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Old 08-11-2008, 09:14 AM   #161
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Looks good!
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:15 AM   #162
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your car is cool, but mine will be better.

Seriously though, its cool to see miatas with this quality level...it will probably be one of the "perfect toy cars."
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Looks good!
Thanks man!

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your car is cool, but mine will be better.

Seriously though, its cool to see miatas with this quality level...it will probably be one of the "perfect toy cars."
lol........you need to get on that ****. I feel like I might not even get the car back on the road before winter. I'm sure I will.....but some days it feels like I keep taking things apart rather than finishing it. I could have put a ******* nice down payment on alot of cars by now, and probably had a good amount paid off. Hopefully in the end, all of this is worth it. Thanks for the props bro

I just ordered 2 Kicker CompVR 8" subs. I scored them off ebay for $120, brand new for the pair with free shipping. I am looking now at amps and once I decide on one I'll be ordering it asap. I was recommended by crutchfield to get the Eclipse XA1000. I'm looking to get a clean sounding system out of this setup. 90% if not all of the music I listen to doesn't have any bass shaking tracks, so I hope this will fit my needs for tight, clean hitting subs.

I am a little concerned about how much of a pain in the *** sealing the rear shelf off from the trunk is going to be. I took a look and noticed that I will more than likely get the great stuff spray foam all over the rollbar bolts and brackets, but I don't have any plans on removing it so I guess its ok. I figured, if I order the subs and amp.....then I have to make it work. I hope to have it all done within a week.

And also got my radiator overflow can from Summit today. Simple, black, clean, and $13.95. **** the stock looking shitbox once you start cleaning up the engine bay. P.S. I ordered this **** in MAY....

We just got a number of big jobs in and its gonna be 200 yard pours every week for the next couple weeks. That means 14-15 hour days and racking my body to the point where I can literally fall asleep on the floor once I walk in the door. lol......I don't foresee alot of work getting done M-S, thankfully I have Sundays off.

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I looked but I didnt see, is that an HKS or an Ebay SSQV?
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Old 08-12-2008, 11:27 PM   #165
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I looked but I didnt see, is that an HKS or an Ebay SSQV?
I actually sold my HKS SSQV on this forum to the snowboarder, thinking I would be using the IC and BOV setup that came with the FM3. Plans changed and after some reading I decided to be a cheap **** and try a $30 BOV before dishing out $150-$200 for the same "HKS" part. If for any reason it acts up or doesn't function the same as the HKS one did for years......I plan on switching to the Tial one.

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Old 08-12-2008, 11:42 PM   #166
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lol........you need to get on that ****. I feel like I might not even get the car back on the road before winter. I'm sure I will.....but some days it feels like I keep taking things apart rather than finishing it. I could have put a ******* nice down payment on alot of cars by now, and probably had a good amount paid off. Hopefully in the end, all of this is worth it. Thanks for the props bro
yeah dude, waiting 18-months to install is a real pain in the *** too. I know that when I get home from living in a hotel for 3 months all i really want to do is watch my 1TB of recorded TV, drink wine, and see my friends. This time I'm flying home, starting my car, hoping I get everything right on it, then getting on a plane and going to work again. I mean ****, I'm getting one of my friend's to drive it around for break in so i can fly home a month later and do a track day, then leave again in 3-days.

However I just found out that I made the interview list for a non-travel job in Dallas and Philadelphia. Its also enough cheddar that I could get a membership to the local track.
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I R jealous
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:16 PM   #168
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So I hit a snag..... I ordered the Kicker 8" subs ready to do a hakuna type install. Well them came yesterday and I got to fool around with them today. Seems that I neglected to think about the amount of space needed and the fact that the rollbar legs take a good 2"-3" away from where they could be.

If you can see in the picture below you can see where I have the 8" circles marked. The lip on the sub will stick off the parcel shelf about 1", maybe less. Its not really a big deal seeing the seat really doesn't hit it, yet at least. My only worry is that when I replace the seats with Bride's, Sparco's, etc that they might hit the subs. I'm just not sure if its worth the effort and the price of a amp and wires. I'm 50/50 on whether I'm gonna do it or not.

On a positive note! I mounted the tweeters. I checked the sound in every location with some help, and we decided that they sound just as good, if not better mounted in the vent holes, rather than the tops of the doors. I had the 2 1/4" hole saw and bit to put them in the door panel, but this was easier and sounded awesome. I wrapped some electrical tape around the tweeters to make them fit snug into the vent cups. Then I used some adhesive to secure them. I'm going out now to put them in, as well as mount the crossovers, drill the holes and mount the 6.5"s and start on the plastic trim and mounting of the kenwood deck. This is taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r.....

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What are you doing for the enclosure?
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Old 08-16-2008, 10:13 PM   #170
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What are you doing for the enclosure?


I plan on using 2" styrofoam for the large gaps to the trunk, and sealing them off as well as any small gaps with Great Stuff. I also plan on using plenty of Dynamat all over the parcel area and behind the seats.

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Old 08-16-2008, 10:31 PM   #171
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I got some more pics of my work tonight. I hate the fact that I have to rush on the weekends to get things done. I always end up outside fishing wires under the dash in the dark.....but I'm almost there!!

Tweeters are in the vent cups solid and popped in the dash tight. The 6.5"s gave me some trouble trying to find 4 spots that had enough meat in the door to drill into. I got them in the waterproof cups and they feel pretty secure. I plan on putting the passenger side crossover above/behind the glovebox, and I'm not really sure about the driver side yet. But somewhere under the dash I'm sure I'll find space.

I think tomorrow I will give the subs a shot. If it doesn't work out....no big deal. But this way I can avoid spending another couple hundred bucks on the amp and wires....only to have it fail in my face. This is my first ever stereo, speakers, etc install...so I want to make sure I can prevent any fuckups before they happen. So far....so good.

As far as the system so far....I love the Kenwood deck. After having a garbage 1980 Alpine from the PO I am so happy to finally have something like this. The fact that it does everything is pretty awesome. The user interface gets better with practice and time for sure. DVDs look great, the Garmin GPS has more features than a gas station attendant, and overall it just looks pimp. I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to mount it, nor how I will trim the plastic to go around it. I hope to give it a shot tomorrow.

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Good work...!
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holy dynamat!
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Old 09-01-2008, 10:01 PM   #174
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Work has been killing me, we are busy as **** now which is a good thing. But now I am really limited to working on the miata on Sundays only. This weekend I took half the day yesterday and all day today to get some more work done.

Rear shelf is cut and dynamat applied on both the top and the bottom. Subs fit tight and don't hit the rollbar. Amp is in and wired. So now everything audio related is done with exception to mounting the actual Kenwood screen into the dash. I also want to cut some wood to hide the amp and make that lower part of the trunk flush with the rest.

I just want to add that the stereo sounds ******* sick. I spent about 1 hour fooling with the equalizer and the amp's settings. Any type of rock, whether it be as light as 311 or as hard as ill nino, it sounds right on. And I'm happy to say that even rap bumps with these 8"s. I'll be having bitches doin the superman in my car fo sho.

I still want to dynamat some more and I need to seal the tunnels to the trunk, but for now I am more than happy with how it turned out. Not to mention this is my first experience with any type of audio installation before.

Also, I have had problems with my fans not turning on and thus having to only run the car for 10 mins before shutting it off to prevent overheating. Comes to find out the clip into the thermostat housing needed 15 minutes of attention and all is better. The wire was loose and wasn't connecting to the tab in the housing. I took the clip apart and started the car. Fans come on and ******* push the heat out of the vent in the hood with force. They are semi loud, but they aren't on for long.

Finally I finished tinting the windows. The passenger side came out good, but the driver side is a bit sloppy in one place, enough to bother me. But at least now I know how it looks. I will probably have them done by someone. A buddy that owns a detail shop in our complex just hired a guy that tints on the side at the shop. I'm gonna get a price from him this week.

Next on the list includes intake setup, getting the body and interior back together, wheels and tires, skateboard racks on the rollbar, and finally.....

!MEGASQUIRT!

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What are you doing about the carpet on the rear shelf? Are you planning to lay the carpet over top of the subs or cutting up the carpet?

Also that fan sensor is a B***H, I had that break on me. Lucky the sensor is cheap.
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What are you doing about the carpet on the rear shelf? Are you planning to lay the carpet over top of the subs or cutting up the carpet?

Also that fan sensor is a B***H, I had that break on me. Lucky the sensor is cheap.
I'm going to put the carpet back on the rear shelf. I am definitely gonna cut holes and go around the subs. I'm ordering 8" speaker grilles to keep them protected from my skate decks. I could see them broke in about 6 minutes without protection.

I remembered hitting the wire out of the plastic and just sticking it back in thinking it was fine. Today I wondered.....maybe thats the problem. Fixed and worked.

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How do those 8's sound? I have been toying with the idea of putting an 8 or possibly 2 8s in my 90 for a while now but haven't really thought of a good place to do it. What you have done really inspired me so im going to have to ask, how much and where do i get those ?

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I actually sold my HKS SSQV on this forum to the snowboarder, thinking I would be using the IC and BOV setup that came with the FM3. Plans changed and after some reading I decided to be a cheap **** and try a $30 BOV before dishing out $150-$200 for the same "HKS" part. If for any reason it acts up or doesn't function the same as the HKS one did for years......I plan on switching to the Tial one.

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How do those 8's sound? I have been toying with the idea of putting an 8 or possibly 2 8s in my 90 for a while now but haven't really thought of a good place to do it. What you have done really inspired me so im going to have to ask, how much and where do i get those ?



by the way, it sounds nice thanks again!
The Kicker subs were $119 shipped for the pair new in the box off ebay. And the amp and wires were $200 from crutchfield shipped. Then figure some $$$ for however much dynamat you want to use. I got 36sqft off ebay for just under $100.

Dude, I HIGHLY recommend doing it if you have time. After putting in the Kenwood deck and Polk speakers it sounded great, but NO bass. Now everything comes together and it sounds perfect. 8"s are perfect for the miata.

I remember reading somewhere before that it couldn't be done with a rollbar, but it most certainly can. Without a rollbar, you have another 3-4"s of space, so it would be a cake walk without one. But to anyone that was ever on the fence about doing it......should do it.

Glad to hear you like the HKS BOV man! How many people on the side of the road have you scared with it yet? lol

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Impress job done Vash, definitely gonna follow this post to the end. If there's an end.
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I love the "hakuna" style sub install. I've wanted to do it but never got around to it.

Looks great man! Keep it up!
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