Illuminated door sills.
Using the guides provided by Honda you cut out the template and lay it on the trim and start cutting. Dremel FTW.
Art Attack. Should loook a little something like this. The illuminated parts mount inside there with the double sided tape to seat and screws to secure.
Like most modern cars they already have the optional extra added wiring in place under the dash, so its almost plug and play. Just one power wire that needs cutting into the fuse box. All labelled. Minkara (japanese review/how to/diy website) helped alot.
Next up. Sky Sound System
Starting with the rear headrest speakers. Unclip the rear bulkhead trim. Simple 3 upper plastic rivets and the trim pops out with the other typical honda pop clips.
Cut out the cutting templates and stick in the appropriate place. This wasnt clear what went where but Minkara to the rescue. i copied from another person.
Once holes drilled and lines cut. You should have something that looks like this.
Then the rear speakers mount into their holes etc etc. Really can only be installed one way and same with the wiring. Aluminum tape/screws and cable ties all provided by Honda. The speaker cable goes from the back of the radio down the driver side sills and up the back bulk head so i did this at the same time as the side sills. The hard part is wiring into the back of the headunit. Getting to the headunit requires the glove box and side trims removin g as well as most of the centre console and screen just to pull the headuniut to the left an inch to pull the wiring loom out. Then its just a case of putting the 4 colour coded wires into the loom. All factory fit clip in. No cutting or rewiring. No pictures of this.
Onto the front speakers.
The front speakers adds pillar mounted tweeters and uprated mids to separate the highs and lows and thus needs added speaker cabling to crossover the frequencies. Luckily this is literally plug and play. The new look wires inbetween these plugs like so and the tweeter wiring goes up to the pillar.
Door midbass speakers. Door card off. Pretty simple. Old stock speakers on the left and the new Gathers speaker on the right. New mount in the centre
I added to reticulated foam to the inside of the speaker magnet to protect from water and its acoustically transparent. Added some sound deadening to the door too behind and infront.
The tweeters sit in their trims and just replace the existing panel. However the fit and finish is appauling. It wont go tighter.
Then all thats left is to go into the screen menu and forward fade the speakers so the fronts play most of the audio and the rears add ambience.
How does it sound? Actually really amazing. Once the speakers have ran in the midbass really comes into its own and now you can actually head the music over the wind and road noise. Very clear and loud, undestorted. I usually go aftermarket with audio and im glad i went OEM plus. Can wait to see how it sounds with the roof off. Having the rear speakers so close you your ears isnt how i though it lmight sound. Really adds stereo ambiance.
Next up Undersealing and Liberty Walk kit painting and fitting.