Joshua Hanley's 2004 Mazda RX-8
I've been with Crutchfield since 1999, where I began as one our advisors, helping our customers choose new gear. After a couple of years, I moved to the writing team where I spent a decade researching new products and getting hands on with car stereos, amplifiers, speakers, and subs. Yeah, I've been doing this for a while.
For the past few years, I've been the managing editor of Crutchfield's Car A/V web article content. I couldn't ask for a better job — we get to play with car audio gear every day! I'm a Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outside of work, I love listening to music, playing board games, and installing new audio systems for my friends.
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Step1.I began by adding eDead sound deadening material throughout the trunk to tighten things up a bit.Step 2.Routed 4GA power wire by means of a drilled out hole on the passenger side firewall. RCA connections made by splicing into the OEM BOSE amp wires. Mounted the remote gain knob next to driver seat for easy to reach adjustments.Step 3.Connected all wires for testing and it rocked! Buttoned everything back up, cut a 1.5" slice into trunk carpet to run wire into sub box and done. Fitment is perfect inside the trunk depression with 1.5" clearance all around. The bass from the Alpine PLV-7 is phenomenal and compliments the OEM BOSE system perfectly.
Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
Needed more on the low end audio range. The OEM BOSE system has nine speakers which includes 9" woofers in each front door, tweeters in the door mirror housing, 4 separates in the rear deck, and a center channel in the dash.
What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
Custom fiberglass enclosure to hold the Sirius unit in place of the ash tray.
Why did you choose these products?
Complements the stock system.
What was the most difficult part of the installation?
Running the power wire through the firewall. It's a very tight fit.
What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
Full Alpine integrated system.
The Sirius custom enclosure is in perfect finger reach from the shifter.
Placement of the subwoofer gain knob.
The trunk of the RX-8 has a depression and the ALPINE PLV-7 fit perfectly into it.
eDead layered inside trunk and under the lid.
The RX-8 as it is now.
Just a little smirk