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Finished up redoing my stereo system. I always loved my old Avic Z3, so I found one on ebay to replace the non user friendly F900BT I had. Also upgraded

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Old 11-26-2010, 05:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Finished up redoing my stereo system. I always loved my old Avic Z3, so I found one on ebay to replace the non user friendly F900BT I had. Also upgraded the door speakers from Infinity to Boston Acoustics and added a Bazooka BTA6250 6.5" 250W bass tube.

While I was at it, I also powdercoated the rear strut brace magnetic black.

The bazooka came out nice and stealthy.
I mounted it with the mounting bases that came with it, but instead of the cloth straps they provided, I used hose clamps, and then cut the styrofoam to fill the sides.

Strut brace:


Sub installed, and one side of the foam fitted. Note the cavity in front of the speaker grill. Bazooka says to leave 2-4" of free space


Foam fillers fully installed:


and all buttoned up!

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Old 11-26-2010, 05:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice.
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Nice! I didn't know we had so much space back there...
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Nice! I didn't know we had so much space back there...
If you took the foam and spare tire out of the hatch you could keep two adult bodies back there.
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If you took the foam and spare tire out of the hatch you could keep two adult bodies back there.
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looks good, nice and steathy.
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That looks great Mike. You should powdercoat my strut brace for me....:-)
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That looks great Mike. You should powdercoat my strut brace for me....:-)
take it off the car! Its a lot of work to get it out though.
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nice mike!

i had thought about that brace bar for a bit but figured it would be a PITA to get out.
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nice mike!

i had thought about that brace bar for a bit but figured it would be a PITA to get out.
I think the brace comes out pretty easily. You just need to remove some of the interior panels to access the bolts.
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Looks great, also doesn't stick up at all. I read where you thought it would be about a 1/2 inch high, but it looks flush

How does it sound? Do they get decent bottom out of a 6"? I realize this isn't "rap" territory, but for rock, blues, and jazz, decent bottom?
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it sounds great, much more presence to the music. I thought it was going to stick up, but once I took everything apart, I found there was one M6 sized bolt sticking up about an inch from underneath the car, into that cavity, and I cut it off flush, so the thing fits perfectly now.
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I think the brace comes out pretty easily. You just need to remove some of the interior panels to access the bolts.
You need to remove pretty much all of the interior panels except the quarter panel trim to get it out, then its just a matter of unbolting it.

If I had to do it again, I would move the 'Z' logo up a little. I centered it vertically between the two flat ribbed sides of the bar, but didn't realize the bar was actually slanted a little when installed, so its a little low, but still ok.
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hey mike, quick question..

in my car.. the flat side with the ridges is ont he sides and the smooth is top and bottom.. in your pictures it looks the opposite? did you turn it?
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I don't think so, but I may have. If you look in the upper left corner of the 3rd picture, you can see the brace it goes under, and the flat part is under the flat part of the brace. I don't even know if it would be possible to turn it sideways the way its mounted, but maybe.
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