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I recently replaced the stereo system in my v70r. The speakers and amps were repurposed from my previous car.

A new 3-way component set for the stock locations up front would have been nice, but I wound up using my old reliable 2-way DLS Ulitmates (a huge improvement over the stock SQ imo). The face plate is a pre-fab kit. Given the weight of the new headunit, it would've been dicey to try and save the plastic pocket with a custom kit as was my original plan. The amps are mounted on a rack in the stock sub/spare area with a replacement vented covering in the rear cargo area. Even with the vented box, I still have plenty of cargo room with the rear seat folded down.

I am pleased with the results. Although, I could not hook into the steering wheel controls. Does anybody know the proper adapter cable? Any help on that front would be appreciated.

Equipment includes:

Pinoneer 4400 double-din headunit
Boston Acoustics GT-24 (x2)
MTX 304
DLS UR6S components up front
Morel components in back
Boston Acoustics SPG555 sub in ported box
SVR auxiliary stereo battery

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Looks nice! You need a boost gauge or something to fill the void next to the head unit :)
 

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very nice, you did all this yourself?

I don't know if I would give up my spare tire for stereo anymore. I would have just gotten a larger battery instead of two, this will eliminate the need for a hi current relay and additional wiring. like the rack very much. looks like the car is a 05+ if so you can use the Metra aswc to get the steering controls to work like me in my 05. kiddos for being the 1% that dumps the stupid OEM setup.
 

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fyi, use a smaller sub amp and stacking the two Boston amps could get your spare tire back. I have a kenwood five channel, two viair compressors, five gallon air tank, train horns, third row seats, stinger spp 1500d battery and my spare tire.
 

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very nice, you did all this yourself?

I don't know if I would give up my spare tire for stereo anymore. I would have just gotten a larger battery instead of two, this will eliminate the need for a hi current relay and additional wiring. like the rack very much. looks like the car is a 05+ if so you can use the Metra aswc to get the steering controls to work like me in my 05. kiddos for being the 1% that dumps the stupid OEM setup.
No, this definitely was not a DIY job. I had a lot of help from the professionals. Not pictured are the speakerphone mic next to the rearview mirror and ipod cable running into the center console. I am pleased with the functionality/performance of the new Pioneer headunit. Also dynamatted the doors.

My vehicle is a 2006. I am not familiar with the Metra universal cable. What brand/model headunit did you connect with the steering wheel controls? Was there anything tricky in the programming or did it go smoothly following the mfr instructions?

Here are some pics of the same stereo installed previously in my A3 where I did go with one big battery. I went with a ported box setup this time around for a little more output and because I had more space available :)

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Metra ASWC, I didn't think a DIY would have the skill set to do this. If you did, you missing your calling.

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I just ordered the same Pioneer 4400 Monday :) Having that along with the sub and amp done by a friend that is also a pro. Never had a pro do an install for me so quite excited. He is doing dynamat in the whole trunk area, doors and then special treatment to the pillars. How are you liking the 4400? I plan on doing the R boost gauge next to the HU.
 

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I just ordered the same Pioneer 4400 Monday :) Having that along with the sub and amp done by a friend that is also a pro. Never had a pro do an install for me so quite excited. He is doing dynamat in the whole trunk area, doors and then special treatment to the pillars. How are you liking the 4400? I plan on doing the R boost gauge next to the HU.
I am pleasantly surprised with the Pioneer unit. I am a longtime Alpine loyalist, but their quality has fallen off and the Pioneer was highly recommended to me. I haven't gotten too deep into it yet, but so far the bluetooth syncing, phone, and touchscreen interface all are user friendly. I think the DVD file reading/playback will be easier than my last Alpine as well given the large screen and searching capabilities. Do not use Pandora or rear view camera, so can't comment on those.

Quality control could be an issue, as the 1st unit i installed did not work, shutting down and rebooting randomly. It was defective, and second one seems better so far. Hope you have a better out of the box experience.
 

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Thanks for the info. I am also a long time Alpine fan but agree on quality. Although it seems for the large touchscreen market, Alpine, Pioneer and Kenwood are pretty close. My best friend has the 8400 and is a huge audiophile. I am glad I am going with a pro this time so that if there are any issues, I don't have to deal with a 3rd party via internet or phone. And luckily he is a friend so I know he will treat me right.
 
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