Featured Build: Nate TDH's Kia Optima
nathan "Team deadly hertz" litko's 2019 KIa optima lx
This is Nate's second build with Second Skin products. This 2019 Kia Optima LX is optimized for Sound Quality. Let's start with the electrical - Nate went with a Brand X 300a alternator for his system. The thump from the trunk is provided by (2) SSA Icon 12's powered by a DC Audio 3500 AMP. And then up front he has a B2 Audio front and rear stage powered by a DC Audio 90.4 amplifier. After this off-season rebuild, Nate's ready to get back on the trail and see how well his newest build will perform in the lanes. No matter what, Nate can be found having a great time with his fellow team mates of Team Droppin' Hertz!!!
You can follow his build and adventures on his Facebook page Nathan TDH Litko
2019 KIA Optima LX - Nathan's fresh new build!!!
Bass heads seem to always start the build in the trunk. It's super important to stop the vibration from the subs.
The trunk lid is another source of rattles when adding bass to the trunk. It's just about 5 sq ft of Damplifier Pro for this area.
After adding 20 sqft of Damplifier Pro to the floor area, the trunk walls are next. Nate also used some OverKill on top of the trunk liner.
Good coverage of these trunk walls. Took about 8 sq ft of Damplifier Pro.
Stop those rear deck rattles with 2 sq ft of Damplifier Pro.
After finishing the trunk, Nate went on to the top side of the rear deck to add another 3 sq ft of Damplifier Pro. Doubling up is a good strategy as you increase the power!
6 sqft of Damplifier Pro used under the back seat
When adding high quality B2 Audio speakers to your doors, make sure to get them door skins strong and deadened for peak performance.
The driver door is next up for that Second Skin treatment on the outer door skin. Each door is about 7 sq ft of area to cover.
After skinning the Kia Optima with around 90 sq ft of Damplifier Pro, it's time to get this system powered on. Let the good times roll Nathan!!!
More Kia Sound Deadening Projects
Type of Project: Van Soundproofing Floor, Ceiling, & Doors
Products Used: 130 Sq Ft of Damplifier Pro Deadener (Floor/Doors/Ceiling)
65 Sq Ft of Luxury Liner Pro Sound Barrier Material (Floor/Cargo Wheel Wells)
42 Sq Ft of Heat Wave Pro Thermal Insulation (Ceiling)
32 Sq Ft of OverKill Pro Closed Cell Foam (Doors/Sliders)
Accessories: Spray Adhesive (4 cans), Wooden Roller
Type of Project: Wheel Wells & Trunk
Products Used: 50 Sq Ft of Spectrum Liquid Deadener (Wheel Wells/Trunk)(3 layers)
22 Sq Ft of Luxury Liner Pro Mass Loaded Vinyl (Trunk)
8 Sq Ft of Mega Zorbe Melamine Foam (Trunk Lid)
Accessories: Dual Lock (2 feet), Spray Gun+Bottle
Type of Project: Floor & Doors
Products Used: 60 Sq Ft of Damplifier Pro Sound Deadener (Floor/Doors)
40 Sq Ft of Luxury Liner Pro Sound Barrier Material (Floor)
22 Sq Ft of Mega Zorbe Hydrophobic Melamine Foam (Doors)
Accessories: Spray Adhesive (1 can), Wooden Roller
Type of Project: Floor, Trunk, & Doors
Products Used: 95 Sq Ft of Damplifier Pro Deadener (Floor/Doors/Trunk)
64 Sq Ft of Luxury Liner Pro Sound Barrier Material (Floor/Trunk)
28 Sq Ft of Mega Zorbe Melamine Foam (Doors)
Accessories: Spray Adhesive (2 cans), Wooden Roller
Featured Build: Kia Spectra
Stevie's 2002 KIA SPECTRA BUILD
Stevie S has been a long time Second Skin customer. He's also won a few giveaways over the years on the SMD Forum! His 2002 Kia build showcases about 25 sq ft of our old silver Damplifier Pro sheets in the trunk, around 40 sq ft of our black Damplifier Pro on the floor (plus Luxury Liner Pro MLV). Lastly, about 24 sq ft of Damplifier Pro in the doors. The latest project was 8 sq ft of Mega Block heat shield on his hood!!
2002 Kia Spectra ready for the hood install.
2002 Kia Spectra hood before the install.
Stevie did some very nice work with the Mega Block, rolling it on firm and tight and then following up with a nice protective barrier of foil tape around the edges.
40 sqft of Damplifier Pro on the front and rear floor applied with wooden roller.
Installed properly with cut outs for the proper areas and the carpet will go right back in as if nothing was changed. Great looking install.
One layer of our old silver Damplifier Pro, about 6 sqft on the trunk lid.
A few years later, Stevie threw on 6 sqft of the new black on black Damplifier Pro that he won in giveaway on the SMD forum.