Had a customer bring in his 'newly' acquired Ford Focus. He purchased it for his son, for college, and now it's his again.
Time to upgrade the interior sound to something he likes.
We started off this journey with a simple suggestion of an uber deck, the Clarion NX 702, Multimedia DVD player with Navigation, HD Radio, USB, iPod, Bluetooth and much more.
We then added sound deadening to the entire sides of the vehicle to cut down on road noise, keep unwanted heat out, and improve the sound quality of the interior; all done with Stinger's Road Kill brand.
The front sound stage received our Hybrid Audio's Stage 4 Clarus Component Speakers. A 6.5" midbass monster, a 20mm soft-dome tweeter and their competition grade crossovers.
The rear sound stage received our Hybrid Audio's Stage 1 Mirus Coaxial Speakers. These things, rested in their newly sealed and deadened side panels produced the much needed mid-bass this system was designed to produce. That and Hybrid's soft-dome 20mm tweeters front the sound stage up higher in the rear too.
There were no noticeable rattles in this thing that received over 40 sq.ft. of deadening, which is a good thing, as our Arc Audio Mini 4 channel amp pushed these badass speakers with 75 watts of pure RMS power. I placed the amp under the passenger seat with plenty of wire exposed, so that in a few short weeks/months, we can add another mini amp (mono block) for a subwoofer....then this system will be complete.
For now, this is simply the best sounding Ford Focus in the valley, and I'll put my word on that. This is what is to be expected when you know exactly what you want and there are products to fulfill these needs.
Pure headunit with good output, strong amp, quality speakers and reduced interior noise.....that's the recipe for success.
Had a customer come in with some Power Acoustic Dual DVD Player Headrests he wanted put in....but he also wanted a way to integrate in his Xbox when needed.
Simple .... I hardwired in a 300 watt Stinger Power Converter and custom mounted a Stinger "Game Plate" in the existing spot where his un-used rear audio controls were.
He was somewhat ok with just having the built in FM Mod for sound throughout the car, but I informed him of iSimple's latest products and he was IN. Now he has crystal clear iPod audio input, as well as a Mini Jack audio input and hardwired DVD audio.
After all the dust settled he can no Listen to songs from his iPod, Listen to the DVD player that is showing off his new Dual 8.5" screens, as well as plug in an Xbox and play video games on-the-go.
Pretty cool road trip upgrade...his kids are going to love it!
Phil brought his Porsche Targa back for an upgrade.
He loved the way the Memphis MClass speakers sounded (who wouldn't) but he wanted more.
Being that it's a sudo-convertible, adding an amp to boost the speakers to a higher, crisper,
un-distorted sound is the next step.
Naturally, the Porsche would only get the best....so we threw in an MClass 4 channel Amp (MC4.50) This is giving the speakers 50 watts at minimum to power through the road noise and wind.
This is exactly what the Targa needed....but I'm thinking he might be back to add a sub :) :)
While I was in there, he asked me to take a look at the 'stock-ish' alarm that was installed...giving him sporadic false alarms throughout the night. I located the 'brain' back in a cubby hole, un-zip tied and just rattling around....Phil no longer has the remotes for it, and the
company has long been out of business. So I yanked that and a bunch of other wires that were just chilling in the boot, attached to the fuse block and battery....but to nothing else.
So....moral of the story....if you want really good sound and your car needs to lose some (wire) weight.....Come to Trax Customs :)
Had a client come in that was concerned about his stock sound system (amplified Focal speakers....if you call that stock)(owner didn't know that Focals were installed).
He's a true audiophile at heart....so Hybrid Audio Technologies is the first speaker that popped into my head. Wasn't sure about what model to go with, since it's a convertible; but the owner didn't want to install a subwoofer, so Clarus was the choice; they have a lower range of frequencies that they can play...so we squeezed the more amount of mid-bass out of them as we could.
Owner had pre-selected an amazing deck, the Alpine CDA-117....truely an audiophiles headunit of choice.....more audio tweaking options that most need.....just enough for this project.
The doors got a 3 layer sound deadening system (inner door skin, middle door skin, and inside door panel) to help the mid bass out as well as block some road noise.
All of this was pushed by the Arc Audio KS Mini, 2 channel amp....perfect size to fit under the seat where most other amps wouldn't dream of fitting.
Got the battery isolator hooked up and running, so I figured I might as well bolt up the rear battery. Everything is secure, and I left plenty of wire to the battery if needed down the road. Don't want that 0ga wire to be too short if you every have to remove the battery and add a new one....who knows.......better to be safe than sorry!
As for the rest of the system in the rear...just need to start doing some wood work, cutting amp rack plates and we'll start getting some tunes going.
Test fitted the projectors and made sure I like how they are going to sit in the headlights and in the car.....first test fit was spot on and only needed to raise one side.....not too shabby!!! These will look sick once done......black on black baby! Ballasts have been wired up and they are ready to go as well.
Now all that's left is the shrouds need to be painted and then we're donezo.
Worked alot on Memphry today and yesterday, but nothing really to show for it. Everything is hidden and out of the way.
Didn't snap pics, but I did start painting the headlights and shrouds....just need to wait for the custom paint I have planned.
So the electrical system is up and running.
Steven, no worries bud, I think I may have found a few things that may have been causing the Camry to run like crap. While doing the big 3 upgrade, I noticed the engine's ground wire was loose (could have been causing issues), noticed at the air intake boxes had loose or non-existant connections....so I tighted those up, and after getting the new high output alternator installed, all new 0ga power wires ran throughout...this puppy starts up without hesitation (as it did before) and purrs like a kitten (too many pet references in one sentence???)
Got the 200 amp battery isolator installed, and there is barely enough room to make the connections...but this way it'll be as solid and trustworthy as possible...plus it's just out of the way!
0ga is now ran through the car (wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be), back outside of the car, then back inside (this was because the subbox clearance would have been messed up with the 0ga cable in the way).
On to the final wiring for the LED lights, then finished up the front door speakers.
More Power....More Power!!
Got some of the main power modifications/additions done tonight.
Swapped the old busted alternator out with the new hotness!
First fire, BAM, 14.7 volts, charging......we like....that means it's working.
Swapped the old main battery out for the new, smaller, more efficient battery. Plenty of Cold Cranking Amps to fire the engine, and more than enough power to run the entire vehicle......for good measure we're putting in another one so the system has it's own to rely on.
Did the 'Big 3' upgrade as well......Alternate to Batter Wire, Battery Ground to Chassis, and Battery Ground to Engine......swapped out the baby small stock wire (10 ga and 8 ga) with 0ga and 4 ga where applicable....main big 3 is all 0ga.....which, by the way, is WONDERFUL to run through the vehicle.
Right now the battery is temporarily wired to make sure the vehicle starts and runs correctly, but next I'll be fusing the alternator side, adding the in-line Stinger battery isolator (this is so the rear battery can play the system without running the cars main battery down too low where it wont start), and starting to run the main power wire (also 0ga) through the firewall and to the rear of the car......lots of work still...but we're getting there.
Hope you like....cheers!!