I did this build back a few years back and thought i'd share. it's pretty simple - a basic upgrade. we plan on coing back through and making some changes.
2006 Hyundai Elantra Rock Island, IL Customized with Alpine Speakers, Alpine Subwoofers, Alpine Tweeters, Directed Security, Phoenix Gold Wiring, Alpine Amplifiers, Kenwood Head Unit
My buddy bought this brand new with a few hundred miles on it, then once he hit the recommended mileage for highway driving he brought it here
We had a good vehicle to start with. Brand new, just broke in and begging to be stripped.
The GT package for the hatchback provides a Kenwood Excelon MP3 CD player with front and sub outs – a 3-band EQ and sub level control. A great start for a factory installed head unit! I am a firm believer that manufacturers should provide pre-outs with all factory radios. This head unit saved him hundreds from the start!
The rest of the factory system was typically poor – small mylar tweeters and 6.5” in the door with 6.5” wizzer cones in the rear. Nothing great. But the sizes and locations were a good start.
Our starting pieces:
(1) Alpine Type-R 6.5” Components
(1) Alpine Type-R 6.5” Coax
(2) Alpine Type-R 10” DVC 2+2 ohm Subs
(1) Alpine V-Power MRP-F450
(1) Alpine V-Power MRP-M650
(3) Sets Phoenix Gold 17’ RCA’s
25’ Phoenix Gold Blue and Silver 8 GA
50’ Phoenix Gold 18ga Speaker wire
25’ Phoenix Gold 16ga Speaker wire
20’ Phoenix Gold 4ga Blue power wire
6’ Phoenix Gold 4ga Silver ground wire
(1) Streetwires distribution block
(1) Streetwires 1 Farad digital cap
Platinum Series ring terminals
Gold plated spade terminals
Charcoal carpet, 3M spray adhesive, 3/4" plywood, hardware, etc.
We chose Alpine Type-R speakers after some serious listening. Eclipse was the next competitor. We love the sound and clarity Type-R had to offer. And at a great price point, it was hard to turn down. The V-Power amps were and easy choice since the V-12 series is rather disappointing in what it has to offer outside of looks. Digital control can be annoying and is a easy failure point. The longevity of the V-Power series is without dispute. These guys have been doing this for decades. We got everything at two places: Etronics.com for the Alpine gear and Parts Express for the install pieces. I would recommend Etronics to those of you looking for good gear at great prices. We got all that alpine gear pictured for $950 shipped. It was perfect.
We started by removing most of the interior; front and rear seats, center console, dash covers, door skins, rear seats, rear interior panels, trunk panels, etc. I keep an empty drawer cabinet so we labeled each compartment as we removed groups of screws. In the end every single screw was in it’s original location.