The back was moulded to the boot shape.
Just be careful of cutting corners when it comes to installation costs.
It's not like getting an exhaust fitted, where it only goes on one way.
i would only look at investing more on components, once you are confident that the install is right.
Great components installed poorly will sound worse than cheap components installed well.
So make sure they include sound deadening,
and talk to them about locations and angling of components,
Make sure they have a plan for a solid mount for midbasses and subwoofer.
Subwoofer enclosure is critical (size and porting if required)
Also ask how the wiring will berouted, sometimes the excess is just dumped under the back seat where it will pickup noise.
i've seen cables wander into hinges and be severed, resulting in damaged equipment.
Marty looms his cables using cable ties every 5cm, ensures he uses the best length cable, and ensures any excess is managed correctly.
Lastly, take a close look at the quality of workmanship.
Even ordinary jobs can look ok when they leave the workshop, but a tiny corner of carpet/vinyl or a bubble that's not stuck down can turn into an ugly mess later on. Pinholes or lumps in paint can reveal poor prep work.
enclosures, mounts or panels that aren't secured perfectly will work loose over time (particularly if you run stiffer suspension)
Rattles and vibrations will drive you insane, particularly when you have good bass.
You paid a premium for your car to have something nice, it would be a shame to ruin it in order to save a couple of hundred on install labour.
FHRX may not be the right place for you, If you can find someone who can do the right job for you, and save some $$ thats great.
Just be sure you know what you are spending your money on,
i've seen some really bad work done in the 10yrs i've been involved in the industry.
Happy to spend time with anyone if it helps avoid seeing a VW ruined. especially an R32!
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If you want to save some $$$ on the enclosure itself, these guys supply pre-fab sub enclosures specific for our cars. Fit and finish is excellent and providing you match the right sub, sounds pretty decent.
This is the 10" enclosure so it may not be quite right for a '32 as your boot floor is higher than the GTI's and it may compromise access to your spare (if you're going to retain it).
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Careful with the ones from the US, I know the floor is different in the US GTi's to my GT.
I've got an off the shelf Focal 11" sub which I'm really happy with, only $500. I'll upload some pictures tomorrow for you.
Depends just how much sub you want! I've been amazed at the SQ offered by a lowly 8" long throw Boston in my Golf, it's no 12" but the boot space isn't affected at all, and it looks quite stealth. Wouldnlt win any SPL comps, but it sure rounds out the low end nicely, and the low end plot still amazes me. It's so much fun to DIY, and there's no way I'd let someone take the best part away from me!
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Its held in by those two straps and its rubber feet, the left one goes around the seat belt mounting point.
11" Focal SB 27 V1. Really good sound. $500 from local car audio joint.
Last edited by jazd; 28-06-2011 at 03:54 PM.
From memory, it cost me around the $400 mark landed. That was a couple of years ago though...