I thought it was about time I posted a build log. This car is my daily driver, a 1998 Honda Accord 2dr. I have a 1998 White Pontiac Firebird that a few on here have seen from USACi sq competitions. I have gone to finals with the firebird a couple of time and this year went home with a trophy in Consumer Q. Anyway, I decided to put a system in my daily driver aimed very budget minded and toward my kids. Everything you see in the car cost me roughly $1000 and I did 100% of the install.
Head Unit - Clarion MAX385VD
Monitors - Clarion VMA570
Speakers - Alpine SPX-F17T
Subwoofer - Image Dynamics IDQV3D2
Amp1 - Alpine MRV-F353
Amp2 - Jl Audio 500/1
Most of these products were bought used at very low prices.
The idea of the install was to provide decent sound quality utilizing stock locations and creating a stealth install and having a system my kids would also be happy with.
First thing installed was the head unit:
It was pretty easy and straight forward. The previous owner of the car had installed a second cruise control switch for after market fog lamps, but they couldn't figure out how it worked because they had a little toggle switch wired in the little pull out drawer underneath it. So, I switched thing up a little. I wired the Parking Brake wire from the Head Unit to the other Cruise Control switch and now I can watch movies with the car moving - anyone on here police.
This car gets an iPod cable, because I need all the original CD for my other car. For the sq people, I downloaded all CD's using Apple Lossless...it at least helps! I installed the iPod cable in the top compartment of my center console to easy access and I can control everything from my Head Unit.
I then installed the monitors in the head rests (again, no pics). Very easy, just cut the area out according to the template and secured it in using a 1/4" piece of MDF, screws and velcro.
In the console, I installed 2 switches. 1 is used to turn on/off the fog lamps and the other is to turn on/off the headrest monitors for when the kids are not in the car.
The SPX-F17T speakers consist of a 6.5 midrange/mid-bass, 5.25 midrange, and 1" tweeter. This set has passive crossovers with many different options using jumper bars depending on what you want to do with each speaker. I wanted a stealth/factory looking install, so I ruled out kick panels and decided the factory locations were sufficient. I also needed speakers in the back for the kids to hear the movie - the main goal here was to allow me to use the fader in the Head Unit so they could listen to the movie so me and the wife could talk about which ****** position to try that night!
I installed the 6.5 in the factory locations on the door. Very simple (wooden spacer made from MDF) and sorry no pics. I used the setting on the crossover that allowed me to have the 6.5 play the midrange and mid-bass as a 2 way setup.
The 5.25 from this set were mounted in the rear deck 6X9 locations using a simple wooden spacer from MDF (sorry no pics again). These are playing full range off the amp for the kids.