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2G Modernizing the stereo - issues, considerations, recommendations (99 Spyder)

ipWitan

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May 31, 2022
MARBLEHEAD, Massachusetts
Not a lot of stereo discussions here.

1) For stereo updates/upgrades, are there any eclipse spyder 99 concerns, recommendations, and or limitations that may not be obvious? I know the electrical systems for the DSM isn't great, so I was curious if there are other limitations inherent in that car.

2) Happy to consider recommendations. I have spec'ed a system below. My goal was to build a system that incorporates wireless android auto/carplay and have a backup camera. I want it to have solid bass, but not rattle the next car over. I know that with the top down, I will need something with some power. Years ago my brother was an installer at a place in Florida, so I must get something that he won't heckle me over.

Alpine 2din ilx507 + backup camera
Alpine S6.5 in doors
Alpine S 6x9s in rear panel
Alpine Type R 10" sub in prefab box (single)
Alpine S A55v amp channel

*the store was not going to replace or use the 3 inch speaker on the left/right dash, which I thought was odd.
 

GReddyTalon

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Feb 7, 2005
San Diego and Vancouver, BC_Canada
I ran a bunch SPL systems for many years in my Talon and it was pretty straight forward. I never bothered replacing the dash or door speakers though...I just wired the deck, monoblock amp and subs.

I forget the specific model of the deck but it's a Pioneer head unit from 2006.
The amp I ran last was an Orion HCCA D5000 monoblock paired with an Orion HCCA 15.2 sub.
I had 0 gauge wiring throughout with an Optima Yellow battery as well as a 5.2 Farad Capacitor.

The only major issues that I faced were having to completely gut the rear to make it all fit as well as power cuts every so often.

It was my fault though to be honest. I never bothered doing the Big Three, which was really dumb of me considering what I was running.

Either than those, it was pretty easy.
 

Clipsoe

Proven Member
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Apr 22, 2015
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
@ipWitan You can always buy a usb wireless carplay dongle later. As far as suggestions, I always do a secondary battery by the amp, but that's me. I would do that or a nice capacitor just to reduce the toll on the cars electrical system on the hard hits, and avoid any dimming.
 

pieceofcloth

Supporting Member
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Oct 6, 2019
Houston, Texas
Capacitors don't work, please stay away from them in these times. Big 3 is a must, 4 to 0 gauge a must, awg copper, don't use aluminum copper coated.

I don't run any audio in machine. But it'd be perfect for 5 ch amp, 6x9 in rear.. whatever the fronts are and a 12. Box tuned to 32hz,ported.


The audio game has changed tremendously.


Also I think that amp puts out no more than 300w to the sub ch at 2ohm. And 200 at 4ohm.

The alpine sub would have to be

Alpine SWR-1042D Type R​



If power over 1kwatts, use a 2nd battery. The way these things run and w the gauges, ecmlink or whatever, I wouldn't run anything over 500watts. You'll be driving and while you're in boost, the bass will hit, probably pull all your power from the injectors and put a stall on your performance 😂
 

ipWitan

Proven Member
36
9
May 31, 2022
MARBLEHEAD, Massachusetts
Thanks. The system is in. https://www.dsmtuners.com/threads/josephine-spyder-gst.540866/

I am flirting with the idea of building a ported box to replace the sealed one I made. It hits pretty good, particularly with the top up. When the top is down, it is pretty good too, but not the same. To convert to a wedge or ported design, I just need some help creating the specs for it. Specifically, I can build it 11D, 14H, 32-34L, rectangle. If I make it paralellagram shaped, it will slide under the trunk lip and potentially add an inch to the depth. When I build the wedge, I am not sure of how long it should be when modifying from the recommended ported enclosure. See https://www.jlaudio.com/products/12w6v3-d4-car-audio-w6v3-subwoofers-92141. At this point, I kindof like having 1/2 a trunk. But who am I kidding, if it hits harder and louder, screw the trunk.
 

pieceofcloth

Supporting Member
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Oct 6, 2019
Houston, Texas
There's an I app I use. Ultimate car audio. It has a few calculators you can use to get your design. It includes a tone generator for when you tune your amp to your head unit.

I wouldn't waste any time building a custom box because of time, money, and it being a one of one. Your only chance of resell is to another local DSM tuner.

Skar has the only box tuned and sounds perfect "out the box"😂

It's tuned to 32hz, ready to go, and under 100$ and will be at your front door step in 3 days. You don't like, return it, no problem.

Single 12 skar box

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ipWitan

Proven Member
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May 31, 2022
MARBLEHEAD, Massachusetts
I think I failed to mention that I have a Spyder. There is no chance that a 18/16 deep box will fit. It has to be around 11 deep. Notwithstanding, I did find another box on ebay that is 11x15x27.5 specifically tuned at 33 for a JL Audio 12w6v3 for around 100+/-. I am debating whether to just buy it. The smart me buys it, but I built a sealed box, so I have at least half a sheet of .75 just sitting in my garage taking up space. So of course it makes sense to spend 3+ hours building a box.

I will check out that app. There are some web tools but they are locking up my browser.
 
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