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Captainobvious

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  1. 2016 TC Wagon Competition Stereo Install

    Thanks zalienz. If you have any questions along the way, feel free to post them in this thread or message me. I'm doing some amplifier testing this upcoming week and deciding which ones I want to use in this build and then the amprack and sub enclosure will be completed.
  2. Thanks for sharing. What lead are you using from the stock harness for accessory power to the head unit?
  3. 2016 TC Wagon Competition Stereo Install

    I'll add more as the build continues to progress. I still have to fabricate the amplifier rack and subwoofer enclosure for the rear.
  4. 2016 TC Wagon Competition Stereo Install

    I replaced the stock battery with a Stinger SPP1500 unit. More capacity, lower ESR. It is nearly identical size to the stock unit and fits in the stock tray, however the battery tie down may need a little adjusting. Whenever you are adding power wires, they need to be fused. for the main power feed to the audio system, I installed Stinger 250amp circuit breaker next to the battery and needed a place to mount it. I made a cardboard template and then duplicated to a piece of 1/4" type 1 pvc board. I thin used bolts and nylock nuts to attach.
  5. 2016 TC Wagon Competition Stereo Install

    Under carpeting.
  6. 2016 TC Wagon Competition Stereo Install

    Seats removed.
  7. 2016 TC Wagon Competition Stereo Install

    I also had to run new speaker, signal and power wiring in the vehicle. I removed all the seats and the carpet and ran my wires, including 1/0awg power from the battery position to the rear. While the carpet was out, I also installed some Roxul Safe N Sound insulation in all of the open voids and space under the carpet to reduce noise.
  8. 2016 TC Wagon Competition Stereo Install

    I started off by doing a LOT of speaker testing in the house and then also inside the vehicle. I wanted to check speaker response in various locations and angles and see what performed the best for my tastes. I demo'd stuff for about 4 weeks total before making the decision on what to install and where. What I settled on was a full format tweeter in the sail panel window location, a 5" midrange in the dash corners and a 10" woofer in the kickpanel area. Obvioulsy, these are all non-stock locations and would require plenty of custom work to make that happen. Here are some pics of the completed pieces. The a-pillar/dash speakers and sail panel pods were built by my friend Nick Apicella of Apicella Autosound in NY. They are wrapped in Alcantara suede. The kickpanel pieces I built and wrapped myself in vinyl.
  9. I compete in sound quality mobile audio competitions across the US and my new vehicle is a 2016 TC LWB wagon. Sound quality competition dictates that the system must produce the audio very accurately and with a high degree of realism- something that is challenging to accomplish in the destructive environment of a vehicle cabin. Unlike the home, where speakers can be placed equidistant to the listener and in a large open space, the vehicle rarely if ever allows speakers to be identical distances to the listener as we are seated to one side of the vehicle. In addition to distances, speakers producing the entire audio spectrum are installed in different locations, heights, angles and reflecting off of different shaped surfaces and materials which are more or less absorbent. In short, getting excellent stereo sound in *any* vehicle is extremely difficult due to the inherent challenges of the environment. This thread will likely be the 1% of audio upgrade type builds in the TC and much may not necessarily apply to what the vast majority of owners are doing, but keep in mind this is built for competition and pushes the boundaries a bit because of this. This is my 4th competition vehicle over the years and I've learned a lot along the way (and have much more to learn!) and have made some great friends. With each build I try to improve upon what I have done before and try to improve my fabrication skills and continue learning. This thread will serve as my "build log" for this vehicle, sharing the information I learn about this specific vehicle and the reasonings why I choose to do things the way I do with the TC as I progress. Hopefully it will provide some useful information to you all, and if not- a little entertainment at least. To start off, here is the vehicle: A 2016 Transit Connect LWB Wagon. It has been lowered a little and the wheels are upgraded to 19".
  10. My audio project

    You *can* get wires through the door Molex, but it requires drilling them (CAREFULLY) in the space that no wires occupy. I did mine without any issues as I wanted a larger gauge, direct run for my audio system. The other method would be to remove the door from the hinge, drill a new access hole and install weatherproof fitting/tubing to carry the wire(s) into the door.
  11. 2014+ Lowering Springs

    [URL=http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/1%20Transit%20Connect%20Wagon%20Build/IMG_3136.jpg.html][IMG]http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/1%20Transit%20Connect%20Wagon%20Build/IMG_3136.jpg[/IMG][/URL] [URL=http://s61.photobucket.com/user/soesnake/media/Car%20Audio/1%20Transit%20Connect%20Wagon%20Build/IMG_3109.jpg.html][IMG]http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h75/soesnake/Car%20Audio/1%20Transit%20Connect%20Wagon%20Build/IMG_3109.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
  12. 2014+ Lowering Springs

    How so? Mine has the same lowering spring kit and the ride quality is almost identical to stock. I go over speed bumps without problems and I haven't scraped anything due to clearance issues (Haven't had any issues). I was actually very surprised with just how good the ride quality was. You may lose a little bit of weight capacity with less travel, but I've loaded up 14+ bags of soil/mulch and more in there and it still hasn't had any clearance issues.
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