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I've been out of the car audio game for almost 12 years. I was an installer at Best Buy, Circuit City, and a few small custom shops until I decided to back to college and got hooked on the other part of a car that sounds so good... the engine. I started racing Mustangs and sold most of my gear except for my most prized components. Well after purchasing a SVT Focus a few years ago, and getting sick of the “Audiophile” system, I got the itch to do something in this car last summer.
Like I said I'm old school so you can imagine my shock when I picked up a Car Audio & Electronics magazine for the first time since 1998. I couldn't believe all the old amp manufactures were basically owned by DEI, Kicker's stuff which was always priced well and performed even better now looked like complete ass and every install was basically full of LED's or neon, Plexiglas was everywhere and entire interiors were now reconstructed with fiberglass and machined aluminum pieces! Wow! What a huge difference.

My goals were simple:
1.SQ type performance
2.Old school install where things are integrated, not highlighted.
3.Keep things as light as possible. The SVT Focus will never be mistaken for one of my ProCharged 5.0's or 4.6's but it performs well and gets decent mileage
4.Keep system design simple (The K.I.S.S. Principle)

So heres my plan:



Alpine 7939 – Because well.. It's a 7939! a truly legendary head. Best part is it matches the dash of the Focus, the face is black like the install kit and the car's bezel, and the lights are almost exactly the same red and green as the Focus dash lights. I don't really care that it barely plays CD-R's or that it won't control my i-Pod. I was using the iDA-X100 but after some serious tuning I could tell a huge difference in SQ, and dynamics between the X100/i-Pod and the 7939. In this install it is only used as a preamp and for track control anyway. I can also toggle the H701's presets with it using the remote control.

Alpine CHA-S624 – A great changer that will do CD-R's and has an optical output. It will even play my friends crappy mp3 discs. It's small enough to go into the glove box too. It's basically the source for the system.



Alpine PXA-H701 – It's exactly what I wished Symmetry, EPX, EPX2, or PPI's DCX-1000 would have done years ago. All the key things you need in one box. 31 band independent EQ for the front stage, 10 bands for the sub, time alignment, and full x-over control. I don't mess with any of the MX, Dolby, or surround processing but it's cool that I could. The 7939 is connected to this with an Ai-Net cable, ( No RCA's running to the rear to cause noise issues!) The changer is hooked to it with Ai-Net cable as well as a Toslink to cut down on the amount of D/A conversion to A/D conversion to D/A conversion most systems go through.. The front 1 out is for the tweeters, rear out is for the door mids, (independent EQing of the mids) and a Y-adapter is hooked to the sub output for easier sub adjustments. All three RCA's are from JL Audio and are as short as possible.



JL Audio 500/1 & 300/4 – I was so glad to see that JL was still owned by the same people and hadn't sold out or made there stuff look as cheap as Kicker, Fosgate, and PPI. I needed an amp that was on par with my old PPI A600 and A404 these things are that and more. I don't use any of the processing on the amps but again it's nice that it's there and the R.I.P.S. thing is awesome, no more buying speakers based on the amp. A big plus for me is that these amps were designed by Bruce Macmillan father of the Precision Power Art, AM, M, and DX amps that I loved.

JL Audio 10W6 – I was going to use all three of mine originally but space became an issue when designing the box So I;m going with two. My favorite subs ever.

Todays was rainy and $hitty but I managed to get the sub baffle and the framework for the enclosure done. I also re did the base of the amp rack in 1/2" MDF. I did this so I can route channels for the power distribution through the bottom.





Sorry pics are blurry, camera in my Black II isn't the best. I'll take some more tommorow with my girlfriends digi cam.
 

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Ordered some supplies today. 8 ga. wire from JL, fiberglass supplies from Composite One, went to the store and bought tape, PAM, aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Hopefully I can get that all prepped tomorrow so that when I get the glass stuff Thursday I can get at least the base layer done. I need to lay down some Dynamat in the well first. Going to modify the sub RCA and turn it into a 3ft Y-adapter.
 

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Got a few things done yesterday. Started to mount tweeters in pillars. Thanks to Thumper26 for the idea and how to on this. Need to pick up some headliner material to finish. Routed amp rack for power wires. Just waiting on FG supplies to finish up the trunk.
 

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Good looking build so far. I like that you are doing a very subtle clean install and not some of these overly flashy builds that are being built. Don't get me wrong they are cool, but I am a fan of having my stuff hidden, I live out of sight out of mind.
 

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Thanks guys. One thing I am trying to decide is how to finish the trunk. I was going do a plexiglass cover over the amps so I rabbeted the opening in the false floor. Now I trying to decide whether the do vinyl or carpet. The inside of the amp rack will prolly get some high gloss black laminate as well as the sub baffle. But I am trying to find someone local to source it from. No luck yet and Decotone wants 33.00 to ship a 4'x8' to me. Might try a cabinet manufacturer in town.
 

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Personally I would go plexi then you can use your truck still and not have to worry about things dropping down on those beautiful amps.
 

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Agreed...

I love your no nonsense approach to this. I thought it was just me who was not digging the plexi, neon, and platinum on a small-sea-worthy-vessel's worth of fiberglass that many seem to be doing. I can't wait to see how this turns out.
 

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Nothing agaisnt anyone doing glass work, it's an amazing skill. But like I said I'm old school I want it light clean and hidden. Going to do plexi for sure just trying to decide between vinyl and carpet right now. Prolly going to use different amps though. thinking of selling the 500/1 and 300/4 and going with a 450/4 and a 1000/1.
 

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Nothing agaisnt anyone doing glass work, it's an amazing skill. But like I said I'm old school I want it light clean and hidden. Going to do plexi for sure just trying to decide between vinyl and carpet right now. Prolly going to use different amps though. thinking of selling the 500/1 and 300/4 and going with a 450/4 and a 1000/1.
For sure, nothing against doing glass at all. It is very difficult to do well. Some have a tendency to go overboard with it. That's why I'm digging your approach. It looks like it will be very tastefully done, leaving the car looking good, but still functional.
 

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yeah, going over board with plexi is not my thing either. there is a term we use: volcano builders" lol bascially people who space a ring out, pull cloth, and make a volcano sub enclsoure rising from some place...i have see na few shops that seem to do that all the time...its about the most simply glassing you can do, yet some think its really badass :)
 

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yeah, going over board with plexi is not my thing either. there is a term we use: volcano builders" lol bascially people who space a ring out, pull cloth, and make a volcano sub enclsoure rising from some place...i have see na few shops that seem to do that all the time...its about the most simply glassing you can do, yet some think its really badass :)
LOL I know exactly what your talking about. I wish I had pics of my first install on this it was simple but basically took up the whole damn trunk. Anyone have a good source for vinyl? Do they make vinyl that has a padded backing like headliner material?
 

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I love your no nonsense approach to this.
It's always harder (to me atleast) to intergrate your stereo components into the car and keep things functional rather than scab over everything and highlight them with pretty lights and chrome

Looking foward to the progress
 

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Thanks for all the comments. Build is on hold while I wait from my laser level I had to order to do the tweeters, the FG materials to do the box, and the sale of the amps. (going bigger :cool:)
 
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