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Dan McGuckin's 2001 Ford Focus ZX3

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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Installation Description

Well, the stereo upgrades I had a friend who works at the Best Buy install department handle. It was too much of a hassle trying to get through the firewall of the newer cars for me.The Borla Catback sounds absolutely great, not too hard of an install with help of a buddy, same with the AEM Cold Air Intake. The Steeda short throw shifter went in fairly easy and reduced my throws by almost 40% or so. Tightened up the shifting nicely.

Q&A Section

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

I like my music, and I like it loud.

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

The custom screensavers that I installed on my Pioneer.

Why did you choose these products?

Pioneer makes a great deck, and Kicker has always been up there.

What was the most difficult part of the installation?

Removing some of the rusted bolts for the exhaust.

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

Adding a 4 channel Kicker for the highs, Shorty Header, High flow cat, and a nice engine tune.

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