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Happy Holidays!

SMD Holiday Newsletter - December 2009

To all SMD Members:

This newsletter will be a little different and it covers both November and December. Quite honestly, SMD has grown so quickly that it has been next to impossible to keep up with it. Time to change it up a little bit this month. Our Holiday Newsletter is chocked full of all kinds of the latest and greatest from SMD Partners. If your better half is asking what to get you for Christmas, then maybe you'll find it here - Enjoy!

October System of the Month (SOTM) Winner - thorshammer

Q-LogicAs usual, I'd like to first thank the SOTM sponsors. A BIG THANKS goes out to Q-Logic and Rockford Fosgate, our first ever co-sponsor of SOTM. They didn't mess around either - thorshammer was awarded a complete Prime / QL bass package consisting of:

(2) 12" 4 ohm Rockford Fosgate Prime Subwoofers
(1) Rockford Fosgate Prime 500 watt RMS mono amplifier
Rockford FosgateAND the winner's choice of a Q-Logic hatchback sub box or pair of Q-Logic truck sub boxes

Here's a quote from thorshammer, "I just want to say a huge thanks to SMD and this great site! Big Thanks to all who voted for me and have followed my build. Big thanks to Rusty [of DC Audio] for building an amazing sub and Stetsom for a powerhouse amp. This has taken the better part of 3 years and lots of hours to accomplish. Hopefully, I will accomplish my goal of becoming the loudest Trunk in dB Drag in North America and bassrace a 150+ with a pair of Tens! To all the trunkers' out there, don't abandon your ride. Sure, it's easier getting loud in a SUV, CRX, or hatchback; but, it's way more rewarding to do it out of a trunk! See everyone in the lanes!"

He intends to put it in his wife's Pontiac Grand Am, so you know Santa's gonna' be good to him this month! Pics don't do this system justice, so CLICK HERE to see a vid on thorshammer's You Tube page of some MASSIVE EXCURSION for a TEN! If you wanna' check out the whole thread in regards to this system, then CLICK HERE.

November SOTM Winner - may03LT

Q-Logic and Rockford Fosgate stepped up once again as co-sponsors of SOTM for the month of November. Now, how cool is that? This month they stepped up their game a bit and put up a complete Punch / QL bass package consisting of:

(2) 12" Dual 4 ohm Rockford Fosgate Punch P2 Subwoofers
(1) Rockford Fosgate Punch 500-1bd mono amplifier with the matching PEQ controller
AND the winner's choice of a Q-Logic hatchback sub box or pair of Q-Logic truck sub boxes

Here's what may03LT had to say in regards, "It's an honor to have Scratchy Black voted SOTM by the members of SMD. I was bummed out when I ran into an equipment problem halfway through the '09 db Drag season, and I put this build together to keep me active in the sport. I'm so glad that I did! I couldn't have done this alone, so big thanks to thorshammer for the nomination, pstone11 for the killer box design, ptcary, mbdblue, and jextel for their help & inspiration to build the door pods, and Team Deadly Hertz. Last but not least, thanks to Steve and the entire SMD community for making SMD the best audio enthusiasts' site on the 'net!"

Here are some pics of this build - checkit:

second skinDC PowerQ-LogicSundown AudioXS POWERDARVEXRockford FosgateMobile Solutions

If you didn't see may03LT's complete build then CLICK HERE and check out all the hard work and effort he put into it!

SMD Partner Product Highlights

Yeah, it's that time of the year again. Time to make your Christmas Lists! So, following are some of the newest and coolest offerings from SMD Partners. You know you want some of this stuff under your tree or sticking out of your stocking!

XS Power 556 I-BAR Terminal Kit

I-BAR stand for Integrated Battery Amperage Rail. This product allows the easy addition of an additional terminal mounting location and is compatible with any XS Power battery, or any battery featuring an M6 Style button terminal.

  • Lead-Alloy construction for high current flow
  • Rugged hard plastic coating to protect against short circuits
  • (2) positive and (2) negative brass post adapters included
  • All installation hardware included
  • Can be used on any XS Power battery or any battery featuring an MS Style button terminal
  • Helps to evenly and cleanly distribute power to the vehicle and to the stereo system
  • Helps reduce voltage loss by spreading the load and lowering the connective resistance at the battery post
  • $24.95 pair

Now, what if you need one of their KILLER batteries to go with these? Well, you're in luck because XS Power is offering a GROUP BUY to SMD Members on their batteries until January 5th. CLICK HERE to learn all about it!

Second Skin Damplifier - Black Foil Backing

Damplifier now has a Black Foil backing, so you get the same great performance and a really cool new look. The black foil is slightly thicker than the previous version, from 4 mils to 4.5 mils, which provides improved damping over the silver backed foil.

black damplifier 1 black damplifier 2

Pricing from Second Skin's Web Site

1 sheet (2 square feet) - $7.51 each
10 square feet - $29.98
20 square feet - $55.98
40 square feet - $98.98
80 square feet - $193.98
160 square feet - $359.98

This stuff looks sweet doesn't it! Thanks to may03LT for the great pics.
CLICK HERE to order some up!

CLICK HERE to check out my impressions of Damplifier in my Tahoe - let's just say I believe in it!

Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems

This is a MUST HAVE for every SMD Member. For starters, it was written by SMD Member snafu (Tony Candela) - someone that has supported me since DAY ONE! The material in this book is stuff we all need to know and practice and he does an excellent job explaining it so that it's easy to understand.

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In addition to everything you wanted to know about wiring, connections, switches, relays, and troubleshooting, there's a complete chapter on how to use the tools of the trade, including 15 PLUS pages on volt meters!

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ALL NEW 2007 - 2010 Toyota Tundra Kick Panels from Q-Logic

2007 - 2010 Toyota Tundra Kick Panels
  • Part Number: QL-K4008C01
  • Colors Available: Black Only
  • Accommodates 6.5" Component Speakers
  • Easy fitment for tweeters up to 2" in diameter
  • Includes mounting fasteners, hardware, PolyFil, and step by step instructions
  • MSRP - $199.95 pair

Now, you should all know by know, SMD Members get 25% off at QL - just click on any of the QL banners or call Billy directly at (800) 762-0351 ext. 1 for the hook up!

Sundown SA-8 8" Subwoofer

If you didn't already know, Jacob posted a Pre-Sale opportunity on this woofer in the forum in October. I just got some high-rez' pics of this baby . . . I'll let them do the talking, but this is gonna' be one bad 8 inch for sure!

SA-8 Top View
SA-8 Side View SA-8 Motor
  • Dual 2 and Dual 4 ohm available
  • 400 watts RMS power handling
  • 5.25" Mounting Depth
  • 0.6 - 1.0 cube ported enclosure
  • Order 1 = $119.00 each*
  • Order 2 = $109.00 each*
  • Order 4 or more = $99.00 each*

*this price includes shipping in the lower 48

CLICK HERE to access the Pre-Sale thread and full specifications. According to Jacob, the latest ETA is mid to late February.

Mobile Solutions Tool Kit

We all need great tools, and Mobile Solutions has 'em! This month, they've put together a special measuring tool kit consisting of four of their most popular measuring tools at a huge discount! This special is good for the month of December!

AccuScribe Pro Profile Wheel

The Mobile Solutions Measuring Kit includes the following:

  • (1) AccuScribe Pro - this tool makes it super easy to scribe a line parallel to any surface (pictured at the far left)
  • (1) Profile Wheel - this one of a kind tool is designed to overcome difficulties in copying profiles (pictured at the immediate left)
  • (1) Point-to-Point - this tool makes marking equally spaced multiple points a snap (like screw holes on a panel of a sub box)
  • (1) Pro Tape Measure - the coolest tape measure I know of!

Normally, these four tools will set you back $109.96. For the month of December, you can get the whole kit for $76.96! Now, you gotta' call them at (888) 480-5959 to get the deal, tell 'em I sent you. CLICK HERE for more information.

SMD Partner Update

I would like to announce our newest SMD Partner -! has been in the "Friends of SMD" section for over a year now and Bruno has been actively involved in the SMD community ever since. I'm really excited that will continue to fill this niche with SMD.

CLICK HERE to watch the You Tube vid I did installing them in my wife's Ford F150.
CLICK HERE to download an install guide of a complete Hi/Low beam kit (called a Bi-Xenon kit), so that you can see how easy they are to install. has a special going on right now for SMD Members - How's 20% off sound? CLICK HERE to learn all about it. Please join me in welcoming as our newest SMD Partner.

SMD Web Community

Don't forget that I'm active all over the web - the following buttons will take you DIRECTLY to each part of the SMD Web Community. Be sure and check it all out . . . and join my network!

SMD on You TubeSMD on myspaceSMD on facebookSMD on twitterSMD on CarDomain

In closing, I'd like to wish you each a great holiday season! And, I'd like to thank all the SMD Partners that put together some DEALS for SMD Members on cool stuff - thanks guys! Thanks for being a member of SMD!

Steve Meade

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PS – PLEASE forward this to your friends as my personal invitation for them to become a member of SMD!