Photo 2/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 1 | Here is a small sampling of what went into this audio install: Two Orion HCCA 15-inch subs installed into a custom blow-through going from the bed to the cab, two Orion HCCA 5000 monoblock amps set into a custom box under the rear seats, a total of 12 Orion XTW250FD 1 1/4-inch 320W MAX XTR tweeters will join eight Orion 6 1/2-inch door speakers, boosted by an AudioControl DM 810 DSP Processor, powered by six Reikken Batteries.
Photo 3/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 2 | Our ’16 RAM was being transformed for SEMA, so by the time this photographer caught up with the build at Rezurxn the seats, carpet, door panels, and headliner had been stripped out. They had laid down a layer of FatMat Rattle Trap sound deadener, too. The pros at Rezurxn painstakingly laid it down so the graphic matched from seam to seam.
Photo 4/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 3 | A blow-through speaker box built by Rezurxn starts in the bed and comes through into the back of the cab. To do that, they stripped the covering on the rear wall of the cab and relocated some electronics. The factory door lock module directly in the middle would only need to be flipped on its two-bolt bracket, and they measured our box and cut the cab and bed.
Photo 5/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 4 | This box was custom made in-house at Rezurxn to hold the two Orion 15-inch subs. It is built in two pieces with the box itself amplifying the sound, like any sub box does. The step-down that our installer Jesse is holding will poke through to the cab. An accordion boot seal will bridge the area between the cab and bed, and the box will rest on top.
Photo 6/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 5 | Our custom Ram’s tonneau cover had to remove before cutting into the bed. Jesse will lay the box in the bed and trace it to get the blow-through dimensions.
Photo 7/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 6 | The box itself was measured against the back of the cab to trace a template out, which was roughly 1-inch taller than the box to accommodate the accordion boot seal.
Photo 8/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 7 | Jesse quickly cut out the bed using an air saw and used the cut out portion of the bed to transfer the cut line to the inside of the cab.
Photo 9/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 8 | Inside the cab, the cutting went just as quickly with the air saw. With two gaping holes in the truck, there was no turning back now! Our Ram was going to get its blow-through box soon!
Photo 10/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 9 | The edges of the inside and the outside of both cuts were sanded smooth to accept the accordion boot seal for the box to rest on. The small D-shaped hole on the lower right had a plastic grommet before that Jesse will cut to fit and reinstall.
Photo 11/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 10 | Here, the accordion boot seal is installed. The 3-inch-wide flexible rubber seal not only protects the box but also keep the elements out of the cab. It was first test fit and cut to size. They laid down a quick layer of spray adhesive to keep it locked in place, so it won’t slide out when the sub box is installed.
Photo 12/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 11 | They removed the panels to prepare to cut the door panels, install the Orion tweeters and 6 1/2-inch speakers, remove the window regulator and frame, and line the door itself with more Rattle Trap insulator.
Photo 13/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 12 | Both of the front door panels are ready to be altered for the speaker array. The wood frame was cut from a piece of MDF and is solid all the way around. As you can see, the speaker array will take up most of the door panel.
Photo 14/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 13 | Our door panel is coming along. The speaker mounting rings were cut out from MDF, too, and mounted inside the framework. These Orion 6.5s kick out 1400 watts apiece and must be solidly mounted.
Photo 15/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 14 | The rear door panels were done a bit differently due to the layout behind the panel. They first made a template of cardboard (above) and cut it from MDF (below). The speakers would be mounted directly to them.
Photo 16/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 15 | The wood frames received a metal mesh screen that will later be engraved with the Orion logo. All four panels got the same treatment with this custom metal strip.
Photo 17/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 16 | Here is the final product. Our door panels were sprayed textured black, the Orion 6.5s and tweeters were mounted in their custom frames with a vinyl backing. The panel itself will be backlit with a blue LED strip that matches the exterior paint.
Photo 18/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 17 | A total of 12 tweeters were used: eight in the doors alone and the other four spread all over the cab in the factory locations. This one was placed in the upper left driver’s side of the dash.
Photo 19/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 18 | With the doors all cut and wired our installer Jesse moved to the Orion HCCA amps. A custom box was built to house the two amps, and their wiring, keeping everything nice and clean. The whole thing would fit neatly under the rear seats.
Photo 20/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 19 | The finished amp box matches all the other custom work on the doors and in the bed. Sprayed textured black with lights, it looks amazing. When the rear seats are in use, only the rectangular lighted area will be seen peeking out right in the middle.
Photo 21/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 20 | Back in the bed, our box was mocked up into place, but not installed, so our battery rack could be mocked up as well. Six Reikken batteries would be lined up side to side to give this system the power it so desperately needs. A MDF box was built and texture coated just like the sub box. A seventh Reikken battery went into the stock location in the engine bay.
Photo 22/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 21 | All of the dress up pieces custom made for the doors, including the amp box and sub box, were made in-house at Rezurxn. This Orion logo destined for the back of the sub box was made in-house, too.
Photo 23/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 22 | Both the sub box and the battery box were installed into their final locations with all their dress up pieces. They were wired for both power and lights. These custom touches really set off the bed itself, and separate a good shop from a truly creative one. It’s these touches that will help our truck owner win awards at shows and get noticed at SEMA.
Photo 24/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 23 | With everything properly wired with Lanzar Pro cables and the power flowing correctly, Jesse had to adjust the levels in all the speakers using the AudioControl DM 810 DSP Processor, mounted under the passenger seat for easy access, and his trusty shop laptop connected with a USB cable.
Photo 25/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 24 | With all of our speakers and batteries in place, the Rezurxn team moved to engine. A heavy-duty alternator from Ohio Generator will help power this complicated system. At 12 volts, 300 amps, and more than 4,800 watts, it should be stout enough to keep up with the power demands of our Ram.
Photo 26/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 25 | This SPOD unit will be installed in the engine bay, tucked up on the firewall, and control the existing LED lightbars and pods around the exterior. It also controls the interior LEDs on the door panels and all the LEDs on both the blow-through and battery boxes.
Photo 27/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 26 | With the audio all buttoned up, they reinstalled the interior carpet and headliner. With every other inch of this rig completely custom, the interior wouldn’t be complete without these custom skinned seats! The custom seats were installed by Ridin Dirty Upholstery out of Hawthorn, California.
Photo 28/28 | 2015 Ram 1500 Wired For Sound 27 | Our ’15 RAM was ready to hit the streets with its new booming sound system, courtesy of Rezurxn Speed and Marine. Its Orion-based sound system is now integrated into the interior with custom lighting and dress up pieces, as well as a six-pack of Reikken batteries and an Ohio Generator heavy-duty alternator to power it all! It’ll make a splash at SEMA 2017 for sure!