I was curious for the switch, I am surprised you had access behind that CD player to get the wire through, was it difficult?
That was actual the easiest part. There is a nice wide gap going from behind the cd player and stereo down to the edge of the glovebox in the passenger footwell (right next to the CPU), very easy to snake the wires through. On the side of the CD player where the switch is, there is a ton of empty space behind the faceplate since the CD player is not as wide as the entire unit. I just dremmeled a nice hole and the switch slid right in.
Getting the wires from the bumper to the glovebox was a *****. I tried to go up and over the wheelwell covers first, then gave up and tried Dorsce's way of going through the ECU, which was far easier and I should have tried first. But it all worked out in the end.
I'm not confident in my leveling job. Any good suggestions on how to improve that? Particularly getting it perpendicular to the road.
How are the heads mounted, are they screwed in with the supplied L brackets? or tape?
If you used the L brackets, I would get a level and if needed slightly bend accordingly, just use gentle pressure since the brackets are metal.
I can not tell from your pics, but are the heads slightly protruding from the bumper?
I used the 3M Molding Tape. It's great stuff. I should have doubled up so that it had more tape to compress and level out better, maybe I'll do that later.
The outer edges of the heads are about 1/2 off the plastic piece on which they sit. So it protrudes off of that piece, but not out past the end of the bumper.
Congrats! Now we gotta get Mass group together for a testing day. hopefully i will get my rear head installed by then.
I'm currently using the same "tape shimming" process on mine, too.
Our weather swings pretty drastically between winter and summer, and this allows me to get a "good enough" leveling process, what with the expansion/contraction of my vehicle's bumper skin to also consider......
Be sure you check your leveling routinely (and particularly the first week or so after initial installation or tape re-application). While the "tape shim" procedure gives excellent flexibility, that same flexibility also its weakness.
Your install looks very nice! If you can, get in some testing runs - hopefully, those heads aren't too low...I'd suspect that with something as powerful as the LI (and with such good reception), that it wouldn't matter, but that's one potential weak-point that cannot be either confirmed nor denied by us "just looking," without similar testing data.
All we do know is that a "embedded inside the front bumper" setup:
- which is marginally higher up, on a similar vehicle, does produce very good results.
Extrapolating from that data, you should be just fine, but without actual testing, it's always a guessing game.
I'm guessing, then, that it's "effective-JTG."
Last edited by TSi+WRX; 07-28-2008 at 07:32 AM.
Also, how many pieces can go on top of each other, is there a limit I assume you will not need many layers.
TSi, in your opinion how durable is this tape for undermounting, under the bumper, will gravity pull down on it?
very nice install, the switch looks like a factory option
Last edited by tosi; 02-27-2009 at 08:55 PM.