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Marking my spot to log the process of my audio build for my new to me 2018 VW Passat.

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To get things going the plan is to complete my subwoofer and A pillars before I pull everything out of the car for sound treatment and wiring.
I chose to start with the A pillars.

as of right now I have designed and completed the speaker grill/bezel and the speaker mount.
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After lots of trial and error I’ve come to my completed look. I was aiming for something that complimented the tweeter (which will be installed in the sail panel).
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I’m really proud of the results! Next step is positioning the mounts in the a pillars and begin building those up.
 

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Can't wait to see your A-Pillar mods, mine are out of my car, at a shop now, as I don't have the experience/skills/equipment to do it myself...
 

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Can't wait to see your A-Pillar mods, mine are out of my car, at a shop now, as I don't have the experience/skills/equipment to do it myself...
I have the equipment….. working on the skills/experience. This will be my first go at this kind of thing.
 

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The first one is always the hardest. Just take your time. And things will turn out beautiful
Taking my time has always been a struggle for me, but that’s the plan. It’s a real exercise of news skills and restraint of rushing to get it done. Lol
 

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To get things going the plan is to complete my subwoofer and A pillars before I pull everything out of the car for sound treatment and wiring.
I chose to start with the A pillars.

as of right now I have designed and completed the speaker grill/bezel and the speaker mount. View attachment 317047
After lots of trial and error I’ve come to my completed look. I was aiming for something that complimented the tweeter (which will be installed in the sail panel).
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I’m really proud of the results! Next step is positioning the mounts in the a pillars and begin building those up.
So I'm assuming you have the base audio not the Fender in your Passat? I'm also in the midst of building my 2017 Passat. Look forward to seeing where you take this build and possibly exchanging ideas and troubles alike.
 

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So I'm assuming you have the base audio not the Fender in your Passat? I'm also in the midst of building my 2017 Passat. Look forward to seeing where you take this build and possibly exchanging ideas and troubles alike.
Yeah, I have the SE with the technology package, but no fender audio.
 

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A Pillar progress for the night:
I have the driver side aimed and hot glued in place. I think the height and angle looks perfect, and it doesn’t take away to much of my view. I believe that even the window defrost will still function pretty well once everything is complete.
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That's a mid-range right?

Where are the tweeters going?
 

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A Pillar progress for the night:
I have the driver side aimed and hot glued in place. I think the height and angle looks perfect, and it doesn’t take away to much of my view. I believe that even the window defrost will still function pretty well once everything is complete. View attachment 317087
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How deep are your mids? How much clearance (breathing room) is there down the pillar?

Have you managed to acquire spare pillars, in case those get fubarred?
 

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How deep are your mids? How much clearance (breathing room) is there down the pillar?

Have you managed to acquire spare pillars, in case those get fubarred?
Mids have a mounting depth of about 1.65 inches. Maybe about half an inch clearance from the actual metal a pillar. As far as room for the mid to breath it opens up into the dash so there is plenty of room for the speaker to breathe. I actually picked up a new set of A pillars from my dealer who sold me the car. They screwed up a few things and kinda owed me. I also have a second headliner that was previously in my car that they had to replace after I purchased the car. So now I have the material from that to wrap the a pillars to match oem.
 
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