CD or cassette player in this unit. The only source for audio is the AM/FM tuner or iPod. Can't wait to get it installed.

In other news, after 10 years of faithful service, Mrs. Shaft lost her job on Tuesday. And since she's always been the primary bread winner, that definitely puts me in a bind. But she did get a nice severance package and I have a few leads on some preaching jobs. So if all goes well I will be able to transition jobs by the end of the year, and she can stay home with the baby now.
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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by PRO151 » Sunday, 05 September 2010, 3:55 AM

Bummer Shaft. hope everything works out for you and your Wife.
Years of faithful and loyal service will get you no where in this day and age.

It kills me when I hear our upper level management complaining about the lack of employee loyalty in out meetings.
The last meeting I was in that this subject was brought up, I couldn't hold my tongue any longer and pointed out that when I entered the work force in 1975, loyalty started at the top and was demonstrated to the employees, who for the most part would return that loyalty.
I actually do still work there, believe it or not. :mrgreen:
The HR director did tell me in his usual round about, semi-diplomatic way to sit down and shut the h3ll up.

I am an old fool who was brought up to be loyal to the hand that feeds you, so I am loyal to the company.
(Do I trust them? No farther than I could throw the entire plant building)

Oh yeah, like the truck!
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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by DixieEcho82 » Thursday, 11 November 2010, 19:07 PM

That cat Shaft's install is a bad @#%^&&& SHUT YOUR MOUTH. Im just talkin' bout' the install. LOL

Very nice and can't wait to see all of it. :cheers: :biggrin:

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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by murdoc » Friday, 12 November 2010, 6:29 AM

Shaft, W7's are on sale now at all authorized dealers!!! I have 2 12 W7's and 2 slash V2 1000/1 amps to go into a van I just aquired... I'll do a pair of C5-653 3 ways in the front doors/pillars and possibly a pair of ZR-800CW mid-bass drivers down wayyy low in the door panels, run them through a HD-600/4 I have here and maybe add a pair of C5 650 components in the back for rear fill... Alpine 9887 is the deck with all the attachments, HD,Sirius,Bluetooth,Changer.... Finish it off with a few rounds of monitoring via my KTX-100EQ Imprint module and I'm on my way to S.Q. heaven... I forgot about the 100% gutting of the entire interior down to bare shell and complete lining with dynamat extreme/dynaliner... I should post pics of my 2009 Peterbilt daycab tractor, that got the same treatment, 100% dynamat extreme/dynaliner and an all JL/Alpine setup including a single 8W7 in a custom sealed enclosure I had built to my spec by Fatbox USA, 1" MDF all around with a super heavy 1" interior brace and interior box volume at .875C.F. as per JL... I do all my own install work as well and in my opinion it is the MOST important part of the entire system and often times, at least in my installs, the materials alone cost nearly as much as the components to be installed... Good example, just to power the 2 slash V2 1000/1's they draw approx 100 amps each at full tilt and I'm running two of them as well as at least 1 HD-600/4 among other things, so now were looking at dual alts, 2 XS Power group 31's miles of 1/0 gauge cable, right there alone, $2000 buck and not a single component has even entered the equation yet!!! I am often told that I should do extreme custom install/fabrication work doing high end audio, my reply- I'd never have any business, they can't afford me!!!

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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by Shaft » Saturday, 20 November 2010, 16:05 PM

murdoc wrote:Shaft, W7's are on sale now at all authorized dealers!!!


JL is always on sale for me; I used to be a dealer. :)
W7 won't work good in this truck unless I was to totally redesign the enclosure. Plus, I would most likely use a W6 over a W7. Today I replaced the 10W3-D4v2 with a 10W3-4v3 (which I bought at cost). Thought the voice coil was damaged on the old one, but turns out the surround came unglued to the cone. I'm going to repair it and then either use it in another project or sell it.
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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by liquidh8 » Sunday, 31 July 2011, 17:10 PM

Nice build. Loving the progress!
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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by Shaft » Thursday, 10 January 2013, 17:57 PM

Just completed the upgrade on the electrical system in my truck.

Amptech 200 amp alternator.
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Amptech heavy duty external regulator.
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The complete system.
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Power Pulse battery manager.
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Re: Shaft's Extreme Truck Makeover

Post by 420Snowman » Friday, 11 January 2013, 5:05 AM

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