Sunday, 30 March 2008

Sound system upgrade

The time came to upgrade the standard stereo that came with the Jag. Yes I have been driving around with the original tape deck system and yes it had an 80's tape and YES I liked it!

I replaced the speakers with Alpines and a fitted a Kenwood head unit and no Rash it doesn't boil water! but it will toast bread lol.

Due to the age of the stereo the front and rear speakers shared the same ground and where running at 6ohm... errrr how old is that!? (18 years my son).
I decided to rewire all the speakers and wired the rear door speakers with the speakers in the footwell. Not the greatest set up but the old system was a 6 channel Jobie!!

I created a cable that could be unplugged if I ever needed to take the door cards off, and I went out and purchased the correct connectors.

The door cards where a fun job, it took over an hour for each door and you had to completely strip the door down. I changed the speakers and made sure I fixed them in place.

Speaker cable (20 Metres) 20 quid
Connectors 10 quid

Stereo from Car Audio Security and Speakers from Halfords Total spent around £340.00

I also wanted to put a sub and amp in the boot to give the car a bit of bass. I also wired the amp power lead, remote and phono leads. This was great fun, as you have to take out the rear seat and find a way of getting around the fuel tank (Jesus 86 litre tank is massive!). I found a redundent lead whaich had been used by the old alarm system, so tied one end to the new lead and pulled it through....

I do still need to fix the speakers below the rear seat as they are still a little lose... I think MDF will come to the rescue!

I think there may still be some settings that need to be changed on the AMP and will leave this to "The Ramus" to play with!!

Me and Ramus where running very late for Dinner at Rash's, so the sports button was pressed! :)

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