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Thread: High End Audio Build - 2018 CX-3 - my neighbors are gonna hate me...

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    Installed the tweeters:









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    Next, is chop up the trunk lid:






    I tried really hard during the measuring process to make sure that the lid would still line up with the car. It would worked

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    Next is to make a faceplate the will hold the digital audio player, the DSP remote and the bass knob:

    all this


    needs to fit here
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    Here is the faceplate:

    Cardboard template and then cut and bend the stainless steel.



    Test fit. I tapped it up so it wouldn't scratch anything...



    Made the cuts and holes.



    Still need to clean up the back and tighten some of the vinyl edges.



    This should work.
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    That’s looking bad ass


    Completely stock... (lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxx Mazda View Post
    That’s looking bad ass
    Thank you!
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    I decided I don't like the JL audio grills so I mounted these grills to the cover:





    Still need to trim down the rings...


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    Take two on the faceplate... I made a mistake on the first one.

    The Fiio's on/off switch has to be pressed when the screen goes to sleep. That switch is on the left side of the player, hence the cutout for my fat fingers to push the button.
    It sucks, but I don't have the option of "waking" it with the buttons on the front.

    Next issue: I didn't like the bulge that came from wrapping the vinyl around the corners around the player, so I cut the vinyl at the edges and I will be adding a cover over the cut outs (see aluminum sheet in the background) to hide the edges... I actually think it will look much better with the cover and it will have a more finished look.

    This idea has been a real challenge and has been very tedious and time consuming, but I think I like how it's coming together.






    There is a lot going on behind this thing...

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    Finally got the grills mounted:



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    Made the aluminum trim piece for the faceplate... Gonna try gloss, satin and flat black paint to see what looks best.

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    Decided on gloss black to match the trim around the vents... Now to get a perfect high gloss finish.



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    Faceplate is done and installed:



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    Installed the aluminum knobs:




    I'm very pleased with them as they match the factory knobs perfectly!




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    More pics



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    Fack me that is mint!!!
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