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Hey, everyone -

It took a bit to get all the pieces together but finally got it all done.

Bought my truck in March of 2017. About a week after I got it I got new speakers which helped it sound a little better but there's only so much that can be done with the stock deck.

The speakers I'm running are:
- Kicker 6.5" front door speakers
- Kicker 6.75" rear door speakers
- Rockford Fosgate 1" tweeters in the dash

I used this thread and created the tweeter mounts: http://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/f24/dash-speakers-10174/

Next up, I recently bought a Kenwood DDX374BT touchscreen head unit which I absolutely love.
- axxess aswc-1 wired up to keep the controls
- new microphone routed center on the dash
- under seat bypass done (only thing I get can't get working right is the phone pick up - just simply hangs up - which is whatever since the Kenwood is touchscreen)
- dvd reverse bypass done which enables dvd's to be played while driving (will use this with the gf when we take a roadtrip or something)

Lastly, I recently picked up a Cerwin Vega underseat subwoofer. I've had several systems in my vehicles but all of them required a sub which took up trunk space which I'm not willing to give up in my Frontier. I've looked at a few for the last few months and finally pulled the trigger on this one. Recently installed it today and got everything working. The sub itself fits fantastic under my passenger seat. With the seat back you wouldn't know it was there if it wasn't for the power wire (i almost ran it under the carpet but decided not to).

I ran the power wire from the battery around the engine bay...cut a little slit on the driverside boot...and threaded the wire through. Then routed that around the passenger side, under the carpet, and clipped with the kick panel. Worked great.
The RCA's are run under the center console.
The Remote wire is run with the power wire.
Ground wire is grounded with the passenger seat rear bolt.

First off, it sounds fantastic. I had very low expectations with this unit. I've had 15" Kicker L7's, JL W7's, JL W6's, Alpine Type R's, etc etc etc...which are super loud, so when I went with this underseat I really didn't have high hopes. No, this will not shake your mirrors...it will not shake the vehicle next to you...it will not rattle anything. However, it will pair very nicely with all types of music and give just enough bass to "complete" a setup where the goal is to simply sound good.

The unit is self contained...200w rms...10"...and you will need an amp kit to install it. I used a Rockford Fosgate 8ga kit which worked perfect.

I've attached a couple pics to give you an idea but yeah...very happy with this overall setup.

Headunit


Underseat sub with seat forward


Sub with the seat back


Anyway, yeah...all done!

I'd recommend the unit for anyone that is looking to get a little bass in their vehicle but not willing to sacrifice any room.
 

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Nice pictures. you gotta tuck those wires or something though! anyone in the back is gonna kick the heck out of em! i wonder how the CV compares to the RF and Kicker versions. i've been eyeballing the Kicker lately, hope to do some stereo stuff in spring. Did you consider one of those frontier sub boxes that fit under the rear seat that hold either one or two 8's or 10's? i'm surprised a guy with pounding subs would find one of these little under seat ones satisfying. i'm coming from a 10in type-R in the last truck, so i'm leaning towards the under seat sub box vs a combo unit but the boxes are pretty expensive though so i might go the combo unit route too but kind of wish i could hear it first, i don't want to buy one and then be disappointed.

Someone else posted about some kind of harness plug needed to enable bluetooth/phone button functionality on the wheel, can you confirm if the steering wheel phone buttons work?
 

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Thanks, man...

Yes, the wires are tucked...actually zip tied first and then tucked. I just snapped the pic first before I did that and then tucked em and put the seat back.

I did look into those rear under seat boxes as well but wasn't happy with them. They still took up room which I wasn't willing to give up. I put my dog in the back, that's mainly what the back is for.

My last few systems have definitely been heavy hitters haha. I had a nice custom box made for a 12" kicker L7 that was in my Acura RSX which is what I traded to pick up my truck. It was basically brand new and holy crap did that thing hit. Oh well, I sold it and kind of went back to the drawing board with the truck.

I did look at the other underseat units. I'm a big Kicker fan and the hideaway was going to be the winner for me but something just drew me to the cerwin from the reviews i had read. I also liked that the CV is a 200w rms and the hideaway was 150. The other thing i liked is that the CV is a 10" and the Kicker is an 8". So, just liked the specs for it. I also liked the standard amp kit hook up for the CV vs the Kicker unit using a plug block. Right now, i'm very happy with what it is. I just wanted to add a little low end and the CV does just that without taking up any room at all in the back.

As for my bluetooth...I wired up the axxess aswc-1 and it works great for volume and seek on my steering wheel. I cannot get the phone buttons to work correct but will go through it again some other time (tired of messing with it). The phone "pick up" button simply hangs up if a call comes through or when the phone is engaged. When i'm simply listening to music, the phone pick up button will act as an input button and switches between tuner, video, etc.

Gain is set appx half to two thirds
frequency is set around 120
s/w setting on my in dash is at 8, i think.
did a nice "user" equalizer which seems to sound great.

If i dont figure it out, its not a huge deal. I use the phone pick up button to end calls at this time and then when a call comes through i've just been hitting the accept icon on the new in dash since it's a touch screen.
 

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so does the reverse camera work well? For example, I get into the car and start it and within seconds it will turn on. Some after market units take a while to turn on, sometimes I can even finish going in reverse before the camera comes on lol

I guess no android auto on that dash unit? what about the resolution ?
 

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so does the reverse camera work well? For example, I get into the car and start it and within seconds it will turn on. Some after market units take a while to turn on, sometimes I can even finish going in reverse before the camera comes on lol

I guess no android auto on that dash unit? what about the resolution ?
I actually didnt do the reverse camera, yet...i have it sitting in my closet but just didnt feel like installing it. I have the location picked out for it but yeah, just didnt feel like doing that install yet. I'll be sure to update you, though.

It does have android function, yes. I haven't done anything with it yet though.

Resolution is actually great. I was very impressed with it for just being an in dash unit. Plays 800x480.
 

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So with this you CAN use the factory steering wheel controls for phone use?
and ALL the other buttons?

I noticed no-one answered your question...


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Nice job, better audio is good audio.

The speakers I'm running are:
- Kicker 6.5" front door speakers
- Kicker 6.75" rear door speakers
- Rockford Fosgate 1" tweeters in the dash
Curious how you wired up the dash and front door speakers, considering your HU is only a 4-channel rated to only do 4-ohms but you're running 6 speakers... did you use factory wiring?

As for my bluetooth...I wired up the axxess aswc-1 and it works great for volume and seek on my steering wheel. I cannot get the phone buttons to work correct but will go through it again some other time (tired of messing with it). The phone "pick up" button simply hangs up if a call comes through or when the phone is engaged. When i'm simply listening to music, the phone pick up button will act as an input button and switches between tuner, video, etc.
If you can use the ASWC-1 programming app (Android or PC via USB cable) this should be a quick fix in the button management of the ASWC-1... a couple of my steering wheel buttons were wrong on first install, but they just needed to be pointed to the right function in the app, so I recommend to get yourself a micro USB cable to connect direct and use a screen - instead of programming manually and trying to count LED blinks
 

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Thanks, I was reading reviews. I think you can plug the stock rear view camera INTO the new unit?
I'm sure you can wire the stock one, yes...i just dont have a stock backup camera.

So with this you CAN use the factory steering wheel controls for phone use?
and ALL the other buttons?
I dont have any firsthand experience with the PAC unit but as raine mentioned below, you can "fix" the setup a bit with a usb and a simple program in order to get all buttons to work like normal.

Nice job, better audio is good audio.



Curious how you wired up the dash and front door speakers, considering your HU is only a 4-channel rated to only do 4-ohms but you're running 6 speakers... did you use factory wiring?



If you can use the ASWC-1 programming app (Android or PC via USB cable) this should be a quick fix in the button management of the ASWC-1... a couple of my steering wheel buttons were wrong on first install, but they just needed to be pointed to the right function in the app, so I recommend to get yourself a micro USB cable to connect direct and use a screen - instead of programming manually and trying to count LED blinks
Better audio is definitely good :)
Yes, i used the stock wiring and the stock connectors in order to wire up the new tweeters

as for the quick fix...correct - i actually ordered a new micro usb cable last night and will hook it up to my laptop once it comes in so i can get those two buttons sorted out. Should work great and should only take a few minutes to do.
 

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Yes, i used the stock wiring and the stock connectors in order to wire up the new tweeters
Ok, just know that you're running your dash and front door speakers at 2-ohms each, since the factory speaker wires up front are wired in parallel.
 

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Ok, just know that you're running your dash and front door speakers at 2-ohms each, since the factory speaker wires up front are wired in parallel.
Yeah, I read into it before I did it and was fine with it...

appreciate you looking out
 

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so...just a quick update...

after having the under seat in there for a bit, i really wasn't fully happy with it. It sounded good sometimes but then other types of music it left a lot to be desired. It sounded "hollow" or "poppy" here and there.

I ended up removing the under seat a couple weeks ago and just finished the new setup.

I ended up going with a Sundown Audio SA8, had a custom box built, and paired it with a Rockford Fosgate R500X1D amp.
Parallel wired the sub and am running the amp at 2ohm (500rms with the amp paired to 500rms on the sub)

The downfall is that i gave up the passenger side jump seat in order to fit the new box and this new setup was like 4x more expensive than the underseat...but much happier. I've only had one passenger in the back of the truck in a year so i dont think i'll miss the passenger jump seat.

Long story short - I love the new setup. Love it. Sounds fantastic with everything and can definitely get loud. I'm going to retune the amp in the next month or so after i've gotten some hours on the new sub. Anyway - NOW i've got the audio done haha.

 

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Nice work - that's an awful lot of "sound" for a KC. Glad you are enjoying it. You could build a deck on top of the box for your dog to roam freely(it would be elevated though) - seen a few write-ups for it.

Not sure if you saw Supercrewsounds's sub box for the KC - you do lose the rear seat function but down firing subs seem to work best for me ; it could serve as a deck for the dog and usable storage space. Add Dynamat if you haven't - it does help.
 

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Nice work - that's an awful lot of "sound" for a KC. Glad you are enjoying it. You could build a deck on top of the box for your dog to roam freely(it would be elevated though) - seen a few write-ups for it.

Not sure if you saw Supercrewsounds's sub box for the KC - you do lose the rear seat function but down firing subs seem to work best for me ; it could serve as a deck for the dog and usable storage space. Add Dynamat if you haven't - it does help.
It is for sure haha...this little 8" hits...was very impressed with it.

The deck is a good idea for sure, never thought about it but i may look into it. I'll have a bit to think about it. Wont be getting the pup for another two or three months (still miss my girl, though).

Yeah, i saw the sub box with them but wanted to do a custom box that i could remove and put in another vehicle when i get one but also to pair it up perfect for this sub. For an 8 its kind of a monster. Its almost 30 pounds with a huge magnet and surround haha.

Dynamat is in my amazon cart but havent pulled the trigger...wanted to see how it would sound without it first and right now i have zero rattles outside of the truck and its definitely loud inside so i may not do that at this time.

Spoke with Sundown Audio today about their break-in and they basically told me to keep playing music on it and it'll get a bit louder and lower over the next few weeks...so, in a month or so i'll get a better tune on the amp and then will just leave it alone!
 

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pretty cool, i'd like to try a sundown, do they make a shallow 10 any more? i have a 10' type-R from my old truck but it won't fit in the crew cab ... need to find a shallow sub that doesn't break the bank like the shallow type-r .. $350?!
I've been a huge fan of the SA8 so far...man can it hit and its also really clean. I think this sub has turned me into a Sundown fan and if I get another vehicle and get another setup, I'll be going with Sundown. The only downfall was this setup cost me about 600 where the underseat was 165 haha.

I believe so, yes. I think its the SD3 series and I think it comes in 10 and 12. Not sure on the depth specifics of it, though.
 

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Nice disc golf bag. I have the same one. The little cooler is perfect and I got the shoulder straps too.

For you ASWC-1, that set of instructions did you use? The set for shell pin 5 &2 or 11 & 5? I saw on their site there is two versions.
 

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Nice disc golf bag. I have the same one. The little cooler is perfect and I got the shoulder straps too.

For you ASWC-1, that set of instructions did you use? The set for shell pin 5 &2 or 11 & 5? I saw on their site there is two versions.
Hey, what up man! Sorry, just saw this...

its definitely a great bag - use it quite a bit haha

heres a link to the instructions i used: http://contentdocs.installernet.com/documents/vehicle/10979.pdf
 
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