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'06 Euro-Civic(FK2) Simple SQ Build

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Hello world.

 

Well, here's my Civic build. It's a simple SQ setup.

Front stage: 2way DLS UR6i

Sub: mac Audio Aliante 10" Black LTD

Front amp: Helix H400 Esprit

Sub amp: Steg QM 220.2

 

Stock HU as signal source and re-used Pioneer P88RS as signal processor. (HU>LOC>P88 aux in)

It's an unusual configuration, works for now, but I'm really thinking about an Audison Bit Ten.  

 

Doors were deadened with SilentCoat, but I still have some work to do on them.

Cables are AWG4, and hand"crafed" RCAs.

 

Here's the car - or egg-shaped rocket ship, as some may call it:

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Old picture of the dash, pre-install (the same, but OEM tweeters):

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Overall requirements of the install were:

1. Keep everything fully functional, including AC/Radio Display and steering wheel controls.

2. Do not waste space and do not remove spare wheel (we've got potholes in the land of Dracula)

3. "Removability" - I don't want to sell everything when I sell the car, nor I want to buy un-modified interior parts to make it stock-looking.

4. Good SQ, I'm not at all after bigbase or anything SPL-related. As fun as it may be, it's not for me.

So...

First, I made an amp rack.

Simple particle board. It just fits 2 amps, distro blocks and a small relay board.

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Techflex on most of the cables. And MOLEX connectors for the speakers(1 for midbass, 1 for tweeters). After connecting everything I thought it would have been better to use the connectors for left/right pairs. On my to-do list.

 

 

I passed the speaker cables through copper tubes, just for the fun of it...

 

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Mounted on the left side of the trunk (and yeah, I know the Steg is sticking out):

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And now, the big mid-bass that goes in the trunk:

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Now, the fiberglass subwoofer enclosure.

This was my first attempt at building one, so I messed up a few times, but quite satisfied of the final result.

 

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Enclosure is sealed, but I made it easily vent-able... The round thingey is actually a plug for the port hole. Just need to make another round thingey with a port.

 

Finally: 

A crappy picture.

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Well, that's most of it. Still have to work on the doors and some prettyfication.

And better photos.

Edited by groowe

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very well done, i like how neat everything is. Though i will ask about your box. If its sealed typically you need 1cu ft of air space behind the subwoofer, but if its ported you usually need a minimum of 1.5 for it to sound good. How are you adjusting for that? 

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Well, I've made some bassbox stimulations and with the volume I have there are some possibilities... with a ridiculously long port. Still haven't tried yet.I'm satisfied for the moment. I'll cross that bridge when I get there...

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nice work. how did u get the civic letters behind the carpet? did u just take the label and carpet over?

I had the logo cut out of ABS plastic on a CNC and just carpeted over it....

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You know...the box sucks, bad. You know why? :P

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You know...the box sucks, bad. You know why? tongue.png

Shouldn't have an aliante in it? :))

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1. You got it right on the first go 

2. I helped you with it tongue.png

 

The OP has had some really cool installs, it's nice to see someone local on the board smile.png

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1. You got it right on the first go 

2. I helped you with it tongue.png

 

The OP has had some really cool installs, it's nice to see someone local on the board smile.png

1. But I might have gotten something wrong... If not for 2.

Cool installs is an overstatement. I did what could be done.

 

More pics:

The tweeters fit perfectly in the stock locations:

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And the pretty guy just sits there, and does his job:

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And a better view of everything in the trunk(still not perfect):

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How do you like the final results : sound, look ?

Nice equipments, but I don't know this sub.

 

I like the fact that you have room left in the trunk ;) Well played !

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How do you like the final results : sound, look ?

Nice equipments, but I don't know this sub.

 

I like the fact that you have room left in the trunk wink.png Well played !

Final results... Sound is good enough... but could be lots better with just the equipment I have. Still have to bring the midbass drivers out(the stock locations are far behind the door panel). And the tweeters placement is quite awkward, one is on-axis and one is off-axis, so I have to figure that out too...

 

Looks are decent, a bit annoyed with the mis-matched amps, but I can live with that.

 

The sub is actually a Phase Linear Aliante(build under license by mac). Pure SQ sub. Doesn't really move that much air(but it eats up 400W like they're nothing), it's mainly a 10" midbass driver. But it's really smooth, fast and it blends in perfectly with the front stage.

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Well, this is awkward. Updates with upgrades.

Traded in my P88 and 150$ for:

 

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The guy who sold it to me said it had noise issues, I've tested it on a lab power supply, updated the firmware and ... there's no unwanted noise whatsoever. Still, fingers crossed for when I install it.

Edited by groowe

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Well, it's all installed, using the high level inputs there is no noise, the only thing I've noticed is a digital beeping noise caused by the DRC(as I've read) - when using AUX inputs AND the source(phone) is connected to the charger... so it's probably a ground loop somewhere. Probably easily fixable.

 

Sound wise it's not an improvement. That would be an understatement. I've rediscovered my speakers and amps. Still have to tune a bit, but everything is already so much better.

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Well, late night install time. Just managed to fit the remote, looks decent biggrin.png

Soon I'll relocate the audison in the trunk and there's some fabrication required...

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Prototyping time:

Operation port.

 

 

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The Aliante is disturbingly weak in a sealed enclosure, so I had to port it. Big difference, tuned to around 40hz right now, still want to go lower. I just need a lot of plastic tube :| And somehow integrate everything so it doesn't look awkward.

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New "head unit".

Also, Faital 3FE20 fullrange drivers.

Still more to come: digital output from tablet(HDMI port), steering wheel remote on tablet(bluetooth), new sub(JL W6/W7).

But for now: 

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Looks real good, I been wanting to try out those Faitals and for the price they arent bad. How do you like them so far?

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The faitals are interesting, crisp top end, but somehow dry in the midrange. They're not bad in any way though.

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Thats good to know, are you using them with a tweeter?

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Thats good to know, are you using them with a tweeter?

No, high passed at about 150-175hz, and that's it. Don't really need a tweeter. I have the stock ones mounted just for design purposes.

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