Bypassed the video lock-out feature with a relay so customer doesn't have to keep flicking a switch to bypass everytime.
Pretty simple install......Subaru WRX STI with stock headunit gets a Pioneer P2300 dvd headunit install....customer will be back to add Navigation.
Bypassed the video lock-out feature with a relay so customer doesn't have to keep flicking a switch to bypass everytime.
It's all in a days work...as they say.
Got about 6 hours into these......if I were to do them again, i'd do them differently, but for what they are, I didn't want to spend any more time.
They actually sound pretty damned close to what they sounded like in the tuned boxes....which was saweeet!!!
Next year I'll have a giant pumpkin to put a subwoofer in and then we'll be golden.
For now....that'll do pig....that'll do!
Finally got some time set aside for these....quicker than I thought it was initially going to take to mount the LEDs.
Just have to make clearance on the rear chrom shroud then I can seal these up and move on to the next one.......til then!
Put in a big order of decals.....company was moving locations, so it took a bit longer than expected, so they through in some extras! All of those next to our old order makes for a big lot.
Who wants one? 2 are already taken....but other than that, they are up for grabs!!
Owner didn't like the look of actually seeing the source of the light in the headlight bucket.
Answer........remove and replace with LEDs.....DUH!
Stock bulb is in there until owner replaces with a smaller, low profile bulb that is clear and not so huge. Light perfectly fills headlight bucket, isn't too bright and is exactly what the owner was wanting.
These lights are only on when he pulls the 'light stick' out one click.....and they shut off when the headlights are turned on. His turn signals are the little cones above the headlight bucket...so purely ICE lights....
Looked sick driving away at night. Last pic is with lights on...camera made the others fairly brighter than they actually are.
On to the next one!!
Got a decent sized project coming up as soon as I can fit it in.
DVD Player (Clarion)
Front Components (Hybrid Audio)
3 Channel Amp (Arc Audio)
Dual 10" Woofers (Arc Audio)
Custom Box to fit under seat
Got the box done today, had to bump out the woofers a bit more because Arc increased their tolerances, and added a 1/2" on the mounting depth for the XXD Woofers. NO biggy.
Doing some more custom work on a Kappa platform car for a customer with a Saturn Sky.
This time we'll be doing LED accents instead of a full on LED conversion.
These photos are for the client to help determine what exactly to do for lighting, since the taillight is pretty complex on the inside. Also, to show the nick in one of the lights that came in the box.
Little dremel work and these bad boys were apart.
Got everything buttoned up and dropped it off with clients brother.
It was good to see it go...but I have a feeling I'll be adding more to this and/or doing something down the road.
On to the next one!
Pics will be transferred to the Project Page soon.
These were the only shots I could grab....I forgot to do a photo shoot.
After doing some work on the custom LED taillights, I was able got the amps wired up and subs mounted.
Mounting those beastly subs by myself was a challenge, but I managed to get them secure.
Next up was the wiring....twas a challenge as well, but they are all hooked up now.
Turned all the settings down and saw what they had un-tuned......wow.....I even had them cutoff at 50 hrz....so it sounded like there was a hole obviously from 51-80ish....but wow....this system is going to pound.
Inside of the cabin it sounds pretty tight....so sound deadening and dampining worked great.....as for the outside.....i'm not sure if anything short of welding the trunk shut and putting in about 75 screws to stop the rear bumper from rattling....oh well. I'll look into getting rid of some of the vibrations.
Now I just have to make the trim covers and we're set!! Woot
Been trying to knock out a bunch of projects, as well as keep up with the day-to-day jobs that come in.
Had a friend of a friend come in with a 2005 GMC Sierra pickup.
Wants a DVD player with iPod controls, Bluetooth, Satellite Radio, steering wheel controls and DVD Playback bypass.
Enter the Clarion VX400 coupled with a Sirius Satellite Radio tuner and a PAC steering wheel control interface.
This was a pretty simple install, just alot of wires to be fitted into the dash. After a little weight loss therapy (see last photo below) the DVD Player and all the components fit like a glove!!
Finally got some spare time for these.....templates made and everything is secure....just need the customer's good words then I can button this side up and start on the other side.
I with the budget on this build would have allowed me to mold and paint the taillights...but we're just doing a basic plug-n-play upgrade....so far so good
Hit it hard on Friday night and haven't stopped until now (Sunday night)
Had some time to get some other projects started and did some random mini installs while I was at it...all it all, I'm just waiting on paint on the corners and taillights....and the subwoofer amp.....then we're donezo!!!!
Got the speakers all installed upfront and 4 channel amp temporarily hooked up and gave it a listen. Un-tuned and all the settings untouched..this system already sounds crazy good....highs are perfect and the midbass is very impressive!!!! All that hardwork on the sound deadening was worth it...we'll see what happens when we add 2400 watts to two subwoofers.....which, by the way, have a home now.....got the subwoofer box smoothed out and texture coated.....thing is a BEAST.....you want SPL out of a daily, while having good tunes when it's not hitting hard....gotta build the box as big as you can.....Box was a bit bigger than I wanted...but to get it tuned right, had to go this route.........gonna slam!
Got the headlights sealed up and ready for a final tweak/leveling once the corners get smoked.
Got the LEDs wired up front on a switch and other than that....long weekend...but we're about 95% done....waiting on the Mailman now (not Karl Malone).
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!!
Only had about 20 minutes to work on the Camry tonight.....so I test fitted the headlights with the projectors to see how much modifications I'm going to have to do.....wasn't too bad...just knocked a couple of teeth off, and we're golden....next is paint (thinking of a cool theme to match the exterior of the car).
Had a friend of a friend want to upgrade his already sick Titan.
Threw in a Pioneer DVD player with iPod and SD audio inputs.
Did a custom bypass on the Pioneer's safety setting, so he can enjoy movies while on the go.
Clean and simple install....keep your eye's on the road bud!!
All the new goodies for the Uber light festival that's going to be happening in the front of the car showed up. We're doing:
New Crystal Euro Headlights with Bi-Xenon Projectors, 35 watt HID bulbs with Morimoto Ballasts
New Crystal Euro Side Lights, smoked and throwing some LEDs in there to light up the night.
Was sitting around and thought 'what the hell', and opened them up...so I'm 5 days ahead of schedule on the lights.....might as well throw some paint on them tomorrow and get them ready for the retro!
Knocked out some things holding me back on Memphry today.....old tint was stripped and some new hotness was put on. Biggest difference that I can tell....old tint was old, peeling, and had a blueish tint to it.....new stuff....BLACK....perfect!
Got all the pillar covers back on (was waiting to get tint done so it was easier).
Installed the rear 6x9" speakers, and routed the wires to where the new 4 channel amp will be. Got the rear deck lid put back together, so now we're good there.
Got the front tweeters mounted on their custom made mount and they fit perfectly...should make a HUGE difference, as the stock tweets simple sucked.
Got the deck installed (not permanetly yet) with auxilary wires for future expansion. iPod cord ran into the glove box since the Kenwood deck bypasses the iPod screen so you don't need to look at it while cruising through your music selection. Installed the Bluetooth mic by the compartment above the rear view mirror....this way the driver can speak clear towards the mic without adjusting his head and more importantly, being safe whilst driving.
Got all the RCAs for the 2 amps ran, as well as the CAT5 cables for the 4 channel knob to increase the DBs if needed.
Snaked new wires through the factory boots into the doors so the speakers will have plenty of wire to power them. All of these new wires are snaked under the factory carpet and tucked away nicely.
Good weekend....on to the next one!!
With the addition of another shop gaurd dog (hahaha), we needed a place to host another dog bowl. New box, new design.....now with fiberglass.
We can do anything type of dog bowl you can think of.......once I get some time (another hahaha), I'll be making my own clear dog bowls and adding some LEDs so that they light up....should be pretty cool.
Just got the frame done for now...waiting for my upholstery gun to show up so I can shoot some 1/4" staples for the fabric instead of my awesome 1 1/2" ones I have now.
Did a quick little install today in a 2004 Chevrolet Tracker.
Customer has an iPod that she wanted to have work through her stock radio.
Not an upgraded radio, so the only option here was the iSimple Tranzit Device.
Now she can tune to a certain radio channel, turn the switch on and BAMM.....iPod through the radio....sounds pretty good too. These work much better than the FM modulators you plug into your cigarette lights, as it cuts out the incoming radio signal and replaces it with the audio source plugged in to the Tranzit.
After a few hours I finished the trunk and trunk lid...which completed the sound deadening (minus the inside of the door panels, once I get the subs going).
So I figured since I was stuck in the trunk, I might as well wire up a thin LED strip to replace the cargo light in the trunk......thing is BRIGHT, that and the dome light, all reflecting off the sound deadener was a pretty cool sight.
Family member got a new vehicle, so we had to start throwing new electronics at it.
New JVC Touchscreen DVD player with bluetooth, iPod, aux and a boatload of other options. Sat Radio is temporarily mounted on dash (will be getting a hidden unit soon).
Got some time to sand and put a few coats of bedliner texture paint down.
Was going to do just to hard to reach areas with the spray on texture, but the coat layed down so well that I think I'll finish like this....such a good texture finish.
Got a quick video together for the client to take a look at before I order parts.
LEDs are just sitting in the housings...so aiming is a bit off...anyways
Sequence in video is:
Lights Off - Brake On
Lights On - Brake On
Got to Project Liberty today.
2003 Jeep Liberty
Pioneer Deck Install with Steering wheel controls retained and Bluetooth
Arc Audio XXD 5 channel amplifier
Infinity 6.5" Component Speakers up front
Arc Audio 6.5" XXD Coaxial Speakers in the rear
Arch Audio 10" XXD Subwoofer in a sealed carpeted box
4 gauge amp kit to make sure everything has enough power
Jeep sounded good once everything was tuned and the customers left with a smile on their faces...so a success!
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