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Hey all. So the Camry finally let me down. I tore into that car so hard. Need speaker vents? Cut a hole? Want to try something crazy? Rip out half the interior? Acoustic foam on all surfaces? Sure why the hell not. It was my first real car. I loved it to death, but its time to move on. I always told everyone that i'd drive it till it left me on the side of the road and it did just that. Multiple times. So I got some funds together and got a new car. Here's my new baby. 6 speed manual 2011 Scion TC

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Its a reconstructed/totaled title so i got it for a good deal. Unfortunately, that means its got its hiccups. So far the engine and body have been reliable but the work that was done elsewhere is shady as ****. It was some random guy on the ****ty side of town who did the work. Meh. First off. I had to get rid of those plastidip wheels and OH BOY OH BOY WAS THAT A ****INGGGGGGG ADVENTURE.

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Far far better imo.

Next up was a look through the car to see what other shady **** was done. Found this. That's the window cleaner sprayer on the carbon fiber hood. Pretty sure its gorilla glue all over it. So ill need to fix that. The back seat is missing a large link that connects it and there are random ass bolts all over the place. The seat still looks good and functions well. I've pulled a few panels and there are missing clips as well. Other than those things. Everything seems alright. Just some dumb bs to fix but nothing drastic.
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The doors on this car is absolutely massive..and completely built for a SQ build. Just look at this, its like a third of the car!
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I may end up building some fully custom, ground up door panels for it at some point but for now. I'll roll with what i got.

Just a quick look through the car and the room i have available for stereo stuff. First pic(ignore circle) is of Gen1 version of this cars dash and what it looks like with all the useless crap tore out. From some reading, it looks like the 2nd gen(mine) is the sameish platform but a little bit wider. 2nd pic is my cars dash now. I'd be willing to bet that if i dug into the dash. i could find more than a enough room for a shallow mount subwoofer enclosure. 2nd picture is my current dash.
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After I looked over the Scion. It was time to tear into the Camry and pull everything out. So here's a final farewell to that ****show.
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I took off the back quarter panel and look at all this room! ...and horrible **** CLD that i get to tear off.
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I didn't get any pics of it but brake cleaner took all that brown stuff right off. Note, brake cleaner immediately melts the white silicone beads that manufacturers use in their cars.

I started to look for where i can put subwoofers as they are the biggest component in a system and generally you need to plan your system around their location. I have my two Fi ib3 15'' sitting around now. I looked around the vehicle on where i could possible use them. The back trunk area is completely flat. There isn't a spare tire "well" to speak of. That kind of sucks because tire wells make really easy to hide fiberglass enclosures for subs. I looked at cutting a hole where the spare tire is now and making an IB configuration but i ran into a bit of a problem...the exhaust pipe and muffler go down the vehicle and for WHATEVER reason, shoot directly underneath the hatch trunk. That metal piece you see in the middle. Thats the heatshield directly under the spare tire. So i couldn't vent a IB sub without most likely melting the damn cone. ****.
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So what are my options? My thought is this. I could very easily built fiberglass enclosures into those quarter panels and put two shallow mount subs into them. Most likely a Sundown Sd3 in each panel. I might possibly do 1 in the back left. 1 in the back right, and 1 in the dash...but thats a lot of custom work and i am not really ready to cut into this car that much yet. I am going to take my time and make sure this car turns out as beautiful and clean as possible. Amp wise. I have my Wolfram 3k which is a monster and i don't have an alternator in this car to support that, plus two possibly 3 separate subs in different locations is going to kinda screw me on T/a situation. I have the dsp channels, just not the amp channels.

Thats all for now. I'll update as i get more into it.
 

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I got the horns in today. Having put them in the Camry before, i understood the process of mounting them a lot easier. Just stick your head under the dash. Find factory mount points, see where you want the horn to sit and start fabricating and bending steel flat bar till its where you want it. Lots of vice/hammer and back n forth here.
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I had to dremel down this piece so the steel flat bar would sit flat on the factory mounting location.

Thank god for this tool. I had to cut away some of the kick panel plastic so that the horn would fit which left a nice hole for mounting. Put in a threaded rivet and wala, mounting location.
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Ill make some beauty panel tomorrow to hide it all. Will most likely wrap it in suede or something. Probably going to inset some magnets and make a quick and easy on/off cover.
 

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If the exhaust came straight out the back on the passenger side, instead of jogging over to the driver side, that would open up space to weld a “sub box” in underneath the floor in the trunk.
 

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I started off with this design but decided i wanted the exits of the horn to be more free on all 3 sides. So i switched to two pieces of wood and just let the metal grill be the binding part. Its a little wobbly but does the job. I inset the mounting bolts on the horn to be flush and then drilled 1/4in into the horn body and glued magnets into it/ wood piece. So it just snaps on and off with magnets, easy peasy.
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As for the notch on the kick panels. I'll take off the cloth and do a layer or two fiberglass cloth so it covers the cut out part of the kick panel. I am just not going to bust out the FG material and until i have other FG projects to do at the same time.
 

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Nice work....I'm in for the shag on the doors !!! JK/LOL
 

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And also some around the woofer so that you can see the shag dance to the music!!!
 

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So whoever had this car before me... Well...They tried. This is what i started with. I have no idea what kind of CLD this is and from all the shoddy work around the car that i've found so far. I don't trust it to be a quality product. You can see some kind of stick on foam they put on the inner door metal for reasons unknown. (Picture 2)
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All Cleaned up. I left the butyl vapor barrier stuff because well frankly..It was hard as **** to get off and ill be putting CLD ontop of it anyway so meh. Leave it. VVVV
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VVVV I really should have put CLD on the top layer and then started cleaning up the wiring but oh well. Lesson learned. Ill do it that way on the other door. I got CLD down on the back of the door.
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I cleaned up some of the wiring. Cut out the Midbass/midrange/Tweeter wiring, which made the wiring harness like 50% smaller and alot easier to manage. All the wiring is getting covered/is covered in Tesa cloth tape to prevent vibrations. Every clip is getting a Tesa tape layer in front of and behind the mounting hole so that the clips don't vibrate. Some clips actually mount by putting pressure on the back of the metal hole its mounted on. Some of the clips were designed in such a way that i couldn't really prevent vibration so i just cut the damn thing off and drilled a secondary hole next to the main clip hole and ran a zip tie. Works really well.
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Not even close to being done but im tired for tonight.
 

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Got some more work done on the doors today. Traced out both large door holes with painters thin plastic and transferred to 1/16th ABS sheets. I screwed one corner down and used a heat fun to get a mold. The final product was a lot more smooth and also didnt have the damn door mechanism going through it....Gf was distracting. The interior of the door is also full of Rockwool. i just used gorilla tape in hopes that itll stay on. Chances are it wont but ill check in a few weeks and see whats up. If it doesnt work. Ill bust out the magnets and chicken wire.

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On a side note. Gf was half helping, half playing animal crossing which made me realize...I could totally use a Switch as a source :p

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I did a full layer of MLV but later found that even with careful measuring. Most of it won't fit with the door. There's quite a few spots where the tolerances are too tight. So i ended up wasting a lot of mlv and only using maybe 1/4 of whats in that picture. Its mainly covering up one of the ABS sheets now. Now that i've done a few cars with MLV. I think the best way to do a door isn't in one big sheet but rather in 1 or 1.5ft sections and just tape them together with a good tape with no seam. The white stuff is a thinsulate 1.5in and .5in (600l and 200l)
 

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I wasted a lot of mlv on the doors to having to cut it all away to. Same goes for thinsulate, did you remove that foam block and plastic square thing? I ran a piece of thinsulate after the window control piece to the rear of the door trim. After i got the screws in and fasters secure, I would then shove thinsulate in that vertical cavety and put in the switch trim.
 

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I wasted a lot of mlv on the doors to having to cut it all away to. Same goes for thinsulate, did you remove that foam block and plastic square thing? I ran a piece of thinsulate after the window control piece to the rear of the door trim. After i got the screws in and fasters secure, I would then shove thinsulate in that vertical cavety and put in the switch trim.

Yea I took out all the foam stuff. I used the thin. .5in stuff on the parts of the door that i had issues with the mlv. So its a decoupler and insulation between the door panel and the door.

Finished 1 door today and holy **** its dead. I really hope Thinsulate is worth it tho. ****s expensive
 

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Full tear down. Expanding foam in large nooks and crannies. Mlv with Thinsulate because of Justin Zazzis report on the best decoupler. Then a ****load of Rockwool.

Whats not pictures. Full covered of every single wire and connector with Tesa cloth tape, as well as all the mounting holes for clips and mounting holes for where panels fit into eachother. Not a rattle or plastic rubbing will be had.
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