Landcruiser – Sound System Upgrade Complete

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I had 95% of my sound system except for the dyanmat but I decided to go ahead with the install since I wanted it to be done during the day time. I knew the install would take about 2 – 2.5 hour since its a clean install and it seemed simple enough, but I was off the target since I assumed they would only be working on my car.

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When I got there at 5:00 pm they just started working on a Chrysler 300C which was installing two amps, a capacitor, and wiring. Basically that car kept the stock speakers, but new head unit and a subwoofer was installed in the middle of the handrest in the car. It seems the Kenwood dealer in Kuwait fried this person’s headunit and computer when installing so he is filing a report with the consumer protection department in the government and it is going through.

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They have one person named Sakem who is quite knowledgeable regarding sound systems because I looked at the instructions with him and we decided how I wanted the speakers wired for a specific flow of sound, and where to put the amp. The first person working on my car almost messed up if I wasn’t on top of him, so I told him just to dismantle what was there, basically making sure he doesn’t solder anything or install anything. He knew to a degree what to do, but he didn’t know what I wanted and I was afraid he would destroy some of my equipment, because Sakem was busy with the 300C.

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They started with the wiring since I told them where I wanted everything, they used 8 gauge wiring for all the speakers, head unit, and amp which is fantastic for sound but difficult to wire inside the car. It hurt to see the guts of my car being ripped out like that, I knew what they were doing was right without damaging anything. On its own it took over an hour and a half just to put the wires through all the hidden area to the back. They finished the 300C around 7:10pm and things got going with my Landcruiser from there, the wiring was all ready and the old speaker mounts were used to mount the new speakers which fit perfectly even though they are bigger. I have to say Toyota did an excellent job with the wiring and everything else, very simple and perfectly done. I helped them fitting the wires and pushing the main 4 gauge wires through the firewall to the battery. By the time things got going it was taking 15 minutes for every door which got us to about 8:40 pm. All wires were going to the back and were putting together each door once it was done, it worked systematically and there were five people working on the car including me. I was happy I had jeans and a t-shirt on since I did get dirty, but it felt good that things were being done right. The headunit took some time to install because it had at least 36 different wires and he had to dismantle the wiring of the main part in the Toyota connection to connect it to the Kenwood Headunit.

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Then they tested each speaker to see where the sound was coming from to connect it to the correct port in the amplifier. Overall it was a great experience but it took to 9:25pm to finish the car since there was one before mine, if there wasn’t any other car I still think it would have taken until 8:30pm at least to finish since it wasn’t easy to get the wires around. Then we spent 10 minutes tweaking the sound since it was at least 4 times louder then before, but tweaking the sound is going to take at least an hour of time which I will do later.

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The install, wiring, and equipment cost 100 KD which is worth the value since they did do a good job overall and when Sakem was working on the sound system I could tell he knew exactly what he was doing and what can’t be done. The stock speakers are 20 Watts, the new Boston Acoustic speakers are 125 Watts so its 5 times more powerful and it can be easily heard, its iPod & Mp3 player ready, rear camera ready, navi ready. I might get the rear camera but thats about it everything else is ready to connect. It was one hell of a night but I was happy everything was done the only thing I forgot to check was the radio quality, I just have to go back because the antenna isn’t going up and down like it is supposed to before, I’m sure its a simple switch since its right next to the temperature and clock.

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A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

24 Comments

  1. hmmm pretty cool, got to check it out next time i am over

  2. lfc-q8

    cool gongrats… so now ur going to rip the car again for the daynmat?

  3. where is this place? i should get a bazooka for my trunk

  4. Congrats marzouq,, bounce time

    ifc-q8: i think he only needs to plug the already connected wires for and mount the dyanmat

  5. Cool setup, but please be considerate with the volume levels on the road!

  6. where is this place, i want to hook up my gmc
    pimp it up

  7. SWOS

    hope u got stinger wiring all around.. i used them several times..nothing beats them when it comes to quality! just make sure ur amp gain isnt set too high since ur amp might overheat or blow-up a speaker if it’s stronger than the speaker. i like to do the install @ home, i hate those gandoooz that don’t know anything about a decent audio setup.. the best part is the tweeking.

    mabrook!

  8. Mark: yup!

    Laialy: hard to do just by video!

    lfc-q8: I will be doing that at a later point!

    Mark: I will show it to you!

    vampire: Thanks! I have to remove the door covers and do those!

    Ra7aLaH: Nothing special right now, putting one together!

    Outkasty: Thanks!!

    3baid: I am, I just vibrate them a little, the other car that is! looool!

    Zed: I will make a small map for people to find it!

    SWOS: Yeah, I have lowered the gain from the beginning and everything seems to be working great! Stinger is the same as all the other major wiring companies so they do work well! Thanks.

    The Stallion: On the way to Bahrain! looool!

  9. Stallion: Wednesday evening around 5 or 6 pm. What about you?

  10. Stallion: I got work, I can’t go that early!

  11. DLC

    where is this place…

    ..still waiting for that map…

  12. Q8expat

    any luck on letting us know, where you got this done… it would be helpful… been trying to find out a good place to do AV stuff for vehicles..

  13. yeah,forget the map, at least the name of the place and location

  14. DLC: I’m making the map and passing by again to get all the details!

    Q8expat: I will go to the place and get all the details from them, and make a map just give me a little bit!

    Zed: I didn’t eve notice the name becauase they have so many banners up. I’m putting it together for everyone!

  15. DLC

    .. and still waiting for that map… / directions atleast..

  16. DLC

    .. are we gonna get directions to this place??

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  18. DLC

    Marzouq.. pretty please.. let me know where this place is.. I need to change the sound system in my prado… email me if possible

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