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Car Audio Upgrade - Head Unit, Speakers, Amps

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Car Audio Upgrade - Head Unit, Speakers, Amps

Post by cyg » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:38 pm

So a few months ago I did the upgrade, and I thought I would share what I ended up going with, along with a few pictures of the build.

For a place to put the Head Unit I went with a Gamber-Johnson MCS Console. For the Head Unit I was able to find a Kenwood DDX9903s refurbed at a decent price.

Console Only:
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After the HU was put in, it was time to add all the other parts (I think you can make it out most of them, with the exception of the front speakers which are Image Dynamics XS58) :
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The build was somewhat painful taking the better part of two days to get everything right. I do have one picture of the door during the process.
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For the amps, capacitor, and crossovers, we mounted them on a piece of MDF that was to cut to fit against the backseat in the trunk and carpeted to match.
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Re: Car Audio Upgrade - Head Unit, Speakers, Amps

Post by cyg » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:39 pm

And finally added the subwoofer, my old sealed JL Audio 10W7
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Overall with speakers, amps, capacitor, headunit and console, it ran around $1500. I wouldn't say this is what everyone needs. But I spend ~2 hours everyday commuting, so it's a comfort I felt was reasonable.

If anyone has any question or comments I would really like to hear them.

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Re: Car Audio Upgrade - Head Unit, Speakers, Amps

Post by ChargerRT345 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:04 pm

How does the wiring work? I have the 2013 ecoboost sedan non-sync.

What all is needed tech wise to get this going besides the head unit, say, if I wanted to just hook up to stock speakers?

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Re: Car Audio Upgrade - Head Unit, Speakers, Amps

Post by cyg » Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:57 pm

It should just be a drop in replacement. front doors take 5x7/8s rear decks are 6x9

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Re: Car Audio Upgrade - Head Unit, Speakers, Amps

Post by ChargerRT345 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:13 pm

But you have to keep the stock screen for the purpose of all the stock options - how do you get the other radio to interface with it is what I'm looking to find out.

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Post by cyg » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:36 pm

The old mysync is simply there for time. All audio comes from new head unit, runs to amps, and from the through speaker wire to the speakers.

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Re: Car Audio Upgrade - Head Unit, Speakers, Amps

Post by ChargerRT345 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:43 pm

No special harness for power or other connections?

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Re: Car Audio Upgrade - Head Unit, Speakers, Amps

Post by Rhino-1 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:39 am

ChargerRT345 wrote:No special harness for power or other connections?
I suspect he rewired it all, with its own outputs and power source.... probably a lot easier than trying to tap into the stock system.

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Re: Car Audio Upgrade - Head Unit, Speakers, Amps

Post by ChargerRT345 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:42 pm

I'll have to reach out - i want a double din android unit in my car

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Re: Car Audio Upgrade - Head Unit, Speakers, Amps

Post by cyg » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:35 am

I had a local mobile electronics place do the HU and Sirius module install prior to the amp and aftermarket speakers. So they configured the harness that plugged into the HU, as well as running the cables from the HU and Sirius Unit, and it was running sound to the factory speakers.

But for the amps and aftermarket speaker install, all speaker leads running to the factory speakers were cut and crimped so that no live wires were exposed. New speaker wire was run from the amps to power the aftermarket speakers.

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