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Hi all,

When I bought my 159 back in August last year, I knew it wouldn't be long until I was ripping out the Bose!!!!

Well myself and my good friend Lee of DB Audio (DB Audio // Burys car audio specialists) will be starting the install tomorrow morning

The car
2008 Alfa 159 Lusso 1.9 Jtdm in metallic black with black leather and 18 inch horseshoes



The system
The HU will be my single din Alpine CDA 7855R, so 3 way active with time alignment and parametric EQ

Amps
Rockford Fosgate Punch 40i DSM
Rockford Fosgate Punch 4040 DSM
Rockford Fosgate Punch 100ix

Speakers
2 x Vifa XT25 small format ring radiators tweeters
2 x MB Quart PSD 160 6 1/2 inch mids
2 x Rockford Fosgate Audiophile RFA810 10 inch subs (going to try them IB)

Cabling
2AWG power cable throughout
3 x 5m RCA cables
Speaker cables will be from various bundles from previous installs!

Sound proofing/deadening
Silentcoat 2mm
3mm self adhesive closed cell foam
Cloud 9 carpet underlay
Heavy rubber floor tiles
Polyester wadding

I will hopefully post some progress photos tomorrow night!
 

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Should be good. The Vifa XT25 are a great tweeter for the money. Where will they be installed - custom positions?

7855R is old skool! Well, I suppose a lot of that gear is cool old skool. 8)

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Should be good. The Vifa XT25 are a great tweeter for the money. Where will they be installed - custom positions?

7855R is old skool! Well, I suppose a lot of that gear is cool old skool. 8)

:)
The Vifa's are fab for the money, going to try them in original positions with the flanges removed and in the pillars and mirror sail panels with the flanges!

what are you doing with your old BOSE speakers and wiring?;)
Keeping it all to re-install when I come to sell the car!
 

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The great thing about 159 doors is how they a nicely sealed, as part of their design - no significant service holes.

Good job on the deadening.

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Great stuff! I'm reading this thread with interest for a slightly different reason though! I have a really frustrating rattle that is coming from the nearisde rear quarter panel and I have removed the panel trim to expose the side airbags but I think it is actually coming from the parcel shelf. It sounds like a metal or plastic fitting isn't quite seated correctly although it could be the seat belt reel.
The trouble is to remove the parcel shelf, you have to remove the rear seats! I have heard it is a bit of a pain to do and even the instructions in eLearn look long winded. Just how difficult is it to remove the rear sheat and parcel shelf?
 

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Lots done again today, finished deadining the boot and the passenger side inner door skin

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/100120121548.jpg

Then came the cloud 9 carpet underlay!!!

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/100120121549.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/100120121549.jpg

Then front seats and carpets out:



Then more cloud 9 and rubber floor tiles:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/100120121556.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/100120121557-1.jpg

Signal cables run down the left centre:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/100120121559-1.jpg

Speaker cable down the right centre:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/100120121560.jpg

Power cable was run down the left hand side but I seemed to miss taking a photo of this :(

Tailgate trim treated with closed cell foam:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/100120121558.jpg

Got the front seat and carpets back in, started on the baffle for the IB sub, tomorrow will be finishing sub baffle, making baffles for the mids, making the amp rack and making a custom trim panel for the HU (as couldn't find the correct on CAD or via Celsus) and hopefully staring connecting things up, should have sound by Thursday
 

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The trouble is to remove the parcel shelf, you have to remove the rear seats! I have heard it is a bit of a pain to do and even the instructions in eLearn look long winded. Just how difficult is it to remove the rear sheat and parcel shelf?
The rear seat was a nightmare to remove according to my mate who does this for a living!!!! I kept my head down and carried on sound deadening the front doors whilst he cursed in the back!!!
 

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The great thing about 159 doors is how they a nicely sealed, as part of their design - no significant service holes.

Good job on the deadening.

:)
Yeah, the bolt of inner skins make deadening a doddle as long as you have the confidence to remove them!!! I had a Fiat Stilo before the 159 and this had very very similar inner skins, so these were easy as they came apart in pretty much the same way!
 

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Right, today's work!!!

More cloud 9 carpet underlay went in, this time on behind the back seat (back and base):

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121578.jpg

Boot trim treated with closed cell foam before re-fitting:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/100120121558-1.jpg

MDF mid baffles started:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121585-2.jpg

IB baffle for sub completed, trimmed and fitted (sub will be fitted once the silicone has cured over night):

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121571.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121572.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121584.jpg

Amp layout roughed out:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121575.jpg

Amps fixed in place and trim panel cut:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121581.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121582.jpg

Tweeter wires in place for trying them in the dash and fly leads soldered to the tweeters and heat shrink applied:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121576-1.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121570.jpg

We also:

Refitted the rear deck trim (with cloud 9 underneath)

Primed the amp board and trim panel

Disassembled the Alfa connect nav screen to use it as a template for routing the (part) custom single din panel

Removed the standard Alfa front door speaker trims as these will be replaced with much less restrictive MB Quart grilles

Jobs for tomorrow:

Fit the sub, finish off the MDF mid baffles, wire the amps, paint the amp board and trim panels, make the single din panel, refit the rear seat and boot trims, then fit the HU and hopefully have a listen

Can't wait!
 

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Quick work going there! :thumbs:

Ensure you paint the baffles, if you hadn't planned to do so. It will help make them moisture-proof, otherwise in a couple years, they will disintegrate/swell.

Was there a good grommet in the firewall to pass the power cable?

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Don't worry, the baffles will be painted and rain guard foam used too!!!

No decent sized grommets, so used a cone cutter instead then painted and added my own grommet!
 

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Right, it's time for an update!

We yet again made good progress today

Amps and distro blocks fitted, wiring complete and just needs fixing to the amp board:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/120120121587.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/120120121598-1.jpg

Sub fitted to the underneath of the rear deck with a 72mm baffle so that the sub could be reverse mounted to save on intrusion into the boot:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/120120121599-1.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/120120121600-1.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/120120121604.jpg

Mid baffles completed and painted (need to get a picture of them painted tomorrow, the original Alfa grilles were removed and the new baffles come right out to the door card with the MB Quart grilles sitting onto the door card, looks pretty much stock and should sound a little better. Moisture guard was added to the back of the baffles before fixing them to the door!!!

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/120120121606-1.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/120120121602.jpg

The HU fascia turned out to be a bit of a pain in the arse as you can only get a single din conversion fascia for the 2 din size aperture, not the connect nav unit that my car had which is bigger than double din, so we have used the available panel with an MDF trim to make up the size, this will be vinyl wrapped to match the silver surrounds of the switches and heater vent surrounds. On the plus side the silver trim should help to integrate the single din unit into the dash and break up what could have been a large flat area :)

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/120120121591.jpg

The boot was reassembled and all of the stock panels go back in place and I haven't lost ANY boot space at all.....result!

Jobs for tomorrow:

Final fit drivers side mid baffle and grille
Refit rear seat
Double check all wiring
Trim and fit HU fascia and HU
Reconnect battery
Fingers crossed we should have sound by lunch time, then time to set levels and tweak in the afternoon
 

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Don't worry, the baffles will be painted and rain guard foam used too!!!
Ha,ha, I thought I might have been telling your grandma how to suck eggs! I was right - good job. :thumbs:

Sub fitted to the underneath of the rear deck with a 72mm baffle

That's a real baffle!

Top work guys.

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Well, it's finished, all done in 4 1/2 days!

Out with the Bose:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/P1130113.jpg

Mid installation complete:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/P1130115.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/P1130117.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/P1130118.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/P1130119.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/P1130120.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/P1130121.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/P1130122.jpg

HU trim panel finished and HU installed:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/P1130128.jpg

Amp trim panel finished:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/P1130126.jpg

Power connections finished:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/130120121609.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/130120121610.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/130120121611.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/130120121612.jpg

And the boot, nothing to see here people

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/P1130127.jpg

Managed to get the crossovers, levels and a bit of TA dialled in, then the day went pear shaped, the car wouldn't start and gave me a "vehicle protection system unavailable" warning

GUTTED, ah well, AA collecting it tomorrow to take it back to the Alfa dealer for them to look over

On the plus side, when I get it back the journey home will be a little more enjoyable
 

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Great work. Nice and stealth. Any pics of the subs/baffle?

Is your battery flat?

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Great work. Nice and stealth. Any pics of the subs/baffle?

Is your battery flat?

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We tried a booster pack and trickle charge and neither worked, so I don't think it's the battery

Pics of the sub baffle as requested:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121571.jpg

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121572.jpg

A chamfer was put on using 6mm MDF before trimming in black boot liner carpet

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/krisandnadine/110120121584.jpg
 

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Good work with the sub baffle. How's it sound, IB?

:)
 
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