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January 26, 2017, 11:33 AM #25

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Here is a pic of the rear speakers.

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    January 26, 2017, 12:13 PM #26

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    So to start my audio installation I spent a lot of time just looking at other installs I'd seen around and was having a lot of trouble finding something that was exactly the same as what I had in mind. So after many hours of research, I had compiled a bunch of photos of systems I liked the visual aspects of, and decided to take what I liked about each and make it in my own way.

    I wanted fairly flush mounted amps, slightly inset for their protection but still visible. And a single subwoofer also mounted semi flush, the surround will have to sit 1/8" above the floor level, but it looks pretty good that way.

    My plan was to make a flush trim ring that sits over the mounting flange of the subwoofer, covering the screws, so all you see is the surround and cone of the subwoofer. Then I would also make a secondary cover that is 3/4" taller that will act as a cap for the subwoofer in case I want to put goods in the back of the vehicle, for road trips for example. This will still allow the subwoofer to play at lower levels with out the risk of damage to the driver. The two rings will be fairly easy to interchange.


    I started by gutting my rear hatch area, figure out what kind of depth I had to work with and how large on an enclosure I could build while trying to keep it at the same original floor height.

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    The car still had the old TV antennas from the original JDM head unit, so I removed all that stuff while cleaning out the trunk area. It looked like I had a pretty solid work space to use, depth to the original floor from the bottom of the spare tire well was around 9.25" would would leave me with plenty of mounting depth for my subwoofer and enough height to make a box with a volume perfect for my subwoofer.

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      January 26, 2017, 12:21 PM #27

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      Next step was determining how I would lay out my components. It was pretty obvious that the sub would have to go in the spare tire well, since its the only place with enough dept, and its very close to the center of the trunk.

      I wanted the amps to go above the subwoofer, near the rear seat, had to find a suitable mounting height so I testing some idea with scraps around my garage.

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      I was liking the look of this layout, and it worked pretty well with the way the trunk floor is contoured, in the end they are sitting quite a bit further back though, since I decided to re-use the OEM side compartments, firstly because it makes install way more simple, they have bad ass compartments, and they set a nice level floor height for my final goal.
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        January 26, 2017, 12:44 PM #28

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        Next I had to determine a box shape that fit the floor, and would allow the sub to mount centered in the trunk. I played around with some cardboard till i had something I was satisfied with.

        Then I transferred the design to wood.

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        This was the completed shape of the enclosure itself, the bulge on the left allows the subwoofer to be centered since the well itself is actually offset, and shaped quite oddly below.

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          January 26, 2017, 12:51 PM #29

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          Glued and stapled the box together, I always apply a second and if required third strip of glue onto the seems of the enclosure to ensure its air tight and strong.

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          Once I put the sides back into the trunk I could really see it starting to come together, but I was still just getting started, I thought building the box would be the hard part, but it only took me a couple hours in the evening. Next was making it all fit the way I wanted.

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          I actually ended up having to cut 1 1/4" off the top of the box because the volume was going to be too big (first time thats happened). Then I made the top of the box, and made it to fit perfectly in the original opening where the spare tire went, butting up tightly against the foam inserts. Fitment after taking the top off the box was almost exactly where it needed to be, with another layer of 3/4" on top, it came to just about flush with the original floor.

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            January 26, 2017, 01:05 PM #30

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            Next I made the cutout for the sub itself, how exciting  :banana:

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            To make sure the lower enclosure and top cover wouldn't shift, I put 4 screws through the top, boy was that tricky to line up straight, but I screwed it up perfectly - that punny, you should laugh (insert fake laugh here).
            You may also notice the bracing inside the box, this was actually to reduce the volume even more, as my engineer father pointed out to me, it was still a bit big and one of my calculations was off... But its now the exact spec the subwoofer manufacturer calls for.

            So now the enclosure itself was basically finished, next I had to figure out the amp rack. Keeping in mind that my front speakers will be bi-amped, I will need separate speaker and tweeter wires run from the amp to the doors, so why not just put the crossovers in the back and show them off too.

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            This is basically the layout I went with in the end, spacing is now a bit different but the layout is the same. I had quite a hard time deciding how to lay it all out though since the amps are different sizes, same height and length, but different widths. And I now also had to put the two crossovers in the mix, which had nothing in common with the amps except they were rectangles, I decided to just center them between the two amps.
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              January 26, 2017, 01:24 PM #31

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              Took a break from the trunk and decided to play around with the bass knob that came with the subwoofer amplifier.

              I started by disassembling it and removing the required components, then found a suitable place to mount it where its accessible, and really really ridiculously good looking.

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                I was now ready to glue the top of the enclosure down, it was only screwed in place up to this point, but I also had to add an mdf ring to give my screws/bolts more depth to bite, and slightly increase the strength of the top cover.

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                So now I was back to working on the amp rack. I had to make  base that sat level in the trunk and was sturdy enough to hold the amps without moving around, and also at the right height.

                20170103_200507 by Colin McAndrew, on Flickr

                I used a combination of a few pieces of 5/8" mdf and some pedestals to give support in the tricky parts.
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                  January 26, 2017, 02:00 PM #33

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                  With the base made I was ready to start mounting the amps to it, and aligning them with a cover I was also in the process of building. I cut each item out one by one to ensure each fit perfectly. The crossovers I actually made the cut outs, then centered them in the openings and screwed them in place.

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                    The annoying moment when your blade breaks 1/8" before the end of your cut, AFTER you already finished the turned part of the cut...  :unamused:

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                    Thankfully I have many extra blades and finished the cut. Amps all laid out, I'm pretty happy with how it sits.


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                        Started last night by making the top most panel that caps the subwoofer, some minor trimming was required, but it fits like a glove that fits.

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                        The cover fits perfectly and sits at the height I want. Now the tricky part, cutting out a hole in the floor blindly that has to line up with the hole below... I started by measuring with a square to get lines of where the hole ends on the top, sides and bottom. This will get me within 1/4", if done perfect it should get me on point, but I aint perfect, I know that. So I used a circle jig I made for my router and made 4 holes around the circle and then checked in the car to see if it lined up. I was off by 1/4" down, and 1/16" to the left. So I re-aligned my jig and repeated making 4 more holes. This time it was perfect.


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                        I then made some more measurements and cut out the circle.
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                          I made the circle about 1.5" larger than the surround on the subwoofer, because of the cover I was planning on making next.

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                          I made the ring by cutting one circle to 1/4" smaller than the outer edge; to make room for fabric, then cut a smaller circle in that disc to the size of the surround on the subwoofer.

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                          Trimming the inside of the ring to make room for the mounting surface of the subwoofer proved very difficult, since I didn't, and still don't, have a trim bit large enough to take off 3/4" of material, mine can only do about 3/8". So I improvised, made a jig, nearly cut my hand off, made a new jig, and it worked perfectly! Which left me with the perfect fitting ring seen above.
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                            It wasn't easy to get it right, but with careful measure (measure twice cut three times because you can always remove material and fingers, but its much harder to put them back on..)
                            it all lined up how I wanted. And I made a huge mess :lol:

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                            Next will be perfecting fitment, wiring, and carpeting everything, I also still have to make a second ring that will also cover the subwoofer. That is the plan for this weekend though. Updates incoming soon.
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                                      January 29, 2017, 10:46 AM #43

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                                      Awesome work on the enclosure!


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                                        Picked up some new wheels last night, was gonna get a new o2 sensor finally, but part source sold it before I got there...

                                        Heres the wheels though: Rays Gram Lights 57c6 in 18x8.5 et35 with Hankook Ventus v12 EVO

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                                          January 31, 2017, 10:18 AM #45

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                                          Started on some of the finishing touches for the amp rack, the farthest back panel will join the seats and the amp cover, and also hide all the wiring.

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                                          The angle of the panel is the exact same angle as the maximum recline on the rear seats, this way there is no gap when the seats are folded down.

                                          I also rounded the opening where the amps and crossovers will be visible, and raised the panel abour 1/8" above the faces of the amps to keep them safe.

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                                          I also made the second cover ring, this time I angled the edge at a 45 instead of rounded, I think it looks sharp. Hopefully be able to start carpeting and wrapping tonight.

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                                            January 31, 2017, 10:54 AM #46

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                                            February 01, 2017, 10:35 AM #47

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                                            Spent most of last night sanding and trimming panels to ensure proper fitment after applying fabrics, all pieces now fit perfectly, and I have wrapped the main cover panel with black carpet, the other two side panels, amp rack, and the trim ring around the sub will all be black suede.

                                            Due to the height gap between the amp rack and enclosure baffle, I put a 45 on the edge of the amp rack to make the transition smooth.


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                                              February 01, 2017, 11:00 AM #48

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                                                February 02, 2017, 10:11 AM #49

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                                                Did some more work on the wiring last night, still waiting to receive a roll of pure copper 4awg before I can power up the speaker amp, but I made my speaker wire connections at least. Running bi-amped so two pairs of speaker wires per crossover. theres Currently 40ft of speaker wire under the rear seat waiting to be ran into the doors and dash.

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                                                Got bored since I cant hook up the speakers anyway, so I did a bit more wrapping with suede, did the ring around the sub, ran out of glue and couldn't do the amp cover unfortunately.

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                                                I think it looks pretty slick in all black with the yellow sub popping out in the center. I might have to add some leds under the amp cover just to give it a bit of a glow. Problem is the amp power light is blue, and pretty bright, so I would either have to cover it, or mask it. Since blue wouldn't go with my current color scheme. White or pink are about the only colors I'd want to do, maybe a yellow/gold to go with the other accents around the car, and the Kevlar covers I'll be getting made from Mike @ 204carbon.

                                                Speaking of Kevlar, maybe I could do an overlay, or dip the sub ring in Kevlar, but that might be too much Kevlar in one place.
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