The evolution of my stereo.
I built these new amp racks as light weight as possible. The back is 1/2" ply I cut out behind the amp for weight savings an... Show mored better heat dissipation. My cap is screwed behind the plexi so you can see it and there are red lights to light it up at night. the bracing is pine trim and the front is 1/8" ply covered in carpet. It attaches to the sub through counter sunk holes, the sides are exactly long enough that the subs are braced against the back of the car.
Built a new sloted port to replace the sealed set up, it seems twice as loud now. If you notice my sub box is angled at the back, it fits the contour of the back seat, custom built it myself. I would have built the slot better but this was previously a sealed box and I didn't want to have to build one from scratch.
Finaly a new deck and its the one I wanted the alpine 9855, they stoped making them and I got the last one in town. This deck does everything, its got phase correction for every channel, parametric and graphic eq 7 band, you've got the on board sub level control and all sorts of other fancy gizmos. If you want audio control you want this deck
Just a pic of the face swung out to the first of three settings. The remote that came with the deck doesn't have the tilt buttons but my old remote with my non-tilt deck did, go figure, so i'll be using it instead.
I can make the buttons any color I want so they're red to match the dash.
The trunk is finished, got both top plates in, all the brackets are now hidden and it looks pimp. The white stuff is a bunch of snow that fell in when I opened the trunk, yes i cleaned it up.
I built a new rack for my MTX 4002 and Type X crossovers. cost nothing and I now have more trunk space available.
blew up a type X the entire rubber surround came off
Bought this MTX 4002 for 280$. Its 100 watts per chan. untill I add more mid than at 2ohm it'll be 200 watts!
It time to beef up the power system, should have done it long ago. Bought a new optima red top battery and upgraded my grounds to 4 awg to match my power wire
Here's the drivers side amp rack completed. I think it looks prime time and all it cost was time. The cap is now behind out of sight.
A nice close up view, i have red lights behind the plexi now too!
Well I finaly built a new enclosier. It has 2 chambers now and is rock solid. my last one was only meant for 1 sub and the second was added. its custom fit to the car with the same angle as the back seat. I wish I had pics of the construction phase, but just trust me though its prime time.
Here's my new MTX 6001 and stinger cap, cost 500$ for the amp 150$ for the cap.
Had to get that speaker wire inside the rubber boots, it was looking getto.
The 5.25" Type X are in the door and the grills are mounted. looks sexy! Those are the only interiors in the car, no 6x9's allowed!!!
I mounted my Alpine Type X crossovers today but the speakers still aren't in the doors
Didn't take long to replace the deck with my Alpine cda-9827
Heres the fist trunk set up I had
The wire comes into the car by the passengers feet, all I had to do was pass a cloths hanger through the gromet and pull the wire back in.
My Dash at night I wish the deck was red but whatever.
some other installs i've done, i'll be getting more pics soon
Put some driving lights on my dads van, look at that wiring job looks like it came from the factory that way.
My old 89 Chrysler Dynasty, thats how it all started
Put a deck in my sisters Neon Show Less
This will be the how to page where i'll show how i've done work to my car, if you do any of this to your car and fuck up im not responsible.
Ho... Show morew to change the Headlight bulbs on your 97-03 GP
There are 2 10mm bolts that hold the assembly in, remove them and slide the whole thing out sorta to the side more than the front.(the signal and head light are one piece.)
Then unplug the connector, unscrew the lock nut. Just a quarter turn should do it, and pull the bulb strait out. Put the new one in the same way and make sure to not touch or get anything on the glass.
To put the assembly back in is kinda a pain but there are these hook things that hold the assembly tight to the car. The first one is this tab by the rad.
Then theres a plastic hook on the back near the signal light that you need to get into this slot.
How to fix the wipers park in upright position problem
Normaly GM will charge you 75$ for this but its easy and new parts are usualy not required. As always im not liable if you break something or loose a finger.
So first thing that you have to do is take off the wiper arms. To do this, remove the plastic cap and bolt from the bottom. Next you NEED to use a puller to pull the arm off the pin and disconnect the washer line. If you insist on not using a puller DO NOT TWIST THE ARM SIDE TO SIDE or you'll mess up all the little teeth inside.
Now you have to remove the cowl cover, its really brittle so be carefull its just a few plastic push in clips. The cowl is made out of 2 pieces you only need to take off the drivers side piece. Then theres one more plastic cover under that to remove.
Now you should be able to see this, take note of the arrows
If you want you could run the wipers and just watch how they work, it'll give you an idea of whats going on. You'll see when you turn them off that brass piece just turns past the black piece its supposed to catch on. All you have to do is bend to black piece slightly so that it will catch. I also noticed that my brass piece is kinda worn probely from snow acumulating under the wipers, its a good idea to not let any ice build up in the winter.
All you have to do now is put it back together, all my plastic clips worked fine when I put them back. Make sure that it works right before hand and remember if you ran it you'll have to put the wiper arms back on in their parked position.
Install a cd deck, very easy and strait forward
1. Disconect the negative wire from the batery
2. pull the dash cover off, the whole thing is on clips just pull without breaking it, helps if the tilt steering is all the way down
3. remove the screws holding the stock unit in place and pull it out and disconect the wires
4. get some wiring adaptors that will plug into the stock connections, solder them to the adaptor that plugs into the aftermarket deck and wrap them welds in heat shrink or something comparable, try avoiding electrical tape.
5. you'll probely have to get a mouting plate that will alow your smaller aftermarket deck to fit into the stock location.
6. put the mouting plate in as you would with the stock deck, it may need to be modified unless it is specific to your vehical only, it will come with instructions
7. attach all the wires and just slide your deck in and replace the dash cover, thats it your done
More air flow
there is a screen in the throtle body, its purpose is to make air flow strait threw the maf sensor, you can remove it to get 15% more air flow. i took a highway trip to peterborough with the screen in and came back with the screen out, i noticed more passing power without the screen, fuel economy stayed the same and i've seen no difference at idle or anything just higher top end. pic from zzperformance.com great site by the way!
Disableling ABS, Traction Control, Magna Steer and the AC
under the hood in the fuse box simply pull fuse 28, its a 10A fuse, the book will show you exactly what one, and you'll disable ABS and Traction, even better than the button, magna steer will be disalbed so steering will get heavier as well as the ac pump, i want to put a switch in so that i can interupt the fuse from inside at will, courtousy, ontario and quebec club GP oqcgp.com
Running Power For Your System
1. Find the proper guage of wire to use, for example 8awg (guage) wire is good to about 700w 4awg should be good to 1100w etc and remember you can get wire bigger than you need but dont go smaller.
2. start you wire at the battery
3. Put your fuse in as close to the battery as practicaly possible, some use breakers but fuses are more reliable. breakers become less dependable with age
4. Run your power wire into the car, there is a grommet under the carpet by your feet on the passanger side, instead of pulling it out, try to pass a cloths hanger through from the inside, attach your power wire to it and pull it back through, I found this to be the easiest way. if you dont have a way to lift your car turn the wheels to the left and work around the passenger wheel. the wire also passes through the grommet easier if you lube it up, silicone lube works good
5. remove the carpet retainers and run the wire under the carpet. under the back seat and into the trunk away from your signal cables.
6. Its a good idea to cover the exposed wire with split loom for protection, and a more pro look, also your battery conection should be the done once everything is in, remember that the wire will short on any exposed metal on the car. a good way to look for shorts, lets say a screw through the wire, is with a multimeter, measure the resistance of your wire to ground, it should be open (unlimited resistance) if you read anything lets say 50kohm or 40ohm or 0ohm (very bad) it means you have a short
So first thing you want to do is get the door panel off.
there are 2 screws under the grab bar. take them out, its a torks bit. now pull the panel away from the door, i used a miniature pry bar covered in tape to help. the plastic clips holding the panel self destruct so you'll have to replace them.
now you have the option of working with the panel attached to the car or without. eigther way the connectors are delicate so be carfull not to break your power switchs.
ok now that the panels off you can take out those stock speakers, just a few screws and a conector here.
ok now lets get rid of some rattles. glue and tape the plastic speaker holder to the car and secure anything else you think might make noise. just make sure you dont mess with moving parts. now would be a good time to lay down some sound dedening.
now its time to decide if your using the stock wiring
ok now you can drop in your new 5.25" speaker, make sure you use a gasket. you want to stop the sound from the back of the speaker from getting out of the door or you'll have cancelation.
for the tweeter it all depends on the model of speaker you have some will fit in the stock location others need to be modified, for mine i cut a round hole in my door panel and droped them in with super glue. Show Less