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Todd Crowder of Benton, AR is a self-proclaimed Camaro fanatic. In the winter of 2009, he placed his order for the 2010 Camaro SS/RS you see here. Built with care a few dozen kilometres from the PAS offices, the Camaro was delivered later that summer. As the owner of TC Audio, Crowder immediately set to work on a plan to build a premium showpiece for his store, and equip it with an audio system that was capable of more than holding its own on the soundoff competition circuit.

During the planning stage of the installation, Crowder made some performance and styling tweaks to the silver bird (aka. Project SS). A 3” Flowmaster American Thunder cat-back exhaust system opened up the big 6.2L and let it breathe. A custom ECU tune upped the efficiency of combustion and released a few more ponies. The car was lowered 1.5-inches with coilovers and a set of purple under-car LEDs were installed to give it that ‘just right’ look in the judging lanes. A few body parts were colour-matched to round out the clean and seamless look.First Light: 2010 Chevy Camaro SS/RS

With the interior completely removed, Crowder set to work laying down a thorough layer of Dynamat Superlite sound deadening – 210 square feet in all. The stock battery was removed in favor of a pair of potent Kinetik KHC1800 power cells, which now reside in the spare tire well to feed the system. 0awg power cable runs the length of the vehicle. All wiring added to the vehicle was protected with Techflex braided sleeving for maximum protection and unified aesthetics. While apart, the factory wiring in locations like the kick panels was rerouted to make way for the custom speaker installation.

Construction of the front stage is critical to achieving sonic clarity and detail. A set of JBL 660GTI components were installed in small painted fibreglass tubs that were molded into new kick panels. The tweeters are angled for maximum imaging and staging characteristics. Moving rearwards, the factory door speaker location is now home to a pair of 5-inch subwoofers mounted in an aperiodic enclosure. This provides damping and control while allowing for good low frequency extension. Translation: they hit hard even when played loud! The factory rear speakers were removed from the rear deck and a set of JBL P662 coaxial speakers were given homes in the rear side panels. While it’s all very custom and required extensive fabrication, the speaker locations are stealthy and integrate well with the vehicle.

The trunk was the focal point of much of the labour for the installation. A pair of vented subwoofer enclosure were fabricated – each with an internal volume of 1.75 cubic feet. The enclosures were built on either side of the trunk and the vents exit behind the rear seat. The woofers themselves fire inwards into the trunk area. In each large enclosure is a JBL w10GTi Mkii subwoofer, and given the volume of the enclosure, we are sure it plays nice and low.

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Between the subwoofers vents on a custom trim panel behind the seats is a JBL MS-8 Processor. This potent little processor takes signals from the factory head unit and massages, filters and time-aligns them before passing them on to a trio of JBL amplifiers. A JBL GTO1004 4-channel powers the First Light: 2010 Chevy Camaro SS/RSfront stage. A 5-channel JBL GTO5255 powers the rear fill speakers and the door woofers. Finally, a GTO14001 drives the pair of 10-inch subwoofers. The battery rack and subwoofers are trimmed in machined and polished aluminum for a detailed look. Painted fibreglass, expertly wrapped vinyl and plexiglass windows round out the meticulous trunk work.

Much of the work in the vehicle is subtle. All hardware was mounted with nutserts or into threaded steel using security fasteners. The OEM trunk harness was completely reworked, as was the rear fuse panel. A fresh-air ventilation system was installed to make long listening sessions comfortable. Touches like these would usually go un-noticed, but attention to these details separate a good installation from a great one.

Crowder has attended several significant sound quality competition events with the Camaro, and has walked away with a few notable trophies, including 1st Place Expert Sound and Expert Install at the 2011 Spring Break Nationals and 1st place Xtreme SQ and Xtreme Q at the 2011 USACi World finals. Two World championship finishes is a good way to start.

In spite of the success, Crowder has more plans for the car. As finances allow, he’d like to install a turbocharger, widen the front and rear wheels, upgrade the suspension and get some custom interior upholstery work done. We think the car looks great now, but far be it from us to stop Todd from upping the ante.

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Vehicle: 2010 Chevy Camaro SS/RS

Owner: Todd B. Crowder

Location: Benton, Arkansas, USA

Engine Displacement: 6.2L stock

facebook name: TC Audio

Club Affiliation: Team TCA (

Exhaust System:

Flowmaster American Thunder 3” stainless cat-back system

Audio / Mobile Electronics:

Stock OEM- Modified H=head unit

JBL MS-8 processor

JBL GTO-14001, Monoblock Grand Touring Series amplifier

JBL GTO-1004, 4-Channel Grand Touring Series amplifier

JBL GTO-5355, 5-Channel Grand Touring Series amplifier

2 JBL W10GTi, 10” subwoofer

Vented subwoofer enclosure

JBL 660GTi 6.5” components (front kick panels)

JBL P662 6.5” coaxial (rear fill)

JBL Gti tweeters (additional pair in a-pillars)

2 Kinetik Audio HC1800 batteries

Tsunami wiring, fuseblocks, & interconnects

Rewound & upgraded to 200 amp alternator

Dynamat Superlite, Dynapad, Dynaliner


JBL, Tsunami, Dynamat, Kinetik

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