The stereo system that came with the car was adequate and did do its job, but after a
while that just isnt enough. I figured to begin upgrading the sound system I would
start by replacing the head unit. With the help of a stereo genius I purchased the Kenwood
eXcelon KRC-PS655 Cassette receiver with CD changer controls and had it installed.
Installation was very interesting to watch, as most of the center console was removed,
making to interior rather alien looking. After installed, sound quality did improve
slightly. The eXcelon series of receivers are a good platform to create a nice sound
Head Unit Complete
Next I purchased a Kenwood KDC-C662 6-Disk Changer and had it installed with the help
of the same stereo genius. The changer was installed under the front passenger seat
instead of the more common trunk setup so that disc changes could be made while driving.
Most of the center console had already been removed, making the receiver easily
accessible. The front passenger seat was removed. Holes were cut in the carpet
in order to have access to the body so that the CD Changer could be secured
properly with screws. Four holes were drilled into the body, and then the Changer
was screwed down. Not only is this a good method of preventing the Changer from
moving around, but it is also a good theft deterrent compared to some other methods.
The cabling was all run under the carpet, and from the outside or inside, the Changer
is not visible.
Holes Under Passenger
CD Changer - Kenwood
KDC-C662 6 Disk
Subwoofer & Amp
Write up coming soon!! Includes installation of a Ported Custom Made Box with a
12" Rockford Punch Sub, and Kenwood KAC-606 150x1 Amplifier. Sounds great, but
I don't have the carpet for the box. After this, I think the stereo upgrades will be
complete for the time being. Total money spent on entire stereo system and all
installations: ONLY $500!! You just have to know how to shop.
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