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Just got a new car audio grade battery. A Kinetik HC1800. Unfortunatly the Kinetiks are too tall for the cover that goes over the battery so a custom cool are intake has to be made which we are in the process of doing right now. Ill get some pics up for you soon. :D
 

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what is the difference between an "audio grade" battery and a standard "starting and lighting" battery? Just curious.
 

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what is the difference between an "audio grade" battery and a standard "starting and lighting" battery? Just curious.
Usually a larger reserve capacity to keep up with the large amp draws on long bass notes.
 

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Yep. Many usually tend to have a higher CCA and CA as well like your typical battery you will buy at an auto part store fir the Caliber will be something like 550-650 CCA, the Kinetik has over 900. For the intake we are working with a guy who builds race cars. It is hard to explain that part so I won't really go into detial in the pictures are taken. Then a plexi cover is being done with some laser engraving and a custom power distrobution block for all audio equipment is being built built where the cover over battery was.
 

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Just a quick update. The intake tube has been finished except for painting it black. The tube is stainless steel and we made custom steel brackets to bolt it down to the transmission. Both the tube and bracket are off to get paintd and we are waiting for the filter to arrive. Once it is done I will post up a picture. Then the battery area will begin followed by a complete rebuild the the front stage, new angles, positioning of all the speakers.
 

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Interesting. :smileup: Looking forward to the pics
 

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Here is a quick few pictures of the work done to the door. All of the older deadener was removed. If you name it we did it. The large holes in the doors were filled with metal cut to size. We went as far as going to all the clips on the metal and going behind them and reinforcing them so they won't rattle. We are estimating these to weigh somewhere around 40lbs more than the stock door does.













The rest of the door will be done today.
 

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Thanks, the driver door is almost done. Today we got the birch speaker baffle attached to the inner of the door (the metal behind the plastic door panel). We are attaching the speaker baffle to the metal instead of the plastic because platic is basically and awful material to attach a speaker baffle to.
 

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The driver door is done. Only thing not pictured is the foam between what you see and the door panel.







And the finished custom intake. Notice to the right the amount of room we gained.
 

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See, building a custom cold air intake gave us tons of room to build a power distro block. The power distro will go just above where the battery is sitting. What you see here is just stuff being fitted for now. More pictures of this will follow.
 

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You dont have a spare battery in the trunk? Im considering tossing a Kinetic up front for my starting battery. Im thinking the HC800. Its almost identical to stock battery size.
 

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Nope, just the 1800 under the hood. It has plenty of power to run the car an stereo. No need for a second.
 

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Nice would the 1800 fit without the mods? Or is it just a tad to tall for the stock air box?
 

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Front Stage re-build

No, it was too tall for the stock airbox which is fine really because I kinda need to show off the battery and it forces me to do more for the stereo under the hood. But the 1200 might fit, the 1400 and 1800 deffenitly won't without either making your own or buying an aftermarket cold air filter.
 
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