Alpine Electronics Perfect Fit Solution Photo Gallery
Tune-Up For Your Stereo
Maxwell Matthewson –
Nov 1, 2013
Photo 1/26 | Mounting Alpine Unit | 14.
Photo 2/26 | Removing Door Panel | 1. We decided to start with the door speakers, as they would essentially be plug-and-play. After removing several screws the door panel was slid up and away from the vehicle.
Photo 3/26 | Removing Factory Speakers | 2. Four screws held the factory 4x6-inch factory speaker in place.
Photo 4/26 | Speaker Bracket | 3. This bracket came with the Alpine speakers and allows a 6 1/2-inch speaker to fit in the factory location.
Photo 5/26 | Installing New Alpine Speaker | 4. After connecting the wires to the back of the new Alpine Speaker (PN# SPS-610C, $129.95/pair), it was screwed into the bracket and the door panel was replaced.
Photo 6/26 | Removing Tweeters | 5. These speakers came with replacement tweeters. Our truck came from the factory with tweeters in the A-pillars. To remove these, two Phillips head screws were removed and the tweeter was discarded.
Photo 7/26 | Replacement Tweeters | 6. The new tweeter fits into the same hole but needed a bracket to be made for it to be held in place. After screwing it down, the wires were connected into the factory system.
Photo 8/26 | Removing Rear Speakers | 7. Moving to the rear, it was basically the same steps as the front, but a hole was cut next to the speaker to accommodate the new tweeter.
Photo 9/26 | Alpine Head Unit Wires | 8. Before we began installing the Alpine 8-inch head unit (PN# INE-Z928HD, $1,700), we opened it up and laid out all of the wires. This ensured that we knew exactly what needed to be connected.
Photo 10/26 | Removing Factory Unit | 9. The first step in removing the factory unit was unbolting these two top screws that are hidden under a plastic mat.
Photo 11/26 | Removing Airbag | 10. To access a couple of the screws holding the faceplate in place, the passenger airbag needed to be removed. It did not need to be disconnected, just pulled out enough to unscrew two of the screws behind it. The battery was disconnected prior to removing the airbag.
Photo 12/26 | Removing Faceplate | 11. Finally, with a firm tug, the faceplate came off. All there was left to do was unplug the wires going into the HVAC controls and the other miscellaneous buttons.
Photo 13/26 | Removing Head Unit | 12. Four 8mm bolts held the factory unit in place. After those were removed, the head unit slid free and was unplugged.
Photo 14/26 | Unplugging Harnesses | 13. The included harness was plugged into the factory plugs. This will serve as the go-between for the new Alpine unit and the factory wiring.
Photo 15/26 | Mounting Alpine Unit | 14. After the mounting brackets were screwed onto each side in the correct location for proper mounting, all the wires were plugged into the back of the Alpine unit and it was screwed into the dash using the factory hardware.
Photo 16/26 | Placing New Faceplate | 15. To make the new faceplate match the gloss black plastics in the rest of the interior, it was sanded smooth, primered, and painted. Then all of the HVAC controls and the rest of the factory hardware was transferred over.
Photo 17/26 | Installing Faceplate | 16 . It was then popped into place and reattached to the dash with all of the hardware that was removed previously.
Photo 18/26 | Instaled Alpine Unit | 17. The Alpine head unit made a huge difference over the factory radio.
Photo 19/26 | Alpine Unit Features | 18. Now the truck has Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora radio, navigation, and many other features that aren't even available in the top trim level factory head units.
Photo 20/26 | Alpine Unti Navigation System | 19. You can even personalize a 'Home' screen with the features you use the most for a simplified user experience while driving.
Photo 21/26 | Test Fitting Fiberboard | 20. Moving to the subwoofer install, the first step was to test-fit several pieces of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) under the back seat.
Photo 22/26 | Cutting Design | 21. Next, the overall design was cut out and glued together. You can see how the amps will be incorporated and the pencil lines that have yet to be cut.
Photo 23/26 | Filling Gaps | 22. The gaps were filled with body filler and sanded smooth before being wrapped with leather.
Photo 24/26 | Finished Box | 23. To finish it off, the entire box was wrapped with leather, filled with stuffing for even bass, and the Alpine 10-inch shallow subs (PN# SWR-T10, $650 each) were dropped in and wired up to the Alpine amps (PN# PDX-M12, $900 each).
Photo 25/26 | Finished Install | 24. With everything wired up and in the truck, the sub enclosure looks amazing and sounds even better. The shallow subs are perfect for this application as they fit under the seat flawlessly and have a deep bass note.
Photo 26/26 | Alpine Perfect Fit Soultion Installed | Alpine Electronics Perfect Fit Solution