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Topic: what is the worst install you ever saw?

Posted By: Strizzy23
Subject: what is the worst install you ever saw?
Date Posted: Septemberá24, 2005 at 5:49 PM

I got to ask what is the worst install you ever saw??? When it comes to alarms. I just got finish removing a alarm today from a car I just bought I belived itĺs a BW 3000 all I got to says is damn they used 14Ga.clear speaker wire connected to the starter wire. Then they used the18Ga. RED / black red speaker wires you get with speakers for grounds,door locks and power. What a hack job they used solder and t taps and some black tape. Does anybody know who make BW 3000? Sorry about the first post.

Dave 




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Posted By: speedwayaudio1
Date Posted: Septemberá24, 2005 at 10:20 PM
the worst install was the dumba** who mounted a amp that I sold him on the firewall in the engine compartment. He came back and it was dripping with blowby oil. he wanted me to replace it he said it was a bad amp. I told him to forget it. the thing was so nasty.

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Posted By: pimpincavy
Date Posted: Septemberá25, 2005 at 1:12 PM
!!!!! You actually had a customer mount a amp in the engine compartment. 6 months or so ago there was someone who posted on sounddomain that hes was going to do that ( i think it was in a dodge ram) the responses to his post were humorous to say the least! His reasoning for putting the amp there was that this way he didnt have to run power wire through the firewall. But he would still need to run the rcas and speaker wire through the firewall, which I imagine would more of a pain in the a** than power wire.

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Posted By: ss-installer
Date Posted: Septemberá25, 2005 at 4:43 PM
i like it when people run speaker wire from the battery for power AND GROUND !

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Posted By: speedwayaudio1
Date Posted: Septemberá25, 2005 at 5:41 PM
yes he really did it. I can't understand how it lasted as long as it did.

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Big Dave




Posted By: slicksix
Date Posted: Septemberá27, 2005 at 2:11 AM
ha. a year ago this this guy had some ol ass beat up for escort in our shop wanting a deck installed. we starteda check when he mentioned that he had "boost" hooked up in his trunk and that he wanted to work with the deck were were installing. now let me tell you i work Pittsburg cali so we get all types of super ghettofied situations we have to work with but damn this guy had some old as fisher 15' sub in a home theater box with two what looked like millitary jubo, bearly fit in trunk sized horns painted dark green.not only that but he had two old ass lanzar amps just tangled in what looked like jumper cable wire for power and ground. We said uhh... this too much liability and we won't do it so he got pissed and said fine just do the deck. i kinda wish we tried hooking up to see how it woulda sounded hm....




Posted By: 5150azn
Date Posted: Septemberá27, 2005 at 10:51 AM
My personal car I admit is pretty horrible lol

I always work on everyone else's car and make it all nice and custom but on my own car... I think I have bare wire just twisted together somewhere in there.

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Posted By: Hornshockey
Date Posted: Septemberá28, 2005 at 2:21 AM
the cobbler's children with no shoes...I hear ya; I had a couple of connections in my system taped with duct tape until recently.

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Posted By: blazeronspokes
Date Posted: Septemberá28, 2005 at 11:53 AM
who doesn't half-*** their own car???




Posted By: 5150azn
Date Posted: Septemberá28, 2005 at 1:45 PM
blazeronspokes wrote:

who doesn't half-*** their own car???


Real installers

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Tell the Snap-On guy I'm not here!




Posted By: nettech05
Date Posted: Septemberá30, 2005 at 3:24 PM
Worst one i ever saw was probally the an amp install where the guy connected his power wire, closed the hood and ran the wire over the hood.  Then im guessing he just opened the drivers side door threw the cable in and ran it across the carpet to the amp in the back.  I think it was in a ply voyager van.  It was nice wish i had my camera that day.

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Circuit City




Posted By: fingaz22
Date Posted: Septemberá30, 2005 at 3:45 PM

well i here all that but let me tell ya about the s*** i use to do before i got my licence and own car and before i became a true professional installer.

because i didnt have my own car i had to make a quick in and out install so i use to use a realistic tape deck walkman with stereo head phone jack to rca,15 foot power cable to battery couple foot ground widged in the trunk latch amp mounted to the box of 12" subs firing in for what reason i really dont know and i'd through it in wires all over the place and bang around for the afternoon & night then take it out when i left. i guess you can say i've had the bass jones for a long time. and didn't care how it looked and really sounded for that fact as long as it had bass or what i thought was bass at that time.

wow looking back at that makes me laugh. oh well we all start some where.



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sound processor,symmetry(first one).
sub amp,power 1000 the terminator.(1992).
subs,spl comp dual 1 ohms.
punch 150hd on a 10" ev.
alotofhighs




Posted By: nstlfrk
Date Posted: Octoberá02, 2005 at 9:55 PM
saw a jl 10 inch in a Corona box they ducked taped the eges to seal it




Posted By: 5150azn
Date Posted: Octoberá05, 2005 at 2:03 PM
5150azn wrote:

blazeronspokes wrote:

who doesn't half-*** their own car???


Real installers


Sorry I read wrong

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Tell the Snap-On guy I'm not here!




Posted By: losone
Date Posted: Octoberá06, 2005 at 12:00 AM
pimp my ride interiors!




Posted By: adrianspeeder
Date Posted: Octoberá09, 2005 at 5:59 PM
...the last truck dad bought. Mint restored 71 F100 with the absolute worst audio hookup ever.

Pics here...

https://www.the12volt.com/installbay/forum_posts.asp?tid=62724&PN=2

Adrianspeeder

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'02 F250 PSD, '97 F-150, '71 F-100, '66 F-250, '93, '92, '88, '84 Broncos

Penn State electrical engineerin' major




Posted By: chriswallace187
Date Posted: Octoberá10, 2005 at 2:25 AM
My buddy does some of the ugliest installs I've ever seen...he gets things to work, but the installs look hideous. I'll give as an example his '98 Maxima that he has, which he bought when I was away for several months and decided to install several components from previous cars without any help. When I first saw it this car had:

Factory Bose system, unmolested

Parallel audio system, starting with a head unit mounted in a pocket below the factory radio.
2 4s mounted behind the center console
2 6x9s in the trunk pass through behind the rear armrest.
4 channel amp(apparently the H.U. couldn't make those speakers sound good), sub amp, and sound processor mounted on a board bolted to the backseat with wires going every which way.
Sub box in front of that, which he covered in household carpet, adding about an inch to its height and making it impossible to mount anything on top, which made that amp rack necessary in the first place.
4 gauge power wire running from the battery through a bare metal hole in the firewall, with no fuse before the trunk.


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My service is cheap, quick, and good - pick any two




Posted By: speedwayaudio1
Date Posted: Octoberá10, 2005 at 12:11 PM
Sounds like a fire waiting to happen. better get a fire bottle.

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Big Dave




Posted By: chriswallace187
Date Posted: Octoberá10, 2005 at 1:04 PM
Yeah that's what I said when I saw it...the first thing I did to unf*** his mess was get a fuse and a grommet on that dang power wire.

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C Renner's Auto Electronix
My service is cheap, quick, and good - pick any two




Posted By: 5150azn
Date Posted: Octoberá10, 2005 at 1:47 PM
Have you guys seen the installs from this site?

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Tell the Snap-On guy I'm not here!




Posted By: supradude
Date Posted: Octoberá12, 2005 at 4:48 PM
My brother-in-law once hooked up an amp in his "hooptie" with the power wire going from the battery running towards the windshield from under the hood, then somehow had it alongside the windshield and into the interior through the door. Yes, the door was actually closed on the wire. I told him several times about the dangers of this, but you would have to know him to understand him. Being the know-it-all that he is, it ended up catching on fire with him. Some people just can't be told right from wrong.

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Posted By: TheSaint421
Date Posted: Novemberá09, 2005 at 6:52 AM

5150azn wrote:

blazeronspokes wrote:

who doesn't half-*** their own car???


Real installers

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The Saint



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Eclipse EQ2102
Focal Utopia 165w3
JL 300/2
JL 10W6v2 (2)
JL Slash 500/1 (2)
Optima Yellowtop




Posted By: slammedb5
Date Posted: Novemberá09, 2005 at 7:40 PM
i had a customer who had an amp installed at another store. the installer made his(or her) ground under the rear seat, and wouldn't you know it, they drilled into the tank. i guess it wouldn't have been so bad, except that the ground was loose and arcing, and you could smell gas while you watched the sparks jump from ring to car.

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EK Civic
security
no audio






Posted By: menace2sobriety
Date Posted: Novemberá10, 2005 at 3:19 AM
i had a freind that installed an amp under his seat. with 2 inch deck screws. and right into his brake line! he didnt know it till he lost his brakes.

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Posted By: 1883atlantics
Date Posted: Novemberá12, 2005 at 8:34 PM

5150azn wrote:

Have you guys seen the installs from this site?

Why does the Ghetto FAQ say you're ghetto if "you believe the Magic 3 upgrade BS" ? Does that refer to the "Big 3" upgrade everyone talks about? I couldn't find a link to ask them any questions.





Posted By: silverdevil
Date Posted: Novemberá22, 2005 at 9:05 PM

Starting tomorrow, I"m going to start taking my digi cam to work with me, you guys haven't seen anything yet, when it comes to ghetto installs.



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2005 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec-V
Alpine cda-9815, Eclipse Se8365, JL audio 10w0




Posted By: jlord16
Date Posted: Novemberá24, 2005 at 5:38 AM
lol kool

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Infinity Kappa Perfect 10"
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*Custom fabrications*




Posted By: gus1
Date Posted: Novemberá24, 2005 at 4:05 PM
Speaking of which:
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Came in the other day..... mwaaahhhaaaa. Wondered why it wasn't working properly.

Gus


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Posted By: wester97
Date Posted: Novemberá25, 2005 at 5:20 AM

wow - looks like scotch tape. 

ah, the beauty of wiring harnesses



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Posted By: jlord16
Date Posted: Novemberá25, 2005 at 5:38 AM
HAHAHA that is sooo shhhty, let sooo kool

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Clarion DB36MP
Infinity Kappa Perfect 10"
Respone 800w Mono
ALPINE MRP-F250
*Custom fabrications*




Posted By: gus1
Date Posted: Novemberá25, 2005 at 11:09 AM
Clear packing tape, actually :-)

I have a pile of 'em.... you should see what hangs on the "wall of shame".... actual, physical bad examples of many neat things..... I'll get a pic of it..... hold on...
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That is an Alpine Alarm up to the left... exactly how it came out of the vehicle. About 3 tywraps holding it in there.....
Gus


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Wherever I go, that is where I end up......




Posted By: greg_jobes
Date Posted: Decemberá04, 2005 at 11:03 PM
Um the install i just did, i'm not proud of it.
I didn't even want to do it, but after being nagged for over a week i just did it.

I was MADE to cut the factory harness out because she didn't want to spend the money to buy an adaptor. Spend 300$ on a hu but can't cough up the 10$ for a harness?

It don't look to bad, i soldered and shrink wraped everything. i just dont like cutting the factory harness up for no reason other then your to cheap.




Posted By: arrow12
Date Posted: Decemberá09, 2005 at 9:01 AM
O wait gus1...  Were we supposed to look at the tangle of wires?  Sorry I was too busy looking at the poster.  Just kidding, well not really.  Did the alarm even work though?

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Posted By: Velocity Motors
Date Posted: Decemberá09, 2005 at 9:26 AM
Gus1... that's my install that I did when I was 15 posted_image lol !!

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Jeff
Velocity Custom Home Theater
Mobile Audio/Video Specialist
Morden, Manitoba CANADA




Posted By: gus1
Date Posted: Decemberá09, 2005 at 12:58 PM
Heh.... yeah, hopefully the Directed calender next year looks as good.

That alarm came from a large shop that starts in "A".... cust. even had the reciept as proof.

Here's a couple more winners from last week:
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Came out of an 05 Canyon... some Black Widow 2way thing that was killing the battery on a very regular basis. Customer is very happy with his Valet 562T

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Apparenty electrical tape is rather expensive in SK. I will give them credit for using 3 different sizes and colors of Marrettes :-) Gotta fit the wire sizes, y'know. We see a lot of this type of thing from dealer tradeins (excellent relationship with 4 dealers here.... we do at least one car a day for at least one of them)

Stuff like this is pretty much par for the course for some "shops" in this area, and there are a lot of DIY'ers in this area that end up bringing their cars in when they finally give up. Kind of a job security thing.....

Gus


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