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Monsoon system upgrade

Hello ‘members, I just recently purchased a Saturn sky redline. And I am upgrading the sound system. This is my first attempt at something like this. I have some general knowledge in automotive (no electrical) however, I’ve previously installed amps and subs in other vehicles. This would be my first with the Saturn sky but I have questions.
I’m thinking of adding an additional sub behind the driver seat waterfall panel and I just had some questions. 1# has anyone on the forum ever done this before? I’ve seen a couple picture of it done online but I’ve never got A chance to speak with anyone about it so any kind of information would be appreciate it.
More specifically my question is when I go to mount the additional sub behind the driver seat panel should I cut the opening for the speaker in the waterfall wall?



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(Part 1)Saturn Sky Redline “Monsoon” sound system Upgrade! https://youtu.be/X0G1pMcx7AA
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(Part 2)Saturn Sky Redline “Monsoon” sound system Upgrade! https://youtu.be/OoyGjGvHDOc


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What subs are you using? I"m really interested in upgrading that factory 8 to a 10 but haven't seen a how-to video about it yet.

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If you can afford a $900 I'd ditch the factory setup.

I ended up backing into the solution on my car. I didn't start out thinking - I'll spend $900 on upgrading my stereo.

The first thing we did was upgrade the sub-woofer to 150W. Around $300.

There was almost no volume because the factory amplifier didn't have the power to drive it.

It was revert or spend.

I chose spend. We installed a new amp. Another $300.

Then I hated the sound.

So I had the stereo guys install custom volume controls for the base and for treble.

In the same area as the fog light button. Looks nice.

Then we calibrated the default balance of base/treble.

We calibrated twice. The CDs you use during calibration make a difference.

The 2nd time we calibrated on The Yes Album, Going for The One, and a Die Antwoord CD. Much better results. NO BUZZING on low notes and large drums.

We replaced the speakers in the doors and the tweeters in the pillars.

Finally - much better.

By then I' spent another $300.

Now it sounds great - but to get there it was a job that couldn't be done by a novice. Three of us. Me (the sound) the installer, and the calibrator-guy.

For me the measure of success was: Is the quality of sound in my Sky better than my SL2?

Yes. Now it is. Before that though the sound in the Sky was too mid-range. It just didn't sound good. It made me want to drive the SL2.

I'm not done yet though. I have dual exhaust on my NA...

For a good sound we'll have to pad the floor behind the mansoon with Dynamat.

As it is I often turn off the music when I accelerate hard.

And I'm hoping the sound dampening will make the car more quiet generally.
Probably another $300.
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What subs are you using? I"m really interested in upgrading that factory 8 to a 10 but haven't seen a how-to video about it yet.


Stick around, I will make one. Ps, i’ve decided to maintain the stock OEM Sub opening by replacing it with a similar 8 inch sub Of better quality. Along with adding an additional 8 inch sub behind the driver seat.


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For a good sound we'll have to pad the floor behind the mansoon with Dynamat.

As it is I often turn off the music when I accelerate hard.

And I'm hoping the sound dampening will make the car more quiet generally.
Probably another $300.

Only in your head, but ultimately that's the only place that matters.
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I've said it many times before, and you can read my thoughts elsewhere on the forum, but the very first thing to do is ditch the factory head unit, it's absolute junk. The improvement I got from just being able to finely dial in the factory system was such a dramatic upgrade that I didn't even feel compelled to replace the amplifier or speakers.

Replacing the drivers or the amplifier without replacing the head unit is like spending $1000 on an intake or an exhaust for this car--it might improve performance a tiny bit, but you're going to get way, way more bang for your buck with the $200 tune that is the head unit.
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I've said it many times before, and you can read my thoughts elsewhere on the forum, but the very first thing to do is ditch the factory head unit, it's absolute junk. The improvement I got from just being able to finely dial in the factory system was such a dramatic upgrade that I didn't even feel compelled to replace the amplifier or speakers.



Replacing the drivers or the amplifier without replacing the head unit is like spending $1000 on an intake or an exhaust for this car--it might improve performance a tiny bit, but you're going to get way, way more bang for your buck with the $200 tune that is the head unit.





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I jumped thru all the hoops, but I am so deaf, drive with the windows and top down, I don't even turn the damned thing on anymore.
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