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I have always had something other than a stock radio so I simply couldn’t stand the Non Bose stock deal any longer. First thing I did was add an 8” powered Bazooka and tapped off of the rear passenger speaker wires at the post. For power I added an inline fuse to the existing fuse block on battery in rear compartment. I think it takes a 5mm nut so have one on hand. I simply used the internal amp auto turn on feature. While I had the back apart I installed Dynamat in the lower compartment area.

Next I replaced the rear speakers with a set of Polk 6.5” using speaker adapter SAGMT95B. I cut the plugs and soldered connections using existing wires.

Still not satisfied with that I added a tiny Soundstream PN4.520D for the rear speakers and for a set of JL Audio C2-650 6.5-Inch 2-Way Components. Using the same speaker adapter I installed the door speaker the same as the rear. I was originally going to install the tweeter in the pillar but decided against this route. I put them in the kick panels. I mounted the amp below and to the front of the center console. It fits like a glove there and is fantastic for wiring. I cut the speaker wires coming out of the radio and lengthened using cat 5 network cable. (no load so no problem) Out of the amp for the rear I spliced back into the wires previously cut for the rear. For the front I brought the wires up to behind the radio and installed the passive crossovers there. I tied the low output from crossover back into cut wires from factory for the front door speakers. I disconnected the factory tweeter in the pillar therefore factory wire now has the low output only supplying the door speakers. I ran wire to the kick panels and installed tweeters. For power I ran wire to the passenger side fuse panel. Using a male spade connector simply plugged into an open fuse spot and used an inline fuse. I set the internal crossover in the amp for full range on the back and filtered low range out on the front. Very simple install and doing the steps I did allowed me to retain the car to drive every day without interruption. The only thing I may have done differently would be to have a 10” Bazooka instead. I like my music loud and this does it without getting too crazy.


Soundstream PN4.520D
Bazooka BTA8100
SAGMT95B
JL Audio C2-650 6.5-Inch 2-Way Component
Polk Audio DB651 6.5"/6.75" 2-Way
5mm nut
Dynamat 10455 Xtreme/Extreme Bulk Pack

 

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On my '13 (ex) I found the pillar tweeters to be so inaudible that I thought they were defective. Anything would be an improvement. And I could never figure out how a woofer buried in the rear well could project very well. Gen 2 Bose fixes both these flaws. I am not an audiophile and I find the stock Bose to be adequate at moderate listening levels.
 

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I did some minor upgrades to my non-bose and I prefer it to my wife's Bose. I just swapped out all of the speakers and added the Bose sub with a very small amp. Sounds plenty good for me but the OP setup is much more awesome. Sounds cool!

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