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Old 10-07-2017, 11:14 PM   #57
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underbelly of the beast - full size spare, 5 farad cap, and low-amperage power distribution, relays, etc.



had to check spare tire pressure before my trip to finals.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:50 PM   #58
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more finals prep - my buddy helped me detail my car. removed metal flakes, cleaned up swirl marks, put a good sealant on it.


he shamed me into polishing my tips


we began the trek from socal to louisville today.
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Old 10-21-2017, 09:34 PM   #59
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my car came w/ the rcd-310 radio+mdi (ipod/usb/etc connector). upgrading to the rns-315 and rns-510, i didn't have to do anything - just replug the radio.

while tuning this summer, i wanted to use line-in from my laptop. it sounded really distorted. poking around online, the mdi aux wires needed to be repinned for upgraded radios. so i repinned. that worked but broke my ipod.

i never did use the line-in from laptop, just bluetooth paired my laptop for signals. this worked fine.

today i repinned the connector correctly. blue harness:
pin 1: yellow
pin 2: green
pin 7: gray

yay i have proper ipod inputs again!

(i leave an ipod touch in my center console and update it over wifi)
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Old 01-01-2018, 03:53 AM   #60
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this spring, i made plans w/ JT to do a new DSP, amps, and a sub for some bottom end. throughout the summer, i grabbed the DSP and amps but still wanted a bigger sub. the plan was an illusion c12xl in a 1.2cu ft sealed box.

i still wanted the the rebuilt hatch area to be usable since it's my daily driver

i also wanted a prettier director mount up front.

fall approached and i got the car into JT's hands. he mounted the director up front:



trying to get the sub back/center in the hatch area was really hard, so i gave JT the option of two 10s instead, for symmetry. i ended up with a pair of raven designs 10xl subwoofers. each sub is in about a 1cu ft sealed enclosure. i gained a couple inches of hatch height back too.

daily use has a vw car-go mat over everything for protection.





i "one more thing'd" him. i wanted a fuller sound up high on the sound stage. this required a stronger lower midrange sound, which meant more cone area.

i also didn't want to be "just another car with 4s in the pillars and tweeters in the sails." a year of my current setup and appreciated the width of having mids in the sails.

so i conspired with some local audio nerds





we figured tweeter at the top would raise the stage height.

the d3004/r3004 was a little too big but i didn't need the driver to dig low since it's right next to the midrange and on-axis.

JT was able to get scan-speak 12ms and a r2004 in the sails, tweeter on top





pods are about 0.018cuft and vented into the doors.

here's what the stage looks like, basically sail monitors :surprised:



how's it sound? i don't really know yet. before i drove home yesterday, i set levels and crossovers but that's about it. stage is definitely higher and still very wide. lower midrange is fuller without really any tuning. it almost sounds muddy and needs some cuts in 200-300hz. the bottom octave is where i needed the most help and that's definitely improved by doubling cone area.

i can see why these scans are so revered. the midrange and tweeter sounds are so effortless now. the high end extension is smooth. with the c3cx, i had to cut the midranges by 3-6db and boost 20k by 3db. with these, i had to cut the any tweeter boosting and set levels same as the midranges.

i'm looking forward to more seat time.

500w to each sub. 400w to each midbass. 150w to each midrange and each tweeter.
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Old 01-01-2018, 03:20 PM   #61
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Wow. Awesome build!!!
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:45 PM   #62
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JT posted some pictures - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...4824141&type=3

oh yeah, rearfill. wanted something higher than rear-doors. rear headrests are kinda high so the drivers needed to be placed higher.

i guess the designs are: crossfire for width, fire forward for depth. so i aimed at opposite rear oh-shit handles. JT put them in such that they're tucked out of the way. the hatch cover clears them as well. they're about as wide as they can get.

behind the ebay grills are audible physics mr3-p drivers powered by a small alpine ktp-445u amp.



i've had rearfill mostly disabled while i sort out the rest of it.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:54 PM   #63
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verrry impressive build man... dig more than anything the attention to detail, both on your end with the sound levels and definitely the cleanliness of the installs! love the factory pattern matched plastics/leathers! and those door tweeters/mids setup is HUGE!
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I never got to do my GTI. . Totaled it Christmas weekend


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Old 01-04-2018, 12:57 AM   #65
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Yes. I’m all good. Must say a very safe car. Just not sure what route I’m going with the new car. Bought me an econobox (but very mint) Ford Focus from one of he fellow neighbors


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Sails are very accommodating in the focus.
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i heard some buzzing on the way home. one of the 12ms arrived DOA. i sent it back and madisound found something metal in the coil gap.

sorry about the portrait mode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KAnmzr8bwc

replacement arrived the other day, soldered some leads on:


installed:


time to break it in!
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this is insane. props man, this is all so clean.
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:24 PM   #70
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i never installed any deadening on the floor. i felt there was a pretty decent amount from the factory anyway. thick foam under molded MLV/rubber coming down the firewall, slope, and down to the floor. on the floorpan was 2" of denim underneath the carpet and some spot CLD.

i wanted to reduce tactile feedback from midbasses in the kicks. i took a suggestion from a local audio nerd and applied some stuff in the driver/passenger footwells.

two layers of cld, one layer of ccf, and a layer of floating mlv. it took me about three hours.

result? less tactile feedback, only from the lowest notes now. floor feels a little taller. upper midbass response is different so i have to retune that again.

as for the rest of the feedback? try modifying some floormats.

trimmed up the factory floormat, fits much better than the car-go mat i was using. looks better too:



i also tried making some isolating floormats without success so far. i tried mlv, 1" foam from joann's, and a factory cloth floormat. it was worse than just the floormat by itself. if i pressed my feet in, it worked well so the foam was probably too stiff. i tried changing the order (foam, mlv, floormat), with the same results.

i tried mlv+ccf+floormat: also worse than the factory floormat.

double floormats works better than a single floormat.

some day soon, i'll grab some batting or find some very soft foam.

Most of the parking structure at work is “compact car” parking. If I wasn’t able to use my mirrors, I couldn’t do stuff like this:


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