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Old 09-06-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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Default O.C.D.'s labor of love - 2011 WRX Hatch install - updated sub bracket 2/2/12.

I started my install exactly two weeks ago to the day and guess what, it took two weeks. Working two jobs and being out of town did not help much. At least I have another vehicle to drive, lol.

Here is the list of things installed:
Pioneer Avic X930BT.
Axcess SWC.
Metra harness modified by myself for ASWC pins.
Scoshe Dash kit.
Streetwires 14 GA twisted/shielded Copper speaker wires.
Focal 165 CA1's - 6.5" Components.
Focal 165 A1's - 6.5" Coaxials.
Paranoid Fabrications Speaker Spacers front and rear.
Focal Solid 4 AMP (Black) - 400 Watt.
Alpine MRP-M1000 AMP - 1000 Mono.
Alpine SWR-1023D (10" Type - R Sub) 600 RMS/1600 Peak.
Monster 4 channel co-axial kit.
Monster Sub co-axial kit.
Stinger 4 Ga. dual amp kit.
Scoshe prebuilt 10" Sub enclosure (doing fiberglass instead).
Dynamat Trunk Kit.

I have had most of this stuff after a local place went out of business and we cleaned up with discounts. I was still needing the deck. I finally got it and decided that it was time.

My goal was to have a completely stealth system minus the sub being exposed. I have never done an install like this and it was massive. The Dynamat alone was a real learning experience. But as a few friends remarked at my "Mercedes sounding doors", I knew it was worth it while doing the install.

Here are the goodies the first day:




The victim:


The wiring table:
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:02 PM   #2
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First things first for me when doing stereo installs. I have to get the harness completed before anything else is installed. That way I have nothing remaining when I am ready to rock at the end. It took me a while as my wiring was wrong based on internet BS I found. With the help of the iPad I was able to get it figured out.

Splicing in the ASWC was fairly easy as was the Metra harness AFTER I added the pins from another harness I had to butcher. Once working though I get all controls minus the BT. I have those buttons in use though so I am good for now.

Why take apart the dash to remove the overlay?!


Stock unit was a Clarion?! Sad that the name is on this piece of junk....


Fairly easy once inside. Few connections and an antenna.


Testing the unit with the ASWC out to program - which was needed.





She was all good to go. The fun begins.............

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Old 09-06-2011, 11:02 PM   #3
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Wiring:

4 gauge from the battery through the firewall. I am very anal and do not like tacky blue or red cables out on display when one's hood is opened. So I thought about being stealthy and inconspicuous.





Pushed through the grommet on the passenger side as it was easiest and the path I was taking anyway.

See the screwdriver?


Stuck the 4GA in the end of a 3/8" rachet extension to push through.


After that was done I wrapped the entire cable in split-loom and then hand wrapped the entire thing with 3M 33 Tape. Like where the fuse is?





So, would ya think my car is running an aftermarket stereo system just by looking under the hood?!?!?!

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Old 09-06-2011, 11:03 PM   #4
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Carnage...

Brand new car, has 1200 miles on it and here I am deconstructing it piece by piece. I felt crazy, seriously. Learned a lot about the amazing engineering on all these plastic parts, lol.

Pile is growing:






Plan was to have the 4-channel under my seat but the larger mono amp would only fit there. So I am glad I test fitted with the seats in and out for both amps.



Alpine Mono under Driver's side:


Continued to run the amp wire down the passenger's side:


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Old 09-06-2011, 11:03 PM   #5
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Amp wiring continued...

I had a distribution block for the two amp system. So I grounded the 4GA to the rear seatbelt bolt in the middle:


So, some creativity (I think). I had some troubles figuring out where I would place the distribution block. I toiled for hours until I noticed that there is quite a bit of space in the back of the center console. ironically it has enough space to fit the block perfectly. I then routed the power and ground under the tunnel and into the rear of the console.:

Connected all the wiring:


The top square portion fits the block dimensions and with some double-sided tape it is snug as can be:


Don't worry, there is plenty of flex for it all:


Here is the finished wiring for the monoblock (driver's side) amp:


Here is the finished wiring for the 4-channel Focal amp:


SO, the amps were ready to be wired and the doors came up next.



Fun times ahead - Dynamat is sticky!!!

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Old 09-06-2011, 11:03 PM   #6
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Doors....

I read and read and read about the difficulties of the doors and the rubber grommets that are in the door sills. It is true, they are difficult. But I thought about it for a minute. If I remove them from their locations I could work with them much easier. So I did.



Grab a coat hanger and tape up the end so you don't damage anything:


Push it through the top and...:


Tape your wire to it and pull through carefully:


Button up the grommets and you damaged nothing and needed no lube, lol.


Fronts are a little more difficult as there is a tube for each side that goes past the grommet hole. I figured I was going to make it easy and simply pulled the whole harness from the doors:



Slowly making the progress:


Now pull all the crap out of the doors:


Like these, lol:

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Old 09-06-2011, 11:04 PM   #7
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Doors continued...

Remove the plastic liner and all of the adhesive:


Yank the stupid factory baffles:


I also pulled the boxes that were heat stamped onto the cards. They are worthless and makes noise.




All the door wiring was pulled. All the stock crap-deadening was pulled as well. Stock speakers were gone. Stock door harnesses were modified to have speaker connections taped up. So, lets move onto......................DYNAMAT!!!!!!!!!!

I figured if I made a template based off of one side I could flip it and do the same for the other doors. And I was right! Use pens to hold the door snap locations. Then get to work:





When all holes are marked and identified have fun.

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Old 09-06-2011, 11:04 PM   #8
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Dynamat....

I will tell you all this. Be careful with this crap. It literally is tar and some thick metal foil, lol. It gets everywhere and sticks to only you and metal it seems. I had it everywhere, lol. Work slowly. Use the two top card holes to guide you. Line them up and slowly remove the backing a couple of inches at a time.


The wife thought i was happy, I was pissed cause I still had 3 more doors:


Dynamat only applied. Still need to seal it up with Aluminum Tape and secure the harness down:



Paranoid Fabrications Speaker Spacers. I did a review on them here. Shane is a fantastic guy to work with and I cannot recommend his business enough!!




Make a template just like the front for the rears:



Still more stickiness to come....

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Speaker(s) install...........

After I Dynamatted all the doors I evaluated what I had left over and them made some squares and filled the interior of the outer door skin with a 10" square behind the speaker in each door.


I then could install the speakers. I realized that I ran the front 14GA just to the woofer and not to the crossover, doh. So I got pissed and did the rears first. Again, Paranoid Fabrications Spacers for the rears:









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So, I needed to address the tweeters/crossovers. I assumed that they would simply fit in the stock tweeter locations but I must have been crazy to be that hopeful. Guess what,.....................?!?!?! THEY DID NOT, LOL.

I was really perplexed again on this one, but I decided that I could find a way and I did. I noticed that the stock a-pillar triangle used only a circle of the mesh for actual speaker audio transmission. There was not much real mesh. I undressed the Focal tweeters from all casing/mounting hardware and realized that I could make them fit on the exterior of the pod. I could simply cut it out and then trim and trim and trim and they would fit. What if I had a hole-saw that fit?!
Boom:







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Voila!





Some will say that is bad but I am more than content. I get to display a little bit of the Focal name and they look great.

Crossovers were mounted under the armrest on the door cards. That allowed for some tricky wiring but I got them on and they are double-sided taped on at an angle. just in case moisture gets in there they can drain as well.


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Old 09-06-2011, 11:20 PM   #12
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DAMN IT!!! I want a Pioneer Avic X930BT for my system. WHY DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO TEASE ME!!!!!

Nice work, i cant wait to see it finished.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:35 PM   #13
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After all of this I was on a rampage to get it completed. So I did not take many pics of the reconstruction. I am sure you get the idea.

So, fast forward to the end.....







Mic for BT/Avic feed:




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Old 09-06-2011, 11:36 PM   #14
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Focal amp under passenger's seat:



Alpine amp under driver's side:



Rear view and goal completed; unless you know, you are not looking for it.


As I mentioned, this was a huge undertaking,...huge. I am not a stereo guy more than I am a WRX guy. I simply try my best. I am very pleased so far! I tuned the Focal amp and I was literally having a heart attack at how good it sounded. The Focal speakers paired with the amp are very good quality. The tweeters are a bit bright, but I like them that way. And the woofers, oh my gosh, the woofers are amazing. I asked my buddy to come over and told him it was complete and to be ready as the sub hits hard. His eyes lit up and he said there was just enough bass. I then told him there was no sub, lol.

One word people - Dynamat. Or two words, sound deadening. I would not hesitate to do this again for any vehicle. Not a rattle to be found.

Up next, a custom box on the passenger side of the hatch to house the Type-R 10". Shane at Paranoid Fabrications came through for me again when I asked him for some help. A few days later I had a 15" wide inner-ring with a 3/4" thick, 13" wide outer-ring to recess the sub. I think it will look great with my Kicker cast aluminum grille which will be painted SWP when complete.




Ok, I am tired. This took me 2 hours to post and 1 person has responded. I am sad, lol.

Jon

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Old 09-07-2011, 12:27 AM   #17
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Looks like an awesome build ocd! I know it must have taken forever just to get all of that done, But it looks like you're definitely doing it right for sure. I'd love to hear your impressions on your focal equipment!
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Trust me man its very well done, I will be using this thread among others for a guide and install ideas when I finally get to do mine...
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That tweeter hack is pretty sick!!!
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looks damn sick. cant wait to see more. makes me want to go install mine
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Looks awesome. The time taken looks like it was well worth it!
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Great job so far.
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