View Full Version : Team Hybrids Jetta build

03-25-2013, 09:43 AM
System overview:
Head unit is an Alpine IVA-W505 with all the goodies
Processor is a tried and true Alpine H701 with control from the HU and a C701 for tuning
Mids and highs will be covered by strategically placed L3SE's
L6SE's cover the midbass nicely
And for lows, I will be doing a rear deck IB configuration with 2 12" Hybrid subs.
Finally, power will be delivered from a trio of Zapco DC750.2 amps.

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Pod build:
Unlike my last car, this will be a one-seat car, hence the dash pods.
The pods actually vent into the defroster ducts.

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03-25-2013, 09:43 AM
Bondo matching the flat bottom of the pods to match the contours of the dash.

03-25-2013, 09:45 AM
The goods!
Had to test fit in the unfinished pod.

These pics were taken a while back and I am actually 95% finished with these now. I will get finished pics up as soon as I am done.

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Time for a little amprack action!

Getting everything mapped out
Speaker and signal routed under amprack
This is the bus bar system I came up with to connect power and ground.

03-25-2013, 09:46 AM

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Please ignore the odd red wire. I was about an inch short on silver 4ga. It will be replaced.
Kinetik HC600 being installed in the factory changer location.

03-25-2013, 09:48 AM
Battery mocked up
Though it would seem to be the easiest part, I have had a time getting the W505 to look good in the dash. The MKIV cars have a radio opening slightly larger than double-din. The cage that came with the radio fits in there perfectly, but then the radio sticks out a mile and looks like turds. I had to do major surgery on the trim ring so that it would flush in the dash and not stick out, allowing me to move the radio back in the dash. However, as you can see, there are gaps on the sides and top of the radio. Normally, I would just mold this all in, but that is nearly impossible and still keep the cupholders. I will probably end up adding some ABS strips to the outside of the trim ring to make it larger and fill the gaps. Anyway, I sanded all the plastic down and sprayed it with Plastidip black to give everything a uniform appearance.
Here are some fairly finished shots of the driver's pod. I say "fairly" because of the big nick in the pod at the 2 o'clock position of the speaker and because I am changing the color of the headliner and pillars to black, so this panel may also change colors.
The passenger side pod is just chilling in the corner, waiting on me to make up my **** mind.

03-25-2013, 10:45 AM
Interesting build !!! Wish I could get a demo ...

03-25-2013, 11:19 AM
Come to finals in Huntsville, AL. in October and i'll make it happen! I powered up the amps for the first time, yesterday. Even without the subs in, the car sounds amazing! These amps have tons of headroom and are incredibly clean.
Interesting build !!! Wish I could get a demo ...

03-25-2013, 01:07 PM
Come to finals in Huntsville, AL. in October and i'll make it happen! I powered up the amps for the first time, yesterday. Even without the subs in, the car sounds amazing! These amps have tons of headroom and are incredibly clean.

That's my home town. Haven't been there in years. I'm really wanting to hear what you think about that processor and controller.

03-25-2013, 01:12 PM
The H701 and C701 are absolute solid performers with all the adjustability you could possible want. I have not had a minutes trouble out of it and I have been running it for three years. For the money, I doubt you can find a better processor.

03-25-2013, 01:33 PM
The H701 and C701 are absolute solid performers with all the adjustability you could possible want. I have not had a minutes trouble out of it and I have been running it for three years. For the money, I doubt you can find a better processor.

I'm just trying to justify it. Since I run 3 way through the amps and the 117 is pretty good to begin with is it worth it?

03-25-2013, 03:21 PM
very nice installl, did you try removing the plastic behind the hu to make it flush? i have a build log on my mk4 also

03-25-2013, 03:38 PM
Yes, I cut that out. The HU is perfectly flushed, it's just the opening is a little larger than the trim ring. Please post a link to your build--I'd love to check it out.

03-25-2013, 04:01 PM
i just started a couple days ago , should have bigger updates by end of week http://www.caraudio.com/forums/car-audio-build-logs-cars-trucks-suvs/570218-vdub-sql.html

03-25-2013, 04:15 PM
wow. That is gorgeous work. Woot! Another jetta on the forum!

03-25-2013, 05:16 PM
Very nice work. I really like how the tweater pods fit right in with the factory pilar

03-25-2013, 06:42 PM
Thanks! I certainly did what I could to make the pods look like they belong there.

03-27-2013, 09:56 AM
Come to finals in Huntsville, AL. in October and i'll make it happen! I powered up the amps for the first time, yesterday. Even without the subs in, the car sounds amazing! These amps have tons of headroom and are incredibly clean.
Absolutely !!! And hopefully I can get you into my truck for a demo ...
I will be competing MECA Moddex and hopefully USACI Super mod Classes at that event ...

03-27-2013, 11:05 AM
Absolutely !!! And hopefully I can get you into my truck for a demo ...
I will be competing MECA Moddex and hopefully USACI Super mod Classes at that event ...

Absolutely, sir!!

04-04-2013, 10:09 PM
Here is a little progress, but I have to warn you--this is some boring stuff. However, it has to be done.

I build the back trunk panel.
Here, where you can see the top of the third amp, this is where the panel will be that houses 4 fans to cool the amp rack.
Here is the panel without the fans installed--I have to buy a 2" hole saw, first. You will notice, where this panel meets the back wall, that my MDF for the back wall was bowed. I guess I will get some new wood and use this one as a router template to make a new one. :-/
Behold my water damaged, old a busted headliner.
I removed all pillars, the rear deck and headliner. Here you see the blank canvas, soon to be covered with Raamat.
Currently, the interior of the car is tan and black, with more tan than black. I greatly prefer more black than tan, so the rear deck, all pillars and headliner are getting covered in suede headliner material.
I only have one part left to cover. Unfortunately, it is the headliner.

04-05-2013, 04:21 AM
I just made my plans to be at MECA / Quad Cities Jam ... Florence, Al on the 27th
I'm making plans to compete, not for sure if thats going to happen, but I will be there with the truck 4 sure. Its in the process for a new paint job (we are hoping to atleast have the new hood finished out and primered for this event), but the system is operational ...

I highly doubt that you will be finished with this build (Mine is nowhere close to being finished ...LOL) by then, But I sure would like to meet up for demos and talk shop if you're interested ...

04-05-2013, 06:34 AM
how difficult was it to put back the headliner? was it sagging sfterwards?

04-05-2013, 08:51 AM
Yeah, I won't be able to make that show. Even if the car was show-ready, the new Hybrid Audio subwoofer I am using is not even in production yet. I am planning on my first show being in June. However, I may be able to make a couple MECA shows before then.

04-05-2013, 08:54 AM
Honestly, the headliner was fairly easy to take out. I have not finished it, but I don't anticipate it will be too difficult to re-install, either. HOWEVER, to get the sliding sunroof panel out to cover was a royal pain!!! You have to drop the entire sunroof assembly and I did this by myself. On a scale from 1-10 with 10 being impossible, it was a solid 7.5.

04-05-2013, 10:08 AM
Yeah, I won't be able to make that show. Even if the car was show-ready, the new Hybrid Audio subwoofer I am using is not even in production yet. I am planning on my first show being in June. However, I may be able to make a couple MECA shows before then.
Ok then ... Thought I'd ask

love it! Good work
Definately would have to agree with this post !!! My thoughts exactly

04-05-2013, 10:34 AM
Yep--I'm already working on that. When I disconnected the hoses, I blew into them to check for obstructions. Driver's front was fine. Passenger front is completely clogged. Both of the rears, when I blew into them, the air just came our around the rubber that connected to the hoses--I figure this was the source of my leak(s). I think I am going to put a little silicone around the joint and then put heatshrink over that--should work.

04-05-2013, 01:57 PM
Before this, whenever I would part the car out in the rain, I would come back to a swimming pool in the driver's rear floorboard. This should be a massive improvement.

04-06-2013, 10:26 AM
Got the headliner covered and it was just as much fun as I imagined. And by that, I mean is royally ******. The suede headliner material I ordered unfortunately has very very little stretch in it. And my headliner has tons of compound angles. Therefore, it looks good, but it is not perfect.

I used a piece of 40 grit to remove the majority of the foam. After that, I was able to just rub the part down with my hand to get it ready to cover.
I went ahead and painted the corners of the sunroof opening black because I knew there was no way in hell the material was going to stretch enough to make the transition.
Finished product.

04-06-2013, 10:54 AM
That looks really good.

04-06-2013, 03:11 PM
Thank you, sir

04-08-2013, 09:18 PM
Time for some trunk panel action.
I am creating the rough shape of my panels. I try to get them close, but I don't go overboard making sure they fit absolutely perfect--you'll see why in a minute.
The two panels on either side of the amp rack serve as the platforms on which the finished panels will sit.
Here is the left side panel in place. Once again, good but not perfect gaps.
Here, I am getting the curve for the center panel. You may do it a different way, but this is how I get my curved surfaces. A pass with the flush cut bit and there you go!
All three bottom panels in place
One thing people tend to overlook when doing builds like this is material thickness. Everything goes in great before covering, then not so great afterwards. Here, I am using a piece of aluminum stock to gap my panels.

04-08-2013, 09:19 PM
And here is how I get perfectly fitting panels every time.
There will be a raised section on the middle and right panels, as well. Also, the cutout in the center is not the size of the window, rather the opening for my plexi. There will be a raised piece molded into the center panel with a smaller window.

04-09-2013, 02:16 AM
Very Clean

04-10-2013, 08:10 PM
About to finish up the trunk panels. Things are really starting to come together.

04-10-2013, 08:19 PM
Clean work. Love the pods!

04-10-2013, 08:31 PM
Thanks, man. This is really a no-frills SQ install, but that does not mean it can't be pretty! :)

04-10-2013, 08:34 PM
Dang this build looks like it's definitely worth subscribing too nice clean work so far can't wait to see more.

04-10-2013, 08:34 PM
Looks really really good. Props!

04-10-2013, 10:57 PM
Thanks, everyone. I really think the covering on these panels is going to set the trunk off. I have several slow days starting tomorrow, so I fully expect to get the amprack and panels finished. However, the trunk won't be completely finished until I build my IB baffle below the rear deck. The subs are not even out yet--should be another 60 days or so on those.

04-11-2013, 04:04 PM
This looks really good. What type of fabric do you use and where do you buy it?

04-11-2013, 06:00 PM
This looks really good. What type of fabric do you use and where do you buy it?
The headliner material? I bought that from a seller on ebay. Suede Headliner Foam Backed Upholstery Fabric Jet Black 61" Wide Suede | eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/350732632807?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649)

04-11-2013, 09:29 PM
I wanted to retain my spare time and I actually wanted to be able to get to it. I went from fully assembled to this in about 5 minutes using nothing but a drill and #2 (http://www.caraudio.com/forums/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) Phillip bit. If I used a screwdriver, it would have taken me 10.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/davyhay/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1289.jpg (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/davyhay/media/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1289.jpg.html)
And this is why it needed to come out.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/davyhay/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1291.jpg (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/davyhay/media/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1291.jpg.html)
I used this stuff on the inside.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/davyhay/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1292.jpg (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/davyhay/media/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1292.jpg.html)
All back together with the LEDs about to go in.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/davyhay/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1293.jpg (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/davyhay/media/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1293.jpg.html)
Putting it back together--this took slightly longer than taking it apart.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/davyhay/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1294.jpg (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/davyhay/media/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1294.jpg.html)
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/davyhay/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1299.jpg (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/davyhay/media/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1299.jpg.html)

04-11-2013, 09:51 PM
Diggin the LEDS

04-13-2013, 10:25 AM
Got the trunk panels covered, so I'll start out with some finished pics.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/davyhay/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1305.jpg (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/davyhay/media/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1305.jpg.html)
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/davyhay/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1306.jpg (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/davyhay/media/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1306.jpg.html)
This is the covering material. I really don't understand why people go with vinyl. A high quality vinal costs nearly as much as leather, so why not just go with the real thing?
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/davyhay/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1300.jpg (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/davyhay/media/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1300.jpg.html)
I covered the center panel last and the last thing I needed to do was gap the back of the panel. This is what I had to do to make sure I compensated for material thickness. I needed to be sure that this part comes out with ease for tuning.
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/davyhay/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1302.jpg (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/davyhay/media/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1302.jpg.html)
Respect the gaps, or lack thereof!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/davyhay/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1312.jpg (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/davyhay/media/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1312.jpg.html)
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h113/davyhay/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1311.jpg (http://s62.photobucket.com/user/davyhay/media/2013%20Jetta%20rebuild/IMG_1311.jpg.html)

04-13-2013, 10:39 AM
Looks really good.

04-13-2013, 10:56 AM
Thanks! The IB sub baffle is still to come, so the look of the trunk will change a bit, but I am really pleased with how it has turned out.

04-13-2013, 02:22 PM
Thanks for sharing!

I never thought of using body filler to get perfect fitting panels. thanks for the idea!
I like the project, very cool. very nice execution. Well done on the amp rack and the thought of a bus bar for power and ground.

where are pics of the woofer mounting?

04-13-2013, 05:37 PM
where are pics of the woofer mounting?
Thanks for the compliments, sir! The woofers are not in yet. I am doing an IB configuration with the baffle hung under the rear deck. This is what I did not do more to make the back panel of the trunk more intricate--it is going to be mostly obscured by two massive baskets and motor structures. However, the woofers won't be available for several months, so I decided to work on this, last. However, you would be amazed at how low the L6SE's will get!!

04-13-2013, 07:00 PM
ah, i thought the 12's (subwoofers) were going to be IB and the L6SE's (woofers) were going up front. i was asking about the L6SE

04-13-2013, 08:08 PM
Oh, I am sorry. I will take some pics of the L6's. I have to take the passenger door panel off to throw another 3-4 sheets of deadener and I will take some pics then. Nothing special, really, just a woofer mounted in a 1.5" baffle. I tell you, though--those L6's will reveal every resonance in your car!!

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Oh, and the subs will not be 12's :)

04-13-2013, 08:33 PM
good work, it's nice to see I'm not the only person on the forums that installs with wires ran and hidden.

04-13-2013, 08:36 PM
Wire are a necessary evil in building a system and it is usually a challenge to hide them. However, with the way this install is designed, all the wiring, terminations, components, etc. are located between the back seats and the back wall of the trunk. With the back seat down, you can access the "business end" of the system. I will show that when I am finished with it.