David Leonard's 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Dave Bar has worked for Crutchfield since 1981. After a brief 23 year stint in the sales department, he now writes about home audio gear and camera equipment for Crutchfield's catalog and website. Dave has been hooked on electronics ever since putting together a 5-tube AM radio in his high school shop class, and still enjoys tinkering with stereos in his spare time. His interests include gardening, cooking, fishing, photography, and music.
More from Dave Bar
- 12" Kicker Solobaric L7 in handmade 3/4" MDF/fiberglass box
- 8" Touchscreen monitor molded into double din slot
- Mini ITX Computer with 1GB RAM, 500GB HD, 256 ATI Graphics Card, mounted inside dash behind touch screen
- Microsoft GPS Receiver
- JL AUDIO Component Speakers
- SPL 1600W 2 Ohm Amplifier
- 2.4 Farad Cap
- 0/0ga Power Wires
- Altec High Definition TV Receiver
- 4 plug USB 2.0 adapter
- Wireless N Network Adapter
- Audigy Extigy 2 THX 24bit 7.1 Channel Audio Card
- Panasonic Single DIN Unit, mounted in old clock position
- 100amp fuse Distro block
- 4ga power wire for PC
- M2 ATX power supply for PC
- Optima Redtop battery
- Bluetooth adapter
- USB OBDII reader
I've been installing car audio equipment for over 10 years, and it all boils down to having any type of entertainment/necessity at your fingertips. I decided to remove the factory clock and install my single DIN head unit in its place. I needed power so I purchased a bigger alternator, and an Optima battery using 0/0ga and 4ga wiring stinger distro block with fuses. I gutted out the space where my Head Unit was located, installed a micro ITX form factor Motherboard, 500GB HD and power supply. I also fabricated a docking station for my GPS unit above the new bezel for my Head Unit, and I molded a new front dash cover from fiberglass and other materials for my touchscreen, blue LED backlit USB ports and DVD burner. I installed a USB high definition FM/TV receiver into my factory spoiler. I also Painted the dash silver and black to match color scheme of car, built a conforming fiberglass and MDF sealed enclosure for my 12" L7 subwoofer, built amp rack on back of my box, enclosed amp in 1/2" Plexiglas and installed two 4" brushless fans to keep it cool. I now have full 7.1 channel 24 bit THX Certified Surround Sound, and can download all my music from home, watch Star Trek in HD, navigate with my GPS, play World of Warcraft(lol), burn my buddy a CD, talk to a buddy with my cell via Bluetooth, tweak my fuel air mixture, all on voice command or at the touch of my screen, while driving!!! FM remote start. As for security, thats my little secret...
Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
It just made sense, why spend all the money on separate stuff (GPS, DVD, MP3, ect.) when I can build a system thats small and does everything!!!
What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
Why did you choose these products?
One Solobaric L7 in the right kind of enclosure will be louder and sound better than two of the competitions subs
What was the most difficult part of the installation?
What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
Give me an idea I will put it in my ride
my engine bay
my dash with touchscreen
driving listening to music
my 12" L7 inside handmade box
my ride, i want to keep the outside looking as stock as possible
me making enclosure for L7