Sound install turns into Drawers, dual battery full electrical Upgrade.

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Sound install turns into Drawers, dual battery full electrical Upgrade.

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Howzit Everyone

Wanted to take some time and bring you all along for the journey I am about to embark on with my newly purchased Nissan patrol. Watch this space for updates and I will show you where I am and hopefully where I will be going. Pics to come as well, when I get the chance to take them.

Some history:
I have been completley obsessed with sound for most of my life, and as soon as I realised I could DIY install my own it was time to get to installing systems into my cars. Currently I have fully fitted every car I have owned with the largest systems I could, and helped friends and family do the same. Realistically I have 5 builds under my belt and hundreds of hours in researching into everything sound related.
The last sound build I did was in my Toyota Etios where I had a completley sleeper system, Unoticable from looking through the car but packing some serious heat... for an etios. Played around with Squeezing a 10inch sub into an etios and still having a fair sized boot was no small task.

Where we going:
This Patrol, is the last car I am going to buy, haha,
Maybe a daily runaround one day when I have put the 40's on it with the 200mm lift on it.
So because its never getting sold I want to make sure its done right and the last one.

Whats happened:
So I was originally going to just design a sub box, cut some wood, mount an amp or 2 and be one my way, but then while designing the subwoofer box and figuring out where the amps are going, this it has turned this job into a "I am going to do everything while I am here" p
I am putting in a sub box, why not incorporate it into a draw system... I am taking up the boot anyway. If I am running wires to the back why not put a dual battery setup in there... I am building draws in anyway. How am I going to charge the battery system on the camping trailer, Lets maybe throw a fuse box in there and some auxiliary outputs? What if I dont want to take the trailer and want to throw a matress in the car for a quick getaway. What about some creature comforts like phone chargers and lights...
Yeah we going deep.

So for now I know a couple things and that the To-Do's. I wont break these down into the
To-Do
  • Finalise Design on the sub and draw system for the boot
    Final decisions on the components
    Wiring diagrams
    Spend all the money
    Install while taking all the photos
    post on line for the Patrol team



Its going to take some time but I am hoping by the end of 2023 we can be close to having these 1st mods finished. Bare with me as this is also my daily driver, so will be slow.
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Post by Alex Roux »

Hi Mike

Tell us more about your car?
Can you send pics.
Your details states you have a 2013 model that grenaded.
Was it fixed or replaced with something else?
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Post by ra_01 »

Enjoy the build and perhaps post some pics of the Patrol. I thought Nissan was only selling CRD since 2013.

Its a good idea to build your own sub box. I installed low profile active sub under passenger seat not satisfied at all. But I haven't got enough space in boot for a dedicated box.
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Lookiing forward to this build as I have started my own drawer and Electric build.
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Howzit Everyone

Wow its been a year of massive fighting in my Patrol, funny how when you start a build its so easy on paper until you get stuck in.

Quick update from my side, I know its been a while now. The biggest fight so far has been the Hertz 3-way mid split system, there are 3 speakers per front door now....
The tweeters are mounted on the door pillar, the 6.5 inch woofer went into the door speaker spot nice and easy but then I ended up with the 4inch mid unit with nowhere to go. So I tought myself now how to do some fibreglassing and have been moulding pods for these speakers that fit in the door.
They ended up purpler now as that was the only material I had lying around the house to do the final cover, Needed to be a stretchy tacksuit pants type material to mold well.

A friend of mine said it would be a quick process but each layer needs 24 hours to cure and it needs 10's of layers depending on what you doing haha. so be warned if you trying to fibreglass. Its not a pretty process.

I have attached some pictures. Sub box, amp and all are still on the backburner while I have been fighting this. will update again asap (unlike last time).

Sub box I have been designing and redesinging so many times to get it "just right" eventually going to have to call it and start cutting some wood.
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Start of the fibreglassing
Start of the fibreglassing
Mid way through the fibreglass mission
Mid way through the fibreglass mission
Speakers on the table
Speakers on the table
New Hertz 6.5 inch
New Hertz 6.5 inch
Door Card off
Door Card off
Tweeter going in
Tweeter going in
Door Pod near completion
Door Pod near completion
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Post by Peter Connan »

Sorry for going off at a tangent Mike:
That seems a pretty well set-up workshop, what kind of work do you do in there?
And what is "the Rocket"? A furnace of some sort?
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Post by Dewald »

Good day Peter.

I see Mike hasnt answered yet about the "The Rocket."

Its a Wood burning water boiler. You can say a modern day "Donkie"
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Correct that is a "Donkie Boiler" thats gone out to a friends farm. Have a super old farm house there with no power, nice place to escape from the chaos, but some hot water is very welcomed.

As for the workshop, a couple of us mates have gotten together to make a "maker space" if you will. Purely for pursuing the hobbies. We religiously there every Thursday after work but obviously some project demand a little more so we end up there quite often.
It is super kitted out, all we missing now is a nice lathe and I think it will be complete, that is until we find a larger space for, car lifts and the like. Then we can really do some serious stuff.
Appologies for the mess though haha, need to spend some time doing some cleaning and organising again soon. its getting a bit out of hand.

Been an awesome experience, have been building it up now for the past 4 years, done many insane projects in there, looking forward for the many more to come.
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Post by Peter Connan »

That sounds awesome!

Mess? What mess? You should see my shop...
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