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once upon a time, i used to build nothing but G35s and 350zs...up to the point that i pretty much stopped posting on those forums because i wanted something different to work on.

I have to say though, after a few years away, it felt pretty warm and fuzzing getting back into a G coupe for a full build.

Jesse helped with this car by doing the headunit install and building the Pillars. The customer supplied all the product with the exception of the DSP.

goals:

1. achieve a nice level of SQ with good output using customer supplied gear on a modest budget

2. install customer supplied pre-fabricated sub enclosures and maintain a stealthy look for the amp rack

lets get started:

The signal source starts with a pioneer 4000NEX headunit, installed via a JDM double din finisher...some of you may know that using this kit and the pioneer unit isnt as simple as securing it to the oem cage. if you line up the holes, it will result in the headunit not sitting flush, either too high or too low and too far recessed...so i have to say, as someone who has done over 40 of these types of headunit installs, that Jesse did a GREAT job re-drilling the oem bracket and mounting the 4000NEX exactly where it needs to go:



moving onto the front stage, which is a set of Image dynamics SX65 6.5" components...the midbass were installed in the factory location in the lower door.

first, new speaker wires were run into the door via the factory molex:



next, the door panel got a combination treatment of Stinger foam and STP CLD damper around the speakers:



i then fabricated a set of oem speaker matching spacer baffles, and coated with them several layers of truck bedliner to protect them against the elements:





next, the spacer baffle was bolted back in place using oem hardware:



and the ID midbass secured in place:





the same process was of course repeated on the passenger side:











the outer door skin whcih are pretty good at resisting resonance, also got some treatment via CLD dampers:





the ID tweeters went in custom molded A pillar pods. Jesse did a great job on these for his first ever full set of pillars...they are aimed relatively off axis for a more clean look and having done enough of these cars, i know this orientation does pretty good in this car:









here are a few build pics of the pillars. first, the tweeter rings were aimed and secured:





next, jesse filled the area with filler to build up the pod shape, and sanded it down smooth:







then, they were wrapped in dash matching black vinly and the ID tweeters press fit in place...they are now ready to go back into the car:





next comes a series of pics showing the wiring bundles as they travel from the front of the car to the back, ziptied and secured to factory bundles every few inches:















i also removed the factory 6x9s on the rear deck to allow better bass response, and sound proofed the metal rear deck and the bottom side of the rear deck lid with CLD and foam, respectively:



 

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moving onto the trunk...as previous mentioned, the customer supplied me with two prefab enclosures, these are the 4080 boxes and have been modified to house a single image dynamics idmax10 each. this is the normal view of the trunk, with the stock floor in the middle flanked by the two enclosures:



pop off the carpet and you see a new fake floor center panel with a single pop off grille panel





lift off the grille and here is what you see. two AudioQUE(sp?) amplifiers are in a simple amp rack trimmed with black CF vinyl. Nothing fancy just a little something extra to show off if he wanted to as this was a modestly budgeted build. I havent really heard of these amps before so i am not usre on their power rating...but i think one is a 4x150 class amp for the front stage and the other is a 2 to 2.2 kilowatter for the subs.

if it was my choice, i would have preferred to rebuild the boxes so press fit grilles can be incorporated, perhaps that can be a future addition :)













some quick build pics of the trunk floor...the customer had already sound proofed the floor with CLD, i installed a few rivet nuts to bolt the foundational support structure onto:





i then fabricated a one piece amp/processor rack with supports that will house all the wiring and components:



this is the top floor and vinly trim piece before and after upholstery:







here is the breathable top grille after carpeting:





and finally, a shot of the wiring beneath the surface:







so thats it...pretty basic and simple G35 coupe build. sound wise its pretty good. like i said i dont know a lot about these amps, but they seem to be pretty stout, the floor noise may be a little higher than what i am used to but its not bad. center is well focused above the dash (near eye level) width is pillar to pillar. depth is average, hovering around the edge of the windshield. frequency response overall is quite good, pretty typica for the xs set, very good snap on the midbass...the two idmaxes do a decent job of blending with the front stage while being able to shake the car with authority...overall a pretty good simple sq build with some good output.

cheers,

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Nice job! I love the G35 coupe, I think they look great (I think i actually like the G35 more tham the G37) and that looks like a very clean install!

Having done numerous G35 builds, how long did this take you from start to finish?
 

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Nice job! I love the G35 coupe, I think they look great (I think i actually like the G35 more tham the G37) and that looks like a very clean install!

Having done numerous G35 builds, how long did this take you from start to finish?

with jesse's help, this was about 4 days or so including the tuning.
 
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