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Old 03-04-2004, 09:57 AM   #1
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Default follow up for those with aftermarket stereo gear:

Did you isntall it yourself? Pay to have someone else do it? A friend? How much did it cost/how extensive was the work?

I'm just curious, really.



To start it off: My stuff (see this thread ) all installed by yours truly, with all new wires (power, gnd, signal, speaker, etc.)


install involved pulling door panels, dash center, rear seat, carpet pieces, trunk lining, front seats, center console, drilling and tapping tweeter mounts, modifying speaker spacers meant for a 02 wrx to fit my car, sealing/caulking gaps, trimming inside speaker grates etc. The system looks totally stock (aside from the head), unless you look in the trunk.

Cost of install (not including parts) $0.

This is probably the 7th or 8th car I've done somewhat extensive stereo work on, so it wasn't too tough, but it took a good weekend worth of time anyway, including some semi-skilled labor from a couple good friends.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:02 AM   #2
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I've been installing car audio for a long, long time. In fact I used to compete all over New England in IASCA in the mid 90's. In fact, I even had enough points one year to attend the world finals but didn't go. (It was in Dallas TX that year)
I had a 10,000+ system in a CRX with custom built door panels, motorization, extensive woodworking, mirrors, etc....

I had over 400 HUNDRED hours of personal labor involved.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:06 AM   #3
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where do you competitive stereo folks get the $$$? I mean, I know you're not all independently wealthy stock market successes or anything, and I know (from experience) that car audio gear costs hardcore $$$$. I could never find enough spare change to make a real effort at competing, and I guess I never really had the desire (my stereo is for me to enjoy ). Anyway, I'm impressed by competition level systems, but man is it expensive...

(and with that I've bastardized my own thread. argh)
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:08 AM   #4
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When I had a stereo (it was stolen), I had the assistance of old Skool members subyruman to install the deck, run RCA's, and hook up the amp, I had already run the power to the trunk. Mikey B, and Joe to install the amp and sub. I then copied Paul T g's idea of placing a carpeted board 'amp rack' parallel to the rear seat. Since it doesn't fold down, it wasn't much of a problem, and left me w/ 90% of my trunk, and a very clean looking install. Talking about this makes me more interested in doing this again. The main qualm I have with it, is I've reciently grown qute attached to books on tape, and the wrx head unit I have doesn't have preamp outputs, and I don't really want to shell out the $$ for a multi function deck, that'll play tapes as well as mp3's. I'm sure there's a reasonable solution to the dilema, but I'm not all that interested in spending another 500-1k to have it disappear in to the night again.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:11 AM   #5
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Four hundred hundred hours?!?!?

Thats a lot of time.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:11 AM   #6
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get a head with aux inputs (most nice ones do, including alpines) and a $10 walkman. Problem solved
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:11 AM   #7
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Yep, always done it myself.

When the first was stolen, installed the second myself, also.

I have a sub and amp waiting to go in the RX-7, but for now, I installed the head unit and all four speakers on my own. Simple stuff, really. Just tedious.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:17 AM   #8
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well, this is good. I was afraid, from the tone of the "what stereo gear do you have" replys that we were all a bunch of pansies who were afraid to even work on stereos. This seems not to be the case I don't mean that to be offensive to those of you who did pay, I'm sure you have good reasons. It's just that on my old car (89 nissan maxima)'s message board, there were like 10 people willing to touch the stereo, and maybe 5 who would go any deeper (engine/suspension/etc.), so this is refreshing.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:48 AM   #9
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did it all myself, never done it before. took me about 2 months to figure out audio stuff. month and a half researching audio (i had no idea what "RMS" meant for example, and ive never done wiring before) and about 30 (?) hours of labor. then again it was also the first time id ever done audio of any kind, and i installed comps up front, amp under the passenger seat, sub in the trunk and an amp with it and a new HU.

30 hours of my time was well worth it and i would have spent more if i needed to. doing something with your own hands is so gratifying
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Old 03-04-2004, 11:11 AM   #10
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I have a bunch of old 35mm pics of my competition CRX. Maybe I can take pics of those pics with my digital camera and put some of them on here.

I competed in 501-1000 watt amatuer class. I think the class ratings have since changed.......

I had 1" - 4" - 6" speakers in the doors.

(2) 4" and a 1" tweet in the center of the dash.

(2) 4" rear fill - all mids and tweets were MB Quart.

(4) JL Audio 10" subs in a isobaric enclosure. The enclosure had mirrors in it that created a opical allusion that the subs were floating in mid-air... This was the showcase part of my system and the enclosure was motorized to tilt up to show the amps underneath it.

All my amps were Precision Power art series. (which I think were the best amps ever made)

I had Audio control processing. ESP-3 center channel management and a epicenter.

My cigarette lighter was the main volume control. The car had a lot of tricks in it such as that.

This car made me completely broke. Competing in car audio costs F-YOU money........
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Old 03-04-2004, 01:35 PM   #11
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Installed myself. I don't like to pay people more $ an hour than I make, to do something easier.

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Old 03-04-2004, 05:17 PM   #12
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I did all my own stuff, headunit, 4 speakers, Kenwood Woox, and XM Roady. Took time but it wasn't too difficult.
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