How to Install Your Own Car Stereo System

How to Install Your Own Car Stereo System will show you how to install your own car audio system. This DVD shows a complete installation done using basic hand and power tools that almost anyone has access to. We took the easiest and lowest cost techniques to create a video that shows you how to install your own system, the right way. This is the only video created for the installer with a limited tool chest. Everything is covered, head unit/radio, CD changer, amplifier, front and rear speakers and even a simple sealed subwoofer enclosure! And all of our videos were created by an MECP certified Master Installer so you'll know you're learning to do it the right way.

Here are some of the installation topics and techniques you'll learn that will help you save time, money and aggravation.

Explanation and Overview of the Car Audio System

  • Factory locations and selection of new equipment mounting locations
  • Precautions when choosing new locations and when shopping for new components
  • Description of the new equipment to be installed
    • In dash CD player (head unit)
    • CD changer
    • Amplifier
    • Component speakers
    • Coaxial speakers
    • Subwoofer
    • Installation components (wiring kit, cables, etc.)
Installing the CD player

Design and Construction of the
Subwoofer Enclosure

  • Dimensions and enclosure type for the subwoofer
  • Laying out the enclosure sides to minimize waste
  • Tutorial on the software needed to optimize the cutting plans
  • How to get the wood cut for free
  • Proper layout of the enclosure screws (and what type to use)
  • How to get perfectly centered holes every time
  • What to do when you can't seal the inside of the enclosure
  • How to carpet your enclosure like a professional
  • How to connect a dual voice coil woofer
  • What material to use to even out the sound of your subwoofer
  • How to avoid the biggest mistake made by first time box builders
  • What type of screws to use to secure your subwoofer
    (using the wrong kind can cost you big points in a competition)
Carpeting the enclosure

Amplifier Installation

  • Mounting the amplifier board (amp rack) in custom locations
  • The correct place to ground an amplifier to
    minimize noise and electrical problems
  • When to use special connectors to enhance your installation
  • The often overlooked, two cent item, that will
    dramatically improve your ground connection
  • Level setting your amplifier without an oscilloscope
    or other specialty equipment
Adjusting the amplifier

Removing the Factory Sound System

  • The first step you must follow to avoid damage or injury
  • How to remove the dash trim without damage
  • Removing the factory radio
  • How to remove door panels without damage
  • The inexpensive tool that will save you time and possible
    damage to your plastic fasteners
  • Removing the factory door speakers

Installing the New Speakers

  • What type of connectors to use on the speakers
  • How to get aftermarket speakers to fit into factory holes
  • What type of connectors to use for the passive crossovers (it matters)
  • How to prevent your subwoofers from overpowering
    and even damaging your other speakers
Installing the speakers

Preparing the Head Unit for Installation

  • Getting your head unit to fit in the factory dash cavity correctly
  • The importance of securing your head unit
  • How to connect your new head unit without cutting any factory wires
  • The correct way to connect your wiring without using a soldering iron
  • The last thing you should do before mounting your new head unit
  • Connecting the wiring to the new head unit and sliding it into the dash for a flush fit
Preparing the wiring

Installing Power and Signal Wiring

  • How to run new door speaker wiring
  • What to look for in your new wiring
  • How to make sure you don't mix up your wires and invert the phase
  • How to run the power wire through the firewall without a factory plug
  • The importance of the fuse holder and
    what to do when the engine area is cramped
  • What to do when you've got a side mounted battery post (GM owners take note)
  • Proper termination of large wires
  • How to protect your power wire in the engine compartment
  • The easiest way to run wires through the car
  • How to quickly bundle your wires for a neater installation
  • Testing your system to ensure the wiring is correct
Fusing the power wire

Installing the CD Changer

  • Three simple steps to installing your CD changer
  • Where to mount the changer for easy access
  • How to protect yourself from getting trapped when
    working inside the trunk
  • Safety precautions when drilling the mounting holes
Mounting the CD changer

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