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Tom Killian's 2000 KIA Sportage

Dave Bar worked for Crutchfield from 1981 until his retirement in 2016. After a 23-year stint in the sales department, he joined the home A/V writing staff. Dave's expertise and good humor will be sorely missed.

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Items installed:

  • Two Kenwood 6" speakers custom fit to both doors
  • Two Kenwood dash tweeters
  • Two Dual 6-1/2" blue LED speakers installed, custom wall fitted inside the tail-gate with black carpet
  • Custom wiring for the LED Speaker lights with a switch installed in the dash
  • Pioneer DEH-2400f Head Unit
  • All speakerwire replaced with 16 gauge wire

Installation Description

I first ran all the new wire after removing the old, and then installed the head unit. It was a pretty easy fit. After removing the door panels for the new speakers, I used rubber washers to space the speaker away from the window so they wouldn't touch. I then removed the tail gate panel and laid in 3/4 inch plywood traced it then cut it out with a jigsaw. I traced the 6-1/2 Dual led speakers then cut those out, stretched black speaker carpet across the front and stapled it to the back, cut speaker holes out ground speakers to the tail gate ran power from battery and spliced in a hot switch.

Q&A Section

Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?

Plain factory is boring

What's the first thing you show people about your installation?

The custom tail gate

Why did you choose these products?

affordable

What was the most difficult part of the installation?

running wire

What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?

Bass Bass Bass

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