I’m on a quest to totally upgrade the audio system in my ’10 GMC. Since I’ll be using the truck as a workhorse to travel to shows, I decided to make my time on the road more enjoyable. A good sound system will make long distance trips a breeze. To help me get a handle on the job, I turned to some professionals.
The guys at Street Beats Audio in Wichita, Kansas have a long history of top-notch stereo installations and even higher quality audio gear. Street Beats is Wichita’s only Signature JL Audio dealer and an Alpine Flagship Installer.
A few conversations with Street Beats owner Sean Puckett and a new system layout was created. We decided that the shop would install a setup typical of something you would purchase if you stopped by most audio installation shops looking for something to take your system to the next level. Street Beats replaced the boring single-CD factory head unit with a popular Alpine X008U navigational head unit, two sets of JL Audio C2 speakers powered by JL’s XD 700.5 five-channel amp and a Stealth Box that houses two 12 W3 shallow-mount subs. A Viper Smart Start alarm that is smart phone capable protects the truck and its newly installed gear. If you’re like me and constantly secondguess whether or not you’ve actually armed your vehicle, this alarm is for you. It uses an app to allow you to check the status of your vehicle anywhere.
It didn’t take long for Street Beats to bring my truck into its shop so the process could begin. To my surprise, the staff went the extra mile and brought in a couple of extra goodies. Two sets of JL Audio interconnect RCA cables and a Stinger Pro 4-gauge wire were installed to supply the audio signal and power to the amp cleanly. As you will see in the following installation, it’s possible to remove the factory GM premium stereo system and add several upgraded components to experience much better sound from the stereo.
Street Beats Audio
JL Audio, Inc.
- Alpine X008U navigational head unit
- Alpine KTX-GM8W-0 Prefect Fit installation kit
- JL Audio C2 650X coaxials
- JL Audio C2 650 two-way components
- JL Audio XD700/5v2 amp
- JL Audio 12w3 preloaded Stealth Box
- JL Audio XDCLRAIC2- 18, XD-CLRAIC4-18 RCA wires
- Stinger 4000 series wire kit
- Axxess GMOS-LAN- 012 OnStar harness
- Axxess ASWC-1 universal steering wheel control
- PAC TR-7 universal trigger output module
- VIPER VSS5000 Smart Start alarm
DISASSEMBLY AND INSTALLATION
OUT ON THE ROAD