I, like so many before have decided the sound system my new car is not that good (being polite)...................BUT I want to keep the OEM satnav head unit, at least until something OEM looking comes along.
I have spent a few weeks chatting with our very own Dennis Cooper on what is the best solution for this, and within my budget of course. And he was more than helpful with this even though I was emailing everyday with 'what about this' questions.
So after some time I have decided on the following, upgrade the cabin speakers with Hertz 5.25 co-ax's in the back, then Hertz 6.5 components in the front which I will make the MDF baffles to fit them. In the boot a 10" Hertz sub, enclosed in my own sub box.
Then an Audison Bit10d sound processor and Audison 5 channel amp to run all the speakers.
I will have to buy this lot across three months i.e each payday, then it will all be fitted by an Audio shop local to my work.
But in the meantime I have some prep work to do making the baffles, the sub box and the scary cutting a hole in my car :
So, pay day arrived on Friday and I went out first thing to buy some MDF and bought the first instalment of items.....
The sub is on order so should have that by Thursday.
I spent time last week at work, working out the sub box size req'd from the Hertz website and also wanted the box to be as narrow as possible to leave as much boot space as i could. As I am surrounded by waste cardboard at work I made a few templates up until I got the angle of the boot spot on and the maximum height I could use.
Then used this website to get the correct size. http://www.rockfordf...aspx#boxadvisor
As you can see I kept changing the size, but decided on the top right figures which gave me a box of 24.38 litres, against a required 23.9 litres, top left figures.
So on with the build, I got B&Q to cut the board down to limit the amount of cuts I had to do, but still had all the angles to cut so I borrowed a skillsaw for those, here you can see my template for the boot angle
First two pcs cut and lining them up see make sure they would fit.
Then to start pre-drilling the holes, glue and screw together.
My handy helper, until Mum caught her with a screwdriver and Dad got an earful
Then half way through my drill bit snapped in the wood. FFS
Sides cut, glued and screwed.
Then the front cut but only screwed, as I still have the hole to cut for the sub and the terminals to fit (waiting on delivery)
Last job for the day, all sealed up.
END OF DAY 1
First thing Saturday I went and had tyres fitted, then onto finishing the box.
As you can see I am no expert at this..................
But out with the DA sander, you get this
I also took off all the edges.
So now onto the part I was least looking forward to doing, mainly because if I fu##ed it up, there was no going back.
Seats Out, and ski hatch foam pulled off.
Let the cutting commence........
Sub box offered up to check......perfect.
Lastly cut the hole in the carpet and refit.
I have some rubber U tubing on order to fit around hole to tidy it up, and I was contemplating putting a grille across it because of the kids?
END OF DAY 2
I will update this as I go along for those interested, this weekend is to carpet the sub box and start the build for the door baffles to take the bigger speakers.
Thanks for looking..........if you made it this far.