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    Constant Bitrate Heckle0's Avatar
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    So hows it coming along? Mines still a bit of a mess but its in there and it works.
    Would like to remove the HU but not sure how to hack into the Monsoon amp.
    Another Novice?
    Progress so far <-------*-> 88%
    Kenwood MPV5025 with Aux
    Via MII10000
    512MB Ram
    LG Slim DVD\CDRW
    Xenarc 700TS
    M1ATX
    Pharos GPS
    SYBA USB2.0 4-port Hub
    Bufalo 54Mbs Wirelessb/g PCMCIA card

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    I am also a grand am owner, and my carputer is coming along quite nicely too. send me a message if you have any questions.
    keep up the good work, and keep buying GM! lol

    Mike

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    Thanks, guys! Here's where I'm at:

    Bought:
    Acer Laptop (1.3 Ghz Pentium M) - $345.01
    Pac Audio SWI-X - $39.88 - steering wheel controls
    BU 353 GPS dongle - $54.95 - amazing how many sats this baby picks up!
    Maya EX5 - $59.95 - Dolby 5.1 surround via USB
    Infinity REF96131 Speakers - $81.80 - blew my stock rear speakers, so I had to get some new ones. These are at least 5x better though.
    GM Double Din 7" screen mount - $95.00 - humount.com

    Left to get:
    Xenarc 700TSV
    Relay controllers?
    Managed Power supply?

    I'm as of now, I'm unsure how I'm gonna get the RCA plugs on the Maya to go to the speaker wire input of the stock Monsoon amp. I talked to a guy at Fry's who said there's no such thing as an RCA to speaker line in converter. I find that hard to believe, but we'll see how it goes.

    Also, at this point I'm not sure if I even need managed power. I can wire both the screen and the laptop directly to the battery by hacking their cigarette lighter adapters. The only thing I would need less than 12V for is externally powered USB devices (right now I don't have any) and perhaps a power signal for the amp. My biggest concern right now, is getting the sound from the computer to the amp, and getting power to the amp. It's gonna require some more research, but I'm a quick learner.

    I also have to figure out how to get my computer to start up with the ignition, hibernate when I open the door, and stay on for 10 mins if I don't open the door while the car is off. Those are all functions of the Monsoon amp, but I just need to figure out how they (GM) made it do that.

    A good site for Grand Am owners is http://www.grandamgt.com/forum/.
    2002 Grand Am progress :
    [] - 80%
    ...complete setup, but still need to make the install cleaner

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    do you know what size the door speakers are

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    Yep, 4" x 6".
    2002 Grand Am progress :
    [] - 80%
    ...complete setup, but still need to make the install cleaner

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    you can use 6 1/2 if you want, I did in my grand am, I just had to fabricate a mount/spacer.

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    Merc, thanks for documenting your project so thoroughly...it's helping me a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuckie
    you can use 6 1/2 if you want, I did in my grand am, I just had to fabricate a mount/spacer.

    i just bought some infinity kappa 61/2's

    so what do i do to mount mine

    how did u fabricate yours

    help please thanks i appreciate it

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    I got a 2001, and yea i'd like to know how your moded the speakers in the doors to acommonadate 6 1/2... Also merc, How is the sound quality?
    I'm a little relunctant to give up the HU, mostly cuase i'm not sure how the Low watt Speaker out puts form a computer would carry over to an Amp. i'm playing with the Idea of getting a new HU, mounting it in the Rear, and then mounting the face plate upfront. Maybe either A on the Visor or be in the cubby where the cup holders all are and playing with fiberglass and bondo.
    so far figureing my complete project is going to hit hte $1500 for the computer layout.
    Just cuase I ask questions, doesn't mean I stop looking for an answer.

    Grand AM GT
    Plans:
    7" touch screen
    1.3 ghz laptop (win XP)
    replacing the stock sound.
    red ground effects
    wireless keyboard, mouse and remote.
    GPS,Bluetooth,Wi-FI,FM tuner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lathinx
    I got a 2001, and yea i'd like to know how your moded the speakers in the doors to acommonadate 6 1/2... Also merc, How is the sound quality?
    I'm a little relunctant to give up the HU, mostly cuase i'm not sure how the Low watt Speaker out puts form a computer would carry over to an Amp. i'm playing with the Idea of getting a new HU, mounting it in the Rear, and then mounting the face plate upfront. Maybe either A on the Visor or be in the cubby where the cup holders all are and playing with fiberglass and bondo.
    so far figureing my complete project is going to hit hte $1500 for the computer layout.

    i figured it out just remove stock speakers and wires and buy 1 inch mount spacers....mount the spacers then mount the speakers to the spacers.....run wires to amp and wahlah

    you can find the spacers here



    (http://sonicelectronix.com/item_3690.html)

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