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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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Quote from l34merik View Post :
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?
Hey,
That alarm by autozone i have never seen before. I dont see a name brand on it so it looks like another cheap brand.

The second link shows me alot of Astra alarms. I did deal with them before and the alarms are good, but the only problem you might have is that those remotes break so easy! They make extremely cheap remotes to the point where most people that buy that alarm usually have to come back a couple of months down the line to buy another remote.

And please stay away from CC, BB, or frys for installation. They might be able to install a radio or a couple of speakers, but there installation other than that is horrible. Most installers that are extremely skilled and professional usually work at the specialty store because thats where they make the most money. BB,CC,Frys hire almost anyone and pay very little so i would never trust my car with them.

Go to one of your local specialty stores that you have shopped around to, and get either the clifford or viper. Its well worth the money and you will have a security system thats reliable and not have to worry about this anymore.
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what's the use of distribution block.do i need that tooooo.
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what's the use of distribution block.do i need that tooooo.
Hey,
No you dont need a distribution block. Your only installing one amplifier into your vehicle. When you start getting into two or three amplifiers, thats when you need a distribution block.
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hey,
i shd go with 100 amp right or 60 amp is just fine too.


thanks as always. Smilie
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hey,
i shd go with 100 amp right or 60 amp is just fine too.


thanks as always. Smilie
Hey,
Are you talking about the fuse?
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Hey,
Are you talking about the fuse?
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Hey,
I'd go with a 100 if your going witht the regular AGU fuse. I would highly recommend going ANL though.
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Could you made a video while you are installing an alarm?
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Could you made a video while you are installing an alarm?
Hey,
I actually do not own a video camera.

Also, every car is different. Its not something you can watch and learn and go do on your vehicle. Also, i high recommend professional installation for alarms. Its something i dont suggest for people that are not professional in the field. 1 wire cut wrong could mean thousands of dollars in repairs for your airbags, on board computer etc...
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You really should be able to read electrical diagrams and if at all possible have the factory electrical service manual to give you the wiring diagrams of the car. There are good ways to install alarms and then there are horrible accidents waiting to happen.
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You really should be able to read electrical diagrams and if at all possible have the factory electrical service manual to give you the wiring diagrams of the car. There are good ways to install alarms and then there are horrible accidents waiting to happen.
Thats correct although it gets real difficult when putting an alarm on a Mercedes and 2008 Escalade for example, and all dodge's. 1 cut of the wrong wire and you can be looking to spend thousands in repairs.
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Hi, I am planning to install a remote starter & keyless entry in my car , need ur advice which one to install ?
1998 - MAZDA - MPV .
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Hi, I am planning to install a remote starter & keyless entry in my car , need ur advice which one to install ?
1998 - MAZDA - MPV .
Hey,
Good name brand ones to look for would be Viper, Clifford, Python, Prestige, and Carbine. They make fine remote start and keyless entry systems.

Any other questions let me know
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Hello,

I'm looking to install some new speakers and a new stereo in my car. It is a 1998 Subaru Legacy station wagon.

Here's what I've come up with on my own:


Polk Audio db6501 6-1/2" Component System
[crutchfield.com]

Pioneer DEH-P4000UB CD Receiver [crutchfield.com]

Profile AP400 65W x 2 Car Amp [crutchfield.com]

EFX Amplifier Wiring Kit 10-gauge 250-watt w/Patch Cord [crutchfield.com]

Total: $466.96
Now, I know that this isn't top of the line stuff (i.e. the amp and wiring kit), but will this make due and sound pretty good? Keep in mind my stock speakers are terrible and almost anything will sound better then them.

Also, I am on a limited budget. I'm only 17 years and don't make THAT much money, so I can sacrifice a little bit of quality to get stuff cheaper.

Will this give me a fair amount of bass too? It doesn't need to be bumping to the point where other cars get pissed off about it, but I listen to a good amount of reggae and I want to be able to hear the bass properly.

Edit: Oh, and I think I'm going to order from crutchfield even though they are more expensive because the include some useful stuff with the order for free, and they also have great support that I can call up whenever I want. If you have a reason I shouldn't buy from them, let me know. I'm open to whatever
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Hello,

I'm looking to install some new speakers and a new stereo in my car. It is a 1998 Subaru Legacy station wagon.

Here's what I've come up with on my own:


Polk Audio db6501 6-1/2" Component System
[crutchfield.com]

Pioneer DEH-P4000UB CD Receiver [crutchfield.com]

Profile AP400 65W x 2 Car Amp [crutchfield.com]

EFX Amplifier Wiring Kit 10-gauge 250-watt w/Patch Cord [crutchfield.com]

Total: $466.96
Now, I know that this isn't top of the line stuff (i.e. the amp and wiring kit), but will this make due and sound pretty good? Keep in mind my stock speakers are terrible and almost anything will sound better then them.

Also, I am on a limited budget. I'm only 17 years and don't make THAT much money, so I can sacrifice a little bit of quality to get stuff cheaper.

Will this give me a fair amount of bass too? It doesn't need to be bumping to the point where other cars get pissed off about it, but I listen to a good amount of reggae and I want to be able to hear the bass properly.

Edit: Oh, and I think I'm going to order from crutchfield even though they are more expensive because the include some useful stuff with the order for free, and they also have great support that I can call up whenever I want. If you have a reason I shouldn't buy from them, let me know. I'm open to whatever
Hey,
Let me give you some advice on your system.

First of all, Polk makes great speakers, so that system you chose is not a bad choice.

The deck is more on the simpler lower end side, but since your still young and dont have too much money, that will work. You get ipod controls via usb, enough outputs for multiple amplifiers and a remote control. It might not be the prettiest deck out, but it will do the job.

The amp is very small. It has 65wx2 rms. That means together you will only get 130watts rms (real power). Thats not enough for even entry level subs, so you might want to look at something else with more power. Which brings me to my next point, I dont see a subwoofer and box in your system? Without one, forget havving good bass. Your component set is made to give you good, clear highs, not bass. The mid on your component is their to pick up the lows that bigger woofers cant, but it wont do the job of giving you solid bass. You absoluetly need a subwoofer to get what you want.

The amp wiring kit is extremely thin. Why go 10gauge? I would go at least 8 gauge that way if you ever do upgrade to a bigger amp, you dont have to rewire your car.


If you plan on doing the installation yourself, that might not be a bad price for all that stuff. The amp is sort of a cheap brand, but it'll work. If you plan on getting it professionally installed, you might want to check out your local stores. Sometimes they give huge discounts on installation if you buy the prodcut from them. Many times that comes out to be cheaper than buying it from one place and getting it installed at another. Also, walking into a local store, you might be able to negotiate. If you walked in and told them you have $500 to spend for example, im sure they can do something that way they dont lose the sale.

Let me know if you have any other questions
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