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    2006 EXL + Pioneer install (pic heavy)

    hello all, i just wanted to share my recent install in the Ody. it took me one Saturday afternoon, with some basic pre-wiring the night before.
    first, here is all the gear and some reference pix:
    Pioneer DVD headunit/speakers/amp/subwoofer, KnuKonceptz wiring, Atrend sealed box
    AVH-P4300DVD/TS-A1604C/GM-D8601/TS-W250D2, Kolossus Fleks 4GA Kit, BB-10




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    pre-wiring harness, fitting Metra dash kit, wiring subwoofer to 1ohm

    removing dash trim and factory headunit
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    removed door panels to swap 6.5" mids and added tweeters to sails

    views from driver seat
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    most likely spot for box, prepped the sub for action
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    now for the fun parts! power wire and ground wire. behind the factory RES DVD player is a rubber grommet that covers power cables that runs below the van up into the engine bay---exacto cut enough for the new power wire to fit snugly and snake-run thru bay and to battery:
    measure and cover with loom, set into 120A Mini ANL fuse holder
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    run other end of power wire under pulled-back carpet towards left side front corner of passenger seat, you will see why later--this was not fun and i recommend taking out the Weather-Tecs first

    removed seat bracket covers on both sides for working room, tested grounding point first, crimped with o-ring, used stainless bolt and nut for maximum contact and security

    notice power wire in the same area ready for its connection to amp
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    next up were the RCA cables, remote wire, amp control wire---run behind the dash, under the passenger side carpet towards the factory opening under the seat--taped-off the ends with painters tape to avoid any thrashing

    removed the passenger door sill before going under the seat and ran wires to out of sight
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    removed the bottom utility drawer--amp will be mounted on 1/2" particle board (old office bookshelf) and under passenger seat


    cut the board to needed size, sprayed with all-purpose textured paint to match as best as possible, and busted out the Velcro
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    wired up the amp for a test run, and making sure the mount is fairly secure from shifting or sliding.
    today velcro>duct tape

    not bad...
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    the amp came with a "bass boost" remote to control 0-18dB, whatever - it's a fun little bonus feature---didnt really put much thought on the location so I decided on this spot:
    drilled a hole on the top of the cubby hole, ran the wire following the RCA/remote wire trail, got some double-sided 3M tape






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    almost done--ran speaker wire from amp, under the passenger seat, under carpet and under sliding door door sill to rear cargo area






    ended up laying the box on its "back" so the sub fires up --- i will be moving it when i want to hear it in another spot or angle
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    that's it for now, I hope I didnt bore you to tears with the thread. I have a few things I wanted to mention about the install. I disconnected the factory dash tweeters because I was thinking of flush mounting the Pioneer tweets there--I ended up not doing it. But I figured drilling one 1/4" hole into the sails for the angled mounting pods would be fun--as seen in the pix. The rear speakers are still factory, I dont know if I will swap those yet. The main main issue/drawback is the factory RES is disconnected and basically useless because the factory headunit is removed. My wife does not like it and I am probably going to spend more money on Amazon getting headrest DVD monitors. My bro added a pair to his 'Burban and they are really cool.
    Sound-wise it is very clean and not too harsh, which is exactly what I was going for. The Pioneer headunit offers alot of sound tweaking with preset EQs and custom EQs. I play all sorts of music: rock/jazz/rap/techno and for the most part sound WAAAYYY better than stock now. There is an iPod control wire from the rear of the hu to the glovebox and my Nano is controlled all from the hu. I also have an extra set of RCA cables (red/white/yellow) that I ran under the bottom drawer of the center console--I can plug any LCD screen (or similar source) to play whatever DVD the hu is playing at the same time. Thanks for viewing, until next time...
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    Very nice extensive write up. Sound must be amazing.

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    thanks, and it does sound just like i need it to on the budget i was on. this my current daily driver since i retired my VW passat wagon. i also need to have my 3 kids riding with me at any given time so i cant go crazy like i normally would. there is enough mid with great vocal clarity and no harsh tweet--the bass is great when i feel the need to be heard.
    judging by your username, pinoy?
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    Yes sir. Pinoy. The pioneer unit looks really nice and I may look into your thread down the road when time budget permits.

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