Often times, these audio Tech articles are insights into what you can do if you take the time to learn and build, but let’s face it, we rarely have that luxury anymore. We all start out with good intentions wanting to add sounds to our rides, but reality soon sets in. For some, the answer is a second set of speakers in the doors. For others, the front stage loses importance really fast.
So how important is the front stage to you? before you answer that, here’s a quick solution to a more complex installation. Performing this install will not take more than a few hours, so you could finish a complete sound system installation with kick panels before hitting the park on a Sunday afternoon.
This type of installation is an adaptation from some of our upholstery friends.This isn’t anything new, just new to us.
From the stereo installer in me, I have to tell you that the frequency range is not optimal in that the low end response is not where it should be due to the “free air” characteristics of this installation. but then again, hot-rodders have been mounting speakers in this fashion for years.
More and more upholstery shops have been offering their car stereo installation services. While they always look really good, they’re not the kick panels that we have come to know. no fiberglass, just the simple upholsterer’s materials and the patience to shape them. so the curves are less complex and you don’t need hours or days to let things cure. no time needed for body filler and sanding.
For this installation, we’ll be using the factory kick panels and adding to them before wrapping them in matching material. In traditional installation style, we’ll create a solid mounting surface and use the upholsterer’s tricks to shape the rest of the kicks in place of our poly material stretch and fiberglass, effectively cutting out a half-day’s worth of work or more.
So follow along and watch as these kick panels are quickly transformed, making them “quick panels,” for lack of a better term.