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I figured I'd go ahead and start this thread today since I'll likely start uploading pictures of my progress tomorrow.

This install started out with me just wanting to swap the dash and front door speakers from stock to upgraded ones. It has progressed to what I would consider an overall budget upgrade. Who knows where it will progress from here...

Here is a summary of the equipment to be installed:
- Dash speakers: JL Audio C2-350x
- Front door speakers: MB Quart FSA 216 components
- Rear door speakers: JL Audio TR690-TXI
- Amp: JL Audio A4300 4 channel A/B class
- Sound deadening: Rattletrap

The plan for now is to leave the dash speakers connected to the REN touchscreen head unit and run all of the door speakers off of the amp at 4 ohms. Once I decide whether or not I want to go with a dedicated amp for sub(s), I may run all of the door speakers off of 2 channels at 2 ohms and use the other 2 channels for a sub or two at 2 ohms.

The install is almost done. Pictures to come as soon as I sort out two small wiring issues I'm trying to resolve.
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:02 AM
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Ok, even though I'm not totally done yet, I figured I'd upload some of the pictures I've taken so far. (Warning, there's a bunch. But I've heard you guys like pictures, so you shouldn't mind.)

Let me preface this by saying that I'm by no means a veteran audio installer. This has been quite a task for me to take on, and while it might not be as ambitious a project as some that I've seen on this site (or as pretty), I've put a lot of planning, hard work, and sweat into this project. I applaud anyone that does their own installs. With that said, on to the pictures...

MB Quart 6.5's (these may be getting replaced shortly)


JL Audio amp:


JL Audio 6x9's that I moved to the rear doors:





Always have a jigsaw handy when making MDF mounting pieces (I didn't at first, and boy do I regret it):


Eventually, I borrowed a jigsaw to cut out the centers:


Then I used some flat black spray paint on them:
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Next, it was time for some sound deadening:



Then it was time for some weather stripping and installing the 6.5":



This part scared the crap outta me. I've never cut a big hole in a door panel, but after some mockups to make sure everything would fit, I made cuts for the tweeters:


Installed the tweeters:



Then it was on to the crossovers. I found a perfect little nook for these to fit upside down in the door panel (picture shows panel upside down):


Tweeter wired to the crossover (right side up):



That's it for now. Today I run the wires to the amp and if all goes accordingly have a great sounding audio system by the night's end.
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Wow, nice job on the install so far, thanks for the pics! Look forward hearing your impression of it when you're done!

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Very nice! Great job on those MDF baffles. Are the MB Quart crossovers wired to the front door speakers?
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Looking good so far.....
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Meaning did I connect the 6.5"s to them? Yes. Some of the pictures were taken on different days. Unfortunately, due to my work schedule, I've had to do this install in small portions. The pictures of the 6.5"s installed was prior to me taking them back out and running wires from them to the crossovers and using buttplugs and a little wire to extend the factory wires to use as the input sources.

Thanks for the kind words. The pictures don't do the amount of work justice. I've taken those door panels off and put them back on more times than I can count already. I literally can (and did last night) take them off in the dark in about 2 minutes flat. I'm just hoping that the end result meets my expectations.

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Ok, so the install is finally complete! I haven't really had a chance to properly tune it yet, so I'm not really sure of it's full potential, but from what I can tell so far it sounds nice. The highs sound very crisp and clear and the vocals sound good as well. The only portion that I'm not in love with is the lower frequencies. I was sorta forewarned of this when purchasing the component speakers that I did, but for the price I figured I'd give them a shot.

Before I go and re-upgrade the component speakers, I was wondering if maybe the lack of low frequency response has to do with the fact that I tapped into the rear door speaker wires for an input signal to the amp. I'm still confused as to which stock outputs produced which frequency ranges. Can anyone help?
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The front speaker wires produce a bit more lower frequencies than the rears do. Any possibility of adding a strong 6.5" midbass to your kick panel? That would provide an awesome balance to your front stage.
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Great looking build!

I agree with Daniel...you need some midbass spkrs to balance that out a bit. Looking at the pics I think you have the room but it means you'll have to scare the crap outta yourself again and cut a bigger hole.
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