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Got my ICE sorted earlier this year and took loads of pics of the progress. Warning this is a long thread! Enjoy:

FRONT DOORS STRIPPED AND SOUND PROOFED.

First things was to take the door cards off:




Dynamat extreme was applied on the door:




And on the inside of the door directly where the speaker was going to be installed:




All done:




INSTALLATION OF SPEAKERS

Time to install these bad boys JL Audio ZR650s. These were a breeze to install in the passat as no cutting of the door was required as is required in the e46 I had previously:




Wanted these to be installed on an mdf ring to create a nice anchor for the speakers to fit in and so that they were pushed as far out of the doors as possible as I wanted the speaker sitting as close to the grill as possible to get maximum mid bass into the car:






The rings and were painted black:




All completed:






BOOT STRIPPED AND SOUND PROOFED

Next was the boot. All the interior was stripped out:






Dynamat extreme was added to the right side of the boot:




And the left side:




Top of the boot:




Bottom area, spare wheel was removed:




Top of boot lid:




All completed:




WIRING

Next was the cabling. Decided on 0 gauge cabling for the amps:

Battery was taken out first:




Power cable was pushed through the existing wiring loom:






Side panels were taken off:




Power lead was cable tied the existing wiring to keep it nice and tidy:




Final destination – the boot:




Rest of the wiring for the speakers, cd changer, RCA leads, Sat nav etc was wired on the other side of the car to avoid interference from the power lead. Starting point:






End point:




Ipod lead was wired into the drawer on the driver side for quick access:




JL Bass controller was put in the gear console in spare button:




CUSTOM FASCIA

Had a custom fascia fabricated as the autoleads one was a pile of shite:






To hold this:



Went from this:





To this:






CUSTOM HOUSING FOR SAT NAV & CD CHANGER

I had a custom housing made for my navi and cd changer:




Everything was carpeted to match the colour of the boot:






Finshed:




Went from this:




To this:




PUT THE CAR BACK TOGETHER

Doors and panels back to normal:





And the boot:




EQUIPMENT IN BOOT

Now for the Sub and amps. Had a JL 12w6 in an original JL wedge box. In my opinion no box no matter how good the builder is can make the sub sound as good as the people that make the sub! Amps have a JL 300/2 running the components and a 500/1 running the sub. Had the 0 gauge power going into a distribution block which gave out 2 x 4 gauge leads going into each of the amps:



The sub was faced towards the front of the car firing through the arm rest:



Amps were screwed onto the side of the sub box:








This is how the front of the box looks like:




I didn’t want to show the install off as it wasn’t much to look at. So I had a wall placed in front of the set up:




Can you see the JL logo:



Finally to keep with the JL theme had a JL fuse holder put in at the fron of the power lead:




Thank you for reading!!
 

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holy crap you reassembled it with the steering wheel on the wrong side :poke:
 

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I'm getting my way through my install at the minute. So far I have the subs and the amp on the boot, I'm trying out my third headunit and I'm debating about changing the speakers and sound proofing! Is the sound proofing with the effort and the money for all that dyno-matt?!
 

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nice install. did you install tweeters as well? got any pix of the wiring you did for he mids and tweeters?
 
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