A client from Yorkville came to Tip Top Customs in Morris, IL, in search of an upgraded audio system for his 1987 Chevy Corvette. Our company has been specializing in Corvette audio systems since our inception, so we understand the unique challenges in working on his C4 Corvette. Our team looked over the vehicle with the client and listened as he laid out his goals for the upgrades. We offered our suggestions, gained by working on these cars, and came up with a proposal he liked. At that point, we set a time for him to drop off the vehicle.
In this particular vehicle, the goal was to improve the audio system significantly while keeping the modifications to the vehicle at a minimum. Everything done to the vehicle can be reversed should the current or future owner desire, keeping the resale value intact.
Original Bose System
This particular Corvette, like many of the C4 models, had the Bose system in it. If you have ever experienced it, you know that, even when it was new, you couldn’t hear your music if you drove up the road with the targa top removed. Once you factor in age, these Bose systems became a nightmare when trying to keep them operational.
Alpine Radio Replaces Bose Stereo
We started by removing all of the Bose equipment from the vehicle and then installed an Alpine CDE-149BT in dash stereo system. This instantly upgraded him to modern technology, including Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming, a USB port to play digital music files and charge his phone, and a wonderful EQ to fine-tune his music.
When it came time to pick front speakers, we chose the Hertz HSK165 component speaker system. We removed the Bose enclosures from the doors and replaced the wimpy 4” speakers with a 6.5” woofer. To do this, we fabricated a custom composite speaker mounting plate that we bolted into the vehicle using factory locations, so we made zero modifications to the door. At that point, Tip Top Customs installed our Level 3 sound treatment in the doors to lower road noise, quiet any rattles and improve the sound quality of the new audio system.
Custom Tweeter Mounts
Since this vehicle had the Bose system, the factory dash-mounted speaker locations weren’t used. We opened them up and made custom acrylic speaker mounts for the 1” tweeters out of the Hertz component set. When we were finished, both the doors and the dash looked completely stock, which fit with our game plan.
JL Subwoofer For Great Bass
With the front speakers were done, it was time to focus on adding bass and power to the system. We chose the JL Audio ACP108LG-W3v3 subwoofer enclosure for its combination of great output and compact size. It comes with one of their legendary 8” subs in their W3 series in an incredibly well-designed, ported enclosure the size of a briefcase.
Hertz Four Channel Amplifier
When it came time to choose the amplifier for the Corvette, we went back to Hertz and their HCP4D four-channel model. It sends 85 watts per channel to the front speakers and 290 watts to the subwoofer, so hearing the music will never be a problem.
Custom Trim Panel
For a beautiful finishing touch, our installation team fabricated a custom trim panel to go over the enclosure and the amplifier, giving the trunk area a classy, updated look. We added Dynamat Extreme sound-damping material to the cargo area to reduce road noise and rattling, making driving the vehicle more enjoyable.
Client Loved His Corvette Audio Upgrades
Once the install was completed, our team spent time on tuning the system, looking for every last ounce of sound quality. When the client came to pick up his vehicle, he was thrilled with the install. He marveled at the fit and finish and, when we cranked it up for the first time, he knew driving his Corvette was going to be a lot more fun.
Setup Your Corvette Audio Appointment Today!
Do you own a Corvette? Would you like to upgrade the electronics and have a sound system that will make you look forward to going for a cruise? Then contact us HERE at Tip Top Customs. We will schedule a time to get together with you and your vehicle, and will build you a solution designed around your unique needs. We look forward to meeting you.