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Per popular request here is the last and final and stuck for good thread to post images of your installation. In order to post pictures in this thread you must post complete and detailed information listed below.

The purpose of this thread is for the Noobs and those not so noobish people who are looking to venture out of the box with the Audio needs. This post is strictly for Passat related installations. If you have any other style of installation please see the other sticky post. any non passat related installations will be moved or deleted.

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MUST INCLUDE PICTURES DO NOT POST IN HERE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE PICTURES. THIS NOT PASSAT WORLD STORY TIME!!!

Year of Passat

What kind of stereo came stock with the car

any custom fabrication work to install stereo

head unit - include model number and manufacture

Speakers -

Amplifiers -

Processors -

Suboofers -

Video -

Wiring -

Battery(s) -

Locations of product installed and what did you have to do to put it there

Who installed it (if you didnt do it, dont take credit for it, give credit where credit is due)

How long did it take to install it

If you had to do it again what would you do differently

What advice do you have for any noobs who would want to do a system like this
 

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[size=+2]2003 Indigo Blue Pasat GL

Stock Radio - Monsoon Double DIN

Custom Work
  • Custom Fiberglass Subwoofer Enclosure
  • Amplifier mount under rear deck

Head Unit - Kenwood DDX-6019

Speakers
Front - Crystal Mobile Sound CPe 60
Rear - Stock Monsoon

Amplifiers
Eclipse EA2212 - for Crystal Components
Elemental Designs NINe.1 - for Subwoofer
Stock Monsoon Amp - for rear speakers

Processors
None

Subwoofer(s)
12" RE Audio SE

Video
None besides HU

Wiring
Knukonceptz KOL-AK4 (Complete 4 Gauge Amplifier Installation Kit)
Knukonceptz BT-104N (Negative Battery Terminal)
Knukonceptz BT-104P (Positive Battery Terminal)

Battery(s)
Stock Battery

Sound Damping
60 sq. ft. - eDead v12 - 3 layers on front doors, 1 layer trunk

Miscellaneous
Kenwood KCA-BT100 - Bluetooth Module
Kenwood KCA-iP500 - iPod Adapter

  • Components in stock locations
  • Amplifiers under rear deck (Pictures coming soon)
  • Subwoofer in Passenger cubby hole of trunk
  • I am proud to say I installed everything myself. Of course, with the infinite knowledge provided here by Club :b5:'s members
  • Took me a while to install, because it was my first time, but if I had to do it again I am sure it would be a lot faster
  • What I would have done differently - Take my time even more and don't rush things
  • Advice to noobs - Take your time. Thoroughly plan your attack. Measure twice, cut once. Search. Search. Search.
  • My Contributions

Current Setup


Lighting shot - sure keeps me warm in the winter


Layout shot


I am amazed at how well the lighting matches


Here are my amps mounted to the rear deck - I know I need to clean up the wiring.


eDead in the trunk


Subwoofer Box shot


Another Subwoofer Box shot


Old Setup






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Im saving post number 2...ill edit it all up tomorrow :p

What came with the car: Non-Monsoon

Head Unit: Alpine 9827, Soon to be Eclipse AV8533 (should arrive tomorrow :) )
Front Stage: MTX TXC6.1
Front Stage Amp: Arc Audio 4050-XXK Bi-Amped
Rear Fill: None
Subs: (3) Arc Audio ARC 10D4
Sub Amp: Arc Audio 1500-XXK
Deadening: RAAMmat BXT and Acoustical Foam
Wiring: IXOS and KnuKonceptz
Electrical: Optima Yellow Top
Video: Coming Soon

Installed by:
Jeff Smith and Calvin Thomas of Audio Designs in Stockbridge, GA
John Marsh and others at Traffic Jams in Buford, GA

What would I do differently? Probably the whole thing...new setup MAY be coming soon...

Here is a picture as of now:

 

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As my boredom rises today, I'll slowly fill this in.....



Year of Passat:2002 1.8t(AWM) GLS......the few, the proud and enough balls to get Mojave Beige

What kind of stereo came stock with the car:premium IV DD non-monsoon

any custom fabrication work to install stereo:NONE!!! Kenwood is awesome!

head unit - include model number and manufacture:Kenwood DPX-701

Speakers -
Front: Alpine Type-X Comps
Rear: Infinity Kappa 3Ways (blew these in two weeks)

Amplifiers -
MTX Thunder 304 4ch running the doors
Kenwood ????? Mono running subs

Processors -n/a

Suboofers -2 10" Alpine type-E's. One on each side of the trunk in stealth boxes

Video -Does the funky lights on the HU count?

Wiring -

Battery(s) -

Locations of product installed and what did you have to do to put it there

Who installed it (if you didnt do it, dont take credit for it, give credit where credit is due)

How long did it take to install it

If you had to do it again what would you do differently

What advice do you have for any noobs who would want to do a system like this
 

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^^^^^^^^^^^^ awaiting for Paul to get off his sorry ass and get posting :hmmm:
 

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2005 Northern Green Pasat GLS

Stock Radio - Monsoon Double DIN

Custom Work
None at this time

Head Unit - Clarion DXZ665MP

Speakers
Stock Monsoon

Amplifiers
Lanzar HTG2600D
Stock Monsoon

Processors
None

Subwoofer(s)
2 x 12" Infinity Reference 1230w

Video
None

Wiring
Knukonceptz KOL-AK4 (Complete 4 Gauge Amplifier Installation Kit)

Battery(s)
Stock Battery

Sound Damping
None



My Clarion DXZ665MP HU


My Infinity Subwoofers in their cheap 2.5 cu. ft. Q-Logic Box


My hand-me-down amp (Lanzar HTG2600D)


This is actually Thad's First try at a ported box to see what my budget system could do in competition
With this box I actually beat Thad in the SPL Competition:lol:

More Pictures Coming Soon
***This space is also reserved for future I.C.E. projects***

~Kristi
 

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Eh ...why not?

Work in progress.

Outstanding items: amp PN, sub PN, noob advice, more pics

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Car: 2005 VW Passat GL



Stock HU: Premium VI, non-Monsoon

Stock speakers: None of the existing speakers have been changed

Amplifier: Sony Xplod (will edit with part number)

Subwoofer: Sony Xplod 10" (will edit with part number)

Wiring: Purchased 4awg subwoofer wiring kit at my local Sony outlet, approx $50. I also purchased an LOC (line output converter).

Custom work: Member StLB5, Josh Behrens, fabbed a custom-fit fiberglass enclosure tuned for the needs of this specific woofer.

Product locations: The amp is located behind the cubby door on the driver's side of my trunk compartment. I have completely removed the shelving unit in there and relocated the CD changer to the outside of the cubby door. The subwoofer is nestled in the cubby on the passenger's side of the trunk. The cubby door has been removed to make way for the unit.

Installation: Using this site as a reference, I ran all the wiring myself, removed the HU, connected the LOC and all associated work. Josh built the enclosure and dropped in the sub. Not counting fiberglassing, installation took an afternoon. This was my first time tearing into my Passat at all, so I took it a bit slowly. A second time around would go much, much more quickly.




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If you had to do it again what would you do differently

What advice do you have for any noobs who would want to do a system like this
 

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Year of Passat: 2004.5

What kind of stereo came stock with the car: Monsoon

any custom fabrication work to install stereo: sub box, amp rack, battery trays, kick panels



head unit - include model number and manufacture: Alpine IVA-W200 (soon to be replaced with a Clarion DRZ9255


Speakers - Dynaudio System 340 MkII
Dynaudio System 240GT (no pics)



Amplifiers - Arc Audio 4150XXK bridged to System 340
Arc Audio 2050XXK for the rears
Arc Audio 2500XXK bridged to the subs



Processors - Rockford Fosgate 3Sixty.2 (no pics)

Suboofers - 4 ea. Arc Audio Arc10D2


Video -Alpine IVA-W200


Wiring - Monster Cable (do you really want to see that hatch pic again?)

Battery(s) - 4 ea BatCap 400, 4 ea. BatCap 800


Locations of product installed and what did you have to do to put it there:
Custom kicks were made to hold the system 340 mid and tweeter, the midbass went in the OEM door location. System 240 went into the OEM rear door locations. HU went in OEM location. Amps, subs and batteries all went into custom fabricated pieces in the hatch. TheBatCap 800s under the hood went into the OEM location but custom fabricated bus bars were needed.

Who installed it (if you didnt do it, dont take credit for it, give credit where credit is due): Fred and I did the install.

How long did it take to install it: Approximately 6 days for fabrication and about a week at the painter and about 6 hours to get it in and wired.

If you had to do it again what would you do differently: Everything, I'm never happy. Specifically, smaller kicks or horns possibly, amps in the headliner, use a LOT less, and possibly no, painted parts.

What advice do you have for any noobs who would want to do a system like this: Don't go help Fred with another car and mention you want a "small system." :lol::lol::lol::lol:
 

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MMMM PAUL...... :poke: :poke: Dont lie... you had your part in why the system became what it is....:whistle: :whistle:
 

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Blah Blah.... you know you wanted it.... dont deny it... that why were rebuiding it again huh...:thumbup: :thumbup:
Well duh! :lol::lol: I have some ideas for the new one. One thing I'm adamant about in the rebuild, well two really. 1) No inverted subs and 2) we actually build the cover so I can put shit back there!
 

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All right guys - before I post, just wanted to say that I am a complete n00b to audio set ups, and this was my first attempt at anything like this. My cautious nature won out - and I went with inexpensive components, so that if I totally &^%* up, the damage to my wallet would be minimal.

I am on the complete opposite end of the spectrum on systems - from the other amazing set ups in this post - defenitely bargain basement. Funny thing is - the install is less than 12 hours old, and I think it's already time for an upgrade.


Year of Passat - 1999 GLS

What kind of stereo came stock with the car - single din

any custom fabrication work to install stereo - not at this time, currently have sub installed in as Scosche SE10KT pre-fab box.

head unit - include model number and manufacture - stock unit

Speakers - stock speakers

Amplifiers - Bazooka CSA 150.1

Processors - none

Subwoofers - Scosche SW1004

Video - none

Wiring - 8 gauge

Battery(s) - stock

Locations of product installed and what did you have to do to put it there - the amp is attached under the rear shelf, drilled and set in place

Who installed it (if you didnt do it, dont take credit for it, give credit where credit is due) install was all me !!

How long did it take to install it - total about 4 hours

If you had to do it again what would you do differently - buy the right gauge wire. I pulled the package from the area that said 4 gauge, but did not read the label - just walked away.

What advice do you have for any noobs who would want to do a system like this

Similar to measure twice, and cut once - do not be in a rush to have everything set in its final setting until you are sure everything works. I ran all the wires, cleaned up the inside of the car, but left the trunk in shambles until I was sure all the wiring was correct - and all the items worked.

Two things that were critical to my success

1. As mentioned on this board - take the time to ensure your grounding area is good and clean of any paint, etc. And use a star washer to hold everthing in place

2. Remove the fuse from the power wire until you are sure all your connections are good - to ensure you don't blow anything up.







I still want to clean up the wiring in the trunk some more - but everything works, after a couple of hours of working on the settings, etc - am overall happy with my first attempt at this, the process - and the end result.

Thanks to everyone who helped guide me along - info was spot on !!!

Have a good one
 

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Hi guys!

First off I would like to introduce myself. My name is Ben Yoon and I work at the Audio Shoppe. Currently we have an 04 VW TDI on our hands, which just so happens to belong to a member of this board!

This is my first build log post so please bear with me, also the vehicle is still a work in progress, believe me you, as soon as this vehicle is finished I will have the final pictures posted :whistle:
"Hipnatk" has several vendors supporting the vehicle. Mainly Hertz, Arc Audio, Hushmat, Audioshoppe, and Auto Bahn Racing.

Year of Car: 2004 Volkswagon Passat TDI

What Stereo Came out of Car: Monsoon

Headunit: Kenwood Excelon XXV-06V

Speakers: All the speakers used are from Hertz
(1) HCX 165.3 set
(2) Space 8''
(4) HL 70.3
(1) Mille MLK2 Set
(1) ML CX3 3-way crossover set

Amplifiers: All the amplifiers used are from Hertz
(1) HP2
(1) HP4
(1) HP1

Processor: Arc Audio DXE

Subwoofers: All the subwoofers used are from Hertz
(2) ML 3000.1

Video: (2) Accelevision 7'' wide-screen monitors

Wiring: Stinger Pro
Stinger Dream Series RCA's

Batteries: (1) Odyssey PC 1700
(4) Odyssey PC 680

Sound Dampening: (2) Bulk Packs of Hushmat

Onto the Pictures!
Hushmat



ML CX3 Crossovers, cosmetic only


Kick Pods for the Space 8's



Building of the Amp Racks




ML 3000.1 Sub sitting for a test fit



Components Installed


Hats off to the installers of Audio Shoppe and all those involved in this project!
As I had previously stated this is currently a work in progress. As we progress I will continue to update this vehicle.
 

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Factory cassette head unit

Year of Passat - 1999 1.8T wagon

What kind of stereo came stock with the car - factory cassette head unit

any custom fabrication work to install stereo - yes. First of all, it has not had as much work as I would like (I have two young kids), and although I wish I had their skill, I'm no "Fred" nor "Paul"! but in the end the sound quality is something I'm proud of. Sometimes I think that my system is so un-slick it resembles some of what is in the "oops" thread, but it is solid, without no duck tape, all connections are soldered, taped and heat-shrunk, and for the most part, tucked away neatly.

(I have pics somewhere of the sound dampening going in. Paul's pics of his doors are about exactly the same as my results, though I used more tacmat and different deflex product.)

-3 layers cascade V-max on entire roof, liftgate, 1/4 panels, and front doors (body metal, inner metal, and some on door card)
-on Fred's recommendation (years ago!) front doors also got the 1/4" pink acoustic insulation called "tacmat" on the entire inner surface of the outer body metal, and cascade deflex pads immediately behind the woofers. Result was a huge improvement in mid-range sound quality. It convinced me not to bother with relocating the mids (to, say, custom kick-panels).
-V-block on spare wheel-well and cargo area, as well as a good portion under the back seats. I would like to extend to cover under front seats but haven't got there yet.

-rudimentary tweeter housings in A pillars for 2" tweets
-rudimentary fibreglass build-out for driver's door woofer, not too obscene looking, but not show-worthy; a more modest build-out inside psgr door but door card covers it. Purpose of both is to bring the woofers slightly more on-axis, biased toward the driver.





head unit - VW factory cassette/radio, which (through PIE adapters) controls a Panasonic DVD changer and Kenwood Sirius satellite radio tuner.



(the above pic may look frightening, but in fact it is under control and perfectly sound. There are two peripheral adapters and an 11-pin relay working together. Also, I have a number of connectors that may seem redundant but actually allow the quick introduction of new "experimental" pieces to the system, as well as trouble-shooting components as needed. Lastly, the coiled rca's are not in use, they are just tied out of the way, as you may be able to tell by the white caps on them. By nature of the fact that this cubby area is normally covered, give me a break on its appearance!)

The DVD changer goes straight digital fibre optic into an Alpine PXA-H701. The Sirius tuner goes straight analog rca into same, as does the AM/FM output (taken at speaker-level output at the factory radio and converted to rca). The RUX C701 controller (volume, input select, as well as crossovers/parametric eq/time-alignment) sits hidden in my console for now, I plan to mount it in the sunroof cover overhead, eventually. In the meantime, the factory radio is the only visible control unit.

Speakers - dynaudio 2" tweeters (from system 220 ages ago), focal 5W4252 midrange, no rears at the moment, although the PXA-H701 is capable of rear channel output

Amplifiers - McIntosh MC431 4x100W for mids/tweets, zapco 3.0x bridged mono for sub

Processors - PXA-H701 only

Subwoofers - brahma 10" sub in 1 ft3 sealed

Wiring - 4 awg power and ground, fuse/dist blocks for both power and ground, basic 16 awg primary wire for front stage, 12 awg for sub, basic twisted pair rcas in very short runs

Battery(s) - only one, Motomaster 6-year deal. Phoenix Tantrum 10-farad cap (ultra-low ESR, actually a bank of a zillion little capacitors) coming soon, although I wouldn't say my system is terribly current-hungry, but it may tighten-up the bass a bit

Locations of product installed and what did you have to do to put it there - I removed the carpet cover/flap from the cargo area. I cut a piece of mdf narrow enough to cover the area behind the back seats but still allow the spare tire cover to open, painted it black, and screwed it down and everything else down to it. The sub box is braced onto the floor too, but removable to access the spare as needed.



I went for the double-din mod and put the obligatory McIntosh meters in place above the factory head unit. I get a giggle out of the 70's style VU meters kickin to the beats.



I ran the satellite antenna wire through the top of the rubber hose/grommet that houses wires going into the liftgate at the top.





Who installed it (if you didnt do it, dont take credit for it, give credit where credit is due) - I did, and though it isn't much for show, it sounds great, and is safe and sound (properly fused, mounted, terminated, etc.).

How long did it take to install it - surprising as it may sound, a lot of my spare time over the course of about two summers. There were various hardware swaps though (long list!).

If you had to do it again what would you do differently - I plan to do it again and again so my answer to this will change over time. I definitely would like to build the sub into the side of the cargo area, while still achieving the existing 1 ft3 net volume. I plan to re-do the amplifier area, with the result being both better looks and more protection for the amps (or the amps that will be replacing these). I look forward to a second battery in the back, the 10-farad cap, an ICB and isolator beside the front battery, mini LCD screen hidden in rear-view mirror (for nav), rear speakers, added sound barrier in the floor, maybe even bass-shakers underneath the seats (not full time, just switchable for the f of it, really just want to see what it might be like to excite the 20-30Hz region through seat vibration, rather than with potentially harmful SPL). Given enough time, even the existing features would be a lot sexier-looking. Though I am pleased with the front stage sound quality.

What advice do you have for any noobs who would want to do a system like this - be in close contact with people who know what they are doing. Also be mindful that what you install is removable, for a number of reasons. In any case, most anyone could have accomplished the install I did, once the desired components were obtained.
 

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2001 Passat V6 GLX 4Motion

2001 Passat V6 GLX 4Motion
Bought in February



Old Receiver –Original Monsoon Sound System with CD Player

New Receiver Installed -- Pioneer AVH-PDVD4100 w/ iPod Adapter

Speakers – Replaced with Pioneer TS-A643P

Wiring – Aftermarket Wiring harness soldered and taped to Pioneer Harness

Installed DVD Receiver with a custom mount and trim ring. I have installed a few single din CD receivers in the past with a Metra dash kit, but there is not a double din dash kit for the 01 Passat. Since I didn’t want to spend hours learning how to install this DVD receiver I had someone from www.decibelsmobileinstalls.com install this setup for me. Overall it only took about 2 hours for him to install. The next step now is to get some LCD headrests for back seat viewing.

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After


About a month ago I finished my sub install as well. I’ve had the system for about 4 years and this is the second vehicle it’s been installed in.

Legacy 2000 watt Amp (1000wX2ch bridged or 500wX4ch)
Visonik 12” 1000w Sub
Q-Logic Sealed Box (right side port can be uncovered to create ported box)
1 farad Audio Pipe capacitor

Previously I had installed the Amp in a fixed position, but I wanted the freedom this time to use my trunk for other things as well. My amp is a few inches longer than my sub box, which meant I couldn’t just screw it to the back, and my capacitor and distribution blocks all needed to be wired in, so I built a box to hold all those odds and ends. For ventilation I put in a couple 2” fans to move air in and out the back, and hooked them up via a relay (turned on by the remote wire) from the main power wire. Now all I have to do is disconnect the main power wire and ground wire from the distribution blocks(preamps and speaker wire from amp as well), and the whole system comes right out. Only problem is I have to adjust the amp settings blind because the box doesn’t let me really see the side of the amp where the controls are.

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Covered


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July 11th
Installed 4 Pioneer TS-A643P In Doors

Finshed RAAMAudio Sound Dampening Install on passenger door


Finished Pioneer TS-A643P and Ensolite Foam Install on passenger door




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Totaled - August 09.....

No pictures, insurance took my baby away.


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anyone know any tips for routing a the break wire from my dvd player to a switch on the dash? i especially would like to know a good grounding spot near the front of the car.
 
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