Okay, first I want to say that building this setup was one of the most enjoyable things I've EVER done.
This is my first complete system, so I want some feedback. I'm open to opinions and critisism but please no flaming. I spent a lot of time and money doing this and will not take very kindly any insults. I know I'm not the greatest installer (far from it), but I tried my best. This post doesn't contain the finished product because I cant finish all the fiberglassing until I lower my car (need access to that area of trunk). springs and shocks should be here any day now. I got tired of waiting, which is why i'm posting pics now.
I've had people ask me if I somehow got Polk to sponsor me. That question always make me laugh. NO I haven't, I dont think they'd be interested in sponsoring another civic. I just love they're equipment :D
Here is a list of the equipment that I Puchased:
Panasonic HU w/ Ipod interface
Polkaudio C500.1 x 3
Polkaudio C300.2 x 1
Polkaudio C400.4 x 1
Polkaudio MMC6500 x 1
Polkaudio MMC690 x 1
Polkaudio MMC525 x 1
Polkaudio MM2124 x 2
Polkaudio SR124DVC x 2
Absolute 1.8 farad cap
Rockford Fosgate, kicker and street wires wiring
Dynamat Xtreme damping everywhere
165 amp alternator
I changed my plans a few times, and as such I didn't end up using the momo subwoofers, capacitor, one c500.1 and the 2 channel amplifier. I sold one momo sub, and gave the remaining sub and c300.2 to my brother.
First I had to throw in the deck and begin wiring
First there was installing the 5.25" (MMC525) speakers. Even though they are tiny speakers they still required some very little work to fit them (big magnet). The stock speakers that they replaced were 6.5". First I made my own adapters. the diameter is 6.5" but the hole is only 5.25". This way they fit in the stock location, and keep the 5.25's nice and snug. I was going to do some fiberglass work for these, but I dont want to do the work, plus I think I'd prefer the stock look anyways. Each speaker is getting about 60 watts.
Next are the 6.5" Momo components. I ordered kick panels for these about a month ago. Still havent arrived as they were on back order and being shipped from California (I live in Canada). So these components are kind of just chilling on the ground. But they sound great at 100 watts each.
Here's something I did for no reason while in the midst of this install:
Next up are the polk 6x9's. These are honestly like the best 6x9 speakers on the market. I was first a little upset when I hooked these up because they didn't sound as good as I'd hoped. But after about a week and a half, they let off some great midbass. I mounted these in a fiberglass panel that I made to replace the stock one (virated too much). I used the c400.4 to power these roughly 60 watts going to each speakers.
Then there are the subs... this was prolly the most time consuming part of the install since I added my own amp rack at the back of the box. I used 2 SR124 DVC subwoofers and mounted them in a sealed fiberglass enclosure. Even though I'm only giving them each ~530 watts (as opposed to 700) they sound AMAZING! Anything I say about these subs will be an understatement. They let off SUCH clean bass... even at high levels. Seriously, I think I'm in love.
I haven't installed the rear panel or finished building the fiberglass around the subs yet, because I'm about to lower my car and need access to that area of the trunk to replace the shocks. So I cannot finish that until they are all here. I placed the order about 2 weeks ago, but they still aren't here :(
I'll post pics of the finished install as soon as my car is lowered and all the finishing touches are done. Meanwhile, here are a few (carpet hasnt all been glued/secured yet, as evident by the pics):
I couldnt be happier with this install. No, it isn't the greatest system ever but it honestly keeps me very pleased and proud of myself. It was everything I was looking for plus MUCH more. The 6.5" momo components sound excellent and they're tweeters are perfect for my taste. The subs let off waaay more bass than I was originally looking for, but i'm definitely not complaining. The mmc525 I didn't even really need, nor did I plan to buy, but they were included when I bought one of the amps and subs. If you're looking for speakers that sound great and arn't too expensive, these are them! They sound great, not anything spectacular but they surely put the stock speakers they replaced to shame. Finally there are the 6x9's. Like I said, I think these are the best on the market. They have excellent mid-bass and are great for rear fill (gotta please the passengers as well :D). Just a word to some people out there who may not already know. Polk speakers tend to have a long break-in period. So when you first install your speakers they wont sound their best. But after giving em time to break-in, amazing sound is headed your way!
POLK AUDIO = W00TNESS! Up next is an engine swap and turbo! woohoo! :D
Maybe replace the mmc6500 with the SR6500 components up front. Then I might need another amp. Something similar to the c300.2. This isn't likey to happen because I am very pleased with my current seup and I have other work I'd like to get done to my car. But who knows. Maybe I'll come accross an extra $600, though. You never know.