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#1 OFFLINE   JScaro

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 05:25 PM

Here's a list of the parts that I'll be installing in my 2017 Ford Edge Sport with Sony 12 Speaker / Sub system.  
Started off with the Sub & amp and of course not happy with the sound, just upgrading the sub & amp in the factory locations wasn't enough.
I'll be upgrading the amps, wiring, and sound deadning to have control over the sound / DSP.
I should start this weekend with Stage 2 and I'll take pictures detialing out as much as I can.  I wanted to utilize all the fatory speaker location, I know it's over kill and not necessary but I did it anyway.
 
Stage 1
Kicker 43CXA300.1 - Sub amp
Kicker CompRT 43CWRT81 - Lazy and didn't use polyfil or sound deadner the area.
 
Stage 2
iDatalink Maestro AR 
iDatalink HRN-AR-FO2 
Kenwood Excelon XR600-6DSP - Main Amp
Kenwood KAC-5207 - Front Center & Rear Pillar Amp, over kill I know
Kicker 44KSC3504 - Front Center Speaker,  other will be for sale.
Stinger RKX36B Roadkill Expert Series Sound Damping Material Bulk Pack
T-Spec V12 0ga install kit & Misc items - Future proof
Polyfil Sub Box
 
Stage 3
Rainbow CS 265 Profi Kick - Front Door
 
Here are some links and stuff from the research I did.  Hope to help others looking to do the same. 
 
YouTube videos on installs. 
How To: Ford Escape Speaker upgrade (all current fords) - Good refrence video speaker replacement, route I will go
Another one from Jason
2017 iDatalink Maestro AR & KENWOOD eXcelon XR600-6DSP Detailed Explanation
Kenwood XR600-6DSP & Maestro AR - Ford Edge Gen1 Installation
2017 KENWOOD eXcelon XR600-6DSP & iDatalink Maestro AR On-Site Installation Ford Edge Gen2
2017 KENWOOD DSP Control APP Complete Setup for eXcelon XR600-6DSP OEM Integration Amplifier
2018 KENWOOD eXcelon XR600-6DSP New Universal iDataLink Maestro AR Solution!
 
idatalink Maestro Page
 
Ford Edge Forum usefull links
Started here - Thanks to vipervenom550 got me hooked
Another one full of info - Thanks  HappyHourSport
Great right up for changing rear door speakers - Thanks Lifeisabeach
Front dash speaker replacement - Thanks Lifeisabeach
2017 Edge - replacing rear (cargo area) speakers in 12-speaker system - Thanks Lifeisabeach
Improve The Quality Of Your OEM Sub For $5 - Thanks to gjb89
Door Speaker Size and Replacements - Thanks bill valley
 
To be continued.....

 


Edited by JScaro, 08 March 2018 - 08:03 AM.








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#2 OFFLINE   Tacyon

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 08:09 PM

OMG .. finally someone has done it! This is exactly what I've been waiting/looking for. I've never liked the output matching DSPs. It always felt like a kludgy, "sort of", solution. AND, a separate subwoofer .. that was my real desire. The XR600-6DSP is just the icing on the cake.


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#3 OFFLINE   JScaro

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 11:47 AM

Well, what a long weekend.  
Did the sound deadening, stuffed the sub box, and wired the amps.  Ran out of time to get everything set up but got it close and here's my first impressions.
Sound quality is better, even with the stock speakers.  Need more time to tune.
 
Issues to work out.
Beep is gone on touch screen :(
Navigation voice prompts gone?  Need to figure out.
**Edit 3/13/2018**
All prompts must be adjusted individually.  The sound/tone/prompt must be active and you adjust with the volume knob.  Hopefully that makes sense.  
 
Here's a few pics,  my Edge is dirty -sorry 
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Ran the power cable through the fire wall - grommet located next to steering column under dash.  Coat hanger will be you friend to fish the wire.
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0ga power wire barely fits :)
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More to come
 

Edited by JScaro, 13 March 2018 - 12:31 PM.

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 12:40 PM

Snapped some pics of the sub box and measurements.  This is for reference only.

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Measured to that raised section.

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Messured to the back of the box - if you removed the raised portion.

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Pics of the little rear pillar speakers

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Amps mounted - temporary,  didn't like how it came out and going to make a better mounting platform. 

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 10:02 PM

Nice progress! Did you consider going with the PAC Amp Pro to get clean signal from the HU. https://www.crutchfi...=c&awug=9019611 

Keep the pics and details coming!



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:27 PM

Nice progress! Did you consider going with the PAC Amp Pro to get clean signal from the HU. https://www.crutchfi...=c&awug=9019611

Keep the pics and details coming!

 

No,  I wanted to try and keep it simple but this project has snowballed!!  I liked the features of the iDatalink Maestro AR with the Kenwood Excelon XR600-6DSP


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 08:40 AM

Holy smokes. Excellent write up! Thank you for the detailed pictures and explanations. Well done. 






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