The 8th Gen Riviera Resource
 
HomeDashboardFAQSearchRiviera Questions & AnswersWrite-Ups IndexRegisterRelated LinksMemberlistLog in
Share | 
 

 Write-up: stereo system install

Go down 
Go to page : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  Next
AuthorMessage
sqrivi
Fanatic


Name : scott
Location : madison, al
Joined : 2008-03-15
Post Count : 375
Merit : 52

PostSubject: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:43 pm

I have posted some pics in some other threads. I decided to start a thread with progress pics of the build.

First some background: I picked the rivi with this build in mind. I have always liked the style of the car, and thought it would make a great platform for a great sound quality system. The car is a daily driver and I also compete in both the IASCA and MECA sound quality organizations. I have a couple of world championships with my previous car (chrysler 300m) now hopefully I will rack up a few more with this one.

I am trying to have the car done by early August. This will give me enough time to get to shows and qualify for the world championship show in October.

Anyway, on with the build:

First I had to strip the interior down to the metal and apply sound deadening material. I also welded the speaker enclosures in place at this time.





I also lowered the steering column to have an unobstructed path for the speaker.





I installed seats from a Jaguar s-type. I also relocated the seat rails further back and a little closer to the middle of the car.

Stock seat slid all the way back, and new seat also slid all the way back.



Here is the new back seat.




I also installed a steering wheel from a cadillac cts. The buttons have been rewired to operate the pioneer dexp9 deck and the lcd screen that displays the gauges, navigation, and dvd. The center is just "roughed in" it will be covered in black leather to match the seats.



Back to the dash. Now I started laying out framework for the basic shape of the dash.








Now for a little fiberglass on the top of the dash.




Display for gauges. I am using a Magden m.1 computer that reads data straight from the obdII plug and then displays that data as gauges. I can choose a gauge from almost anything that the obdII has information for. I can also change the layout, needle colors, and text colors.





Here is the console from a mercedes E class that will be incorporated into the lower dash. It will also be re-done in black leather to match the seats and steering wheel.




Now for fiberglass on the lower part of the dash and the transition to the center console.







Next is the panel on the front of the dash that contains the air vents (vents are from a jaguar xj). This panel will eventually be painted "wood grain" to match the steering wheel and door panels, which I still have to make. This panel will also hide the transition from the black grill material on the top of the dash (next on the list to make) and the black leather that will be on the bottom of the dash.







Next on the list is the trim panel around the gauges and the grill to cover the entire top of the dash and hide the speakers.

More to come......


Last edited by sqrivi on Fri May 29, 2009 5:35 pm; edited 3 times in total
Back to top Go down
EatDirtFartDust
Fanatic


Name : The Josh
Age : 34
Location : Somewhere between Sullivan and Saint Peters Missouri.
Joined : 2009-03-27
Post Count : 284
Merit : 2

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:57 pm

i came.
Back to top Go down
Karma
Aficionado
avatar

Name : Andrew
Age : 33
Location : Ontario, Canada
Joined : 2008-01-14
Post Count : 1945
Merit : 122

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:30 pm

simply..... amazing!

_________________
Warning!
Back to top Go down
deekster_caddy
Master


Name : Derek
Age : 45
Location : Reading, MA
Joined : 2007-01-31
Post Count : 7716
Merit : 109

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:21 am

Beautiful work. Can't wait to see the finished pictures. Since I'll never be able to hear it. frown
Back to top Go down
Snowdog
Addict
avatar

Name : Timo
Age : 32
Location : Finland
Joined : 2008-10-04
Post Count : 730
Merit : 22

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:05 am

very impressive work. i know how hard it is whit the fiberglass..
so you will cover the dashboard and all the other parts whit black lether?
what will you but under the lether?
will it stay soft or hard?

i guess you will modifie the door covers tho? to line up whit the new dashboard.
cant wait to see more pictures of your work.

and btw nice steering wheel. did it fit in whitout any mods?
Back to top Go down
sqrivi
Fanatic


Name : scott
Location : madison, al
Joined : 2008-03-15
Post Count : 375
Merit : 52

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:51 am

There will be a thin layer of foam under the leather to add a little softness.

The door panels, rear side panels, rear deck, and the entire trunk will all be completely fabricated using the same method as the dash.

The steering wheel did have to be modified. I had to use a 15 ton press to remove the center of the wheel. Then I bolted on an aftermarket steering wheel adapter.
Back to top Go down
rivparadise
Fanatic
avatar

Name : Samuel
Age : 45
Location : Niagara Co.
Joined : 2007-06-10
Post Count : 381
Merit : 11

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:42 pm

Awesome!





thumbsup
Back to top Go down
http://myspace.com/theacetomato
stan
Aficionado


Joined : 2007-07-01
Post Count : 2281
Merit : 10

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:32 pm

looking good
Back to top Go down
sqrivi
Fanatic


Name : scott
Location : madison, al
Joined : 2008-03-15
Post Count : 375
Merit : 52

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:43 am

The amps are almost finished being built. I should be able get them next weekend. The car should be back from being painted in about three weeks. Then it is time to return to the audio system.

Here are some pics of the amps being built. They are four zapco reference 200.2 amps (after modifications about 250 watts per channel) stuffed into two reference 650.6 heat sink chassis. Each 650.6 chassis is about three feet long. The amps were put into the larger heat sinks to help dissipate the extra heat created from the amps being converted to class "a" bias.






All that is left for these is to attach the covers and end plates.


These amps are for the tweeters and midbass drivers. One amp for each speaker.
I also have a reference 1100.1 ( about 1100 watts) for the sub.
Back to top Go down
robotennis61
Guru
avatar

Name : robotennis
Age : 56
Location : las vegas
Joined : 2007-12-17
Post Count : 5560
Merit : 142

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:19 am

wow! u and palermocory should have much in common!
Back to top Go down
T Riley
Guru
avatar

Name : Travis
Age : 27
Location : Your wife's box
Joined : 2007-02-08
Post Count : 5125
Merit : 9

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:10 am

HOW IN THE HELL DID I MISS THIS THREAD.......... ROTFY
Back to top Go down
http://www.rivperformance.com
sqrivi
Fanatic


Name : scott
Location : madison, al
Joined : 2008-03-15
Post Count : 375
Merit : 52

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:05 pm

I finally got the gauges to match the deck that will be going in the dash.



Back to top Go down
Rickw
Guru


Name : Rick
Age : 59
Location : Lancaster, MA
Joined : 2008-09-13
Post Count : 6081
Merit : 105

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:07 pm

That looks incredible.
Can't wait to see the finished product. Excellent work.
Back to top Go down
sqrivi
Fanatic


Name : scott
Location : madison, al
Joined : 2008-03-15
Post Count : 375
Merit : 52

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:12 pm

Rickw wrote:
That looks incredible.
Can't wait to see the finished product. Excellent work.

Thanks, I can't wait either.
Back to top Go down
stan
Aficionado


Joined : 2007-07-01
Post Count : 2281
Merit : 10

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:45 pm

nice sqrivi.Bro,don't forget to insert one of these HUD devices in.

link

or

link

and many more but do your eBay research first and teach us how to do it.Goodluck.
Back to top Go down
palermocorey90
Expert
avatar

Name : Corey
Age : 27
Location : Rome NY
Joined : 2007-10-03
Post Count : 2968
Merit : -24

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:55 pm

MOAR PICS NOW
Back to top Go down
http://www.myspace.com/glowinstrat
sqrivi
Fanatic


Name : scott
Location : madison, al
Joined : 2008-03-15
Post Count : 375
Merit : 52

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:05 pm

stan wrote:
nice sqrivi.Bro,don't forget to insert one of these HUD devices in.

link

or

link

and many more but do your eBay research first and teach us how to do it.Goodluck.

I experimented with making a HUD when I first started the dash. I was not using it for a secondary display but my only gauge display. I couldn't get the results vs size I wanted without it causing a problem at night. So I went with the computer and lcd setup that is in the car now.


Last edited by sqrivi on Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:22 am; edited 1 time in total
Back to top Go down
sqrivi
Fanatic


Name : scott
Location : madison, al
Joined : 2008-03-15
Post Count : 375
Merit : 52

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:07 pm

palermocorey90 wrote:
MOAR PICS NOW

I know, I know. The car is being painted and having some body work done right now so I can't do anymore work on the interior until I get the car back. I am hoping to get it back around the end of the month.
Back to top Go down
robotennis61
Guru
avatar

Name : robotennis
Age : 56
Location : las vegas
Joined : 2007-12-17
Post Count : 5560
Merit : 142

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:24 am

oh sqrivi!!! (spoken with the nasally tone of urkel) youre my heeero!! love
Back to top Go down
sqrivi
Fanatic


Name : scott
Location : madison, al
Joined : 2008-03-15
Post Count : 375
Merit : 52

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:44 am

shocked
Back to top Go down
TheAviator
Member
avatar

Name : Jason
Location : Orlando
Joined : 2009-12-05
Post Count : 54
Merit : 1

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:35 am

Give us an update for gosh sakes, its been to long, since august, we want pics, inside and out....and we want them NOW....wink..j/k
Back to top Go down
Rickw
Guru


Name : Rick
Age : 59
Location : Lancaster, MA
Joined : 2008-09-13
Post Count : 6081
Merit : 105

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:29 pm

Hey sqrivi,
Any updates.?
Back to top Go down
sqrivi
Fanatic


Name : scott
Location : madison, al
Joined : 2008-03-15
Post Count : 375
Merit : 52

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:01 pm

Hey guys, unfortunatly no updates yet. I am still waiting on the body work and paint. Once I get the car back though. I will be full tilt booggy on the audio build.
Back to top Go down
sburch23
Addict
avatar

Name : Scott
Location : Alpharetta, GA
Joined : 2007-04-02
Post Count : 547
Merit : 14

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:50 pm

We want pics of the paint too!
Back to top Go down
nigelf
Enthusiast
avatar

Name : Nigel
Age : 59
Location : Fishkill NY
Joined : 2009-10-05
Post Count : 161
Merit : 20

PostSubject: Re: Write-up: stereo system install   Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:41 pm

Bump!

Hows the install going???
Back to top Go down
 
Write-up: stereo system install
Back to top 
Page 1 of 6Go to page : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  Next

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Riviera Performance ::   General Tech :: Audio & Electronics-
Jump to: