What's up guys - I'm fairly new to car audio and am massively impressed with this site so far.
About 6 months ago I decided I wanted to experience the bliss of custom car audio - finally, I'm 37 and can afford some luxury now. Totally uneducated I went to a high volume shop here in Seattle. It was baptism by fire.
They were to install a head unit, 2 amps, components, coaxials and a sub in my H2. On day 2 of the install they called me and said that after draining and then jumping my battery, most of the electrical devices weren't working - gauges, windows, seats, etc. and that it was nothing they did and that I needed to come in and drive it to the dealer.
9 hours in surgery at the dealer and they find out that the installer had hooked one of the door speakers up to some random wire in the central communication line of the truck (when unhooking the factory amp) - grounding it. Luckily he stopped before hooking up the power to line to the battery or the truck would have been fubar'd big time.
Only after getting the service manager to call the install shop - did they agree to cover the mechanic's fees.
So the installer buttons everything up and I drive off - only to have one of the amps cut out after 2 minutes. Drive back and after 2 hours they find that the installer had wired up one of the component's crossovers wrong.
Drive home - open a bottle of Jack.
The final blow would come a few weeks later when I could no longer handle the vibration in the one of the door panels. I went to a different shop this time and they discovered that the speaker was mounted too close to the door panel and was slapping against it. Woofer was scarred as a result.
I had two options at this point - BULLET IN MY BRAIN or learn car audio for myself.
Anyways - I've done several upgrades on my own now and am having a ton of fun doing it. Still lots to learn. My wife is quickly getting fed up, but she's a trooper.
Upgrades I've done:
- Pulled out the 4g power line replaced with 1/0.
- relocated the RCA's to the other side of the truck (yes they had run them next to the power)
- Big 3.
- Replaced both amps and sub with used gear from Craigslist.
- New yellow top battery
Next in line:
- H/O alternator