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I had a picture of the new shifter handle in my photo gallery, but it's gone now. There seems to be a problem with the photo gallery. :(

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Proxlamus-

Here's a couple that might give you an idea of what I have. I cut the console off behind the switches on the front, and in front of the ashtray in the back. I might just leave the back part out totally, instead mounting a fire extinguisher.

I'd be interested in a smaller handle, but so far the Dodge/Chrysler one is the best. no mods to the lever were made, and I just added the shifter boot myself with a custom frame around the bottom.

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anyways i kinda solved my problem. i moved the 6x9's from the back of the car to between the strut towers and the seats. they are facing straight up in their boxes and they sound much better. actually they sound awesome! i can hear them great from both of my ears, if you mount them any other way it gets annoying because your right ear gets more than the other. i ordered 2 amps that will mount perfectly right behind my seats and i will order some more powerful speakers with a fuller range, maybe 6 1/2" speakers, and custom make the enclosures to fit snuggly. then maybe if i still have enough christmas $, i will order a 6" bazooka tube sub-woofer with the built in amp which also fits perfectly between the strut tower and rear panel on the drivers side. the best part of this project is that i dont have to cut or mess with anything in my car. it all stays original. and to think i almost cut my door panels!

Good job Mark. That's where I installed my speakers in my Z, and where I believe the best spot for them is. The neat thing about a Z is the cabin is so small. You don't need much in the way of speakers. One of the Z's I saw when shopping for one had two 15" subs sitting right behind the seats. :stupid:

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Has anyone tried installing Miata seats with the speakers built into the headrests? I'm thinking about installing them in my 73 240Z, and I'm not sure how good the sound will be.

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Has anybody mounted 6x9's faqcing forward on the verticle rise of the front part of the luggage riser (rear deck?). I'm thinking of mounting a pair of Infinity Kappa's there along with a pair of 6.5" component (separate tweeter/mid) in the doors and a pair of 10" subs in a box at the rear end of the deck.

I've got an Alpine CD receiver 9825, and will be picking up a JBL 80.4 to run the whole system.

Can't wait till the spring!

FWIW, when I had my 260z (20 years ago), it's previous owner had cut out 6x9 holes in the bulkhead behind the seats and mounted some 6x9's in each of the two toolbox cabinets (speakers facing the bottom rear of the seat) The sound was marginal at best. I asked an audiophile I met for a suggestion and he offered that I could clip the mid and tweeter cones on the 6x9's, effectively making them woofers and leave them where they were (since low frequency is not direction critical). I then mounted some quality midrange speakers in the doors, and got two ribbon tweeters that mounted just at the corner of the windshield and roof pillar junctions. With some proper EQ and balance applied, the effect was pretty amazing and done cost effectively too (I was a student at the time , so no $$$). Would I do it again? Maybe, but this one already had the 6x9 holes cut. Not sure I would have the nads to do that today. ;)

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Has anyone tried installing Miata seats with the speakers built into the headrests? I'm thinking about installing them in my 73 240Z, and I'm not sure how good the sound will be.

My daily driver is a Miata. It doesn't had the headrest speakers per se but I have heard them as well as read many reviews on the subject ( http://www.miata.net - THE Miata source on the net ). Anyway, the stock Miata headrest speakers are marginal at best. There are aftermarket replacement speakers though if you want to go that route. Check out the Miata.net site, there are some how-to examples of the retrofit. I had a very similar problem in my own Miata, little space and poor performance from the door speakers. The door cutout space is very limited in the Miata, so guys come up with some pretty inovative ideas. I had my own moment of inspiration. I didnt want to cut anything up, yet I wanted something loud enough that I could at least hear it when the top was down. Solution?

Found a pair of sealed indoor/outdoor box 3-way speakers (100watt), used some supergrip-velcro on the bottons to mount them onto the rear deck of the Miata. The velco keeps them solid in place, yet if I want to I can very quickly pull them out. The added benefit is that if I stop somewheere, I can very easily drop the top, grab the speakers and use them for outdoor tunes! Works like a charm. I'm planning a 240z purchase in the next few weeks and have already considered the idea for the Z.

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I used Fiero seats-they had speakers too, replaced the oem speakers with some Cerwin Vegas-better sound, but far from great.

Will

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What if you put a microphone under the hood and amplify the engine sound? Or make your own engine-sound synthesizer? LOL

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LOL then I would call that a waste of money that should have been spent on improving performace, or ice cream or something cool like that. LOL get it cool like that!! HA HA

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What if you put a microphone under the hood and amplify the engine sound? Or make your own engine-sound synthesizer? LOL

A Microphone would require an amplifier and assorted electronic items, which would further tax the electrical system of the car, let alone figuring out where to tie it in so that it only operated when the engine was running and so that it didn't cause other anomalies. You wouldn't want it working when it's just the squirrels in your air-breather having an intimate moment. Then again, when the carb's backfired, that would be an experience. LOL :stupid:

Why not simply weld a 1/2" to 3/4" metal bar and a couple of feet long to the engine block, then route it through the firewall and the center console (seeing as you have it chopped up anyhow) and put a rubber tip on it. That way when you wanted to listen to the engine you could rest your forehead on the tip and through resonance through the metal and into the bone mass in your head you'd hear every tiny little sound. LOL Heck, on second thought, due to the bone mass involved, that might work as it's own power amplifier and deafen people around you. :devious:

But if you're going to go with a sound synthesizer, you should definitely go all the way and get one from the Luke Skywalker Jedi Fighter X-wing toys, or Darth Vader's fighter. Or even the Knight Rider's Kit Car. LOL :stupid:

Enrique

P.S.: For those individuals who did NOT detect the note of sarcasm, please be advised that there was a heavy dose applied to this post. Heck, it was literally MARINATED in it.

Don't try this at home, whether you're a professional bonehead or not.

You know who you are, and so do the rest of us.

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OR YOU COULD GET A SPEAKER BOX. I HAD A SMALL ONE IN MY LAST Z. IT FIT ON THE LEDGE IN FRONT OF THE REAR WHEEL WELLS.:knockedou

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Oh And By The Way........as Far As The Microphone Set Up Goes. Since Your Radio Isnt Doing You Any Good.... You Could Just Wire The Microphone Onto The Same Fuse Circiut. Then The Microphone Would Only Come On When The Ignition Was Initiated And The Fuzzy Little Critters Could Have Their Privacy!!!!

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I am working on making my own door panels out of fiberglass with molded in mounting locations and will be installing a 6 1/2 bass speaker down on the lower front corner and molding in a mounting location up towards the front upper corner near the dash for the mids and highs. I also have a 12" sub that will have a custom molded enclosure in the spare tire well so that I will have an all around good sound for when I don't want to listen to the awesome sound emitted by the nissan six with a custom exhaust!!! Just some plans I am working on. I have upgraded the alternator already using the plug and play adapter sold by Arne and upgraded the headlight harness and parking light harness made by Zs-ondabrain. All of these upgrades are more than worth the cost. Did I mention that they are all plug and play!!! no cutting of original harnesses required!!!

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David,

Those custom door panels sound cool. good luck. Please post pics so I can drool over them. :)

I thought about making custom kickpanel enclosures for my 5.25" speakers, but for now I'm just using homemade speaker boxes in the hatch area.

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David,

Those custom door panels sound cool. good luck. Please post pics so I can drool over them. :)

I am still in the planning stages so it will still be a while before I actually start making them. I will post pictures of the progress when the time comes however.

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