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2009 Suzuki Equator Buildup - Project Street Shark

Part III: Audio Explosion

John Mata Jr.
Aug 1, 2009
Photographers: Brandan Gillogly
Photo 2/17   |   2009 Suzuki Equator Buildup north Face Graphix Rendering
You've followed our project Suzuki Equator as it has lost a few inches off of its stance and received a hearty helping of rolling attire in the way of Giovanna's DBL-G wheels and Nitto tires. We've brought you inside the paint booth as L&G Enterprises, in San Dimas, California, shaved up the tailgate handle, installed a Street Scene prototype speed grille, and applied a few coats of fresh Summit Racing paint and graphics to the Suzuki's skin.
The next venture in our series of upgrades for the Equator is the sound system-- something that is a must for any show truck worthy of praise and attention. Show season is here and getting noticed is as simple as having crystal clear audio signals pouring out of your truck's cab. We selected Polk Audio speakers, subs, and amps and a Sony Xplod in-dash DVD receiver to fill our project Equator's cab due to their great reputation amongst audiophiles, and we learned firsthand what all the fuss was about. Polk's Signature Reference (SR) line is simply amazing and can make your truck sound like it's on some kind of audio steroid. Yeah, it sounds that amazing, and there are no tricks or gimmicks, just high-fidelity craftsmanship.
We turned to Audio Innovations, in Glendora, California, to custom fab a sub enclosure that would take up residence in the extended cab and house as many audio components as possible. Watch as Joe and Bradley Provenzano and Anthony Asencio, audio aficionados from Audio Innovations, create a window-busting, sound tsunami for our project Street Shark. Give Audio Innovations a call if your truck needs a shot in the audio arm.
Photo 17/17   |   2009 Suzuki Equator Buildup finished Enclosure
From The Driver's Seat
There are really no downfalls to upgrading your sound system. Well, given that all the components are wired and connected correctly-- blown amps and speakers, or drained batteries would certainly qualify as legitimate buzz kills. Quality components also have everything to do with a positive audio experience, so our Suzuki was given the royal treatment with excellent products from Polk Audio and Sony and expert installation from the crew at Audio Innovations.
It's nice to stare at the amazing enclosure, but once the Sony Xplod head unit cycles on, the excitement really begins. The rear- view mirror rattling, the vibrating seats providing a chiropractic-strength massage, and the constant eardrum ringing even after hours of being out of the Equator's cab-- ah, there's nothing like a truly banging audio system. The Polk Audio high, mid, and low frequencies balance each other out and sound awesome, which is honestly an understatement. Sony's touch screen, picture equalizer makes it easy to adjust the settings for different types of music, and we here at Truckin' have a very eclectic palette for tunes, so we have put the entire audio system through the paces. For some strange reason, we can't get feature editor, Brandan Gillogly's Jonas Brothers CD to sound right--there must be an internal anti-teenybopper filter that we don't know about. Bonus!
Your Questions Answered
Time Spent Working: 5 Hours
(not including time spent during the enclosure fabrication)
Degree Of Difficulty: Intermediate
(previous wiring experience is a plus)
Tools Needed:
Metric and standard socket set, cordless drill, phillips and flathead screwdrivers, heat gun, panel-removing tools, wire strippers.
Parts Used:
(3) Polk Audio SR124DVC 12-inch subwoofers: $399.95 (each)
(2) Polk Audio PA250.2 2/1-channel amplifiers: $229.95 (each)
(2) Polk Audio SR6500 6 1/2-inch component set: $799.95 (each)
Polk Audio PA1200.1 mono block amplifier: $599.95
Sony Xplod XAV-C1 7-inch in-dash DVD head unit: $999.00
Total: $4,858.60
(Prices takes taken from and and do not include tax, shipping, or installation costs)


Audio Innovations
Glendora, CA 91740
L&G Enterprises
San Dimas, CA 91773
Polk Audio
Baltimore, MD 21215
Sony Xplod
Kansas City, MO 64153


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