I've been hanging out with 1337ssei to do a medium-level audio install, a brake pad change, and an idler/tensioner pulley change. I was told once that modifying a working car is bad not only because if it isn't broken, don't fix it, but also because Murphy will break something else in your car. Not believing this, I set out on a multi-day process of gathering tools and changing out parts, and the explanations for the turns of events preceed each set of pictures as necessary. This is exclusively a picture documentary of 1337ssei and me screwing around with goods except for two pictures somewhere near the middle. Enjoy!
Head unit swap! He bought a 1.5 din Alpine on ebay.
We tore out the amp and rewired the new head unit wiring harness to go straight through to the front speakers. The rear speakers are amped by a 450W (peak) Lightning Audio 2-channel amplifier. It'* pretty good.
Here are some pictures of cathode lights and various other things:
12" Alpine Type-R subwoofer! That magnet is huge! Random crap was shown for comparison.
As it turns out, the head unit had a grounding problem. We took it apart to redo the ground wire, but it skipped nearly every time 1337ssei'* car hit a bump regardless of our efforts. We're still trying to fix it, though. In these few pictures, we set up a PC power supply to run its 12V line into the head unit to power the speakers as we messed around with it all.
Stock speakers from my 94 SSEi:
No screws at the top:
Oh no! The hand of death has touched the head unit!
So, here are the two strange pictures. My friend drives an 86 Olds 98 Regency, and its crankshaft sensor had fallen out. He jammed it back in and drove the car until one night when I needed to go to the bathroom and the car broke down on a country road. Maybe I'll explain later. But 1337ssei'* dad just so happened to be passing by from remodeling a house, and he had a plunger handy to hold up the hood of the car.
From left to right are a Dodge Dakota, driven by my friend'* friend who came to help, the broken-down Regency, and a Dodge Intrepid R/T, driven by 1337ssei'* dad. This was taken care of very quickly. Strange.
So, the next day, 1337ssei and I jacked up his car to do brake work.
Resurfaced rotors and some 2AWG wiring:
We tried out the Alpine Type-R in a sub box.
Look at the shine on that amp'* heatsink:
1337ssei didn't have a drill and unfortunately had to be awesome enough to screw in each screw by hand into the brand new pine:
A formerly clean install:
I have a feeling someone may have a few questions about this:
Pulley work, with no finished product shown for some strange reason:
And now... Murray'* law made a transmission mount break. 1337ssei was driving his car and suddenly felt a severe loss of power as well as no feel of the transmission shifting. He'* looking into getting a solid transmission mount now.
So, what do you think? I think this is a whole lot of work, and though I should have posted it into my work whorage post
, this is a different car and thus deserves a new post. Also, it explains the delay in my work whorage. I'm still waiting for a good time to do the door speaker wiring, and I need a few door pieces