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HatWobble 05-06-2012 12:47 PM

Yet another 2012 SE Sport audio upgrade
 
Hi,

I'm doing a full upgrade to my 2012 SE Sport 5spd. I've never done an install before but figured with all of the good info on these forums I'd be able to handle it myself.

In order to help contribute to the scant knowledge base currently available on the '12, I'll try to make as many pictures as possible for all the noobs like myself who have never done any of this stuff. If I end up doing something that looks stupid, feel free to second-guess and/or ridicule me.

Gear:
  • Amp: Rockford Fosgate R600-5 5ch (50W @ 4ohms x4, 300W @ 2ohms x1)
  • Sub: Polk db1040DVC 10"
  • Sub enclosure: Atrend E10S (sealed)
  • LOC: AudioControl LC6i
  • Front speakers: Polk db5251 5.25" components
  • Rear speakers: Polk db651s 6.5" coaxials
  • Power wire: Rockford Fosgate RFK4 kit (4 AWG)

I'll update this thread as I get components installed. It's tough for me because I live in the city and don't have a garage, so I have the added challenge of trying to dodge passing traffic as I tear my panels off.

HatWobble 05-06-2012 01:21 PM

First thing I did was wire up the sub and put it in its enclosure. The Polk 1040DVC is a dual voice coil so I wired the two coils in parallel to achieve 2 ohms of resistance.

I wish the enclosure didn't have that stupid sticker on the corner. I don't wanna rip it off because who knows what it looks like under there.

I also got the grill cover for it so my girlfriend doesn't smack the cone with a shopping bag or something while it's in my trunk.

http://s17.postimage.org/azbyx074v/photo_1.jpg

TiStick 05-06-2012 02:41 PM

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Originally Posted by HatWobble (Post 4150217)
It's tough for me because I live in the city and don't have a garage, so I have the added challenge of trying to dodge passing traffic as I tear my panels off.

That just adds "degree of difficulty" to your score. We'll give higher marks, but the East German judge will still screw you over.

Interested in seeing behind the panels as you get the speakers off. Please do take lots of pics! Good luck, and enjoy the feel of the new tunes[thumb]

HatWobble 05-06-2012 06:12 PM

The next thing I did was to place the amp and LOC in the trunk. I don't anticipate needing to adjust the amp or LOC once they're tuned and set, so having them easily accessible isn't an issue. I took a cue from Yanner's thread and put them in the same spots he did. My amp is shaped differently than his Alpine so I had to do a little more cutting in the foam. For the amp, I cut all the way through the foam so that the amp rests on the bare metal of the trunk, which I'm hoping (as Yanner noted) will help with cooling. The LC6i is sitting on top of the foam in my install.

http://s14.postimage.org/qas9a2qwh/photo_2.jpg

HatWobble 05-06-2012 06:32 PM

The rear seat bolt was the natural choice for the amp's ground wire attachment point, but the hole in the ring connector that came pre-attached to my ground wire was too small for it. Others have put new holes in their trunk floor to ground the amp, but I didn't want to do that.

I found some nice bolts next to the left rear seat latch. It involved taking a panel or two off to get to them, but it was worth it I guess.

This is the panel that had to come off to get to them. There were two Torx 20's to remove before the rest of it just popped off. Oh, and there's a wire that connects to the trunk light there so remove that before you take it totally off, as is pictured. You can see I loosened up the beige pillar near the door frame, too:

http://s16.postimage.org/avae4mq5x/photo_3.jpg

Here are all of the lovely bolts to choose from, right under the seat belt tensioner:

http://s16.postimage.org/nb73ydjhx/photo_4.jpg

And here's the ground connection I made. I sanded it like hell and confirmed an adequate ground connection via multimeter:

http://s16.postimage.org/6jlsfmj91/photo_5.jpg

The wire runs under the side cloth and pops out right next to the amp; very clean looking.

AeR0_84 05-06-2012 06:49 PM

lets see a pic of the final install

HatWobble 05-06-2012 07:08 PM

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Originally Posted by AeR0_84 (Post 4150667)
lets see a pic of the final install

I'd like to see one too! This is all I've gotten accomplished so far.

voipguy 05-06-2012 07:41 PM

Are you going to run the wires from the LC6-i along the right side doors to the passenger console panel for speaker connections? And are you going to run new speaker wire from the amp or do what Yanner did ??

HatWobble 05-06-2012 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by voipguy (Post 4150766)
Are you going to run the wires from the LC6-i along the right side doors to the passenger console panel for speaker connections?

Yes, exactly. I plan on tapping into them as shown here.

Quote:

Originally Posted by voipguy (Post 4150766)
And are you going to run new speaker wire from the amp or do what Yanner did ??

Using the factory speaker wire doesn't give me warm and fuzzy feelings... I'm thinking it'll be better to run new wire. I've already dinked around with the front speakers, and the wire that's going to them now is pretty tiny, looks to be 18 AWG, so I'd like to avoid it if I can. Plus if I used the factory wires it'd mean I'd have to cut them at some point, which I'd like to avoid in the case that I have to revert the system to stock for some reason.

I'm a little apprehensive of threading the new wire into the doors-- hopefully it won't be too difficult.

betox69 05-07-2012 10:18 PM

where are you planning on mounting the twitters? i want a pair of 6.5" component but i want my twitters to fit the stock location.


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