How to Install Automotive Mobile Electronic Systems

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It used to be simple: Slap a receiver/tape-deck/amplifier combo unit into the dash, cut out a couple of holes in the door cards, string some wires, and presto! You had a stereo in your car. Now, if you’re installing up-to-date mobile electronic systems, you could be putting in an iPod adapter, satellite radio, GPS, video, radar detector, alarm, or a remote starter, to name just a few options. This book is an expert, easy-to-follow guide to the whole new world of mobile electronics—from choosing wires and ...

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Overview

It used to be simple: Slap a receiver/tape-deck/amplifier combo unit into the dash, cut out a couple of holes in the door cards, string some wires, and presto! You had a stereo in your car. Now, if you’re installing up-to-date mobile electronic systems, you could be putting in an iPod adapter, satellite radio, GPS, video, radar detector, alarm, or a remote starter, to name just a few options. This book is an expert, easy-to-follow guide to the whole new world of mobile electronics—from choosing wires and connectors to construction materials to component placement. Whatever your need, your interest, or your equipment, How to Install Automotive Mobile Electronic Systems will help you every step of the way.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“How To Install Automotive Mobile Electronic Systems does an excellent job of covering all the basic things a do-it-yourselfer should know about installing

audio systems, amplifiers, speakers, auxiliary

batteries, GPS units, BlueTooth connections for

Ipods and cell phones. The book is richly illustrated with high quality color photos, and each one of these photos is certainly worth a thousand words. Installing aftermarket audio systems and other electronic

gadgets is not the simple job it once was, so I would highly recommend reading this book to find out how a real professional does it.” – www.AA1Car.com

Library Journal
First-time author Syner uses his working experience to present an overview of car electrical systems with an ease that belies the complexity of the topic. A number of popular add-ons include GPS, hands-free devices, and rearview cameras. Audio projects eventually require some fabrication, and Syner provides no instruction on working with fiberglass. While the projects are great, this is only for the confident car enthusiast with a fully equipped shop.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760331774
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 1/3/2010
  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 951,230
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Syner has spent the last fifteen years developing vehicles with intricate audio and video systems. His 1995 Honda Civic, an artistic sculpture of flowing fiberglass and extreme paint, contained 11 Sony XPLOD amps, 10 Sony television monitors, and a thundering audio system. It won Top Expert awards from both the International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA) and the United States Auto Sound Competition International (USACi), as well as awards for lighting and design from the Mobile Electronics Competition Association (MECA). Most recently, Jason partnered with Sony on another Honda, this time a 2005 Civic Si. At its first trip to the SEMA show in Las Vegas in 2007, the new Civic earned Jason 14 magazine covers, and top awards for sound quality, body work, and unique design. Jason is currently running a full-scale audio/video installation shop that provides car audio services as well as home theater design. With his current car projects, Jason is developing new techniques for integrating Web 2.0 devices for mobile audio/video systems. He has written numerous how-to articles for Car Audio and Electronics magazine. jasonsyner.com

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Getting Started: An Overview of Mobile Electronics and Basic 12-Volt DC Theory

            Electronic Accessories (Satellite Radios, GPS, Radar Detectors, Etc.)

            Subwoofers and Enclosures

            Speakers

            Source Units

            Amplifiers (Amps)

            Batteries and Capacitors

            Crossovers and Equalizers

            Video Monitors

Chapter 2: Mobile Electronic Accessories

            GPS

            iPods and MP3 Players

            Alarm Systems

            Radar Detectors

            Multiplug Adapters

            Accent Lighting

            Laptops

Chapter 3: Planning a Mobile Audio/Video System

            Upgrading a Factory System

            Planning for a Unique System

            Integrating Your Audio/Video Components into Your Vehicle

            Composite Materials

Chapter 4: Automobile Acoustics and Noise

            The Noise Floor Inside Vehicles

            Sound Damping Benefits and Applications

                        Stage 1

                        Stage 2

                        Stage 3

            Interior Acoustics/Absorptive Surface and Reflections

            Sound Path Lengths and Speaker Placement

Chapter 5: Basic 12 Volt DC Wiring

            OEM Electrical Systems and How They Function

            Accessory Wiring

            Source Unit Wiring

            Relay Wiring

            Capacitor Wiring

            Amplifier Wiring

            Subwoofer Wiring

            Video Monitor Wiring

            Wiring Additional Batteries

            EQ and Crossover Wiring

            Power Wires and Fuses

Chapter 6: Mobile Electronic Accessory Installation

            Mounting a Satellite Radio

            Mounting a Laptop

Chapter 7: Speaker Installation

            Upgrading Door Speakers

            Kick Panel Installation

            Designing a Subwoofer Enclosure

            Subwoofer Enclosure Construction Methods

            Installing a Subwoofer Inside a Car

            Installing Component Speakers

Chapter 8: Source Unit Installation

            Factory Source Units

            Single DIN Source Units

            DIN and a Half Source Unit Installation

            Custom In-Dash Source Unit Installation

Chapter 9: Amplifier Installation

            Safely Mounting an Amplifier Directly to a Car

            Building a Custom Amplifier Rack

            Amplifier Terminations

            Amplifier Setup and Adjustments

            Installing a Capacitor

Chapter 10: Video, Crossover, and Equalizer Installation

            Crossover and EQ Placement

            Crossover and EQ Adjustment

            Video Safety

            Video Component Integration

            Video Setup

Chapter 11: Custom Installation

            Custom Door Panels

            Creating Custom Trim Panels

            Fiberglass and Bodywork and Automotive Paint and Clear Coat

            Creating System Highlight Pieces from Exotic Materials

            Custom Upholstery Work

Chapter 12: Car Shows and Competitions

            Competition Organizations and Rules

            Preparing for a Show

            What to pack

            How to Get There

            Practice Makes Perfect

            Final Thoughts

Installation Dos and Don’ts

Glossary of Terms

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