||Within 2 months
of buying the car I had gutted the entire factory stereo system. I
replaced it with a high-quality JVC receiver, external amp and
speakers. The system sounded great, but it had no built-in CD
player, as this was a luxury in cars back then. In January 2000, I
gutted the entire system again, replacing every single component with
what you see on this page. The new receiver is a JVC KD-SX940, 16
watts RMS with CD-Changer controls.
||Reference view of the
passenger-side dash opening.
||From looking at the front
panel, you can't tell this receiver has CD capability. The entire
faceplate flips down to reveal the CD opening. The faceplate also
detaches completely to prevent theft.
||Passenger-side dash opening
looking toward the driver's side.
|Did you know car audio systems
have remote controls now? All I need is some popcorn and a TV, and
I could live in this car. The ultimate couch-potato audio system.
||A Streetwires wiring kit was
used to wire the external Kenwood amp. The red cable is power and
goes straight from the positive battery terminal to the trunk.
Blue is remote turn-on lead which is wired from the power antenna line
to the amp. Brown is the ground. Power and ground cables are
heavy-duty 10-gauge wire.
||This is the backside of the
receiver before installation in the radio opening. The big purple
cable is the pre-amp output which goes into the trunk and connects to
the amp. Crutchfield wiring harnesses were used and all
connections from the radio harness to the Crutchfield harness were
soldered with high-quality bullet connectors. No factory wiring
was cut or spliced.
||This picture shows the amp
power cable attached to the positive battery terminal. A 30-amp
waterproof fuse is used at the terminal in addition to the 25-amp blade
fuse built into the amplifier. I guess this fuse at the battery
should theoretically never blow.
||This is the radio opening
before installation of the receiver.
||This is the Kenwood KAC-608S
50-watt per channel RMS amp that powers the rear speakers only.
||A view of the preamp line cable
on its way from the dash to the trunk.
||The right side of the amp has
both line-level and speaker-level inputs. I used the line-level
inputs for a cleaner sound. Input sensitivity is also adjustable.
||For the front speakers I used
Pioneer TS-A878 3.5-inch two-ways. The sound that comes out of
these little monsters is amazing considering their size. I am
having a minor vibration problem when the speaker grill is in place, but
only when I play "Crush" by the Dave Matthews Band. The
opening base is shaking my car apart. I will have to insulate the
grill a little better.
||Left side of the amp has
connections for power, ground, remote turn-on and speaker outputs.
Note also the 25-amp fuse.
||For the rears I chose Kenwood
KFC-6986 4-ways. They pack a lot of base, especially with the
||Completed installation of the
amp, mounted underneath the parcel shelf in the trunk. No trunk
floor space was sacrificed. Installation was clean.