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Old 03-30-2012, 09:24 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by voipguy View Post

So im not confused the wires you tapped into go to the LOC correct? for Front Right and Left and Rear Right and Left? Did you use the existing speaker wire??

I wonder what the steps are to remove the plastic side panels to run the speaker wire on the right side and the power wire on the left side?

I went from the factory speaker wires under the shifter to the LCQ-1 (it's quite a bit more than a simple LOC) with 4 new 16 awg speaker wires, then from the LCQ-1 to the Alpine amp with RCA's, then back to the factory wiring beneath the shifter with another 4 new speaker wires. From there, the amplified signal uses the factory wiring to the doors.

The power wire was easy to run under the trim, but that was for 4 awg. I took the direct approach through the tunnel because I felt that going the long way round would have been a very long run, and that a bundle of 8 16awg might have been tough to get in the trim. Another member who posted put their sound processor in the glovebox, which I think is a great idea, but in our case, we find that the car has so little storage to begin with.

That being said, getting the wires from the rear of the centre console through the tunnel was no easy feat. The rear seat bottom cushions had to be removed if just to get some extra working room. I wound up having to use the spring from an old wiper blade (basically a flat piece of flexible metal) so that it would bent up and down but not side to side. I also had to make a small cut in the factory carpet, under the rear seat near the mounting bolt to get me some extra working room to pry the carpet up with a very long screw driver when trying to drive the first wire through with the wiper blade spring.
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