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Old 09-17-2007, 07:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi all,

I am new to the forum, and I have just purchased an SX-4. I have ordered the cable from Tim, and am going to hook that up to my car for my mp3 player. I am going to be changing out the stock speakers, and running all of the speakers from external amplifiers. I am used to installing car systems, but never with a stock stereo, and never a brand new car (i'm a little weary to damage anything on a new car). I have a few questions about the installation that I thought the people here may be able to answer

1) Are the speakers in the doors 5 1/4 components. I have a spare set of 5 1/4, and it would be sweet if they fit.

2) How easy is it to get the door panels off. I've done it to a few other vehicles, but i don't want to ruin this one. I have applied some pressure, and it felt like it might break if i apply too much. Is it connected the same way as most panels, ie, with the little plastic connectors that stick into the door frame?

3) Which side is easiest to run the cable from the batter to the trunk? Which side of the car has the firewall and would be the best method

4) If I tap into the speaker wires and run it to the speaker level input on the amp, will it source any current into the Amp, or will it just more or less take a reference of the voltage, and not affect the power delivered to the speaker. (would it act like a voltage reference via an op-amp, or would it drain current that would initially go to the speaker)

I am studying to be a comp/elec engineer, and have made tiny amplifiers (10 W), and i know how i would do it, but that may be different than the way it is done. Any and all help would be appreciated, as i would like to get some different speakers in my new car as soon as i can


Thanks in advance,

Bryan Morrison
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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i did something similar, except i didn't touch the speakers in de doors. i just mounted two 160Watts speakers on the rear plastic panel (you have to make two big holes in the rear panel), and below this plastic panel i mounted a 400W amplifier. My radio already had 2 audio outputs for the amplifier, so a i ran two coax cables from my radio to the amplifier mounted below the rear plastic panel. I routed my cables on the driver side, the plastic covers on the lower sides of the door will come off easily, and you can see other cables, just follow the route of these cables.
hope this is of any help.
one drawback is that i can hear some very low whining in the rear 160 watts speakers when the motor is running, something i have to undo with some ferrite cores i think
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Thanks Marlon,

I was able to put in my mp3 adapter cable as supplied by tim (thanks tim, it works great). I have looked around and it seems that the speakers are 5.25. It looks like I can probably hook up the amp and everything without even pulling the stereo out (which i wasn't able to do). You can get to the back of the stereo and to the wiring harness through the glovebox. Does anyone have any good advice for getting the door panels off. I'm going to try again soon, but i don't want to break them.

Thanks again all

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Old 10-19-2007, 07:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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hey guys just in the process of changing out the old stock head unit to replace it wish a ALPINE 9815 single din head unit, i have the new pocket, and im in the process of running 2 amplifiers and 2 sets of new splits to the front and rear doors, also i am running a 12" woofer to the boot, the problem i am facing is that i do not know which wires are for what thing on the Suzuki wiring harness which goes to the head unit, could someone please help!!! that would be awesome, ill post some photos of the finished product , as for the doors all that holds them on is 2 screws, in the door card itself, then the rest of the door in onchristmas tree clips, you can but a special tool to remove them, or you can carefully put a flat blade screwdriver behind the door card to 'pop' them out, its a fairly simple procedure, im actually mounting 6.5 inch woofers in both doors, its looking to be a fiarly simple procedure, although you do destroy the factory speakers if you do it the way in which i am, in fact there are 2 ways of doing it , 1 is to modify the existing speaker which is built into a pod, just cut it out with a knife and screw the new speaker to the pod, (remove the pod from the door first ) you would quite easily fit anything up to a 6 inch speaker in the front doors. anyways its back to the car need to goto the hardware store to buy some terminals for the battery
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i had the same problem when i bought my pioneer radio. the plugs didn't fit into the pioneer radio. i just cut all the wires, fitted female and male clips to all the wires, and connected the right colors to each others. Black= ground, Blue = antenna but use it for the amplifier, Red= +, yellow=+, White=left front speakers, Gray=Right front speakers, Green=left back speakers, Purple=right back speakers, but to be sure, check the schematic on the new radio
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