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    Re: Need Help? Let Me know

    Hello everyone, my name is Matt, I have been an installer for 8 years now. My audio installs is a part time side job, however I work as a I.T. guy. We got our new van a few weeks ago and the stock system was not cutting it for me.

    Stage 1 Head unit install

    I decided to go with something that could give me expandability and features but also not something that would blow the budget. The JVC KW-R900BT fit the bill nicely. I am a alpine guy all day and kenwood is a close runner up, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone on this one and go with a different brand all together.



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    Few of the parts



    Ran the mic on top of the A pillar, no problem with echo or noise.



    As I do all my work, I soldered and marine grade heat shrunk all the wires, sadly I was in a rush and did not take a picture of this.





    Wires ready to go.



    Routed the USB #2 port to the glove box, very simple to do.




    Head unit installed in the metra dash kit.


    Installed with trim ring






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    2008 VW Passat



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    All wires soldered and heat shrunk




    After



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    Re: Need Help? Let Me know

    Hi Matt,

    I have a 1997 Volvo 850 Wagon, just like the one I saw your pictures from in this thread. I'm looking to upgrade completely - new receiver, new component front speakers, and (possibly) subwoofer. I'm not looking for an overpowering system, just an improvement that sounds good. With a total budget of 400-450 dollars, how much of an upgrade can I get, and where do you suggest I look? Do you think I could install myself (I'm completely new to car audio but can learn quickly), and if not, how cheap could I find a professional installer? Do you think a subwoofer or amplifier would be worth the money? I'm not entirely sure how high-grade a system has to be for either of these things to make sense. Excuse my lack of knowledge.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gcameron View Post
    Hi Matt,

    I have a 1997 Volvo 850 Wagon, just like the one I saw your pictures from in this thread. I'm looking to upgrade completely - new receiver, new component front speakers, and (possibly) subwoofer. I'm not looking for an overpowering system, just an improvement that sounds good. With a total budget of 400-450 dollars, how much of an upgrade can I get, and where do you suggest I look? Do you think I could install myself (I'm completely new to car audio but can learn quickly), and if not, how cheap could I find a professional installer? Do you think a subwoofer or amplifier would be worth the money? I'm not entirely sure how high-grade a system has to be for either of these things to make sense. Excuse my lack of knowledge.

    Thanks!
    Greg
    Hello Greg, the Volvo is pretty easy to upgrade as long as you know how to remove door panels and take your time. Make sure you have a door removal tool. You can buy one at any auto part store. If you want a fool proof way of doing it yourself order from crutchfield this way you will get all the instructions needed adapters needed . Otherwise there are plenty of online videos and articles showing how to remove door panels and you can save money by ordering from amazon or other places.

    You will hear a big difference between your stock speakers and new ones as well as just by upgrading the head unit by itself.



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    Re: Need Help? Let Me know

    The owner contacted me asking for a clean basic stereo install. Nothing crazy but he did want a little flare to it. I went ahead and put together an idea and went to work.

    Equipment

    Custom Autosound Secret Audio SST
    CD Changer
    Alpine Type S 6.5 Components
    Alpine Type S 6X9 Coaxial's
    KnuKonceptz 16 gauge wire



    As always wires soldered and marine grade heat shrunk.


    Harness organized and wired




    The CD changer was mounted using aluminum brackets secured to the back lip of the rear wall.




    Pre made kick panels were not deep enough for the woofers, nor did they have a cut out for a tweeter. Spacers were made and will later be routed and painted, fallowed by upholstery.






    A new dash was made (not by myself) and the display was installed.


    A bracket was made to install the brain as well on the back wall. The one strip going along the back wall has a gap behind it and worked well as a place to secure everything without going through the wall.



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    The customer did want rear speakers so I made a set of basic boxes and mounted them level and flat, as the back wall is actually angled back.





    A template was made for the beauty panel.




    The actually panel, it will later be wrapped. Still need to add the plexiglass and logo.








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    Here is a fiat 500 build I did.

    Fiat 500 Abarth (Hertz, Helix, alpine)



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    I did a simple stealth install on a 2012 Prius, with the first hybrid being done it was different than a normal car but not by much. The owner wanted a stealth install with major audio upgrades in quality.



    Removed dash panels making sure not to scratch them with painter tape.



    Speaker harness needed for the audio control.





    Door panels removed



    Old stock speakers vs new ID CXS speakers



    New speaker wire ran.



    Wires soldered and heat shrunk




    Installed



    New tweeters using factory location and factory brackets.




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    All wiring ran to the trunk. Before organizing.



    Trunk back together




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    Customer finally got the car to the upholstery shop and back. Final tuning will be done and red led's installed behind the logo.












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    Check your PM's, Matt.




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    Still doing installs here. Need to updated with some new work.



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    Re: Need Help? Let Me know

    Quote Originally Posted by bigaudiofanatic View Post
    Still doing installs here. Need to updated with some new work.
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    Re: Need Help? Let Me know

    Today was a simple upgrade. A family of a friend of mine wanted better sound for their trip. Sense the speakers were 11 years old it was to be expected. Upgraded the fronts and rears with polk DXI's which were hands down better than the stock ones which by now were deteriorating and sounded awful. The family only requested something cheap and the install was stealth.


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    Panels before


    Running the factory wire back through the stock grommet to install the crossover inside the cabin. Speaker wire was than fed back to the speakers.


    New speakers being wired up. Soldered and head shrunk




    Dremeled the old tweeters out to make room for the new ones.




    New speakers installed



    Installed





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