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My attempt at a stealth install: 07 FJ cruiser

Old 05-19-2008, 10:18 AM
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My attempt at a stealth install: 07 FJ cruiser

Decided to take advantage of my little sony's features and try and cram them into places in the FJ where they wouldn't be in the way. I am running active 3 way front and eventually add a pair of subs.

The FJ is a dream to fit stuff into. Usually people install the amps under the front seats, but I wanted to retain the feet room as I often have passenger with long feet.

So I decided to take off the side panels hoping there would be adequate room to fit my amps and H701 into.
The left side is where the gas receptical sits, so that was no good, but the passenger side seemed very roomy.

Had to remove the hole side panel but before I could do that, I had to remove the passenger rear seat.

After some testing, I was happy to see I could hide my amps within the panels. In fact there is plenty of room to be able to put down wood bases to hold up my amps. I used 5\8th inch MDF glued using liquid nails.

Gave them about 24 hours to dry and cook under the sun. Firm grip now. The first test is the lighter H701. The fact all of it's inputs and outputs are on the same side made this a lot easier.

The grip was great so I decided ot apply sound deadening before I continued with the install.

Rear floor and wheel well as well as behind the h701 and sony amps. I used 0awg power wire as that is all I had on hand. It gets a little trick as I also had to use the monster XLN pro RCA's I had around and they are the equivalent of about 4awg wire.

The h701 is right where the red cable runs into top left of the below picture.

Not pictured is roxul insulation I put behind the panel before installing it. It is a sound insulation for home that looks similar to the pink batt that you see as regular home insulation.
It is very fire retardant and may help a bit in sound insulation in the car. I used it mostly to help against rattles as it will make a nice cushion between the plastic pannels. And 30$ gets you a lot of it.

The finished product of course there is nothing to see but the amps sit behind an existing panel that is easy to open and have a look at the amps

The amps are sony xm4s, perfect for the job, full range class d means efficient, less heat is generated and they have fans to further help cooling when installed in those ruff places. They also wil also cut back power if it gets to warm.

Another stock panel when opened exposes the districution block for power and ground. ahem, I still have clean up to do there.

Here is a picture of the 8ich dayton going into the front door. It fits no problem, the next step is to remove it and install a 10inch and see how that is. I didn't take lots of pics during the door build but I will add them as I return to the door for the 10inch install.

Love these sony amps and if I wasn't bent on going 4 way active I could use the 4 channel to power the front and rear speackers and have a sub amp in there. I will post more once I get time to make the sub enclosure and work more on my front end.
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:23 AM
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Here is a look at the drivers going into the dash.

Tang band titanium 3 incher's

And here are the deaden pods I made out of PVC tubing to put them in.

I deadened them with good old none drying plasticine
I highly recommend this brand. I have pods for my previous pathfinder with plasticine in them since about 5 years ago and the stuff is still as fresh as the new.
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:29 AM
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I really like the idea of Stealth and keeping up with some technology!!! The sony amps look like they are meant to be in there!! Good job!
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looks good, I like stealth installs.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:10 AM
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awesome job looks great man
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:45 PM
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very nice, and great imagination. Nice use of the space you have available. I hope you can get the 10" in the doors...that would be sweet!
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:10 PM
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Thanks for the kind posts guys.

Here is the head unit. JVC KD AVX33. The shiny black face works with the shiny black center dash.

USB input is turning out to be something I use alot.

The bluetooth mic will need a little more work though.
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Looks like a great start so far. Nice work!
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:34 PM
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It was time to seal up the door. The FJ has huge openings.

After a few more layers of F\G and some clay in between the F\G and the metal.

Went a little elcheepo on the deadening, I ran out however the interior of the door has 2 layers on the outer door and the inter interior part of the door.

Some roxal home insolation to help deaden rattles and contact between the plastic door peice and the door itself.

Egg crate foam behind the driver.

Made some dash pods and didn't like their look so sanded them down again to try and get the look and extra volume I wanted.

So still in progress.
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:33 PM
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not sure how stealth those big pods on the dash will be...but your install is looking solid!
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