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Putting speakers in the kicks of a 2001 EX

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Old 04-04-2010, 08:55 AM
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Default Putting speakers in the kicks of a 2001 EX

The process:
  • disassemble all interior trim panels and remove carpet to expose kick panel metal.
  • plan on relocating anything currently located there - i.e. computers and hood release
  • find any cavities in the kick area - in my case there was a cavity in the floor and one on the lower apillar (side)
  • cut away metal that is not structurally important
  • deaden the hell out of the area
  • build baffles - i used painted MDF with t-nuts
  • secure baffles - i used liquid nails construction adhesive and silicone
  • modify factory trim panels and carpeting to accept new drivers





driver
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exposed
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cutting
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deadening
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vented
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carpeted (need to replace/cover factory carpet)
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passenger
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exposed (computer brain to be relocated)
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cut and deadened
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vented
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baffles glued and secured (computer relocation visible)

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grills
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grills updated
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carpeted
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:00 AM
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test fitting process

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midrange baffle creation

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designed for flexibility with midrange selection. i made the rear piece to secure to the car with three t-nuts for mounting the outer baffle. the outer baffle is removable so i can try different midrange drivers that don't align with the Oz mounting locations. the midbass baffle is fixed.
 
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:09 AM
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testing speaker locations
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computer relocated
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retention of factory firewall barrier.
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speaker wire disconnects protected with heat shrink.
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speaker protected from fiberglass with grill cloth
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i've been experimenting with different fill types (fiberglass, polyfill, etc.) and different amounts. the fiberglass is no longer in there.


these are the drivers in the kicks:
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system diagram
 
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:38 AM
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Awesome work, do you do this professionally or is this just a hobby?
 
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:57 PM
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hobby, of sorts. professionally, i'm an Acoustics Engineer. i've sold home/car audio b4, and installed home audio professionally. but car audio has been a hobby for 15 years, and i perform my own work. i will do installations for others, and my rates are very reasonable. i'll consult on installations, help purchase equipment (usually from a local shop but sometimes online), install and tune, and teach how to use it.

this is my everyday car, most of this work was performed between 11pm-3am, after the wife and kids go to bed, with enough time to sleep b4 i go to work at 8am.

i posted this so others with a 6th gen can see the potential.

my next task is to recover the factory carpet so i have a seamless look. i don't like that you can see the difference in carpet. and i don't like the stains.
 
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:03 PM
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the coolest part is that after all of that stuff down there, i lost ZERO space in my kicks. everything is flush with factory carpet and factory panels.

and the sound stage is amazing.

tweeter installation:


extending tweeter wires - solder and heat shrink

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tweeter prep
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wire terminals - a molex plug is planned for future
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pvc with modeling clay for shape
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covered with black fleece - black so they are not visible from outside and so it matches the tweeters. i may recover most of the car black to set off the silver trim.
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finished look
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That is god tier
 
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by inphinit View Post
That is god tier
i haven't heard that expression before. i assume it's a complement?
 
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Old 04-28-2010, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by keep_hope_alive View Post
i haven't heard that expression before. i assume it's a complement?

Lets hope it was something good he said...

Super nice shots and info my Stereo Manager...

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