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Brian Z's 2007 Honda Ridgeline

I started my Crutchfield career in 2007. I spent eight exciting years as a product advisor, fielding thousands of customer questions about A/V equipment while designing systems for homes, cars, and the occasional party bus. These days I specialize in home speakers and distributed audio systems, focusing on translating technical jargon into easy-to-understand language. My goal is to make shopping for speakers and amplifiers simple. After all, this stuff is supposed to be fun! Outside of work, I enjoy playing and teaching music. I'm always on the lookout for interesting left-handed guitars.

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Items installed:

Installation Description

Receiver:Fairly easy to install with the vehicle's master sheet. I had to take off the instrument panel a couple of times to go back and fix things I had missed the first time (like attaching the antenna adapter's power wire to the antenna lead on the head unit). The receiver kit that came with the stereo fits like a glove.Speakers:Taking off the door panels was cake thanks to the master sheet again. I definitely needed a panel tool for this. Also, having an interchangable screwdriver with a socket adapter really helped for taking off a couple bolts behind the door handles. I had to use the smaller screw tabs on the speaker brackets and break off the longer ones to get them to mount flush on the doors. A little drilling and they mounted great.Subs and Amp:Getting the 8-gauge power cable from the battery and through the firewall into the truck's cab was the hardest part. I used some needlenose pliers to pull the cable through an existing rubber gromet and saved myself some drilling. I built the custom sub box to fit under the rear seats (and keep them functional). I placed the amp under the driver's seat and bolted the ground cable to the truck's frame under the side panel. Overall the install is clean and professional looking (except for a few visible staples in the carpeting on the sub box).

Q&A Section

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

The stock stereo just wasn't loud enough to play with the windows down on the freeway.

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

The custom subwoofer box.

Why did you choose these products?

I've always liked Pioneer decks, the Polks were on sale and so was the MTX subwoofer/amp package.

What was the most difficult part of the installation?

Definitely building the subwoofer box. Pulling the amp wiring kit through the firewall was a little tough too.

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

Maybe a DVD unit and some built-in headrest monitors.

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  • Shawn Crowell from Utica

    Posted on 11/17/2015

    sweet. I have a 2014 Ridgeline. Did you custom make the box I am assuming?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/20/2015

    Shawn, Yes, Brian did build a custom box for his Ridgeline. If you're planning to upgrade your truck's stereo, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm what fits your Ridgeline and get see what you'll need for the installation. When you're all done, send pics!

  • Jason Myjak from Ellington

    Posted on 7/31/2016

    Very nice setup.. I was thinking about adding amp under seat. How did you go about ground wire for amp? Did you drill hole through floor??

  • David M from East Moriches

    Posted on 8/17/2016

    I notice the trim kit doesn't match the olive interior, and it appears that nobody makes one that does. Do you know if there are any plastic paints that will work and are a good match?

  • Jason Myjak from Ellington

    Posted on 3/13/2017

    Which side panel was removed for ground bolt? Is it the one with gas tank lever, or where seatbelt bolted into side frame

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