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    2012 WRX Audio Upgrade

    Well, it was requested when I posted in another thread that I do a build log, so here goes...

    Parts from svxdc:
    Steering Wheel Controller -


    Wire Harness -


    Center console aux input adapter -


    Parts from me:
    Center Console USB adapter -


    Protect those pins with epoxy:


    Missing is the post heatshrink photo, just to be doubly sure.

    Parts from IA Performance and JL Audio:
    JL Audio C5-650 tweeter in the IA Performance tweeter Pods -




    It is hard to tell, but I used CCF on the back side to wedge the tweeters into place. I later clipped the stock connector, leaving enough to return to stock, and soldered onto the JL Audio Speaker wires.

    JL Audio C5-650 woofer in a birch baffle:


    I wrapped the stock connector in painter's tape then used a piece of deadener to hold it to the door. No photo of that, but I couldn't have a wire dangling around and possibly rattling.

    Kicker Wire and Fuse Holder:


    Sadly, I ran out of heatshrink, so I used red electrical tape that I had on hand to keep the techflex in place.

    Alpine PDX V9:




    Pioneer DEH-80PRS:


    I need to get better shots of the temporary sub enclosure that I made out of birch. I may end up building a FG enclosure as soon as I sort out some other issues. This is all I have for now:


    I had to make a ring because I cracked the birch when installing the hurricane nuts. I think I hit a tiny void and it turned into a HUGE crack. The ring covers the damaged part and then some.

    Thank you for looking!

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    Oh yeah, and my next future mods will be a JDM radio bezel and a Forrester DIN pocket. Sorry, I can't stand that cheap azz Crutchfield supplied dash kit.

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    Just out of curiosity, why didn't you go for a double din unit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xFalleNx View Post
    Just out of curiosity, why didn't you go for a double din unit?
    Needed active crossovers. Double Din plus a Processor would be close to $2k. This unit was $350, although I hate it with a passion. My wife about freaked when I told her I was close to returning it and going with a double din and a processor.

    ETA: I now have a Lunar L450 and a Lunar L100x2 in place of the Alpine PDX V9. The PDX was sold at a substantial loss, but, I will treat it as a lesson learned. Stay away from PDX amplifiers!
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    Here it is with the Forester DIN pocket:



    Just waiting on my JDM radio bezel to arrive!

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    Looks like you have a great start! What processor do you plan on using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunz4me View Post
    Here it is with the Forester DIN pocket:
    Did you have to do some hacking like I did to get the Forester DIN pocket to work? I had to drill a hole in the radio bracket, then I used black craft foam around the sidesto ensure a snug, rattle-free fit. It turned out great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jd92677 View Post
    Looks like you have a great start! What processor do you plan on using?
    The Pioneer DEH-80PRS is my processor! It does 2 way plus sub and allows for tweaking after the auto-tune process. I decided I will live with its faults, mainly that annoying beep, because nothing will come close to doing what this HU does for $350.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    Did you have to do some hacking like I did to get the Forester DIN pocket to work? I had to drill a hole in the radio bracket, then I used black craft foam around the sidesto ensure a snug, rattle-free fit. It turned out great!
    I used the factory holes on the pocket, plumber's strap, and closed cell foam! It looks, umm, "unique". bahahahahahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunz4me View Post
    The Pioneer DEH-80PRS is my processor! It does 2 way plus sub and allows for tweaking after the auto-tune process. I decided I will live with its faults, mainly that annoying beep, because nothing will come close to doing what this HU does for $350.



    I used the factory holes on the pocket, plumber's strap, and closed cell foam! It looks, umm, "unique". bahahahahahaha
    Nice, looks good. HERE'S MINE.
    I had to dremel mine a bit as well, but it fits great now with no rattles.
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    And the trim bezel has arrived:



    I need to perform some minor fitment adjustments, but I couldn't be happier with the result.

    EDIT: This is as good as it gets


    EDIT2: And here it is with a D2 1508. I decided to replace the class ab L100x2 bridged at 4 ohms with the more efficient switching power supply L1500 to give me 500 watts @ 1 ohm.


    All I can say, is the way Kenny underrates his Lunar Amplifiers... That L1500 with its 500 rated watts seems like a LOT more power @ 1 ohm than the L100x2 rated at 400 watts bridged to 4 ohms. There is no way there is only 100 watts of difference between those two amplifiers.
    Last edited by gunz4me; 10-15-2012 at 08:15 PM.

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    that looks pretty good to me.

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