OK, quick background to preface this build log. I'm in my early 50's and have been installing systems in most of my cars since the early 90's. In my last car, a '12 Taurus SHO, I had installed a Kenwood Excelon double DIN NAV unit (with a full replacement dash kit and iData Maestro to integrate with all the factory electronics), plus PPI amps and a 3 way CDT component set with mids/tweets in custom a-pillars I fabricated and covered in matching vinyl. After spending a full day tearing all of it out when I traded that car about 15 months ago, I swore I was too old for all this nonsense and would never do that again....
Sooooooo…..fast forward about 12 months and I happen to notice a box of NOS MB Quart reference coaxials in my garage that I'd purchased a few years ago and frankly forgot I owned. I thought those German speakers would make a nice, easy upgrade and would go along with my MK7 Golf R 6-speed quite well. Obviously, I'd need amplification to make that worthwhile, so I got an Audiocontrol 4-channel and did a simple, solid install.
The downside of having nice systems in the past is that you get accustomed to that level of sound, and I've always had an acute ear for quality music reproduction. Unfortunately, door-mounted coaxials (even the venerated old school MBQ's) just couldn't image well enough for my tastes, and I decided I'd hunt for some 3-way components. Found a nice set of used Focal KX3's and then procured some salvage a-pillars and the new install I swore I wasn't going to do again was underway.
Wrapped in matching vinyl. Admittedly, I tried 2 different grill cloth versions first and neither matched to my liking. The vinyl is almost a perfect match and looks much better, so all's well that ends well. Clearly I haven't learned to rotate my pics prior to uploading...
(That's not a defect on the upper part of the a-pillar; it's a reflection from a dirty windshield...)