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I just took delivery on a 2004 SSR. Love the car, don't like the stereo. I would like to install Alpine 9820 (it has XM built in the head unit) and supports my Ipod.

What am I up against on the install?
 
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I just took delivery on a 2004 SSR. Love the car, don't like the stereo. I would like to install Alpine 9820 (it has XM built in the head unit) and supports my Ipod.

What am I up against on the install?
It is not easy when the speakers are Bose. Problem is radios use 4ohms while Bose use 2 so you will need to change out your Speakers also. I just added the Pioneer modulator and put the half quarter size antenna in the corner of my dashboard. It works well. But I too would like to change out the radio it just becomes an expensive switch unlike most cars where it is easy but any factory system that have Bose is always difficult :(.
 

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Hey Jason

If Everybody's Sense Of Humor Was Up To Speed I Would Say "your Truck Is Already Too Loud!" And I Am Just Kidding.
 
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Hey Jason

If Everybody's Sense Of Humor Was Up To Speed I Would Say "your Truck Is Already Too Loud!" And I Am Just Kidding.
I have not finished my testing on this yet but I think the flames make the radio a little louder and the car a little faster. I will get back to you after I have finished my testing ;)
 
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I have spent a great deal of time, effort and money into this one. I installed the new touch screen Alpine IVA-D300. It has MP3, DVD, CD, navigation, AM-FM, Sirius and a direct connect to ipod which is in the center console. I replaced the Bose speakers in the door with JL audio mids and tweeters with seperate crossovers in the doors. I replaced the mids in the back panel behind the seats with 6 inch subwoofers, also JL. I added a 300 watt 4 way amp to drive the sound. It is not one of those bass rattling boom boxes on wheels. It is very clear and clean. We mounted the Sirius attenna outside, right above the crease where the roof seperates. The Navigation device is mounted inside, passenger side front window. I thinking this will be moved shortly to the back side of the rear view mirror so it is totally out of sight. In the back end I used that space in the top, that has a flip down but no space, to install a 15.9 inch flat screen. It connects with the front flip screen 7 inch and runs off the same sound system. I also put a video input control so I can hook up X-Box or Playstation and keep the units in the back. I got wireless controllers so it would not take space up front.

I also installed the Viper alarm system with remote start and hooked the Aux button for trunk release. Pretty cool but a lot of work and minimal choices to make it work without changing the look dramtically. Hope this helps or gives you ideas.

Scott
 

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I have not finished my testing on this yet but I think the flames make the radio a little louder and the car a little faster. I will get back to you after I have finished my testing ;)
I hope you're not going to use it to conduct surveillance!!! :lol :lol
 
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I have spent a great deal of time, effort and money into this one. I installed the new touch screen Alpine IVA-D300. It has MP3, DVD, CD, navigation, AM-FM, Sirius and a direct connect to ipod which is in the center console. I replaced the Bose speakers in the door with JL audio mids and tweeters with seperate crossovers in the doors. I replaced the mids in the back panel behind the seats with 6 inch subwoofers, also JL. I added a 300 watt 4 way amp to drive the sound. It is not one of those bass rattling boom boxes on wheels. It is very clear and clean. We mounted the Sirius attenna outside, right above the crease where the roof seperates. The Navigation device is mounted inside, passenger side front window. I thinking this will be moved shortly to the back side of the rear view mirror so it is totally out of sight. In the back end I used that space in the top, that has a flip down but no space, to install a 15.9 inch flat screen. It connects with the front flip screen 7 inch and runs off the same sound system. I also put a video input control so I can hook up X-Box or Playstation and keep the units in the back. I got wireless controllers so it would not take space up front.

I also installed the Viper alarm system with remote start and hooked the Aux button for trunk release. Pretty cool but a lot of work and minimal choices to make it work without changing the look dramtically. Hope this helps or gives you ideas.

Scott
I have autopage alarm with remote start, trunk release, paging, and remote top up & down. It will work up to 2000' away. remote will go off, vibrate and a little noise if some one is messing with ssr even shows where glass, toneu cover, door even tell me the inside temp of ssr to see how soon to remote start before going out to get in SSR. thats on the 03 also you can push the remote start button when you stop at a convenence store for 3 seconds turn Ign. to off take key in store with you to leave running to keep it cool or warm (like it is now 33 degrees) inside SSR and lock it till you come back. we call it "Quik Trip " mode.
 

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Why couldn't I just install the Alpine head unit and keep the OEM amp and speakers?
 

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The bose amp is pretty touchy. If it doesn't have just the right signal input it will not turn on. I don't see any reason why you couldn't add an aftermarket head unit, and amplifier. Most amplifiers are 2 ohm stable, so that wouldn't cause you any problems.
 

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I installed 9 sq ft of dynamat X-treme in each door. Improved the Bose sound markedly. Have a layer of 'mat between the speakers and the door mounting surface. That is a big reason why the metal to metal mounting provides the "tinny" sound.

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Plus those BOSE speakers SUCK!
Trust me you will want to replace the speakers and the AMP!:yellow:
:silver: MY BACK SPEAKERS SEEM TO BE BLOWN, OR MAYBE THIS IS THE WAY IT IS TO BE! WHEN THE VOLUME IS UP WITH A BASE SOUND, THE BACK SPEAKERS SOUND TERRIBLE. ANYONE ELSE SEEM TO NOTICE THIS? WHEN THE SOUND IS ANYTHING ELSE IT SOUNDS OK.
 

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:silver: MY BACK SPEAKERS SEEM TO BE BLOWN, OR MAYBE THIS IS THE WAY IT IS TO BE! WHEN THE VOLUME IS UP WITH A BASE SOUND, THE BACK SPEAKERS SOUND TERRIBLE. ANYONE ELSE SEEM TO NOTICE THIS? WHEN THE SOUND IS ANYTHING ELSE IT SOUNDS OK.
There is NO base from the back....they are just tiny little speakers.
I replaced min with dual 10" subs :rolleyes:

(The small speakers are probably good for quiet classical music.....but I wouldn't know :lol )
 

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There is NO base from the back....they are just tiny little speakers.
I replaced min with dual 10" subs :rolleyes:

(The small speakers are probably good for quiet classical music.....but I wouldn't know :lol )
So can you install any 2 ohm speaker on the existing radio to replace the stock ones?:cool :cool
 

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So can you install any 2 ohm speaker on the existing radio to replace the stock ones?:cool :cool
I wish I could answer that....I believe yes....but in my case I also added and amp for the sub woofers (or more truthfully, paid someone else to do it:D )

When I first got mine, there was NO information about what the stereo set up was for the SSRs, so the installer was 'taking guesses'. I know that there is plenty of info out there now...and someone else here should know the answer.
 

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The Bose unit on the SSR is an integrated unit, and not standard with most aftermarket products. Signal out goes to amps designed specifically for the head's output and the speaker's 2ohm configuration. I've had my doors apart and the recommendation from my stereo guys (Muntz, Ventura) was to replace the head unit and build out from there with new amps and speakers. The mid-range firing into the back of the seats still makes me wonder "What the heck were they thinking..." It is not the performance system found in other high priced cars. And specs are non-existant (please, someone prove me wrong here).

Some people ARE satisfied with the stock radio and speakers. Most others seeking a higher level of volumn or sound quality replace head units, amps, and speakers. I am currently considering a single sub base (Boston Pro 10", small box, fast firing) and low and high mids and tweets in the doors, just haven't figured what amps to use. And soundproofing is a MUST!

This is going to be much harder than the system I put in my wife's Honda minivan, which absolutely shames the SSR's Bose.
 

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The Bose unit on the SSR is an integrated unit, and not standard with most aftermarket products. Signal out goes to amps designed specifically for the head's output and the speaker's 2ohm configuration. I've had my doors apart and the recommendation from my stereo guys (Muntz, Ventura) was to replace the head unit and build out from there with new amps and speakers. The mid-range firing into the back of the seats still makes me wonder "What the heck were they thinking..." It is not the performance system found in other high priced cars. And specs are non-existant (please, someone prove me wrong here).

Some people ARE satisfied with the stock radio and speakers. Most others seeking a higher level of volumn or sound quality replace head units, amps, and speakers. I am currently considering a single sub base (Boston Pro 10", small box, fast firing) and low and high mids and tweets in the doors, just haven't figured what amps to use. And soundproofing is a MUST!

This is going to be much harder than the system I put in my wife's Honda minivan, which absolutely shames the SSR's Bose.

I am just looking to reduce the distortion at higher volume in the front speakers. I may try the sound insulation but I have never done it before. I am going to ask a sound shop this weekend to see what they say.:cool :cool
 

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Big Blue Ox said:
The Bose unit on the SSR is an integrated unit, and not standard with most aftermarket products. Signal out goes to amps designed specifically for the head's output and the speaker's 2ohm configuration. I've had my doors apart and the recommendation from my stereo guys (Muntz, Ventura) was to replace the head unit and build out from there with new amps and speakers. The mid-range firing into the back of the seats still makes me wonder "What the heck were they thinking..." It is not the performance system found in other high priced cars. And specs are non-existant (please, someone prove me wrong here).

Some people ARE satisfied with the stock radio and speakers. Most others seeking a higher level of volumn or sound quality replace head units, amps, and speakers. I am currently considering a single sub base (Boston Pro 10", small box, fast firing) and low and high mids and tweets in the doors, just haven't figured what amps to use. And soundproofing is a MUST!

This is going to be much harder than the system I put in my wife's Honda minivan, which absolutely shames the SSR's Bose.
:silver: I FEEL HTE SAME WAY, IT SOUNDS OK AT LOW VOLUME, NO PERFORMANCE AT HIGH VOLUME. THE REAR SPEAKERS ARE BAD AT ANY VOLUME! YOU WOULD THINK FOR THE PRICE OF THE VEHICLE IT WOULD BETTER!:(
 
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