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Stereo, Speakers and Amps installed - Pics

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I just finished installing a complete stereo with amplifiers this past weekend. While it took a lot longer than expected, part of that was inexperience and part of it was definitely NOT RTFM(Read the Freaking Manual). Also I did have to consult youtube a couple times to figure out how to pop a panel or console.

But alas she is finished!

So this is the coolest part I think, besides the sound:


Above is the metra 99-5823CH with a Pioneer DEH-7200P

For the speakers I used Infinity Kappa 6 x 8's with a crossover built in. The rear ones are hooked to the amp, however, there was no good place that I would see to run the front speakers. The door piece that conencts the existing wire is a real PITA. For now, I am runnung the front speakers off the head unit and capped the RCA cables that go from the head unit to the amp for those particular speakers.

The sub I bought the pioneer shallow mount 10, and it fits nicely in the trunk spare tire well.

I routed the Power wire on the drivers side, and the RCA cables on the passenger side. The ground wire I hooked to the mounting bracket for the backseats. It was the perfect size, i might add. Both the power and ground wires are 0 guage into a fuse for the power on the amps and a ground distro block for each amp.

I used an autotek mean machine 2500.1 for the sub and turned down the power. For the speakers, I used a hifonics 170 x 4 amp.

The sound quality is awesome! I used the built in high pass filter on the head unit to cut the frequencies at 100Hz and the Sub at 53Hz. I have no problems with turning up the stereo and everything staying clean.

EDIT: one thing i did not mention is that where the head unit RCA cables are, you may want to get the elbow RCA connectors because regular RCA cables can be a tight fit. There is a crossmember bar that lines up perfectly with the head unit; at least on a single DIN unit.


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Looks good man. Enjoy it.


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Did you already have climate control to begin with? I am skeptical of this upgrade due to my concern that my Air controls won't work correctly. (Mine is manual air)

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Did you already have climate control to begin with? I am skeptical of this upgrade due to my concern that my Air controls won't work correctly. (Mine is manual air)
No, I have the absolute base model. Nothing special. I bought it that way for reasons such as these. This way, I can upgrade the way that I want to. Sure, it may take longer but in the end; the final product will be exactly want I want.

The climate control wiring has a harness from Metra that hooks directly into the factory wiring. That harness plugs into the back of the LCD on the drivers side as it sits. There are 2 plugs, one of which is not used. I made the mistake of plugging that one in first and had full Air Conditioning on, all the time. Needless to say, 30 degrees at night was not pleasant while testing it out.
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So you now have a functioning climate control system? Also what do you think about the potential durability of the soft buttons? Are the buttons backlit? What color?

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So you now have a functioning climate control system? Also what do you think about the potential durability of the soft buttons? Are the buttons backlit? What color?
It is not an automatic climate control if that is what you are asking? It is the same, only buttons now integrated.

At first, the center button was sticking a little bit, but some pressing/depressing of the button seemed to clear that up.

You can change the color via the seat heating buttons if you hold them down. I am planning on doing a blue to match my head unit and speedo. They work on a scale of Red Green Blue from 0 - 255. By default they are all 255.
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Did you already have climate control to begin with? I am skeptical of this upgrade due to my concern that my Air controls won't work correctly. (Mine is manual air)
Getting automatic climate controls requires additional sensors to be in the vehicle and the right HVAC module for it. So you can't upgrade to automatic from manual from just a dash change.

If you don't mind me asking, but what's wrong with your controls?
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It is not an automatic climate control if that is what you are asking? It is the same, only buttons now integrated.

At first, the center button was sticking a little bit, but some pressing/depressing of the button seemed to clear that up.

You can change the color via the seat heating buttons if you hold them down. I am planning on doing a blue to match my head unit and speedo. They work on a scale of Red Green Blue from 0 - 255. By default they are all 255.
The color change is only for the LCD display. The buttons will always be a blue backlight.
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Good job,nice and clean looking.

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Nice setup! I am wanting to hookup an amp and sub also as I have no spare tire in my trunk. Do both the sub and amp fit in the tire space? If you could take pics of your sub setup that would be awesome!
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Yes, they are both customizable. The chick can be changed to a dude. Im still debating what I want to make the text say.
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Nice setup! I am wanting to hookup an amp and sub also as I have no spare tire in my trunk. Do both the sub and amp fit in the tire space? If you could take pics of your sub setup that would be awesome!
The sub fits nicely in the spare tire wheel well. This is what I have: TS-SWX251 - 10" Preloaded Shallow-Mount Component Subwoofer Enclosure | Pioneer Electronics USA. I can snap a pic soon. It sits parallel with the axle line. Now, there is a bracket that holds the spare tire/inflator kit in place. But, if you wanted the 12" instead, you could grind the bracket off and turn the sub perpendicular to the axle line and it would probably fit.

I mounted the amps along the ledge that angles up toward the back seat.
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And you added a cubby hole! Shoulda come w/ one from the factory. Nice.

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And you added a cubby hole! Shoulda come w/ one from the factory. Nice.

Thanks, the cubbyhole comes with. It can be replaced by a double DIN head unit if you so choose.

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