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Online car audio/video/alarm/installation help for SD members

BayArea 487 August 11, 2008 at 03:00 PM
I can offer you advise on any purchases you are about to make, what to look for, whats good/not good, and any problems you have that you need to troubleshoot.

My father has been in the business for decades and myself for many years, so this is our expertise. We are an award winning car audio speciality shop, and we take alot of pride in our work. Fiberglass is also something I/we specialize in, so shoot your questions!

Ive helped countless amount of SDers with their questions about purchases and what to look for when buying and installing these sorts of things, as it sometimes becomes overwhelming to any one that's not car savvyBig Grin

Things that you might have trouble with that I can help include : In dash decks, in dash navigation systems, ipod and bluetooth integration,alarms, mobile video, amplifiers, speakers and components, signal processors, subwoofers, boxes, wiring, power caps, installation kits, and installation.


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Please remember to input the following descriptions when asking for advise about a future purchase

Vehicle- Year, make, model
Parts purchased/considering- model numbers of the parts
Goal- what are you looking for (that way i know the part your buying will fulfill your needs)

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For troubleshooting:

-Year/make/model of vehicle
-Problem (bass stop working, amp clipping, etc...)
-Weird noises or lights(ex. red light on amplifier, error message on stereo, etc...)

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As a employee at a shop that is an authorized dealer for many brands, im familiar with most if not all models out there. If you have a question about any single one, just ask!

Remember: Always buy from an AUTHORIZED dealer!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I know the seller is an Authorized Dealer?
All you have to do is visit the website of the product you are planning on purchasing and there will be a tab named Dealer Locator. All you do is click on that and enter your zip code and it will list all authorized dealers in a certain mileage radius.

How do I know what will fit my car?
Simply ask me what your car is and I can tell you what size speakers, radio, etc... will fit. Remember, the cool thing about car audio is customizing something that didn't come from the factory. We can make your car special and outfitted to fit your needs!

Im not looking to spend too much, can I have a decent sound system on a budget?
You sure can, ask me what your looking for and im sure I can whip up a system for you that will fit your budget. Good sound doesnt require you to spend good money Wink

*BayArea will not be held liable for any damage that results from improper installation or use of tools. I am only giving advice to help slickdealers get started on their car audio systems and to point them in the right direction.

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Hey,
Capacitors give you 14.4 volts to your amp. It also stores power so that when your amp needs it the most, it takes it from your cap instead of directly from the battery. It extends the life of your car battery and alternator as the amp isint directly taking power from them. I highly recommend it when using a big amplifier or multi amplifiers.

On a side note, im not too sure about Tsunami wires and how great they are. Like I said, I would go with JL audio, Rockford Fosgate, or Kicker wires.
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Hey,
Capacitors give you 14.4 volts to your amp. It also stores power so that when your amp needs it the most, it takes it from your cap instead of directly from the battery. It extends the life of your car battery and alternator as the amp isint directly taking power from them. I highly recommend it when using a big amplifier or multi amplifiers.

On a side note, im not too sure about Tsunami wires and how great they are. Like I said, I would go with JL audio, Rockford Fosgate, or Kicker wires.
so you do recommend capacitor for that particular kicker amp right. and yes i am just planning for one kicker amp.
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so you do recommend capacitor for that particular kicker amp right. and yes i am just planning for one kicker amp.
Hey,
Yes I do recommend a capactior as you will be running at least 750 watts rms. That should help your battery, alternator, and keep you from having your lights dim at night.
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Hey,
Yes I do recommend a capactior as you will be running at least 750 watts rms. That should help your battery, alternator, and keep you from having your lights dim at night.
i can't find any 2 guage amp kit. i guess i will just go with 4 guage..

is there a big difference between 2 and 4 or just a little bit.if i get 4 will it affect my car.
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i can't find any 2 guage amp kit. i guess i will just go with 4 guage..

is there a big difference between 2 and 4 or just a little bit.if i get 4 will it affect my car.
Hey,
If I were you, I would just stick to the 4gauge. Once you start getting to the 2 gauge kits, it starts to get pricey and not necessary. 4 gauge will do the job. But please remember to stick to a name brand kit! Do not go generic!!!! Theres a night and day difference between generic brands and name brands.

As long as you rep somone else first, you can then rep me again.Stick Out Tongue
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Hey,
-The backup battery is good if somone cuts your power to the alarm because then you have something to give power to your alarm as a backup. I personally dont have it on my car. Unless your car is real valuable and will attract the professionals, I wouldnt get it.
-Window break sensor is unneeded. Almost any hit to a window will set off the alarm via shock sensor. The only way a window break sensor would come in handy is for those specific tools that professional thieves have. Like I said before, is your car really going to attract those kind of theives? If your worried about gangsters and thugs or the local kids, I wouldnt get it.
-The hood sensor is a good option to get, but it shouldnt cost that much. I would go for that and not the trunk.

-Like I said before, remote start will cost you at least $350 alone because of the extra module and labor time needed. I would just forget about the remote start right now and go for the basic alarm with a couple of the extra sensors such as the hood pin and maybe the backup battery if it works with your budget.

If their offering you $280 for the alarm plus a couple of those sensors, its not a bad deal at all.
Well actually, $270-290 was the price of just the $200 basic clifford alarm. They said there's a $40 fee to hook up keyless entry and tax brings it up to about $270. The basic vipers with security and keyless rang up to about $320. You said you would pay max $230 for those alarms.

I really don't know where to go to find a good price. Is there a national chain that has a good deal on these alarms?

and one option I've been considering is just to get those $220 security/keyless/remote start/ 2way/ LCD alarm w/ glass sensor, backup battery, misc other stuff on ebay and just trying to find someone to install it for me. It says it uses a FM radio for the remote though. I'm afraid someone might be able to copy that frequency and steal my car then. Plus I'm not sure how much it will cost to install. What do you think of these systems?

here's the system:
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-2-WAY-LCD...dZViewItem
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Well actually, $270-290 was the price of just the $200 basic clifford alarm. They said there's a $40 fee to hook up keyless entry and tax brings it up to about $270. The basic vipers with security and keyless rang up to about $320. You said you would pay max $230 for those alarms.

I really don't know where to go to find a good price. Is there a national chain that has a good deal on these alarms?

and one option I've been considering is just to get those $220 security/keyless/remote start/ 2way/ LCD alarm w/ glass sensor, backup battery, misc other stuff on ebay and just trying to find someone to install it for me. It says it uses a FM radio for the remote though. I'm afraid someone might be able to copy that frequency and steal my car then. Plus I'm not sure how much it will cost to install. What do you think of these systems?

here's the system:
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-2-WAY-LCD...dZViewItem
Hey,
Pricing like anything else, depends on location. If you have looked around and thats the average price their giving you, than thats what you should expect to pay. Remember some parts of the countrys living expenses is more so pricing on things is a little higher.

There is no national chain for these kinda things other than those rip off bad installaion big box stores (frys,cc,bb)

That alarm you showed me on ebay is no good. Its a cheap knockoff brand. I see that kind of stuff all the time, and not only does it feel cheap but they usually dont work as described or have problems shortly after installation. Professional shops like mine and many other wouldnt even touch that alarm if you brought it in for them to install. Please stay away from a product like that.

A thing about buying something from somewhere else, then going to get it professionally installed usually will end up costing YOU more. Anytime somone brings me something to install for them that they didnt buy from me, the price is usually almost double. Most stores are like that. If you want my professional installation, you buy from me, otherwise the price will be much more. When buying from the store, they usually give you a discount on the installation or might even do it for free. They also back their work as they are selling you THEIR product, so they will make sure it works and works properly!

As long as you looked around and the prices are pretty much the same, just go with the store that had the best customer service, nicest salesman, and the people that helped you the most and spent the most time with you.
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Hey,
I would go with the 4th or 5th link. But note that the 5th link you need to buy an RCA since it doesnt come with one.

Note** Those are old models. Their not the current 2008 model wiring kit. It does the same job as the 2008 models, their just manufactured at least 1 year ago.
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Hey,
I would go with the 4th or 5th link. But note that the 5th link you need to buy an RCA since it doesnt come with one.

Note** Those are old models. Their not the current 2008 model wiring kit. It does the same job as the 2008 models, their just manufactured at least 1 year ago.
is 1 farad good or 2 farad..what does 1 or 2 farad mean.


sorry for toooooooooooooooooooo many questions.

is this good capacitor http://cgi.ebay.com/Kicker-Impuls....m20.l1116

is this good http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI....0292262072 + above capacitor
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is 1 farad good or 2 farad..what does 1 or 2 farad mean.


sorry for toooooooooooooooooooo many questions.

is this good capacitor http://cgi.ebay.com/Kicker-Impuls....m20.l1116

is this good http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI....0292262072 + above capacitor
Hey,
The more farads it is, the more power it can store. For your situation, 1 farad is plenty.
I would Not go with that capacitor, i would stick with a name brand like Rockford Fosgate.

That amplifier kit is a good kit. I would go for it esp at that price. Although i never recommend ebay as i have about a million horror storys about people and their ebays experiences.
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Hey,
The more farads it is, the more power it can store. For your situation, 1 farad is plenty.
I would Not go with that capacitor, i would stick with a name brand like Rockford Fosgate.

That amplifier kit is a good kit. I would go for it esp at that price. Although i never recommend ebay as i have about a million horror storys about people and their ebays experiences.
is from kicker..if u say its not good than i'll just look around for more
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is from kicker..if u say its not good than i'll just look around for more
any opinion for Power Acoustik
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is from kicker..if u say its not good than i'll just look around for more
Hey,
No its not from Kicker. The ebay seller is lying in his auction (thus why i always advise to stay away from ebay).

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any opinion for Power Acoustik
Hey,
Power Acoustik is an ok middle of the road brand. Its not high end like Rockford,Kicker etc.. but its not pure garbage. Id stick with the Rockford Cap.
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what do you think of this alarm from autozone?
http://www.autozone.com/sku,26777...etail2.htm

or how about alarms from this website, are they eBay-like ripoff crap quality too?
http://www.ecarsecurity.com/Defau...directed=Y

then maybe I can just find someone and hire them to install it for me. or just hire circuitcity for like $200-$15 plus tax. How is that plan?
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