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Old 09-12-2013, 01:47 AM   #1
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Hello NASIOC,

This past June I decided I wanted to part ways with my Impreza and get a car with a bit more kick under the hood, which meant I had some tough and expensive audio gear and custom door panels and 210 amp high output alternator.

Here's some pics of the door panels and pods, basically the pods bolt on your door and the trimmed panels go over it. I wanted vinyl but my installer was being a bitch so I said fine to cloth. I originally wanted like $500-600

I've tried Ebay, The classifieds here, and a local subaru forum. So any suggestions I'm very open to

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Old 09-12-2013, 08:54 AM   #2
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Such a specific product requiring a 3 way set that will FIT.. you likely aren't going to sell them...
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Old 09-12-2013, 04:16 PM   #3
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People who want a 3-way setup will likely enjoy this. The challenge may be the woofer depending on available depth. The difference between 3", 3.5", or 4" may make or break someone's intent if they have a particular midbass in mind.

You do have some room in the design, so sizes can be adjusted to fit other woofers. If the hole was for a 6.5", one could easily mod it to a 7", and an 8" seems perfectly doable too as long as woofer depth is reasonable. The midrange is the same way.

I'm more inclined to think someone will have interest specifically because it's a much easier install than making their own. I've put 3-way in these doors, and there is no nice way to do it. That pod is a little nicer because it better contains the sounds. However, volume needs to be appropriate for the midbass and the mid may have to be sealed away from the midbass so there isn't pressure interference beating on the midrange cone (don't know if that's the case with your pods or not). Most tweeters are sealed units, so there is no concern.

Pricing will be VERY tough. Unfortunately people are not willing to pay much for a wood box, even if it's a trick, custom piece. A lot of people just don't hold high value towards these things. Car audio is a niche industry with expensive custom work and low resale values. No matter what it cost you, the next guy will have a pretty low perception of value. That is the burden of this industry.

If I were you, I would leave the pods in the car. I would swap in cheaper drivers (hop on Parts Express and get good bang for the buck drivers), swap in a cheaper 3-way HU (depending on what you have), tune the new package, and sell it as part of the car. Make note of invested costs just for a little hype, but expect very low return on those aftermarket parts. Cars and audio often return 50% or less on investment, more often towards 25% if the products used are not highly regarded and high sought after. That's the nature of the game.
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People who want a 3-way setup will likely enjoy this. The challenge may be the woofer depending on available depth. The difference between 3", 3.5", or 4" may make or break someone's intent if they have a particular midbass in mind.

You do have some room in the design, so sizes can be adjusted to fit other woofers. If the hole was for a 6.5", one could easily mod it to a 7", and an 8" seems perfectly doable too as long as woofer depth is reasonable. The midrange is the same way.

I'm more inclined to think someone will have interest specifically because it's a much easier install than making their own. I've put 3-way in these doors, and there is no nice way to do it. That pod is a little nicer because it better contains the sounds. However, volume needs to be appropriate for the midbass and the mid may have to be sealed away from the midbass so there isn't pressure interference beating on the midrange cone (don't know if that's the case with your pods or not). Most tweeters are sealed units, so there is no concern.

Pricing will be VERY tough. Unfortunately people are not willing to pay much for a wood box, even if it's a trick, custom piece. A lot of people just don't hold high value towards these things. Car audio is a niche industry with expensive custom work and low resale values. No matter what it cost you, the next guy will have a pretty low perception of value. That is the burden of this industry.

If I were you, I would leave the pods in the car. I would swap in cheaper drivers (hop on Parts Express and get good bang for the buck drivers), swap in a cheaper 3-way HU (depending on what you have), tune the new package, and sell it as part of the car. Make note of invested costs just for a little hype, but expect very low return on those aftermarket parts. Cars and audio often return 50% or less on investment, more often towards 25% if the products used are not highly regarded and high sought after. That's the nature of the game.
Very helpful answer. Unfortunately I already put replacement stock panels back on the doors and if I have my installer reinstall the pods I'll just go further in the red so putting them back in isn't really an option that I can do. I might see if anyone on Diyma has an impreza (02-07) that would be interested in these. Most likely not Im already assuming.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:12 PM   #5
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I have a Forester that would fit it, but I already have mine modified for 3-way. DIYMA is a good choice, probably your best. Car audio isn't a hobby you make money on.
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:45 PM   #6
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when you get out of the stratosphere on pricing, I might be interested.

You didn't pay $500-600 to have them made, and looking at the drivers you had in them, the panels WITH the speakers wouldn't even value at $500-600.

90% of the shops in the US would charge at BEST $200 to make those in carpeted form. there is like $20 max in materials in the construction. and by the pictures, its about maybe 3 hours labor @ $50/hr... $150 + $20 + $15 shop material fee is $185... just sayin'.

the reason they didn't want to do vinyl is because they didn't want to do the finish body work to make them smooth enough.

I'd give ya $75 shipped for the forms. Car Audio, you will never get your labor back out of an install. Its an incurred expense...

I've been installing for nearly 25 years. and Im not beating you up, Im just being honest. You have to be realistic, $75 in your pocket is better than 2 door pods in your garage from a car you no longer have.

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