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Post by Mikkeli on Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:34 pm

Here is more photos, this time some cable mess getting sorted out.

Power cable for the amplifier going through grommet in the firewall.
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Because I decided to install an amplifier in the trunk I had to use quite long cables.
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Steady progress...
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Post by Mikkeli on Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:54 pm

Original head unit is actually quite good in sound quality and paired with an external amplifier there is no need to change it.

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Subwoofer fits nicely in a spare tire well and is well secured in place.

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Post by crozier on Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:29 pm

Amazing piece of work. That Vitara will rock!

I did some sound deadening on mine but used self adhesive neoprene pads ( Yaheetech) on the wheel well area and under the rear seat. I also used them inside the doors and inside the rear tailgate. The neoprene isn't as good at absorbing panel resonance but is better at damping unwanted sound from the rear of the speaker cones. You might also find additional door strip sealing ( Weatherstrip) might help with wind noise, although I doubt you will hear any with that kit turned up to 11.  Very Happy

One piece of trim I couldn't manage to remove was the curved, lower door-frame scuff plate: the one that covers the cable runs. There seemed to be a hidden fixing to a cable connector that I couldn't release, so eventually gave up.

Best of luck with the project. Hopefully you don't pop the windows out when you max the volume Razz Very Happy

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Post by Mikkeli on Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:49 pm

crozier wrote:Amazing piece of work. That Vitara will rock!

I did some sound deadening on mine but used self adhesive neoprene pads ( Yaheetech) on the wheel well area and under the rear seat. I also used them inside the doors and inside the rear tailgate. The neoprene isn't as good at absorbing panel resonance but is better at damping unwanted sound from the rear of the speaker cones. You might also find additional door strip sealing ( Weatherstrip) might help with wind noise, although I doubt you will hear any with that kit turned up to 11.  Very Happy

One piece of trim I couldn't manage to remove was the curved, lower door-frame scuff plate: the one that covers the cable runs. There seemed to be a hidden fixing to a cable connector that I couldn't release, so eventually gave up.

Best of luck with the project. Hopefully you don't pop the windows out when you max the volume Razz Very Happy

Thanks for your nice words crozier!

I'm going to soft pads on top of current sound dampening material. StP Biplast polyurethane pads (10mm thick) might be my choice.

Some of the trim pieces are really tricky to get removed, I actually managed to break one plastic trim piece Sad

TO ALL

URC.3 Remote Control unit waiting for installation.

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Glove Box with URC.3 installed. I can now adjust subwoofer level easily.

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During holidays I removed these from my previous car. Old but trustworthy DLS MS6A 6.5" 2-way component system, this set will replace original speakers in the front doors.

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Post by Woodking on Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:43 pm

Loving this, what a lot of effort you've gone to upgrading your sound system thumbl

Top marks Mikkeli and I'm looking forward to seeing the next stages.

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Post by Mikkeli on Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:29 pm

Woodking wrote:Loving this, what a lot of effort you've gone to upgrading your sound system thumbl

Top marks Mikkeli and I'm looking forward to seeing the next stages.

Thank you! Here is more photos for you (and everyone else) Smile

Front door panel removed.

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Original speaker by Panasonic.

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Panasonic vs. DLS. DLS midwoofer comes with a big magnet so I need to make adapter rings for these to fit.

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Post by Mikkeli on Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:01 pm

Adapter rings waiting for the paint job.

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Front door with original sound dampening material.

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And front door after my treatment.

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Post by Mikkeli on Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:35 pm

I found a nice spot for the DLS crossover units inside door panel.

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Post by Mikkeli on Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:32 pm

Painted adapter rings, paint used is waterproof to protect against humidity inside door structure.

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I used white sealing tape between woofer and adapter ring, same tape is sealing surfaces between door and adapter ring.
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Woofer installed with adapter ring, now I can lower window in the door without hitting woofer's magnet.
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Post by Mikkeli on Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:12 am

Here is some photos of new cables for the speakers/2-way crossover.

I used Wago connectors to connect new cables to original door wiring harness.

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New cables ready to be installed.

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And cables in place, these cables connect to the crossover unit in the door panel.

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Post by Mikkeli on Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:53 pm

Here is a nice spot for amplifier's fuse box right next to ECU. This place is just behind the battery which is a good thing, cable length should be minimal before fuse box.

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Fuse box installed using a little metal bracket.

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Third step of sound dampening begins, co-drivers seat is already removed. First step of adding sound dampening material was trunk and under back seat, second step was front doors.

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Post by Mikkeli on Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:31 pm

Sound dampening for floor in progress.

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Driver's side done.

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Putting back together, for now...

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Post by vch on Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:22 am

Thank you for your posts, very informative. Threads like these are invaluable, even down to showing how the internal fixtures and fittings are attached, let alone the great work you've demonstrated on the sound system.

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Post by Grumpy Souter on Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:51 am

I agree, great pictures, my only concern is what did you use the Stihl chain saw for ?
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Post by Mikkeli on Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:35 pm

vch wrote:Thank you for your posts, very informative. Threads like these are invaluable, even down to showing how the internal fixtures and fittings are attached, let alone the great work you've demonstrated on the sound system.

Thank you! Hopefully this thread can help someone in the future while doing anything similar with Vitara.

Grumpy Souter wrote:I agree, great pictures, my only concern is what did you use the Stihl chain saw for ?
GS

Thanks! I kept chain saw available for "just in case" but so far it wasn't needed.

Next project is 2-channel dash cam from BlackVue: DR490L

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Post by Woodking on Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:29 pm

Couldn't agree more, posts like this are what makes a forum IMHO. Thanks for all your input Mikkeli.

May I ask what the car is like when you drive around with all the sound deadening now compared to before, is it a really noticeable difference?

Ooh, looking forward to the dash can install - I have a Nextbase but always looking to upgrade - just don't tell the wife she might not notice the difference tongue


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Post by Prokopas on Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:48 pm

Great work Mikkeli
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Post by Mikkeli on Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:12 am

Woodking wrote:Couldn't agree more, posts like this are what makes a forum IMHO. Thanks for all your input Mikkeli.

May I ask what the car is like when you drive around with all the sound deadening now compared to before, is it a really noticeable difference?

Ooh, looking forward to the dash can install - I have a Nextbase but always looking to upgrade - just don't tell the wife she might not notice the difference  tongue

Thanks!

Vitara is now noticeable quieter and i'm really happy with the sound deadening result. I have some deadening material remaining so i'm going to continue this project even further.

My next post includes some photos of my BlackVue dash cam installation. Unfortunately there is some problems with the rear camera and external GPS units...

Prokopas wrote:Great work Mikkeli

Thank you!

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Post by Mikkeli on Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:32 pm

Dash cam installation pictures:

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Cable for the rear camera unit.

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Hardwire set going to fuse box.

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There is a strong magnet holding rear camera in place, nice trick that I learned from fellow member at this site. cheers

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Post by Mikkeli on Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:39 pm

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Rear camera unit from another angle.

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Front camera unit is sitting behind rear view mirror.

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External GPS unit in corner of the windscreen.

Unfortunately there is something wrong with the dash cam package. External GPS and rear camera unit are not working. GPS unit is completely dead and rear camera is showing blue screen. Evil or Very Mad  Time to contact reseller for refund/replacement.

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Post by Mikkeli on Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:48 pm

Just a quick update: new carpet mat set and sport pedal set with footrest.

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"Old" carpet mat set (Eco version) and original pedal set.

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Deluxe carpet mat set (with orange highlights) and sport pedal set with footrest (in yellow).

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Part numbers.

Deluxe mat set is much nicer material than eco mat set and is also really easy to keep clean.

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Post by Mikkeli on Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:29 pm

I applied Nanolex Si3D Headlight sealant to all unpainted plastic trims, headlights, tail lights, etc. Nanolex sealant on painted surfaces is still going strong after 15000 km/1 year. Highly recommended!

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Looking good  sunny

Another step in my soundproofing project. This time I decided to soundproof front wheel arches.

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Wheel arch removed and washed.

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Ready to be installed. This time I noticed big difference in tire noise on old tarmac surfaces. More to come...

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Post by crozier on Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:02 pm

Interesting. Isn't there a Suzuki Ninja? I think yours qualifies. Nobody is going to hear it...unless you have the sound system turned up to 11 Twisted Evil

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Post by Mikkeli on Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:53 pm

crozier wrote:Interesting. Isn't there a Suzuki Ninja? I think yours qualifies. Nobody is going to hear it...unless you have the sound system turned up to 11 Twisted Evil

Hmm... Time to look for some Ninja badges Idea

And here is another project, in spirit of Norwegian Vitara Explorer. I bought Vision X light bar from outlet sale. Instead of two smaller led panels I used one wide panel and decided to do stealth install.

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Wiring for the temporary switch.

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Switch in the blanking plate.


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This will do until LED switch from china arrives.

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Post by Mikkeli on Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:07 pm

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No, LED panel ain't gonna be installed here. Testing in progress.

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Front grill and bumper removed. Horn was also removed and horn's attaching point was used as temporary installation point for LED panel.

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Fits quite nicely, time to think how to do final installation.

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