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PD SR Stereo Install. Speaker, Amps, Subwoofer
« June 10, 2018, 01:41:01 »
Well here we go..    I guess time has come to start the Stereo install
Looking over the car. it doesn't look like it is going to be a lot of fun..
The main problem I have ATM, Is finding a way from the battery ti the interior to run the "0" gauge power cable.
Looking from either the engine bay or under the dash, there is not a great deal of room, or a grommet to use.

I think everything else look straight forward. The doors will need a mount made up to mount the speakers to them.
Getting the source speaker cables should also be easy to find. Running cables from the front to rear & rear back to front
is quite easy as well. The side panels come off so simple. So on that part it will be pretty easy..
Getting the power from the battery to the rear hatch floor.  Not so easy..

Anyway..   Yesterday & this morning I mounted the amps under the rear floor shelf. I made up the MDF board a couple of weeks ago.
As you can see in the pics. I have mounded it on hinges. So there will be easy access to the spare wheel.
I will also be putting in straps with a hook type clip. So it can then be clipped onto the ISOFIX mounts on the back of the rear seats.
So then you won't have to hold up the amp shelf while trying to get out the spare wheel. If needed. Prefer not to need the spare wheel  :rofl:

Taking out the rear seats is also so easy. Just one bolt & the backrests can just pop out. The bolt is in between where the seat splits, when laid down.
Then lift the smaller side slightly up & then push away from the door side. It will pop off a pin. Then  just do the same from the other side.
The bottom rear seat is then held in by to bolts at the rear. Then there are 2 clips where you just pull up at the front & it pops out.
There is then plenty of room to mount  the Power Distribution Block that goes from 0 gauge to dual 4 gauge.  Also good bolt locations to get a good ground.

So all in all it looks to be a pretty simple install to do. If you have done stereo installs before.  Except for the main power cable. Will work on that..

Here are a couple of pics so far of the MDF shelving & amp & electronic locations..  The blocks that the hinges are mounted to will be painted black.
Plus a few other clean up stuff to do.. Also what to change over the bolts & screws to black. And to clean up under the board a bit better.

But in doing all of this.  And now having the car for just over a month now.   I'm quite underwhelmed by the performance of the factory stereo.
The way the system works is very good. The screen quality is also very good. But the difference in volume is not good.
DAB radio volume is a lot lower than FM, Big difference between music from USB compared to Bluetooth & also if using Android Auto.

So This is going to be more of a long term project.  Back to work tomorrow for 12hrs of absolute fun. So won't be able to do much for the next week or so.














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« Reply #1 : June 10, 2018, 04:10:33 »
 :goodjob: If you squint a bit that looks like a Ferrari engine  :snigger:
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« Reply #2 : June 10, 2018, 07:06:20 »
Hi Purplehazeffc
I ran my amplifier power cable from battery into front passenger wheel arch (removed wheel and plastic arch, removed the foam insulation between front wing and door hinges and fed cable through an unused hole just above the passenger foot well interior cover.
This is not easy and generally needs 2 people one to feed cable especially when you add a grommet to the hole. I used stiff thin wire initially and this made it touch easier.
Unfortunately my power cable runs down alongside the main loom under the door trims along with speaker cables. I have tried to keep them apart & dont have any interference    :happydance:

agree with your comments about factory stereo being underwhelming  :fum:
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« Reply #3 : June 10, 2018, 09:02:23 »
:goodjob: If you squint a bit that looks like a Ferrari engine  :snigger:

Damn, I wish it had the power of a Ferrari engine  :rofl:

Hi Purplehazeffc
I ran my amplifier power cable from battery into front passenger wheel arch (removed wheel and plastic arch, removed the foam insulation between front wing and door hinges and fed cable through an unused hole just above the passenger foot well interior cover.
This is not easy and generally needs 2 people one to feed cable especially when you add a grommet to the hole. I used stiff thin wire initially and this made it touch easier.
Unfortunately my power cable runs down alongside the main loom under the door trims along with speaker cables. I have tried to keep them apart & dont have any interference    :happydance:

agree with your comments about factory stereo being underwhelming  :fum:
Cheers..  :goodjob2: :goodjob: 
Next time I'm off work I'll have a look at that.  Is the hole big enough to fit 0 gauge cable??
I'm more looking at sending the speaker cables either down the drivers side (preferred) or down the middle of the car.

The system works really well. But the difference in volumes between sources is pretty bad.
Of course the stock speakers would not be that good. Hopefully with my Morel Tempo Ultras will bring some excitement back
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« Reply #4 : June 10, 2018, 19:51:40 »
Next time I'm off work I'll have a look at that.  Is the hole big enough to fit 0 gauge cable??
I'm more looking at sending the speaker cables either down the drivers side (preferred) or down the middle of the car.

The system works really well. But the difference in volumes between sources is pretty bad.
Of course the stock speakers would not be that good. Hopefully with my Morel Tempo Ultras will bring some excitement back

yes the hole is big enough probably about 20mm. As u say though down the middle of the car will be best just alot of work removing seats & carpets.
 i used cheaper Morel Maximus 602 in front. I acquired from ebay some secondhand Focal elite KX2 crossovers so trying to work out how the best place to install them so will remove the cheaper integrated capacitors off the the Morels
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« Reply #5 : June 11, 2018, 02:40:59 »
i used cheaper Morel Maximus 602 in front.
Maximus and Maximo are essentially the same speaker as the Tempo, Tempo uses a different magnet/driver that requires an amp but fidelity is the same.
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« Reply #6 : June 11, 2018, 09:40:46 »
Next time I'm off work I'll have a look at that.  Is the hole big enough to fit 0 gauge cable??
I'm more looking at sending the speaker cables either down the drivers side (preferred) or down the middle of the car.

The system works really well. But the difference in volumes between sources is pretty bad.
Of course the stock speakers would not be that good. Hopefully with my Morel Tempo Ultras will bring some excitement back

yes the hole is big enough probably about 20mm. As u say though down the middle of the car will be best just alot of work removing seats & carpets.
 i used cheaper Morel Maximus 602 in front. I acquired from ebay some secondhand Focal elite KX2 crossovers so trying to work out how the best place to install them so will remove the cheaper integrated capacitors off the the Morels

I don't mind removing seats at all.  The rear ones come out suprisingly easy. The fronts should be as well. I don't think I will remove the carpets though.
Just run the cables under the centre console. Which should come out pretty easy as well.  Then a small hole in the carpet under the console to run cables.
Thats how I done it in my last car & it worked quite well.. I also got my Morels from eBay on a 20% discount eBay offer.
I have already used the crossovers from the Morels in my old car. As I had to replace the electronic crossover.
I had ScanSpeak Discovery woofers & Polk Audio tweeters before.  So hopefully the Morels will sound just as good.
100w per driver should liven them up a bit..

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« Reply #7 : June 18, 2018, 08:07:19 »
Quote from: Crustycottage on June 10, 2018, 19:51:40
Quote from: Purplehazeffc on June 10, 2018, 09:02:23
Next time I'm off work I'll have a look at that.  Is the hole big enough to fit 0 gauge cable??
I'm more looking at sending the speaker cables either down the drivers side (preferred) or down the middle of the car.

The system works really well. But the difference in volumes between sources is pretty bad.
Of course the stock speakers would not be that good. Hopefully with my Morel Tempo Ultras will bring some excitement back

yes the hole is big enough probably about 20mm. As u say though down the middle of the car will be best just alot of work removing seats & carpets.
 i used cheaper Morel Maximus 602 in front. I acquired from ebay some secondhand Focal elite KX2 crossovers so trying to work out how the best place to install them so will remove the cheaper integrated capacitors off the the Morels

I don't mind removing seats at all.  The rear ones come out suprisingly easy. The fronts should be as well. I don't think I will remove the carpets though.
Just run the cables under the centre console. Which should come out pretty easy as well.  Then a small hole in the carpet under the console to run cables.
Thats how I done it in my last car & it worked quite well.. I also got my Morels from eBay on a 20% discount eBay offer.
I have already used the crossovers from the Morels in my old car. As I had to replace the electronic crossover.
I had ScanSpeak Discovery woofers & Polk Audio tweeters before.  So hopefully the Morels will sound just as good.
100w per driver should liven them up a bit..

This youtube US Elantra GT video of amp install may be helpful for you. Still not had time to install my front Focal Elite K2 Power crossover yet. 
:link: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport Amp install - YouTube
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« Reply #8 : June 18, 2018, 12:18:26 »
Cheers..    Looks ok. But not a very clean looking install to me..
I haven't done anything else to mine.  With either work & the past week my back playing up.
Crawling around a car running cables is not my idea of fun with a bad back..
Hopefully next week I can get back into it again..
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« Reply #9 : June 18, 2018, 12:25:54 »
Cheers..    Looks ok. But not a very clean looking install to me..
I haven't done anything else to mine.  With either work & the past week my back playing up.
Crawling around a car running cables is not my idea of fun with a bad back..
Hopefully next week I can get back into it again..

Quite Punny!  :snigger:

But not funny for you!  :Pout:
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« Reply #10 : June 18, 2018, 12:41:54 »
The guy in that vid obviously hasn't heard of wireless sub remotes if he's willing to bolt that ugly controller under the steering column :rolleyes: and he's pinched the rubbers on both side around the rear hatch when putting the trim back on :head_butt:

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« Reply #11 : June 18, 2018, 20:00:46 »
It was probably a good example of what not to do. at least they didn't lose any boot space  :rofl:

yep Purplehazeffc crawling around the car with a sore back is not ideal. hope it gets better soon  :eek:
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« Reply #12 : June 19, 2018, 04:40:01 »
The guy in that vid obviously hasn't heard of wireless sub remotes if he's willing to bolt that ugly controller under the steering column :rolleyes:

How can one of these be added ?

I have an Alpine PDX-M12 amp for my subs and purchased the optional Alpine bass controlled which is wired, would love it to be wireless.

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« Reply #13 : June 19, 2018, 05:00:42 »
The guy in that vid obviously hasn't heard of wireless sub remotes if he's willing to bolt that ugly controller under the steering column :rolleyes:

How can one of these be added ?

I have an Alpine PDX-M12 amp for my subs and purchased the optional Alpine bass controlled which is wired, would love it to be wireless.

:link: PDX-M12 - Alpine Electronics of Australia

:link: RUX-KNOB - Alpine Electronics of Australia
You would have to have an amp with built in remote wireless/Bluetooth or a head unit with built in volume/gain control and wireless remote.

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« Reply #14 : June 19, 2018, 05:20:49 »
If you're handy with electronics there are also some self build options :link: Aiyima VFD Screen Remote Control Digital Volume Control Board HiFi Preamplifier 4 Way Audio Sswitching Power Amplifier AC12V-in Amplifier from Consumer,searchweb201602_0_10130_10152_10151_10618_10132_10131_10133_10059_10696_10084_100031_10083_10547_10624_10546_10623_10307_10548_10341_10065_10340_10068_10343_10342_10103_10620_10344_10325_10622_10621,searchweb201603_0,ppcSwitch_0&algo_pvid=f1cc8a51-0260-4d74-a84b-a11cfc5fffb3&algo_expid=f1cc8a51-0260-4d74-a84b-a11cfc5fffb3-24

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« Reply #15 : June 19, 2018, 06:31:20 »
The guy in that vid obviously hasn't heard of wireless sub remotes if he's willing to bolt that ugly controller under the steering column :rolleyes:

How can one of these be added ?

I have an Alpine PDX-M12 amp for my subs and purchased the optional Alpine bass controlled which is wired, would love it to be wireless.

:link: PDX-M12 - Alpine Electronics of Australia

:link: RUX-KNOB - Alpine Electronics of Australia
You would have to have an amp with built in remote wireless/Bluetooth or a head unit with built in volume/gain control and wireless remote.

Bugger, not gunna sell this to buy another so cable'd it is !!
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« Reply #16 : June 19, 2018, 06:46:49 »
Bugger, not gunna sell this to buy another so cable'd it is !!
There's nothing wrong with the cabled type, tried and proven :) just thought controller placement was ugly, most I've seen are placed at the front under drivers seat and if left with no option but to install where he did I would have looked at wireless.

 


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