Page 1: NEW PICS (4/1/06)!!
Page 2: Dropped, rims, etc...
Page 3: Before Modification
Page 4: Current A/V Installation! OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW!!
Main Equipment List:
*Alpine IVA-D900 7" In-Dash Screen / DVD Player
*Soundstream Rubicon 604 4 Channel Amplifier
*Soundstream Class A 10.2 Power Amplifier
*Boston Acoustics Z6 6.5" Component Speakers (2 Pairs)
*Soundstream SPL12 12" Subwoofer (x2)
*Soundstream SC-5 5 Farad Digital Capacitor
*Mobile Spec Pro-Ice Series Interconnects
*Lightning Audio Storm Series Power / Ground Cables
*Custom Dash Trim Piece
*Custom Amplifier Rack
*Sealed Dual Chamber Subwoofer Wedge Box (.8 Cubic Ft. per Chamber)
*Dynamat Xtreme Door Kit (x3)
If you know me, then you probably know that I am an electronics fiend, especially when it comes to mobile Audio/Video equipment! What can I say? When I'm in the car more than I'm at home, I need SOMETHING to enjoy!! You probably also know that I love tearing stuff apart and rebuilding it, or upgrading it... So what do you get when you add those together? A TORN UP 2004 Solara!! The installation took me 2 days to complete, including a bit of time for Sound Solutions in Chantilly, VA to fabricate a custom housing for new headunit (to properly fit the place where the funky, upside-down, rounded out trapezoid factory headunit once was). Enterprise Rent-A-Car was awesome enough to hook me up with a Jeep Liberty for discounted rates (lower than econo-car) with no gas reimbursement; much thanks for that!!
I always try to keep my installations looking as factory as possible (when my seats are folded up, the only visible difference is in the center dash)... I buy a car because I like its looks, performance, etc... so I try to keep it that way! Also, it reduces the chances of theft...
My system is headed by an Alpine IVA-D900 in-dash 7" screen / DVD player, followed by a Soundstream Rubicon 604 running two pairs of Boston Acoustics Z6 speakers, and a Soundstream Class A 10.2 running a pair of Soundstream SPL12 Subwoofers in a sealed box. The subs are DVC (Dual Voice Coil) wired in parallel / parallel for a mono load of 1 Ohm. For a power buffer I'm using a Soundstream 5 Farad capacitor. Anyhow, enough talk, here's the good stuff!
Audio "Flow Chart":
Here's a couple shots of the Alpine IVA-D900 in closed position. I decided to go with a black trim around the headunit because (in my opinion) it looks a bit better than the factory silver (eh, the silver just went up too high on the dash for my liking). It also matches the headunit color a bit better, as the charcoal colored headunit would stand out like a sore thumb on the factory silver color.
And a few shots of the 7" screen in open position (sorry, it started getting kinda dark on me as I was taking these shots... damn winter!!). I hooked up a steering wheel interface module so I am still able to use the factory steering wheel controls for Channel (acts as Skip / Fast Foward on CDs / DVDs as well), Volume and Mode (Source). And yes, I do have it wired so you can watch DVDs when the car is in motion.
The spacing behind the rear seats was perfect for mounting my amps and cap. I decided to build an amp rack to keep it clean and keep exposed wires minimal (you will see trunk shots in a sec). On the right (behind the driver) is my Soundstream Class A 10.2 wired in 1 Ohm pushing a cold, clean 1000 Watts x 1 (continuous @ 12V) to my subs. On the left (passenger side) is my Soundstream Rubicon 604 wired in 4 Ohm, delivering 85 Watts x 4 (continuous @ 12V) to each of my mids and highs. My Soundstream 5 Farad capacitor fit snugly between the two amps and added a nice transition from blue to silver (with it's silver chassis and blue display / lights). If you look closely, you will see that the small amount of wire that is exposed is blue and silver as well to keep things consistent. The seats fold up completely to conceal the amps.
Kinda a weird shot through the door mesh... This is one of my Boston Acoustics Z6 speakers in the factory driver's side door location. I fabricated a spacer out of MDF particle board to make the new 6.5" speaker fit in the factory 6"x9" speaker location. My doors and trunk are COMPLETELY sound dampened using Dynamat Xtreme.
Ah yes.. Call me oldskool, but I love my Soundstream SPL12s!! They are extremely clean, tight, and LOUD! Right now they are in still mounted in the wedge box from my old Celica installation... so it looks a bit ackward in my trunk (against my flat amp rack), but I'm going to build a new box soon... The shot on the right shows the rear of my amp rack... Look ma, no wires! =P
I mounted my rear Z6 Crossovers centered below the rear speakers. The middle shot shows a little Dynamatting and my 1/4" MDF spacers for the rear speakers (similar concept as my front door speaker spacers).
I mounted the crossovers for the front Z6s under the driver seat, and the brain for the IVA-D900 under the passenger seat for easy access and future expansion. The seats are pushed all the way forward in these pictures, when they are back the equipment is concealed and out of the way (it's far enough forward to dodge kicking from back seat passengers).
Can't have a system without power... I have an Optima Yellow Top that I will put in sometime, but for now the factory battery is making due quite nicely. I am running 0/1 Gauge power cable from the battery to a Monster distribution block under the rear seats, then 4 Gauge to my amps and cap. I'm using a 160 Amp slot fuse for protection. Oh, and you KNOW that's a damn sexy shot of my hand!
That's it for now, but this car is always a work in progress. I will keep posting pictures as I do more stuff, and trust me... I still have many plans for my baby! Until next update, I hope you enjoyed the ride!
Just remember... The beast comes out at night...