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captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 12:38 AM
I thought I had posted a buildlog for this car on this site, but I guess not. Here's the latest:

Some great updates to add. Just got done a week in North Carolina working with legendary installer Mark Worrell and we made some fantastic progress on this car. (More like me holding stuff and watching him do his thing :) )

First up, a new dash bezel

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics028.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics028.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics029.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics029.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics030.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics030.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics031.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics031.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics032.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics032.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics033.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics033.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics034.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics034.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics035.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics035.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics036.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/InstallPics036.jpg.html)

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 12:39 AM
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/BuildPics002.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/BuildPics002.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/BuildPics028.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/BuildPics028.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/BuildPics029.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/BuildPics029.jpg.html)

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Wiring:

Power wires run through the stock plastic/rubber grommet.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Mosconi014.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Mosconi014.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Mosconi015.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Mosconi015.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Mosconi016.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Mosconi016.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Mosconi018.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Mosconi018.jpg.html)

Door wiring...not fun to get wires into these doors.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring009.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring009.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring010.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring010.jpg.html)

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 12:40 AM
Drilled out an open area in the factory molex connector to pas through the wires

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring011.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring011.jpg.html)

Wire is channeled then through the rubber boot and along with the factory wires into the door

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring012.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring012.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring013.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring013.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring014.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring014.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring015.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring015.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring016.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring016.jpg.html)

Speaker wiring run

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring017.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/Wiring017.jpg.html)

With the RCAs

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/InstallPics001.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/InstallPics001.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/InstallPics005.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/InstallPics005.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/InstallPics004.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/InstallPics004.jpg.html)

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 12:42 AM
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/InstallPics003.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/InstallPics003.jpg.html)

RCAs

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics013.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics013.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics012.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics012.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics030.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics030.jpg.html)

Trunk Ground

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics072.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics072.jpg.html)

Under the car picture. bolted securely to the body metal.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics074.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics074.jpg.html)

removed paint and secured to a clean surface. This is 2/0awg wire

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics075.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics075.jpg.html)

Speaker wires all techflexed and heatshrinked nicely.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics015.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Wiring/BuildPics015.jpg.html)

Under the Hood:

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Battery%20wiring/BuildPics052.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Battery%20wiring/BuildPics052.jpg.html)

2/0awg was run for the main power wire and the other one shown is a direct run to power the head unit. Techflex and heatshrink as usual.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Battery%20wiring/BuildPics053.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Battery%20wiring/BuildPics053.jpg.html)

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 12:43 AM
Connected at the battery with a Streetwires BC2P terminal which provides 2 lugs for ring terminals. A very nice piece.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Battery%20wiring/BuildPics055.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Battery%20wiring/BuildPics055.jpg.html)

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As seen previously in the build log, I had made up some kick panel enclosures to house the 8" midbasses. I never got around to integrating them into the factory kick plastic for a cohesive look however. Mark and I had some ideas and this is what he came up with:

First, the existing enclosures, after Mark took the time to widen the openings to allow for the larger L8v2 (previously housed a JL ZR800) and freshly carpeted.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics007.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics007.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics004.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics004.jpg.html)

They fit the L8v2s now perfectly

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics010.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics010.jpg.html)

The enclosures sit very tightly into the corners of the kicks and we installed SDS butyl rope to anchor them in. I had used it previously on these as well and it was incredibly difficult to remove them from the car. That SDS butyl rope is AWESOME stuff. You can use it for a number of different applications. Check out his site to read up about it: Welcome to Sound Deadener Showdown | Sound Deadener Showdown (http://sounddeadenershowdown.com)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics011.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics011.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics013.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics013.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics005.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics005.jpg.html)

Wired up and techflexed

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics016.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics016.jpg.html)

Fresh plastic kick panels were trimmed up and then scuffed up with 40 grit to provide a good surface for adhesion of the resin. We also cut out some carboard templates to make our final shapes in wood.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics066.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics066.jpg.html)

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 12:44 AM
Here are the cutouts Mark made based off of the templates

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics014.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics014.jpg.html)

Test fitting and adhering to the plastic panels

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics011.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics011.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics013.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics013.jpg.html)

The pieces were tacked together with screws and CA glue and then resin was applied by Mark to the pieces to seal them up and weatherproof them. He then layed up the pieces with a couple layers of 1.5 ounce fiberglass mat.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics015.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics015.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics016.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics016.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics018.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics018.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics019.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics019.jpg.html)

Wrapping!

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics020.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics020.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics021.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics021.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics022.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/InstallPics022.jpg.html)

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 12:45 AM
Enclosure installed and waiting for the new cover piece:

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics020.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics020.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics019.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics019.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics018.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics018.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics017.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics017.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics021.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics021.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics022.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics022.jpg.html)

Beautiful press fit grill pieces installed as well

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics023.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics023.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics024.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics024.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics025.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics025.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics026.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics026.jpg.html)

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 12:47 AM
And on the other side. Now I need to make some custom mats to keep up with the awesome pieces Mark made!

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics027.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Kick%20Panels/BuildPics027.jpg.html)



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And onto the highlight of this build- the trunk :)

In the mazdaspeed 3, the spare tire well is extremely large in diameter, but very shallow as well (2-3" deep). Mark came up with a fantastic design for the trunk and executed it flawlessly.

Fiberglassing the spare tire well (We used up to 12 layers of ounce and a half in spots to make the shell for the enclosure. It's EXTREMELY strong, yet fairly light weight as well.

The bare trunk:

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics036.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics036.jpg.html)

Deadened with some high quality SDS CLD tiles. This part of the trunk is thinner metal and prone to resonance. I had to use more than the typical treatment amount to get rid of the issues in this area.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics037.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics037.jpg.html)

Masking off the trunk...Sorry for the low light pics

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics038.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics038.jpg.html)

Mark sprayed in some 3m adhesive and layed in aluminum foil for more protection and to make removal of the shape easier. He covered the entire surface (this shot just shows the beginning of that work)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics045.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics045.jpg.html)

Boom

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics046.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics046.jpg.html)

After several layers of double 1.5 ounce

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics047.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics047.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics048.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics048.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics049.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics049.jpg.html)

Popwarhomie
04-29-2014, 12:49 AM
:drool:

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 12:49 AM
The shell is out (and shown bonded with the back piece)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics063.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics063.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics064.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics064.jpg.html)

Mark began working on the top of the enclosure and the sub cutout

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics065.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics065.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics067.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics067.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics068.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics068.jpg.html)

Rounded edges and then he installed T nuts for a more secure fit.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics069.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics069.jpg.html)

Sealing the top and bottom pieces up

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics070.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics070.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics071.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics071.jpg.html)

Mark added extra fiberglass in the sections of the trunk where there are dips/ridges to provide an even mounting surface for the top piece as you can see here after he flush trimmed the piece to take off the extra edges. Really nice work.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/InstallPics009.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/InstallPics009.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/InstallPics010.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/InstallPics010.jpg.html)

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 12:49 AM
Building out the top section. Mark included cutouts for the wiring to pass through as well as integrating vents for fans.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics032.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics032.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog001.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog001.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog002.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog002.jpg.html)

The distribution block and switches needed to find a home, so Mark came up with this little diddy. One of my favorite pieces of the install. It's made of HDP and is routed with smooth rounded edges allowing for connection of the power and accessory wires.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics056.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics056.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics057.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics057.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics058.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics058.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics059.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics059.jpg.html)

All of the holes were tapped and threaded- Mark is a true professional.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics060.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics060.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics061.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildPics061.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/InstallPics007.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/InstallPics007.jpg.html)

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 12:50 AM
The wiring was neatly routed to the proper locations

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/InstallPics006.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/InstallPics006.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/InstallPics008.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/InstallPics008.jpg.html)

Vinyl was applied to the sub baffle front

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog019.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog019.jpg.html)

Glued up

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog020.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog020.jpg.html)

And let the stretching begin! Carpet time

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog021.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog021.jpg.html)

Test fitting

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog027.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog027.jpg.html)

Notice the LED accent lighting around the top edges inside the piece :)

Setting the mood...

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog028.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog028.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog029.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog029.jpg.html)

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 12:51 AM
The sub cover with perforated stainless steel mesh insert for protection and breathability.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog031.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog031.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog030.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog030.jpg.html)

Top cover panel is being routed and then had the edges shaped with some fiberglass filler to make a higher quality look to the finished piece.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog032.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog032.jpg.html)

Amps and wires connected to the amps and test fit.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog033.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog033.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog038.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog038.jpg.html)

pickup1
04-29-2014, 07:43 AM
What and where are the mids /highs going?

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 02:00 PM
And the shots of what the trunk looks like when you open it up:

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog001-1.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog001-1.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog002-1.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog002-1.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog003.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog003.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog004.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Trunk/BuildLog004.jpg.html)


I wanted a stock appearance and Mark nailed it. You'd never know what awesomeness is lurking below :)

BoomTaco64
04-29-2014, 03:14 PM
nice looking system. would recommend replacing the kinetik in the front to something different but keeping in the car somewhere. not the best option for a starting battery.

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 04:03 PM
What and where are the mids /highs going?


Here you go:

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo4.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo4.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo5.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo5.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo6.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo6.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo7.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo7.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo8.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo8.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo9.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo9.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo10.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Dash%20and%20A%20Pillars/photo10.jpg.html)


These a pillars house a Hybrid Audio Technologies Legatia L3PRO dome midrange with a machined aluminum housing. The matching L1PRO tweeters will be housed in the sail panels which are being completed currently. Pics will follow for them as well :)

captainobvious!
04-29-2014, 04:16 PM
nice looking system. would recommend replacing the kinetik in the front to something different but keeping in the car somewhere. not the best option for a starting battery.

I'm curious why? Having different batteries in the same system would cause fluxuation with charging which can kill both prematurely, no? Plus, with significantly higher cranking amperage in the AGM, it shouldn't be working as hard to start the vehicle, right?

winkychevelle
04-29-2014, 05:29 PM
nice looking system. would recommend replacing the kinetik in the front to something different but keeping in the car somewhere. not the best option for a starting battery.

this is not needed at all the kinetics actually make great starting batteries and he doesnt need an extra batt in this car.

ps why would kinetic make 16v batts with a 12v post? its for running the car off of thats including the starter.

personally i like northstar, xspower, and odyssey batts but the kinetic is fine for that purpose

BoomTaco64
04-29-2014, 05:47 PM
not worth explaining.....nice setup, very clean.

phemps
04-30-2014, 05:43 AM
This car looks awesome, i wanna hear it!

captainobvious!
05-06-2014, 01:26 PM
Thank you sir :)

captainobvious!
05-12-2014, 04:31 PM
Oh...and sail panels are complete as well. Great job by Mark on these.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels007.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels007.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels008.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels008.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels009.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels009.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels014.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels014.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels015.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels015.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels016.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels016.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels018.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/Sail%20Panels/SailPanels018.jpg.html)


In other news, I'm taking it to the next level by going all digital. The P99RS is being removed and in its place will be an iPad mini. I'll utilize a 1/2din cd/dvd drive with opticla out as well as a digital dock on the ipad with optical out to feed the Mosconi 6to8V8 processor. Eventually, I'll add the Seagate wireless plus wifi drive to the mix to have 2TB of high quality music available from the iPad. [:)]

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BigSix
05-12-2014, 05:45 PM
beautiful craftmanship

bradl79
05-12-2014, 05:53 PM
dude that is amazing work, i love it

captainobvious!
05-13-2014, 01:04 AM
Thanks guys!

Credit goes to installer extraordinaire- Mark Worrell of Audiomasters in Pineville, NC. Mark is the man.

captainobvious!
05-18-2014, 01:03 AM
Got a little work done today. Not quite up to "#Doctor" quality level, but I'm happy with the beginnings considering Im working out of my living room...

It's official. The P99RS is out and the new digital setup is on its way in. First up, I had to disassemble the trunk in order to reconfigure some wiring and to find a suitable home for the processor. The board was carpeted and pre-drilled for Hex cap bolts and lock nuts all around. To mount the panel to the trunk, I used (3) 1/4-20 bolts and lock nuts to secure it to the chassis.
I rand 2 new optical cables and a 6 conductor cable for the DSP remote controller.



http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall025.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall025.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall016.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall016.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall017.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall017.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall019.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall019.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall020.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall020.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall023.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall023.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall024.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall024.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall028.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall028.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall029.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall029.jpg.html)

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall030.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/Mazdaspeed%203/DSP%20Install/DSPInstall030.jpg.html)