Jad F's 2004 Ford Mustang
I started my Crutchfield career as a product advisor. I fielded thousands of customer questions about A/V equipment, designing systems for homes, cars, and the occasional party bus. Do that for eight years, and you begin to understand what people really want from their gear. You also get a lot of hands-on experience with the latest products. That's one of the coolest things about working here. As a writer, I enjoy 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.
More from Kramer Crane
- Alpine IVA-D105 (custom dash)
- Clarion EQS-746 passive EQ (custom dash)
- Alpine F-250 (mono front and rear on left channel)
- Alpine F-250 (mono front and rear on right channel)
- Rockford Fosgate RF351M subwoofer amplifier
- Alpine SPR-13s 5 1/4 speakers in front door
- Alpine SPR-13s tweeters in front dash
- Alpine SPR-17s 6 1/4 speakers rear dash
- Rockford Fosgate P2D212 subwoofer (stage two dual voice coil wired at 2 ohms)
- Alpine KCE-422i Ipod adapter cable
My son and I tackled this project ourselves, but I must confess I used to be a professional installer, back in my day. This thing is 'OLD SCHOOL' all the way. We removed the back seat and designed the cabinet for the subs and mounting for the amps. Then, we removed the dash, rear deck, and door panels. We installed all new wiring, and a 1 Farad Rockford Capasitor to prevent brown-outs and give better amp response. The dash was a challenge because the head-unit had to be moved forward for the screen to clear the dash trim. We also ran the cable to my console to hook up my Ipod. The back seat was not as hard to remove as we expected and the cabinet was harder to design than we had hoped, but it turned out very nice. It has a "DANG" impact on anyone who sees it.
The door and deck speakers from Alpine had the conversion plates to fit them in the factory locations and were a breeze. We hooked the two Alpine 4 channel amps up as bridged two channel amps for the front and rear with one on the right channel and the other on the left channel. We used the gain controls to balance the front and rear fade on each. The subs were dual voice coil 2 ohms and we wired them up at a total of 2 ohms bridged on the Rockford Amp. The Clarion passive EQ gives a great deal of sound tuning, and gives me a sub volume control right below the deck volume. It also puts out a 7 volt low level that adds some real quality to the sound. This was a great project for us and we got to spend some quality time together.
Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
My son loves music!
What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
The back seat cabinet.
Why did you choose these products?
They are the best of the best.
What was the most difficult part of the installation?
Moving the head unit out to clear the screen.
What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
Maybe add the navigation. Would be cool to figure out how to add a projector to the system to play movies on the side of a wall. He could have his own private drive-in!
Close-up of dash
This is Jad and his car before we started.