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Old 11-15-2009, 05:36 PM
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Got a link to the terminals you used?
Go to Parts Express and type in "battery terminals" in the search box. I got the platinum ones (+/-) - I wasn't feeling the gold, lol. They have four set-screw terminals on each one. It's nice 'cause I have the amp power, fuse box and alt power, HID power, and radio continuous power --- so I needed ones with plenty of terminals. A lot of other ones only had 2 or 3 and then maybe a rign terminal mount on top. I prefer the set screw over the ring terminal; they look cleaner.

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Any plans to use the Imprint tuning ever, or are you satisfied with your abilities?
No, never. I can do just as much tuning by hand as the Imprint can do, and I can taylor it to my preferences. I have made some HUGE improvements with the little seat time I've had. I can't 'til I get some more time with it and can really start to fine tune.

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Also any tips for installing the 9887 or was it just the RCA's giving the problem
No, it's pretty straight forward. Remember, since we are running active, all we are connecting on the harness is the yellow wire (continuous power), the red wire (ignition/switched power), the black wire (ground), and the blue/white wire (remote turn-on for your amps).

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You'll need to run a wire from the battery to the radio cavity - for your continuous power. You can see it in my pics above (the red wire under the hood that follows the amps power wire). It's not difficult snaking it through, but it's just another 45 minutes of work.

The ground location I used when I had my Pioneer 880PRS did not work for my 9887, go figure. So I had to find a new ground in the radio cavity. I'll take pics for ya when I get my RCA's in and install them.

For the red (ignition) wire, just run a wire (and inline fuse - 3 amps) that taps into the red power wire from the power outlet on the lower left side of the instrument panel.

Run your RCA's and remote turn-on together since they begin and end in the same locations - run it on the passenger side along with the passenger side speaker wire. Run your power wire and driver side speaker wire down the driver side.
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Old 11-16-2009, 07:34 PM
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Re: Matt's 2006 WK Stereo Build Log Part II

OH WOW!!! I love your post re: the frequencies for your "wide band" and mids/subs! That is so tight dude...8's that can reproduce the sub freq without distorting is f-ing perfection! I gotta tell you a story:

So I went to the local Land Rover dealer to get service done. At this location is also Bentley. Mike Tyson had one of his 10 Bentley's he had made for his body guards sitting there for sale. This one was a dark blue with cream interior. $325K car new. I got to drive it and almost got to take it to High School prom haha...He had a +$20K system in there...what was under the rear seats? 6 8" subs! All McIntosh powered!!! This thing was crazy. Your mids reminded me of that...

Great build bro...I love the attention to detail in your wiring...
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Old 11-16-2009, 07:57 PM
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Thanks Brad!!

Yeah, McIntosh = $$$$... big $$$
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:16 PM
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Re: Matt's 2006 WK Stereo Build Log Part II

Got back in town today and had my RCA's waiting for me. I immediately went to work, lol.

Such a BIG difference between the new Monster's and the old Monoprice bonded RCA's. I'm pretty sure I'm going to trash them, haha. They were about 4-5x thicker than the Monster's, much larger (and cheaper) interconnects, and barely bent in any direction, making them very difficult to snake throughout a car.






On the right you can see the old RCA's (black). Other things pictured: Remote power wire (blue), speaker wire harness (black techflexed, white terminal connector).





Out with the old, in with the new.





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Old POS RCA's interconnects.





Radio cavity ready to go: Wire harness, radio antenna, RCA's, iPod cable.





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Old 11-18-2009, 11:23 PM
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Re: Matt's 2006 WK Stereo Build Log Part II

Also, I removed the temporary dash pod enclosures. I got enough seat time to conclude that the Tang Band W3's simply do not get loud enough (with the windows down). Low cone area, low xmax, low sensitivity just did not equate into a speaker that could keep up with the rest of the stereo. Fantastic drivers, just not suitable for this application. I will be keeping them though - could make for a nice computer speaker set-up + sub (maybe that Kicker CVR I have laying around )

Plus, I'm second guessing the fiberglass dash pods altogether. My goal was to keep this install stealth. Dash pods on average will need to be at least .02 ft^3 to create the proper environment for the current list of wide band drivers I'd like to try out. Quite frankly, that's a lot of space. They'll be bulky, take up visibility, and maybe most importantly draw attention. For now, this is on the back burner, and I have the Kicker 3.5"s back in there for the time being.

Fiberglass sub enclosure is next on the list! Keep ya posted!
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:05 PM
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Re: Matt's 2006 WK Stereo Build Log Part II

Nice Matt...those monster cables are sweet and man they are a lot smaller that the other RCA interconnects, and look better too!

I like the dash pods, but they are def not stealth...form over function haha!
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Matt that looks nice ... is there big difference between the new monster cables and the old POS ? as in quality ?
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:57 PM
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Nice Matt...those monster cables are sweet and man they are a lot smaller that the other RCA interconnects, and look better too!

I like the dash pods, but they are def not stealth...form over function haha!
Yeah, I'm just not sure I'd like to have my dash being occupied. Especially when my current setup sounds spectacular - got some more tuning done today

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Matt that looks nice ... is there big difference between the new monster cables and the old POS ? as in quality ?
Sound quality, none. Obviously, yes, physically.

The others are great for the home, but just a pain to work with when you have 3 sets and need to snake them throughout a car.

I don't mean the cable quality is a POS, I was just so frustarated when having to deal with them in the car environment. Great cables, just not for the car, haha.
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looking good matt!!!
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Re: Matt's 2006 WK Stereo Build Log Part II

have you considered glassing down into the OEM cavity in the dash to hide some of the space you have to take up?
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:06 PM
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have you considered glassing down into the OEM cavity in the dash to hide some of the space you have to take up?
I thought about, but to go deep enough to get any significant space would really cause an awkward-shaped enclosure and could and probably would cause some funky stuff with the rear wave. Remember, a perfect sphere is the identical enclosure, so I'm just not sure if it's worth the time and effort to find out.

I may consider trying to squeeze in a 3" or 4" wide band, but most really need to be enclosed to get an F3 that's acceptable. I just need to do a bit more searching. I may try out the FR88's with the higher xmax and sensitivity - may be a good candidate in the dash locations.

I will say, I am quite pleased with the passive mid-range and tweeter combo thus far.
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I have the same RCA's i love them!
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