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agh98
12-30-2009, 11:24 PM
Today was the first day of my '08 CR-V's metamorphosis. With the help of forum member bigaudiofanati2 (Matt) - who I can't recommend highly enough whether you just need questions answered, want to hire for a build or to work along with and learn something at the same time while having things installed well (e.g. good solder skills, and methodical). We started with my car:

FROM:
'08 CRV LX, with Pioneer DEH-7000BT I previously installed (together with bluetooth, external XM module, but everything else stock (speakers, no amps, no sub - blah blah sound with lots of road noise).

TO (so far):
Alpine PDX-5 5-channel amp; Polk MM6501 6.5" component system for the front; Infinity 6032si 6.5" for the rears. Also, 3-bulk packs of Dynamat Extreme, Kicker 09PK4 4AWG amp wiring kit and Monster MPC I306 6-channel RCA cable. The sub-choice remains pending (but will be powered by the PDX-5) - as I'm still considering either sub-box location or some way of integrating a shallow-mount sub or the like in the truck (without buying a $$$ JL Stealthbox; I'd rather be a bit more unique/custom than that).

Well, without further adieu, here are some pics from Day One. The dynamating was all my work, so don't hold any faux pas there against Matt, lol. I'll leave it to him to reply and detail the considerations he has taken so far on the build.

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95BlackGA
12-30-2009, 11:29 PM
Not bad. I like those Polk speakers.

bigaudiofanati2
12-30-2009, 11:43 PM
It was a good first day. Pretty cold but I always enjoy working on cars and worrying about weather is not a big thing. Adam is a good guy and wants to learn. He will learn much more when we put the amp in.

http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr199/bigaudiofanatic/100_1620.jpg
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agh98
12-30-2009, 11:44 PM
Oh, yeah, how could I forget.....IT WAS FREEZING!
At least the cold made the blood drip slower, j/k.

Mr. Slate
12-30-2009, 11:50 PM
Looks good, should sound nice.

bigaudiofanati2
12-30-2009, 11:52 PM
Yes it was man,

All new speaker wire was ran to the speakers and to the new tweeters. The original plan was to build up a mount with wood and bondo the tweeters into the sides of the doors. "might still do" but we will first test the system with the stock locations and see how it sounds and go from there. It would look slick and would probably give him better imaging. As I said still up in the air. Tomorrow I will be working on the fuse mount for the crv and painting that. Than Friday we will get back together install the amp either under the seat or in another location. As we have said we are not sure what we are going to do about the sub yet but it will probably be a custom box build. Which I will look forward to. Other minor things will be remounting the blu tooth mic. the sad part about this is that the pioneer is already producing a low wine noise "always with pioneers" so I will probably ground the rca's and change the ground point see if that helps. Might be changing the head unit but that is up to Adam and what the turnout is. It is going to turn out to be a good setup.

bigaudiofanati2
12-31-2009, 10:22 AM
Perfect spot for power wire.
http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af334/agh98/crvaudio/20091230-153826.jpg

bubbagumper6
12-31-2009, 10:27 AM
Perfect spot for power wire.
http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af334/agh98/crvaudio/20091230-153826.jpg

**** dude, I hope you put a grommet in there...

pickup1
12-31-2009, 10:28 AM
**** dude, I hope you put a grommet in there...

X2^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

agh98
12-31-2009, 10:32 AM
Of course! That was the pre-grommet picture...here we go.
Perfect fit!
Off to go dynamat my trunk now. More pics later and tomorrow after the amp gets in.

http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af334/agh98/20091230-153948.jpg

bubbagumper6
12-31-2009, 10:32 AM
Of course! That was the pre-grommet picture...here we go.
Perfect fit!
Off to go dynamat my trunk now. More pics later and tomorrow after the amp gets in.

lol, much better

bigaudiofanati2
12-31-2009, 10:36 AM
**** dude, I hope you put a grommet in there...

Trust me I would not leave it like that.

bigaudiofanati2
12-31-2009, 12:36 PM
With him working on the dyanmat today. I decided to go solo and work on the fuse block holder. After measuring everything and drilling the holes. I applied black spray paint. Will put about 5 coats on and let it set overnight. Later today while I am out I will get some Stainless Steel nuts and bolts.

http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr199/bigaudiofanatic/100_1626.jpg

agh98
12-31-2009, 08:09 PM
Fuse mount looks good. Up here in North Jersey, I continued with Dynamat. Today, I think it was seven sheets in the trunk. Here are some pics before and after.

Tomorrow, big things happening. PDX-5 amp which was finally delivered being installed, dynamat to the floors/liftgate, mount the crossovers, bluetooth mic, put everything back together again the ... yeah, listen to and tune it.

http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af334/agh98/crvaudio/20091231-150631.jpg

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James Bang
12-31-2009, 08:50 PM
shiny.

bigaudiofanati2
12-31-2009, 11:27 PM
LOL yes it is and tomorrow it will sound good.

LDW3RD
01-01-2010, 09:55 AM
LOL yes it is and tomorrow it will sound good.
So that means it'll be good and shiny??
lols

Looking good keep it coming.:veryhapp:

wone
01-01-2010, 04:01 PM
good stuff man

DB-Audio
01-01-2010, 11:51 PM
great job so far man

agh98
01-02-2010, 07:50 AM
Drove down yesterday to continue work with Matt (after spending the day before putting in my trunk Dynamat, as shown above). Wrapped up everything nicely - Dynamat to the floors, amp installed, custom fuse bracket and sheet metal bluetooth mic bracket installed. The Alpine PDX-5 is awesome - so small and the verification sheet from the factory - well, a pic is below; obviously they severely underrate the powerhandling ability of them. I'll let Matt fill in any details from yesterday i'm forgetting. Again, can't recommend working with him highly enough. Learned a lot yesterday and his attention to detail is very significant.

http://i1021.photobucket.com/albums/af334/agh98/crv-audio%20day3/20100101-091417.jpg

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agh98
01-02-2010, 07:52 AM
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agh98
01-02-2010, 07:57 AM
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agh98
01-02-2010, 07:58 AM
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brmcm15
01-02-2010, 08:12 AM
nice specs on the amp.

nice setup. i wouldnt work here in michigan for me cause retards step in my car with snowy shoes :furious:

bigaudiofanati2
01-02-2010, 08:59 AM
a few things you did forget are. Also ran the sub wire to the back for the future install of a sub. road noise is almost completely gone. Adam is a quick learner for what is being taught to him. Good guy as well to hang out with. Post more picks man and let everyone know how you like it.

RidnClean
01-02-2010, 05:20 PM
looks good

agh98
01-02-2010, 05:29 PM
Thanks, man. It sounds great too. Now just have to do some sub/box selection. Any recs from anyone?

Here are some stray pics...

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bigaudiofanati2
01-02-2010, 05:34 PM
Any recs from anyone?



Oh boy get ready to be recommended 2 and 4 subs and 15 inch subs. :laugh:

Guys he wants a nice sound quality sub not something to blow his hearing.

agh98
01-02-2010, 05:35 PM
Oh boy get ready to be recommended 2 and 4 subs and 15 inch subs. :laugh:

Just 15? I was thinking dual 18s.

grimreper912003
01-02-2010, 05:38 PM
Oh boy get ready to be recommended 2 and 4 subs and 15 inch subs. :laugh:

Guys he wants a nice sound quality sub not something to blow his hearing.

4 18"s in a clam shell :fyi:

Crimson Boom
01-02-2010, 05:39 PM
thats what I personally would do, but since your an SQueer I say IA audio flatlyne or the DIYMA sub

Crimson Boom
01-02-2010, 05:40 PM
If I were I betting man though, I bet these new generation CR-Vs have potential to get very loud though

budahbuddy803
01-02-2010, 05:56 PM
I love Image Dynamics products. Most all of their subs that i have tried are super efficient with the power you feed them and produce very flat natural sound! I would look into a nice 10" or 12" IDQ!

bigaudiofanati2
01-02-2010, 06:03 PM
I love Image Dynamics products. Most all of their subs that i have tried are super efficient with the power you feed them and produce very flat natural sound! I would look into a nice 10" or 12" IDQ!

I agree but I would not call them flat but they are natural.

agh98
01-02-2010, 07:28 PM
Right now I'm thinking about a IDQ12V3.D4 12" sub. Bigaudiofanati2 and I will likely make a custom box eventually, but I'll probably get something prefab to hit the ground running. Anyone have any recs besides the groundshaker 12" sealed box that woofersetc sells for $70 right now?

blackdragonaudi
01-03-2010, 12:37 PM
Looks good man

bigaudiofanati2
01-05-2010, 02:18 PM
If I were I betting man though, I bet these new generation CR-Vs have potential to get very loud though

Your bet would be right.

bigaudiofanati2
01-21-2010, 09:59 PM
Bump new sub installed will have a custom box when he comes back.