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 Post subject: Re: Thorpef1's MY11 Forester S-Edition... TMIC installed page 5
PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:30 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Thorpef1's MY11 Forester S-Edition... TMIC installed page 5
PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:12 pm 
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Vehicle: MY11 S-Edition

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Location: Sydney
Today I finished off the stereo.
It was a fairly big job all up, I would estimate maybe 16 hours total.

Equipment.
Front splits. JL Audio C3-650
Amplifier. Boston Acoustics GT2200
Line Out Convertor. Aeropro AP3042A.
Wiring kit. Stinger SK4641 4 gauge
Earthing kit upgrade. Jaycar 4 gauge
Sound deadening. Focal BAM XXXL


I started by sound deadening the outer door skins. This involved removing the inner door skin, removing the factory protective plastic and then giving the outer skin a good clean with some rubbing alcohol.
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I then cut the BAM into manageable pieces (approx 20cm x 20cm) and applied to all of the outer door
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I then thread the new speaker wire through the factory door grommets as the OEM speaker wires as not sufficient.
This was quite a pain in the ass as its fairly tight through the existing grommet, this would have taken an hour each door. My tips are to wrap the speaker wire in electrical tape so it is a little firmer, and then put some dish washing liquid all over it so it slides quite nicely.
After i had the new cable in i ran it to where i needed it to be (the amp is going into the boot)
So i used the existing door trim locations for the cables and kept it nice and tidy with cable ties
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I then did the outer skin of the sound deadening making note of where the required mounting holes and cables had to come through, this was probably the easiest part of the day.
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Then i added the spacer for the speaker and put a foam gasket on the outside of it so the gasket sat between the spacer and the speaker.

I then found where the crossover would be mounted with a temporary placement and attempt to mount the door to make sure it closed.
Then wired all the speaker components up (crossover, tweeter, woofer)
Every wire was soldered and had heat shrink applied.
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Then i jumped in behind the head deck and wired in the line out convertor, the one that i had was fairly simple, i cut the existing front L & R speaker wires from the head unit and wired them into the LOC.

For the remote line i originally tapped into the "Accessories 12V Switched" line off the head unit but this didnt give power whilst the car was running.
So i tapped into the fuse box in the driver side footwell and piggybacked off the Audio/Navi fuse.
I used a fuse wire tap from Jaycar - https://www.jaycar.com.au/double-mini-b ... p/p/SF5125

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Once i had all my signal wiring to where i needed it i started on the power runs.
Using one of the factory grommets on the firewall i ran the 4 gauge through the passenger footwell and along the transmission tunnel on the passenger side.
All of my signal cables were running down the doors so i shouldnt have to worry about interference from the power cables.

Then i jumped into the engine bay and connected up the power line.
Whilst i was at it i upgraded the earth from the battery, i decided on 2 additional grounding ports within the same run. This should provide a better ground since we are now drawing much more from the battery.
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Then i plugged everything in and gave it a test run just to make sure it worked.
YUP, no major surprises or upsets today,

So i then bolted the amplifier into where i was able to very luckily fit it.
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It fits nice and snug, but since it doesnt get too much air back there ill keep an eye on it and if needed ill add a little fan into it to add better circulation.
The best thing about the spot is that its completely out of the way, nobody can see or kick it
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Overall im pretty happy with how it all turned out, it was a relatively clean install.

I must thank Marty from FHRX studios massively, he gave me a huge amount of advice and his website is a bible for car installs.
Some of the main pages that came in use included:
http://www.fhrxstudios.com.au/faq.asp
http://www.fhrxstudios.com.au/photogallery_interest.asp


Thats it for the moment, i might replace the head unit one day, but until then it sounds much much better than the factory stuff and i enjoyed installing it (the wife says i should have just paid someone to do it but where is the fun in that :D )

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 Post subject: Re: Thorpef1's MY11 Forester S-Edition... Pg 6 - Stereo install
PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:26 pm 
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Well done mate! Big effort so I hope big results :)

To help with my upcoming install, a coupe of questions.
- What colour were the front L & R speaker wires in the stock head unit?
- What colour was the accessory line out wire on the stock head unit?

I ask the above to check if these pin outs are correct.

http://ae64.com/20-pin-pinout.htm

Which factory grommet did you use for the power wire? Any tips in getting the wire through?

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 Post subject: Re: Thorpef1's MY11 Forester S-Edition... Pg 6 - Stereo install
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:03 am 
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Vehicle: 2011 Forester S-Edition WRB

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Nice work - that amp is huge!

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 Post subject: Re: Thorpef1's MY11 Forester S-Edition... Pg 6 - Stereo install
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:53 am 
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jonp wrote:
- What colour were the front L & R speaker wires in the stock head unit?
- What colour was the accessory line out wire on the stock head unit?
- Which factory grommet did you use for the power wire? Any tips in getting the wire through?



I used:
Front Right - White/Black
Front Right + Red/Yellow
Front Left - Brown
Front Left + Brown/White
Accessories 12V Switched - Yellow/Green
- i noticed that this line only gets power once the ignition is "ON" rather than "accessory" so i want to change this over. i will need to double check some things.

As for the factory grommet i used the one on the passenger side.
I tried to undo the tape on the engine bay side but i realised i wasnt able to use it as it really narrowed down, so what i did was i cut a slit in the top and fed the power wire though and then tape it back up to weatherproof it. It comes out in the passenger footwell, pull the carpet back and you should get it no problem

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clayq wrote:
Nice work - that amp is huge!

Thanks Clay.
The Boston Acoustics GT series amps are a fairly large Class AB amp. Definitely too big to fit under the drivers seat.
This one pumps out a nice 200 watts of clean power to both channels.



My amp is now throwing an error so ill do some trouble shooting today to find out what the issue is, hopefully only something small

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 Post subject: Re: Thorpef1's MY11 Forester S-Edition... Pg 6 - Stereo install
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:22 am 
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Thanks for confirming the wiring. I read to use the wire for the antenna (yellow/black?) for remote turn on. Not sure.

The photo doesn’t load?

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 Post subject: Re: Thorpef1's MY11 Forester S-Edition... Pg 6 - Stereo install
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:55 am 
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Photo updated.

Thanks for the heads up, ill change it over next time i have the head unit back out

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 Post subject: Re: Thorpef1's MY11 Forester S-Edition... Pg 6 - Stereo install
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:09 pm 
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I had problems with my amp on grounding - didn't like being connected to a painted surface (causing intermittant power LED flashing), after i fixed that it was sweet :thumbs:

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 Post subject: Re: Thorpef1's MY11 Forester S-Edition... Pg 6 - Stereo install
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:49 pm 
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clayq wrote:
I had problems with my amp on grounding - didn't like being connected to a painted surface (causing intermittant power LED flashing), after i fixed that it was sweet :thumbs:


I did some testing and i believe its due to the way i wired in the remote in as it works when the ignition is "on" but not when the car is running.
Ill change it over to the antenna wire when i get a chance.

Yup, paint will do that, always get a wire brush/screwdriver and give it a good scratch to make sure it is contacting bare metal

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 Post subject: Re: Thorpef1's MY11 Forester S-Edition... Pg 6 - Stereo install
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:18 pm 
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OK, the remote wire has been updated and all working now.
I ended up piggy backing into Audio/Navi fuse with a wiretap and its all working now (pictures added into the post above)

BUT, after some playing around with the Fader/Balance i dont think i hit the correct wires coming out of the harness.
When i turn it to the front, i get sound out of the left hand side and when i turn it all to the left i get just the fronts.
Ill have a look through the interwebs for the correct pinouts for the Forester with the Navigation just to be sure and for the moment ill leave it as it is (having both the front speakers playing the left channel)

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