Go buy an Alpine deck and make or buy an adapter to fit our humongo opening in the dash
A $$$ car audio setup sounds very nice but it will weigh quite a bit when done and make your baby a bit on the slow side plus handle heavy feeling.
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'08 Sky RL > Wife's car
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'06 Red RL CompSomeone buy this thing. Sitting in a storage locker since spring 2012. 10,500 original miles, flawless never seen winter, no accident's, non smoking car, very dead battery, ZZP tune, 42's, Cobra exchanger, 3" pulley, Urethane mounts
Speakers & amps are 99% of sound quality. Spend your money there. If 06s are laid out like 04/05, you can tap the speaker outputs and remote on signal at the connector behind the passenger kick panel - no need to even touch the radio or work behind the dash.
Ion speakers are not the easiest to deal with . Everyone says 6.5" works, but the factory cutouts are only 5.5". Lift rings for the door speakers should allow them to be installed without cutting metal and you'll probably need them for depth clearance anyway. Firing the rears through the carpet/fiberboard rear deck panel wouldn't do it for me. I made a plate to allow top mounting. It also stiffens up the mounting considerably.
Stay tuned for a future post on the subject. I'm thinking of offering the rear deck plate as a product if there's enough interest. Tolerances are tight but I was able to fit a 6.5" with a 4.25" magnet, clear the trunk torsion rods, and stay in the flat recess of the interior panel. A little metal cutting is required since it moves the speaker center . I think 6x9s might even be possible with more metal cutting. I just need to get some photos ready to upload.
If you want to keep the onstar and xm, you may have to stick with the stock head unit. A custom guy may be able to help you out, but I'm guessing the kids at Circuit City wouldn't be able to hook you up...
So you probably want to go with some sort of speaker package. Speakers, subwoofer, amp, better wire...
From what I've heard, a new head unit can make a huge difference, too...
You can definately keep your XM. The Pioneer DVD that I have has a separate plug in for that. So you shouldn't have a problem there. But keeping you On Star might be an issue. I havn't seen anything that has a plug in for that.
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I've got the Type R's running in my system off of a 4 channel infinity amp. It's a very good middle of the road setup. I don't see a need to spend 6,000 on a pair of speakers. I want clarity and the ability to make people's ears bleed. Those speakers more than accomplish that goal. (speakers not subwoofers)
Order them off ebay. I got the component set for like 115 and the regular set for 100 bucks. MUCH cheaper than in store. Brand new in the box, no issues. I've been running them for about a year and a half now.
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