Next-Level Au­dio In­stal­la­tion

Build­ing an amp rack for show points and big bass


here was a time when build­ing out your truck’s au­dio sys­tem meant adding some qual­ity au­dio com­po­nents and call­ing it a day. But now that’s just the tip of the ice­berg for show trucks—and lots of daily driv­ers. Many truck own­ers and builders are tak­ing sev­eral ex­tra steps to en­sure their truck stands out in a crowd, not only with big bass, but with the pre­sen­ta­tion as well.

Re­cently, we were out at Au­di­o­tis­tics in Vic­torville, Cal­i­for­nia, and were in­trigued by all the high-cal­iber builds hap­pen­ing. One such ve­hi­cle was a Ram that al­ready had some 12-volt up­grades com­pleted by the shop but was back for a full au­dio re­build.

The head unit was pretty easy; Tim Wep­precht and the crew up­dated the dou­ble-DIN hole with a new Ken­wood eXcelon unit. The com­po­nent speak­ers (mids and highs) were al­ready re­placed in the last go-round. The big change tak­ing place when we dis­cov­ered the truck was the fin­ish­ing stages of a gi­ant “blowthrough” box that was pretty much bul­let­proof even be­fore the spray-on bed­liner treat­ment and which took up about half the bed. Housed in the be­he­moth box are four 12-inch sub­woofers from Shok In­dus­tries.

The last as­pect of the build—and the one we were in­ter­ested in fol­low­ing—was the amp rack, which would be lo­cated un­der the rear seat. As is the case with many crew cab trucks, the seat­backs are mounted di­rectly to the cab wall, while the seat bot­toms flip right up. So while the sub box open­ing would be hid­den, the area where the amps would be mounted is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. This is the area Au­di­o­tis­tics would take to the next level.

Amp racks take on many shapes and sizes, de­pend­ing on where they are mounted. While this one would be pretty flat and straight­for­ward, that didn’t stop Tim and the crew from adding all kinds of tricks and de­tails. Fol­low along to see what it takes and let them know if you’re look­ing for some­thing sim­i­lar in your truck.

1. Au­di­o­tis­tics is lo­cated in Vic­torville, Cal­i­for­nia, just a hop, skip, and two jumps from Truckin head­quar­ters. We ar­rived at one of the nicest show­rooms we’ve seen and knocked out the in­stall and amp rack build in a cou­ple of days.

2. Some of the high-end com­po­nents we’re us­ing in­clude the Ken­wood DDX 6903S with Ap­ple CarPlay in-dash touch­screen along with four 12-inch Shok In­dus­tries sub­woofers and a Full Throt­tle FT-1100 bat­tery.

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