The following are just some of the many installs that Fhrx Studio's have either created, had a hand in or assisted with. Please note; NOT every single item within these photo pages was created by Fhrx Studio's - some images are borrowed purely to demonstrate what ca be done incar. There are only ten install photo groups per page to assist loading times. Links to further pages are located at the top and bottom of each page.
Install images 5 | Inspirational images | Images of interest
Photos of Interest - What makes Fhrx Studio's different?
Below are photos showcasing some of the more fiddlier details of the car audio installation process. They are in essence, those interesting little bits and pieces that makes Fhrx Studio's different from many other companies. Those same little details that the owners of many vehicles will probably never even see. But details none the less, that must be seen to in order to provide the best and most reliable service possible. Note; There are MANY photos on this page so please be patient and grab a cup of tea while it loads. We believe it is important to show these types of photos though. Many more install photos can be found in our section of Mobile Electronics Australia too. Note; you must be an MEA member to access this section of the forum so feel free to join up!
All custom systems undertaken by Fhrx Studio's is first all drawn on paper. This concept art starts with the customer meeting and gives everyone involved a clear display of what the install is too look like before anything is began.
This is the correct method of wiring systems safely. Above you can see that all wires have been soldered, heat shrunk and cable tied into three distinct looms (being power bunch, speaker bunch and unused bunch). This method affords the viewer a quick, simple and precise way of identifing which cables are which, without having to peel back messy tape that will lose its stickyness after three months anyway often allowing bare wires make contact with one another.
The above views are of cables secured. If possible, we run the cables with the factory looms at all times. It is no small task to run the larger cables but with care and patience, it can be done. If it's not possible then the cable is tapped down to prevent movement later one.
Again looking above we see amplifier mountings. From the similest to the the most complex of amplifier mounts, they should be done neatly and effectively. With amp firmly secured in location, cables are once again tied together to prevent wandering and run neatly to their destination rather than just being thrown in anywhere.
Ever heard of a recording studio without deadening? Maybe you've seen a movie cinema with concrete walls? No? Even on the most basic of installs will benefit from sound deadening on the inner and outer surface of panels, followed by a small sound diffusion matt placed directly under the speakers to prevent wave reflection. In some of the above photos you can also see how we seal the speaker baffles into the door providing strong midbass due to the speakers relatively infinate baffle condition.
Many of our systems utilise totally separate power cables to deliver power to each amp. The main advantage of this is that if anything happens to go wrong only one fuse blows, leaving all other amplifiers still running.
Another important aspect of installing is the covering of cars parts and panels when working on them. This is constantly overlooked by shops everywhere and it only takes a single negligent act to scratch or even damage a panel. Fhrx Studio's always covers fenders, seats, dashes and even entire cars if need be when working on them to ensure your ride stays safe right throughout the installation process. Even when testing for rattles, hands are protected from scratching the body.
Another very important issue addressed in the above photos is the upgrading of the earth cable. If the battery to body connection is not upgraded to equal or exceed the main stereo power cable, then the electricity cannot retrun to the battery, thus making your massive power cable near useless in delivering current to the amplifiers.
Then there are the grounds and the drilling of metal. One has to ensure the amplifiers have decent grounds. Yet you must also ensure that no metal is being cut anywhere. The term "cutting metal" also includes drilling holes all over the car for negatives to be screwed down. We can see from the above images that the cables have been secured to existing bolts. And the bolts must be carfully chosen too in order to allow high current to flow freely.
One way to prevent the drilling of holes all over customers car is to manufacture brackets to hold things such as earthing kits, batteries and fuse holders. While most of the time we use aluminum to prevent rusting, in some cases we have used 316 stainless steel and even titanium.
One of the main enemies of speaker surrounds is sunlight. All speakers that live in sunlight (such as parcel shelf speakers) require a small piece of speaker grille cloth to be mounted over them. This small piece of cloth sits under the shelf allowing sound out whilst keeping the sunlight off the speaker.
When installing speakers one thing you absolutely must ensure is that the connections are proteced from the elements. A simple peice of heatshrink over the cable could prevent a possible future disaster down the track. And when the cables are firmly soldered onto the speaker, there is zero risk of a terminal plug falling off.
The same goes for running cables anywhere through metal. There must be a grommet. This prevents the cable eventually rubbing through over time and shorting out, which could be fatal. This also includes running cables out to the door mounted speakers.
When making custom panels and contouring them, they must retain gaps of under 1mm on all edges. Loosesly fitting panels not only look bad, but often become dislogded and loose over time. Making the panels to fit is not rocket science, it just takes a little extra time and care; time and care that Fhrx Studio's is happy to put in.
With engineering technology in modern cars getting more and more advanced one aspect that tends to get overlooked by many manufacturers is an adequate grounding system dedicated specifically to assist the engine electrical and ignition systems. Upgrading existing earths in addition to adding numerous new key earth cables may not seem like much but when you do it the difference is certainly noticeable. Not only will you see small improvements in power and torque figures, your motor will run smoother, it will rev cleaner, your lights will be brighter, your stereo will sound stronger and although hardly likely to impact you, earthing kits actually assist in fighting engine water corrosion caused through electrolysis.
When mounting speakers many people tend to overlook one of the simplest laws of nature; element path. For subbass and midbass to be strong and punchy we need one side of the speaker to remain sealed to the other side. This is because when the cone moves suddenly, it creates a high pressure cell on one side of the cone while a low pressure cell is created on the other side. Getting back to the law of nature; like water, air also takes the easiest path. This means unless you have sealed your baffles into your door and installed a gasket around your speaker, your air (and bass) simply disappears through the airleaks around the speaker. The other main reason for creating a baffle to so the speaker mounts via the factory hole, again preventing the need to drill metal.
When mounting crossovers out of sight under dashes remember that those little terminals are all live and uncovered on many crossovers. Here at Fhrx Studios we wrap each crossover carefully (with carpet, plastic or insulation depending on the application) before placing them out of harms way under the dash. We never mount crossovers in doors because the doors are the first to bare the brunt of the elements (water and dirt) in harsh weather. Under the dash, neatly wrapped is the safest place to mount them. This ensures no accidental shorts damage your components.
We tend to create and install a lot of undershelf mount amplifier racks. Again; it is very important that the brackets holding these are made to sit on top of the parcel shelf. These then allow us to screw into them (through the many small holes found in most parcel shelfs) rather than drilling self-tappers into your shelf. It takes little fiddling around to get them straight but it's better than damaging your car.
Head unit looms are not the only looms that need to be neat and tidy for looks and safely. Many alarms run into all kinds of problems due to dodgy wiring. We tend to tie each alarm item separately and then hide them securely away somewhere making them very hard to find.
Speaking of alarms, we apply the same rules to mounting their associated accessories as we do to fuse holders; no drilling of holes. We make small brackets up to hold each and every alarm component. It's not as fast as drilling holes everywhere but you can bet people appreciate you not damaging their ride.
Reverse cameras don't escape the custom mounting treatment either. We quite often weld up custom brackets to hold reverse cameras in place from factory screw locations. Utilising this methodology we again avoid drilling any holes in your car. Additionally; upon the sale of the car, the camera can go into your new vehicle and everything returned completely to factory.
Enclosure construction is one area where many people come unstuck. Acuraccy and tight tolerances are an absolute must when creating a speaker enclosure. All Fhrx Studio's enclosures are almost airtight when first created, well before the sealer has been applied inside and out. The enclosures are made from thick MDF (for acoustic absorbion reasons), fibreglass or Kevlar (for strength) and are screwed, glued and stapled together before being sealed inside and out. All our enclosures are also sealed on the outside surface with polyester resin to prevent possible moisture damage.
Many cars have a fully integrated head unit complimenting the lines of the dashboard. Fitting an aftermarket radio in can be difficult. There are ways to get around this including the manufacture of a complete new dash face plate but this is quite an expensive excersice. Another cheaper option is to simply lever the factory head unit in place and add a totally separate aftermarket head unit near it.
Our switchable dual battery systems are not only used in cars with large systems. Many off-road enthusiasts, rally cars, emergency vehicles, outback tourers and tradesmen also employ dual battery systems too. With an automated or switchable isolation system this allows one battery to be used for worksite duties, campsite dutires or the like whilst the other is kept charged to start the car.
The more processing abilities a system has, the better we can tune it to sound. However, that said; most systems have at least a basic ability to be tuned. This means we need to carefully test and meausure various aspects in order to achieve the best possible sound from it. High end installation is not simply a matter of plugging it all in and letting the system leave our store. Once the system is installed there are many sonic anomalies and audio phenomenon to overcome. We overcome these issues not only with our experience and ears, but also using all matter of instruments such as real time analyzers, oscilloscopes, dB meters and many more.
Upon the conclusion of the install, we give each customer a CD or memory stick containing all digital photos and videos, letting them see the 'buildup' process and how their install came about.
Cannot spot the sub enclosure in these photos? Neither can thieves! Fhrx Studio's not only specialise in 'big and bright' installs but also stealth installs. Hidden systems are fast becoming more and more desirable these days with crime on the increase.
Consider next time you're opening your boot at your local shopping centre. Who know who may have just seen your equipment and will now pay your house a visit that night. Stick it to those shady characters with a hidden enclosure!
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