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    Computer install.

    Ok, now on to the current setup.

    Disclaimer...the computer install is not complete. It works, I have no problems, it is just messy. I live in a apartment complex with no garage. Any work I do not on it ais at my friends house when I have free time which isn't very often. I am paranoid about working on my car out in the open because people can get sticky fingers if you know what I mean. So don't criticize yet. The final install of it will look much cleaner. Right now I have to clean up the USB wires and finished mounting the hard drive and put the cover back on my case. Hopefully should be ready by next spring for competition season.
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    Here are some more pictures of the computer under the passenger seat. The first one is how it looks when the seat is in its normal position. The others show how much clearance I have which is about and 1" from the seat bottom but on the left you can see how it tucks right underneath the seat rail. I have quick disconnect plug for all the power wiring going into the computer case so that I can remove it and take it inside for lengthy computer software installs/testing. The hard drive is in a removable enclosure so I can plug the drive into my home computer for music/movie additions.

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    Speakers!

    I used the stock door locations for my MBQuart QSD216 6.5". I currently don't have any sound deadening that I had in my other car. That is also on my list of things to complete. Lucky for me the Mazda 6 panels in the door are made of some kind of plastic material that is pretty quiet on its own. The interior door panels actually need more dampening then the speaker mounting surface IMO. Either way they will both get dampened in the future.

    Here are my pictures of the midrange and tweeters. The midranges were mounted in the factory vent locations-perfect for almost any 3" driver under 3.5" in total diameter. I dampened the vents with dynamat exterme and sealed off the vent with a combo of duct tape, automotive carpet and acoustic foam behind the driver so that the speakers are not cooled by the air-conditioning and condensation will not build up on the drivers.
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    I'm very interested to see how this install turns out!
    ditto

    can't wait to see your finished work and maybe a couple trophies
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    can't wait to see your finished work and maybe a couple trophies
    Thanks. I have a stack of plaques and a few trophies but not from finals...yet. That's where it counts.

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    Tweeters

    Ok just like everything I do it starts as an experiment and I don't put as much time into it as I would if I knew it would be the end result. That is what happened with my tweeter mounts.

    I ditched the stock tweeter mounts and built my own to house my Vifa tweets. For construction I used
    -1/4" MDF
    -PVC pipe
    -Bondo
    -Paint
    -Hot Glue

    I cut a template of the orginal tweeter pod out of MDF that would be used to go flat against the door panel. Then I took my PVC pipe and cut it to an aproximate angle to house the tweeter mount. Then I hot glued the PVC pipe to the MDF I had cut in the proper angle desired. I used bondo to mold the PVC to the MDF. I did a ton of sanding (or grinding) until the angle was perfect. In a rush before going to a show I realized I wanted it to look a little bit better so I quickly painted it with textured paint. Again this is another project that is about 75% done.
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    Screen and Processor Controller

    Here is the screen mount and the processor mount. The Alpine controller for the PXA-H701 is less than an inch thick so it fit perfectly where my ash tray used to be. It was a super tight fit but it worked. It's attached to the stock shift panel using metal backstraps and the extra space was filled in with a sheet of ABS plastic cut to size.
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    In the Trunk

    I could not mount the amps along the side of my trunk this time around because the Speed ver of the 6 has extra bracing and support for the suspension. So instead, the cross bracing became a perfect candidate for the amplifier mounting location. I removed the panel hiding the cross bracing, mounted an MDF borad covered in carpet to the bracing. The amps are mounted to board and my soundcard and fuses are mounted behind it. I can access it by folding the seats down.
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    My sub box is made completely of MDF, no fiberglass. Every board was custom cut and each side is not parallel to the opposite side except for the top and bottom. This helps reduce standing waves inside the box. The inside of the box is also coated with rubberized undercoating to reduce resonaces as well. The alpine processor is located right next to the sub box. I had a cover piece from my previous Mazda but again it doesn't fit due to the trunk configuration.
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    Trunk in its final stages. I just need to make a new cover pannel for the sub/processor. It's not flashy but it does the job and looks clean. I throw alot crpa in the trunk from time to time because its a daily driver. Paint and vinyl in the trunk just won't work for me. I can also get my spare tire out without having to call AAA.
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