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This is what I'm planning on so far for the 2015 Focus ST I'm planning on buying this summer.

The reason for tapping off the stock amplifier outputs is because apparently you lose BlueTooth connectivity, steering wheel controls and volume controls if you tap off of the inputs to the stock amp. I'd like to maintain this functionality. I understand that a bunch of filtering goes on in the amp but with the capability of the miniDSP, I feel that I can re-equalize to something that I enjoy listening to.

Any comments/suggestions?

 

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Only thing I would change is the car.....

Focus RS :)

That is if it ever comes stateside! Looking forward to your opinion of the ST once you get some miles on it. My 15 year old saab is gettng a bit tires and the ST/RS are among the finalists for a replacement.
 

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I can't afford/don't need an RS. Not that I would mind having one :)

From what I've been reading, they're doing a 2016.

My uncle got an ST and has been driving it since about October. He loves it. I'm going to still have my Ranger as a winter vehicle but it will be a big change for me. I've been driving the Ranger since 2004 so I'm very excited for something new.
 

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I own a 2013 ST and have a similar setup minus the minidsp 2x8 with different brand speakers and amps. I have read on Focusst.org (great forum to check out) that the 2014 had issues with tapping after amp. There was a thread on it and pretty sure they had a solution. I wish they would get the QNX system out sooner.

Are you getting a ST1 2 or 3?

How much improvement does the minidsp provide?

Where are you getting your components for the door? I need a new pair for front.
 

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I own a 2013 ST and have a similar setup minus the minidsp 2x8 with different brand speakers and amps. I have read on Focusst.org (great forum to check out) that the 2014 had issues with tapping after amp. There was a thread on it and pretty sure they had a solution. I wish they would get the QNX system out sooner.

Are you getting a ST1 2 or 3?
Thanks for taking a look at my setup. The issue many had was with the Sony amps on the ST2/3. As far as I understand, the ST1 doesnt come with Sony hardware so is not affected by the issue. If it is, the solution is very simple.

Im planning on an ST1 as I dont need most of the additional features.
 

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I own a 2013 ST and have a similar setup minus the minidsp 2x8 with different brand speakers and amps. I have read on Focusst.org (great forum to check out) that the 2014 had issues with tapping after amp. There was a thread on it and pretty sure they had a solution. I wish they would get the QNX system out sooner.

Are you getting a ST1 2 or 3?

How much improvement does the minidsp provide?

Where are you getting your components for the door? I need a new pair for front.
Th miniDSP isnt about improvement, just a solution for filtering/TA/EQ for an active 2way plus sub. It seems to fit what Im looking to do in a small footprint.

Im buying the raw drivers from Madisound. Im hoping to play around with fiberglassing to get the drivers into the door.

How difficult was getting the power wire to the trunk? Any tips or lessons learned from your install?
 

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Hmm, another ST in NJ, eh? I have an ST3 with the older "AA" Sony amp so I had no upgrade issues.

There's a grommet behind the glove box that gets you power through the firewall. I ran 4ga which was a little tight under some moulding pieces but NBD.

With the full size spare there's plenty of room for your processors under the floor. I have my MS-8 and an NVX amp under my floor, only the sub box is on top.
 

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Hmm, another ST in NJ, eh? I have an ST3 with the older "AA" Sony amp so I had no upgrade issues.

There's a grommet behind the glove box that gets you power through the firewall. I ran 4ga which was a little tight under some moulding pieces but NBD.

With the full size spare there's plenty of room for your processors under the floor. I have my MS-8 and an NVX amp under my floor, only the sub box is on top.
I'm planning on 0 gauge for the power I want available so I was hoping to grommet up into the trunk somehow. I figure once I have some hardware, Ill rip the entire trunk apart and find a solid way to snake it.

Do you have any pics of your setup? I would like to retain the spare but use all that foam space around it to house the power distribution and at least the processors. I found a neat install where a guy built a box around the tire for a small sub.
 

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No I don't have any pics but it's nothing special. The rear left foam was cut out completely to accommodate the MS-8 (puts the MS-8 close to the factory amp to have short splice runs of wire). The sub amp fits in the space on the right rear, distribution block is in the front right.

I've seen some installs where the spare was flipped over to give a bigger cavity for a sub box, that would be slick. I still think you're going to have a challenge getting those amps under the cargo floor but it should be a fun project
 

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Yea, I would like to store everything under the floor but the amps are quite large.

Is there room under those left and right humps? Or is that space completely filled with electronics and things? It would be really cool to replace those with fiberglassed boxes for subs :) And maintain a whole trunk even with all that.
 

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There's not much room, the left is a wheel and the right is a wheel plus the gas filler neck. There's some sound damping but not much empty space back there

If you really are crunched for space you might want to look at a space saver spare or ditch the spare tire entirely
 
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