Damn, sorry to hear about the SSV enclosure being shit. I was leaning that way with my future build as well, since the JL Stealthbox seems so...name brandy priced. But I guess you get better quality control with the price.
#1, don't worry about damaging the speakers if you have more watts on the amp than what the speakers are designed to handle. That's the role of the gain control on the amp. It's not a volume control either, it controls how much signal comes into the amp from the head unit. You're not going to...
Great write up, but question, how did you cut through the cord? Isnt it outside and on top? What would you do differently next time?
In terms of overloading the speaker...if you had a beefier 6.5 that handled more wattage do you think that would work versus having to split off to a 2.75 driver?
So let's assume we're replacing the two stock 8 ohm speakers with two 4 ohm speakers.
Option 1 (parallel) = 2 ohm load
Option 2 (series) = 8 ohm load
Do we know if the stock alpine amp can run those channels at 2ohm?
Also, by replacing the two speakers in the soundbar with a coaxial, I...
Wow, it sounds like you bridged the stock amp and sent more power to the 6.5s. First person I heard of doing that! Does it really make that much of a differenc? Also, do you have significant midbass from the soundbar now?
I considered doing that install location as well, until I realized that if caught in a downpour, with the top down, that area will get soaked and could potentially result in leakage. On another forum, some guy had that exact scenario happen, so now I'm investingating where under the steering...