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I figured I would start a progress thread for my custom stereo project. Little info:

Car:
-2010 Fusion Sport FWD w/Sony 12 Speaker Stereo (no navigation)

Goal:
-To fill in the freq curve gaps the stock stereo misses
-Bring the stage up in front of the driver
-Clean/Simple install to resemble a factory appearance

Equipment:
Front
-Alpine F1 SPX-Z18T 3-way X-overs
-Alpine F1 [Tweeter]
-Bohlender Graebener Neo8-PDR Planar Transducer (Parts-Express.com:Bohlender Graebener Neo8-PDR Planar Transducer | neo8pdr planar tweeter ribbon tweeter planar transducer) [Mid-range]
-Tang Band W5-1138SM 5-1/4" Neodymium Subwoofer (Parts-Express.com:Tang Band W5-1138SM 5-1/4" Neodymium Subwoofer | subwoofer 5-1/4" subwoofer neodynium subwoofer tangband tb speakers tangband-22008) [Midbass]

Rear
-No Rear Fill

Subwoofer
-IDQ12D4

Amplifier
-US Acoustics 2150 2x150 @ 4ohm RMS [Front Stage]
-US Acoustics 2075 1x240 @ 4ohm RMS [Sub] (I realize the sub w/present a 2ohm load in parallel, if I run into issues I will swap out the sub for the IDQ12D2)

HU
-Alpine CDA-9833 3way Crossover/Time Correction/EQ


Installation Basics:
-Alpine F1 Tweeter in stock location
-The Planar Mid-Range is going to be molded into the A-Pillar
-Midbass will be install in the stock front door midbass location
-Doors will be sound deadened
-Subwoofer will be installed in a cylinder shaped enclosure in the spare tire well sized so a full 18" Sport wheel/tire (spare) and be placed over top of the box as a speaker grill.
-Trunk floor will be raised 4" to account for the added full spare height, along with speaker volume requirements.
-Amps to be installed under raised floor
-Access hole to be cut in stock carpet floor cover to expose the full spare w/sub inside
-Stock subs to be removed.
 

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Test fit of box/amps/spare:






Amp rack has studs that fasten down to stock trim mounting tabs.

Well be building a crossover tray off the front of the amp rack. Then using 1/2 plywood to create a top (carpeted) w/spare exposed.

Box needs to have a fiberglass bottom baffle constructed, and then carpeted.

It's great progress for only 5hrs work!
 

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Thanks! I'm very happy with the way it came out. After some more glassing it'll be time to wrap it in automotive carpet. Figures the install I would be most proud to show off is going to be 95% hidden. Oh well ;).

Reminds me, I need to pick up some more resin jelly during lunch today.
 

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Progress will be slow until black friday. I'm going to putz around with it a bit during lunch hours but with my house remodeling projects are taking up any free time.

I'm setting aside black friday to finish up most of the fabrication work left.
 

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Thanks.

You're telling me. They are like 4" x 8" x 3/4" in the rings. Going to flush them into the pillars but there will be a bump out on each side. More install pics to come when I work on it tomorrow during lunch.

Planars sound phenominal as mids! I had a buddy here running them in his scion. Crisp and clean!
 

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More updates!

I temp installed my extra set of pillars in the car and marked where I thought I wanted them. Afterwards I noticed one of my marks was 3/8" lower than the other so I worked to square them up. At first I used the bandsaw to cut the trim panels... really wasn't needed. 3 passes with a sharp utility blade cut em like butter. Anyway, here's some pics of them tacked with hot glue. I'll get some pics of them mocked up in the car after work.



 
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