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2016 Chevy Silverado- A Pair of 10s!

A Pair of 10s!

Apr 24, 2017
Contributors: Scott Brown
Photographers: Jeremy Cook
Every year around CES time, we here at Truckin do a little unofficial research to see what new and exciting electronics are coming our way. We definitely like buzzwords like “bass” and “plug and play,” or even “connectivity.” Another buzzword, thanks to the folks at Alpine Restyle, is “vehicle specific,” where the company creates an entire package for popular vehicles like GM trucks and Jeep J/Ks. That way, you end up with a state-of-the-art system with a wide screen and plenty of bass, yet the reliability and installation of a factory system.
We knew this was something we wanted to see installed firsthand, so we got ahold of our friend Steve Brown, senior strategic accounts manager at Alpine right here in Torrance, California. The installation bays there are famous for turning out cutting-edge systems for many years, so we knew we were in good hands with the install.
Photo 2/35   |   These two large boxes are all you’ll need to upgrade any 2014-up fullsize GM Crew-Cab truck with an Alpine plug-and-play 10-inch dash screen and premium sound system.
The system we would be installing consisted of only two part numbers. One is the Alpine X110-SLV 10-inch in-dash audio, video, and navigation system, which is built specifically for all 2014-up Chevy fullsize Silverado 1500, 2500HD, and 3500HD truck models, and includes a 10-inch capacitive-touchscreen, main radio module, DVD and CD player, premium bezel, and all necessary installation components. If it weren’t for the improved functionality and giant screen, you would never know it was there, as Alpine goes to great lengths to have the X110-SLV blend seamlessly into the factory dash. The other part number is the Alpine PSS-3, a plug-and-play sound system for 2014-up GM fullsize trucks that includes three-way front speakers with an 8-inch midbass, two-way rear coaxials, a five-channel 310-watt amplifier, and all of the necessary installation components. Adding to the cool factor here is how the amp and sub mount on the rear cab wall, instead of the floor under the seat—occupying unusable space and saving our valuable under seat space for precious cargo.
Follow along as we put in nearly a full day’s work to add some premium Alpine sound into our 2016 Silverado, and check the Alpine website for more information on this and all of their fine products.
Photo 3/35   |   The PSS-31GM plug-and-play sound system for 2014-up GM fullsize trucks includes three-way front speakers with an 8-inch midbass, two-way rear coaxials, a five-channel 310-watt amplifier, and all the installation components you need.
Photo 4/35   |   The X110-SLV 10-inch in-dash audio, video, navigation system is built specifically for all 2014-up Chevy fullsize Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD truck models, including a 10-inch capacitive-touchscreen, main radio module, DVD and CD player, premium bezel, and all installation components. A second X110 model, the X110-SRA, is designed for 2014-up full-size GMC Sierra, 2500HD, and 3500HD trucks.
Photo 5/35   |   The included iDatalink Maestro module must be programmed to work with this specific vehicle to assure proper function with OEM components like steering-wheel controls and vehicle data. This programming can be done via laptop in about five minutes using iDatalink’s website.
Photo 6/35   |   You must remove all four-door panels to install the speakers. Start by removing the trim around the door handles and window switches to reveal several hidden mounting screws, then remove the screws on the bottom edge of the panel and pull out firmly to unsnap the door panels. With the door panel removed, carefully unclip the door handle cable from the inner door handle and remove the panel.
Photo 7/35   |   The rear-door speaker adapters included with the PSS-31GM kit can now be screwed in place of the OEM speaker housings, using the OEM hardware. Finally, plug the Alpine replacement speakers into the OEM wiring using the supplied adapters, then screw them to the mounting adapter with the included Phillips-head screws.
Photo 8/35   |   The rear-door speaker adapters included with the PSS-31GM kit can now be screwed in place of the OEM speaker housings, using the OEM hardware. Finally, plug the Alpine replacement speakers into the OEM wiring using the supplied adapters, then screw them to the mounting adapter with the included Phillips-head screws.
Photo 9/35   |   Install the 8-inch door midbass in the same manner in the front doors, using the supplied adapter.
Photo 10/35   |   In 2014-up GM trucks, mount the PSS-31GM’s amplifier and subwoofer behind the seat. First, unbolt and remove the rear seat. Cut the OEM rear cab insulation mat, as shown, to make room for these components.
Photo 11/35   |   The Alpine-exclusive Zero-Space Subwoofer uses one of the truck’s external air vents to enhance its low-bass performance. You must prep this vent with the included gasket material, as shown, to create a tight seal.
Photo 12/35   |   Mark and drill the holes according to the instructions to install threaded rivet nuts in the amplifier and subwoofer mounting locations.
Photo 13/35   |   The four-gauge main amplifier power cable is routed through the firewall on the driver’s side, using the large OEM rubber grommet to place the wire inside the cab. The pre-terminated end of the power wire is bolted to the existing power distribution block above the battery. A fuse holder even comes pre-installed! The power cable is then routed along the driver’s side OEM wiring channels, along the edge of the carpet. Running these cables and the RCA signal cables down different sides minimizes noise interference.
Photo 14/35   |   The four-gauge main amplifier power cable is routed through the firewall on the driver’s side, using the large OEM rubber grommet to place the wire inside the cab. The pre-terminated end of the power wire is bolted to the existing power distribution block above the battery. A fuse holder even comes pre-installed! The power cable is then routed along the driver’s side OEM wiring channels, along the edge of the carpet. Running these cables and the RCA signal cables down different sides minimizes noise interference.
Photo 15/35   |   The Zero-Space 10-inch subwoofer is mounted next to the amplifier behind the rear seat. Secure the top mounting tabs for the Zero Space Subwoofer using the supplied bolts. These bolts screw into the threaded rivet nut mounts installed earlier. You can also see the final path of the power cable.
Photo 16/35   |   The dash speaker grille trim panel is one long piece that runs the entire length of the windshield. You must remove this to install the new front dash speakers. Unbolt and remove the A-pillar panels to the left and right edges of the windshield first, then unsnap and remove the speaker grille panel. Place the included cut template on each grille as indicated and mark the cutout area and holes with a permanent marker.
Photo 17/35   |   Drill out the holes on the OEM dash speaker grilles using the specified drill bit size and cut the marked area using a jig saw or air saw.
Photo 18/35   |   Install the Alpine tweeters into the included mid and tweeter housing by twisting them, which locks them into place. Screw the new mid and tweeter housing over the top of the existing OEM speaker grilles using the supplied short screws.
Photo 19/35   |   Screw the 3-inch Alpine midrange speakers to the included adapters.
Photo 20/35   |   Plug the included crossover networks, with outputs for both the new Alpine mids and tweeters, into the OEM dash speaker wires using the supplied adapters. Plug the ends marked “midrange” into the Alpine dash midrange speakers, and the ends marked “tweeter” into the Alpine tweeters.
Photo 21/35   |   Snap the trim panel, with the Alpine speaker housings attached, back into the top of the dash and reinstall the A-pillar panels.
Photo 22/35   |   This is the factory 8-inch screen radio that came in our truck—a 2016 Chevy Silverado LT. There are several different factory radio options for this truck, including 7-inch and 4.2-inch screens in some models, and the Alpine system will directly replace any of these. To remove the factory radio, start by unsnapping the silver bezel around the screen.
Photo 23/35   |   Unscrew four 7mm bolts, then unplug and remove the screen and HVAC assembly. Set this aside, as we’ll be moving the HVAC controls to our new bezel later on.
Photo 24/35   |   Remove the OEM CD player by unscrewing the two 7mm screws and unplugging it. Unplug and remove the OEM radio module, which is clipped in place. Lift up on the clip tab and pull straight out to remove it.
Photo 25/35   |   Route the RCA cables and speaker cables up inside the kick panel and through this area hidden by a removable cover on the passenger’s side of the dashboard. From there, they can be run behind the glove box and into the radio cavity.
Photo 26/35   |   Install the supplied T-harness for the steering wheel controls by removing the steering column trim panels.
Photo 27/35   |   Install the brackets onto the Alpine radio module using the supplied screws.
Photo 28/35   |   Slide the Alpine radio module into the OEM radio module location and snap it into place.
Photo 29/35   |   Install the supplied brackets onto the Alpine DVD and CD player and mount it in the same location as the factory CD player with the factory 7mm bolts.
Photo 30/35   |   Mount the supplied brackets to the back of the Alpine 10-inch screen using the supplied bolts. Next, unsnap the OEM HVAC module from the factory radio bezel and transfer it over to the new Alpine bezel.
Photo 31/35   |   Route the wiring as directed in the install manual. The monitor is connected by three plugs. Don’t forget to plug the OEM HVAC controls back in before installing the panel.
Photo 32/35   |   Screw the new bezel into place using the OEM 7mm screws.
Photo 33/35   |   The X110 system includes real-time vehicle information, such as these customizable gauges that show factors like transmission temperature and engine load, to keep tabs on your truck’s vitals.
Photo 34/35   |   This 2016 Silverado like most new GM trucks has a factory back-up camera in the tailgate handle. The Alpine system retains this camera, and even adds a parking sensor screen that works off of the OEM bumper-mounted parking sensors.
Photo 35/35   |   The amplifier and subwoofer install is done, which means we can put the seat back to complete our Alpine system upgrade. Now, the owner has great Alpine sound with considerably more punch behind it than a factory system, and he didn’t have to give up any usable interior space to get it.

Sources

Alpine
Torrance, CA 90501
800-257-4631
http://www.alpine-usa.com

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