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post #11 of 192 (permalink) Old 03-17-2018, 07:09 PM
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Here's a quick article I put together on tapping into the speaker wires at the TAU

http://www.billavista.com/spider/Art...ping_Into_TAU/
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Excellent work, Bill. This will be included in my final thread once the system is finished.
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Article updated to include pdf files for Bose and non-7" display systems too.
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Hey Guys, just did some investigation of space in the car and, as XRev pointed out, there's not much. Not sure what size the components will be, so I'm just pointing out some nooks and crannies of space. There's a fair amount of space in the rear quarters in the area above the side marker lights. That's about it for the trunk area. The center (rear) console and cubbies behind the seats take up all the area behind the seats up to the "rectangle". Still trying to figure out if there's anything under the "rectangle" that the roof sits on when it's down. If nothing else, here's what the trunk looks like for anyone who hasn't gone exploring yet.
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Missed one pic.
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Also found this pic which appears to show that the deck behind the seats is pretty much flat into the trunk area, so maybe there is a hollow under the "rectangle" that the retracted roof sits on/above. Unless there is something mounted here, it may be some valuable space that could be utilized.
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Also found this pic which appears to show that the deck behind the seats is pretty much flat into the trunk area, so maybe there is a hollow under the "rectangle" that the retracted roof sits on/above. Unless there is something mounted here, it may be some valuable space that could be utilized.
The area under the top, when it's down, is utilized by the two cubby holes and the center console. I don't mind re-purposing the cubby holes but the center console is valuable space I'm not going to mess with. Keep in mind that any amplifiers we put back there will need at least *some* ventilation.

I'll do some more digging tomorrow.

If I can't find a place to fit an amplifier, I might just compromise the trunk for a *thin* but long amplifier. That wouldn't be too much of a loss, but I won't be dropping in a sub box.
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The area under the top, when it's down, is utilized by the two cubby holes and the center console. I don't mind re-purposing the cubby holes but the center console is valuable space I'm not going to mess with. Keep in mind that any amplifiers we put back there will need at least *some* ventilation.
Just wanted to point out the "rectangle" again. You can see the backs of the cubbies (felt) and center console (hard plastic with a bumper on top so I think the roof actually rests on this when down) and then there's the molded "rectangle" behind these. You can feel it if you put your hand right to the back of the cubbies. If there is a void under the "rectangle", this would be some serious space (at least for this car). Just looking to see if a total "stealth" installation is possible.
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Just wanted to point out the "rectangle" again. You can see the backs of the cubbies (felt) and center console (hard plastic with a bumper on top so I think the roof actually rests on this when down) and then there's the molded "rectangle" behind these. You can feel it if you put your hand right to the back of the cubbies. If there is a void under the "rectangle", this would be some serious space (at least for this car). Just looking to see if a total "stealth" installation is possible.
I checked that out and it feels solid underneath. I pulled the panels out of the trunk and the space there is pretty limited. I might end up sacrificing some space at the bottom of the trunk in the sunk in area for an amp, but the sacrifice will be minimal for the gain.

The cubbies will be good for something like a DSP or other signal processor.

In other news, I am going to fit a sub in this car, and it won't take up any extra space. I don't want to spoil the surprise yet but it's going to be absolutely incredible.
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Oh and side note, if anyone wants to cut down on some road noise, the bottom "pan" area of the trunk resonates LIKE CRAZY. I'll take a video soon so you can see and hear what I'm talking about. I'm actually really baffled that FIAT didn't do any sound deadening there. That's a huge miss.
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