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Just starting my stereo system upgrade.

The first step was for my installer to run my VIN# which showed it had the option code ICQAB (ICE NOISE REDUCTION MODULE) which means that it has ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION and along with the exhaust noise feedback system. The build codes also showed that I have a 10 speaker system (9 main speakers and a subwoofer).
(THIS WAS ALL WRONG)

Today I took the car in so my installer could to see exactly what was in the car so we have a game plan on what components to order.
My car does not have the upgraded stereo system because there is no subwoofer in the car.
Nor does it have the mics in the front & rear that would be required for the ICQAB, so no noise cancellation or active exhaust feedback in my car either.
I do have the 9 speakers.

So now what we know what we are dealing with we've order the components, install will be next week.
I'll keep you guys posted.
 

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Just starting my stereo system upgrade.

The first step was for my installer to run my VIN# which showed it had the option code ICQAB (ICE NOISE REDUCTION MODULE) which means that it has ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION and along with the exhaust noise feedback system. The build codes also showed that I have a 10 speaker system (9 main speakers and a subwoofer).
(THIS WAS ALL WRONG)

Today I took the car in so my installer could to see exactly what was in the car so we have a game plan on what components to order.
My car does not have the upgraded stereo system because there is no subwoofer in the car.
Nor does it have the mics in the front & rear that would be required for the ICQAB, so no noise cancellation or active exhaust feedback in my car either.
I do have the 9 speakers.

So now what we know what we are dealing with we've order the components, install will be next week.
I'll keep you guys posted.
Nice Terry, look forward to hearing what direction you end up going!!
 

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Nice Terry, look forward to hearing what direction you end up going!!
ok here ya go, these are the components being installed next week:


Audison BitTenD - factory radio interface, audio processor & EQ

bit Ten D is a multi-function digital processor conceived and built to process digital and analogue signal both on the input and on output to the amplifier (featuring AD Link connection) and create top-performance system with any source typology.
Provided with a 32 bit, 147 MHz clock speed DSP as well as 24 bit A/D and D/A converters, bit Ten D processes the signal with extreme accuracy and wide configurability thanks to a software especially designed for car acoustic peculiarities.
bit Ten D features an optical digital input, minimizing interference and degradations of the signal found in traditional analog interconnects, also by-passing the A/D conversion phases of analog signals.
Thanks to the AD Link connection, the available outputs become 8 in total, all in digital format; they can also be used simultaneously with the analog ones (for a maximum of 8 outputs total).
The AC Link is completely dedicated to the “remote control” of the system. The system is comprised of one connector for the provided DRC and one for the amplifiers present in the system. The DRC is supplied with the bit Ten D product.




AudioControl LGD - load generating device & signal stabilizer

Today’s factory systems include more Class D amplifier technology which can mute, distort or emit damaging frequencies to your new aftermarket audio equipment when the factory speakers are removed. Using carefully selected resistors and a Zobel Network, the AC-LGD has been designed to generate load and stabilize signal from the factory system to ensure the best possible audio. The LGDs come in pairs and can be easily connected to your AudioControl Factory System Upgrade product with the pre-wired connectors. The LGD is installed between the factory speaker outputs and your line output converter or speaker level inputs on your amp or processor. Each LGD pair comes with standard wire colors for front and rear connections.




Alpine PDX-V9 - 5 Channel Power Density Digital Amplifier

The Alpine PDX-V9 5-channel amp delivers a whopping 100 watts RMS each to four speakers at the same time it blasts 500 watts RMS to your sub setup. This amazingly compact amp uses beefy internal components and clever engineering to keep the power output strong and the noise low for superb fidelity and control. The adjustable crossovers feature an extended range of crossover points, allowing you to use this amp with component tweeters, midrange speakers, or midbass drivers.




JL Audio cs110lg-TW3 - SubWoofer

Enclosed Subwoofer System with Single 10TW3-D4 Subwoofer Driver, Black Carpet (400 W, 2 Ω) - Sealed Enclosure
In this low-profile PowerWedge™ subwoofer system, we harness the performance of the 10TW3 to deliver amazing sub-bass from an enclosure that is only 4.5 in. (114 mm) deep.
This low-profile enclosure design has been carefully engineered to the optimum sealed enclosure alignment for the 10TW3-D4 and has been fine-tuned through extensive real-world listening.
The PowerWedge™ subwoofer system is shipped wired, loaded and ready to connect via a five-way binding post terminal.

 

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Can't wait to here more about this build as I'm thinking of doing something very similar. I was leaning towards a factory type sub enclosure, amp and L2i LOC. I'll being doing the install myself.
 

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Can't wait to here more about this build as I'm thinking of doing something very similar.
I dropped off the car yesterday and I'm supposed to be getting it back today.
hopefully my next post will be with results.
 

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Update

Was supposed to get the car back yesterday but my installer wanted a 3rd day to finish it up so picking it up later today.
Yesterday he did send me a pick of the trunk:

 

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Finished!

Just got the car back and I'm really happy with the results, huge improvement in sound.
My installer tuned the system for balanced sound using his laptop interface with the audio processor/EQ.
This is the finished pic. There were no holes drilled in the car.
At the bottom of the pic you see the plastic plates for the OEM carpeted deck plate to rest on which still lays completely flush, you would have no idea anything was under the trunk space.




The biggest surprise that I didn't know was coming was the install of this bass knob (pic below).
It is positioned directly in front/slightly to the side of my right knee.
This knob which turns R/L allows for me to + or - the bass coming from the subwoofer only, on the fly quickly so can add or take out bass from song to song.
The fact that it only controls the sub and not the 9 main speakers is huge cause that amount of bass applied to the mains would cause distortion.
Of course bass/treble ect. can still be adjusted in the 9 mains in the radio's menu, but for quick/easy + - this bass knob is awesome.
My installer calls this knob "instant gratification" ;)

 

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Very clean install, but I do have a few questions:

1) Why purchase a DSP and 5 channel amplifier if you only are looking to add a subwoofer? Was this chosen for future replacement of front/rear speakers, or did I miss speaker replacements too?
2) Does the stock speakers/amp blend well with your newfound bass?
3) How did your installer secure all that equipment to the car?

Thanks!
 

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Very clean install, but I do have a few questions:

1) Why purchase a DSP and 5 channel amplifier if you only are looking to add a subwoofer? Was this chosen for future replacement of front/rear speakers, or did I miss speaker replacements too?
2) Does the stock speakers/amp blend well with your newfound bass?
3) How did your installer secure all that equipment to the car? !

#1. We installed a 5 channel amplifier to provide additional power to the existing factory speakers and to allow us to control the sound off all the factory speakers using the DSP.

#2. Yes it does, and the bass knob gives great flexibility from song-to-song

#3. Everything was mounted to the floor of the spare tire well using custom aluminum brackets that attach to the body of the car via 3M VHB double sided tape.
 

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Oh wow, you are bypassing the factory amp and powering them all from the new amp? Cool.

Did you run all new wire to the existing speakers?
How did you handle the front components that have independent power?
Does the center speaker still function for sync/nav related actions?
 

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^Did you run all new wire to the existing speakers? - No I'm sure they didn't.

^How did you handle the front components that have independent power? - My installer could answer that but I can't.

^Does the center speaker still function for sync/nav related actions? - Yes it does.

I'm leaving for the track right now, running Streets of Willow tomorrow.
Will check the forum when I get back on Sunday.
cheers.
 

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Does the Gt350 comes with a spare tire? Or just the space for one and you used it to put your sub?
The latter. You can obtain a spare that fits from Automotive Authority. Be warned: it's spendy. I bought it anyway, as it's a lot less expensive than repairing the damage should Ford Roadside Assistance send a flatbed operator who doesn't know how to load a GT350 without scraping the hell out of the splitter. Plus, I hate, hate, HATE getting stranded. I hate it badly enough that I take probably 20 pounds of tools with me on motorcycle trips, even though I rarely have to use any of them.
 

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Terry your install looks really clean and nice to see he was able to conceal everything in the spare tire well (and still have the inflator kit fit). I hadn't seen the digital processor nor amp that your installer used but both look to quality. Enjoy your new tunes these stock audio tunes really need upgrading and I'll be doing similar soon. Thanks for sharing your solution with us!
 

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Great looking install brother. I’ll be doing something very similar soon. Just deciding on parts. I was thinking to use the JLAUDIO sub and enclosure that sits to the side like factory.
 

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This is what i did to my 2018 Shelby. It sounds perfect.
JL Audio 3 way up front (6.5”, 4” & Tweeters all in the factory location.
JL Audio 6.5” & Tweeter on rear deck.
JL Stealthbox 12” sub
LC7 processor
JL HD 600/4 amp for all speakers
JL 300/1 amp for the sub.
I made a tray to mount all the gear inside the spare tire place.
I already had all the equipment from my previous car. I just bought the stealth box for the Mustang. I spent total $975 including labor and the Stealth box.
 

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This is what i did to my 2018 Shelby. It sounds perfect.
JL Audio 3 way up front (6.5”, 4” & Tweeters all in the factory location.
JL Audio 6.5” & Tweeter on rear deck.
JL Stealthbox 12” sub
LC7 processor
JL HD 600/4 amp for all speakers
JL 300/1 amp for the sub.
I made a tray to mount all the gear inside the spare tire place.
I already had all the equipment from my previous car. I just bought the stealth box for the Mustang. I spent total $975 including labor and the Stealth box.
Looks sweet man! Nice set up!
 
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