Sunday, August 20, 2017

SC430 Smart Keyless Entry, Push button start and phone control

Since I've had the SC430 I've wanted newer car amenities and smart key and push button start is something I've wanted in this car as well. This is where Advanced keys came into play, when discussing this install with Shaun at 919 Motoring in Raleigh,  NC he suggested integrating the smart key along with a couple of Compustar's components to give it an after market security system and drone which gives me access to features via my smart phone along with GPS tracking etc and no limitation on range.

I did want the push button start in the factory location of where the key was and that I think was the biggest pain in the ass since it was the first one that I had installed. The ignition system once separated from the steering column the rest was just wiring etc. In order to separate the ignition system from the steering wheel column there are two security bolts that need to be drilled out and then removed by dropping the steering wheel column. I did that part and Shaun took care of all the wiring. It's been a couple of months since I've had it on and I'm very happy with it. Car unlocks when I am in proximity to it and locks itself when I'm out of proximity. No keys etc needed to start car etc, trunk can be popped with the new remote. Car can be started via the app on my smart phone along with other features that can be programmed like retract roof, windows down etc. The app also shows the status of the car, doors locked, voltage etc. I'm very happy with it and want to thank Shaun at 919 Motoring for his expertise.

                                                                                                                              - AJ Abraham

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

SC430 Audio system planning and upgrade.

I've been meaning to do this write up for awhile but haven't had the time to till recently. I could not have done this without the guidance of 919 Motoring here in Raleigh North Carolina. So hearing a couple of speakers etc I fell in love with the Arc Audio black series. I am by no means an audiophile but these speakers sounded very clean and crisp to me. These are the components I used:

Head unit - Kenwood 9903s
Speakers - Arc Audio Black 6.2
Subwoofer - Black 12V2
Amplifier - XDI 1100.5
Sound deadening - Focal Bam 
Wires - Focal RCA's, speaker wires etc
Trim kit - Beat-Sonic MVA-11FB
Additional wiring harness - Beat-Sonic MVA-13L

I started off by running all the lines and doing the sound dampening with the factory unit still inplace. This is because I did this is stages and worked on the car when I had a chance to so I still had some sort of sound till it was all done. 

Inner and outer door skins dampened

Rear seat were removed and I'm not planning on putting it back in. Wanted to create a more factory looking sub install which I'm hoping it will turn out as I planned once my interior is done. Rear seat area, quarter panel and sides were all dampened as well.

Falls floors setup and then planned out the how the sub should sit. The amp and the crossovers sits under this falls floor. I wanted to keep the rear storage cubby which is why it is open in the pic below to make sure there was enough room for it to articulate open and close. 

Fleeced, resined and fiber added on the inside.

Pretty happy with how it turned out.

On to the head unit. Removed the factory unit and setup the Kenwood 9903S. The unit and brackets were mocked and modified to make sure the door would still close without any hindrances.

Made the speaker pods out of 3/4" poly carbonate and the factory tweeter pods were modified to fit the new arc tweeters. 

Shaun at 919 Motoring pretty much built my box for me and I want to thank him for all his help, guidance and for tuning my system. It sounds awesome and I am very happy with it!! 

                                                                                                                              - AJ Abraham