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Old 01-14-2013, 01:03 PM   #41
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Because the temperatures here are minus 0, I didn't do anything on the polo last several days.
It's too cold, and according to the weather lady , the weather isn't going to chance soon.
So I guess updates will be on hold for some time...


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Old 01-14-2013, 02:47 PM   #42
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Your work is amazing as usual. Can't wait to see the final product. What the hell is minus 0? Haha. I'm guessing a translation error.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:52 PM   #43
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Your work is amazing as usual. Can't wait to see the final product. What the hell is minus 0? Haha. I'm guessing a translation error.
As cold as the North Pole
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:46 PM   #44
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:09 PM   #45
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In despite of the cold weather, I went and buy some things I needed to finish the trunk of the Polo.
I also found almost the same fabric as the original one from VW (90% the same).
This was (at least for me) the best I could find. I know that it would have been much prettier when I would have covered it in leather, or alcantara, but I just couldn't. This is a daily car, and the trunk has to be used.



I also bought some RCA cables from Dietz



Fuse-holder for in the front.



This self-adhesive (hard) mousse I'll tape on the aluminium that comes on top of the install.



The aim is to have a good closure of the subbox.
On the cover of the amp, I'll also stick this, so it can't vibrate.

This self-adhesive 2mm rubber will get in between the rings of the speakers, and the aluminium.
Also to prevent vibration.






I also got the O-ring for the finishing touch.



As for the material, I've got everything to finish the trunk.
The biggest problem now it the cold weather. I went over there to take some pictures, and check a few things, but after a few mintues, I was almost completely frozen.
So I'll have to wait for better temperatures to continue this project
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:12 AM   #46
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holy fk! thats awesome..i should attempt something like this one day soon
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:00 AM   #47
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holy fk! thats awesome..i should attempt something like this one day soon
Go 4 it
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:48 AM   #48
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I'm back in business! The goal now is to complete the entire sub-box.

First off all, I sanded the aluminum parts, in which the cables run through, firmly, because I was going to polish them.
I did the solid bar first, because I would take longer than the rest.

First I sanded it with the machine, this with a 240.
After that, with a wet 600, then 800 - 1200, and I stopped with a 2000. When I completed all of these steps, it was 2 hours later.

To do this in a safe way, I screwed the ruler on a piece of wood. By doing this you exclude the possibility to burn your hands when holding the wood, and it's almost impossible that your piece hits the brush.
You can also see that I taped the plank with tape. I do this always so my brush isn't full with wood splinters, and so you can't make any scratches.



As for the little parts, I needed to come up with something.
And I found a simple way to fix this.

The piece on the right needed polishing, and on the left you can see how I screwed it.



Off course I also needed to go through all the sanding steps, but this went pretty easy.
I placed this in my drill machine, and let it spin.
So I just had to place the sanding paper against it, and keep it wet.



On the right you can see the sanded piece.



Then this had to get polished too, so I clammed a pliers on it.



So you can hold the little piece against the brush in a safe way.



On the left the result



This was everything that needed to get polished for the subbox.



For those who want to polish something, be carefull with this! And don't use a big brush.
If you have a descent motor (about 4hp), with a big brush, you have a fat chance that the piece will bite the brush pretty hard, and you'll feel a big slap in your arms



I also added some LED lights in the box.



I also mounted the self-adhesive mousse, so the box will be tightly closed.

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Old 02-04-2013, 11:58 AM   #49
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:25 AM   #50
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Awesome work man, i hope the weather this year with Ground Zero is going to better. Any plans for shows in the coming months, maybe we can meet up some where and catch up
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:54 AM   #51
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your skills are immaculate. hands down man.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:01 PM   #52
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Outstanding work as always!!!
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:26 PM   #53
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The first piece of the polo-ice, is ready, the sub box. yihaa







About the connections, I'm very pleased I've done it like this...



I thought everything will go much smoother by making this so, but you can forget it.
I had a huge amount of work trying to mount it all nicely, and getting it all aligned.



The O-rings are the finishing touch in my opinion.



The cables were the things I had the most amount of work on. These need to be placed in the same line, and then again, have the same curve. To do this I made a couple of cardboard molds and checked for over 500 times if everything was correct.
This was something people would have a comment on like "cool, but the cables are not all the same, and offcourse, I want to prevent that to happen in any way

I spread the 4 connections over 3 days. I mean, when you checked something about 300, you make yourself crazy, and you don't see little errors anymore.
The day after, you immediately see something appear, and the day after that you can make it for 100% perfect.
You can judge yourself, but the picture doesn't give a perfect image, cause it wasn't possible with my camera to put they all in one row.



When you look at the connection in the front, it seems like this is morde round than the other one, but that's not true.
I'm pleased how it looks now, but I've put a lot of work in this little box.
I added some lights too, and it sure looks nice (if I may say so myself), but I'm going to wait some more before posting this


The subs are hooked on, and the next thing I'm going to do is to mount the box in the polo.
The amplifier is going to be hooked on when it's mounted in the car. It will be much easier to work on.

Up to the next..
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:36 AM   #54
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OMG that looks so nice and clean
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:33 AM   #55
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I've taken some pictures of the subbox with the lights on. This wasn't that simple. Once it's all finished, I'll ask a friend of mine, who has some professional material, to do a shoot for me.
He took shots from the interior-lighting from the bimmer last year, and that was BAM!

As you can see I chose red. The interior lighting is also red and white, but white sounded a bit "boring" for me.











The only thing I can't stand, is the reflection of the LED's in the polished bar.










I had this in the bimmer too, that's why I'm going to experiment with this problem...












If I can trust the weather-man here in Belgium, it's going to get pretty cold again...so the thing is that I'll have the put the works on pause again
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:31 AM   #57
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I was sick for a couple of weeks, but now I'm cured, and ready for take-off!
At least, I thought I was...till I saw there was a crack in the glass.




After some swearing I screwed it loose.
I thought "let's cut it loose from the aluminium, but damn, was that disappointing"




The easiest thing to do was to crush it all with a hammer, and then cut the Tec7 through with a nice.
A really sh*tty job


Of course I had to find the cause of this problem, and I found it immediately. The alu framework, where the glass rests upon, isn't 100% equal, so it's normal that it broke.
Now, I rather have this going bad now, then when it's all finished.

The glass is ordered, and tomorrow I'm going to do it all over again.



sh*t happens
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so what's the plan now then??
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:43 PM   #59
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I've started again! I screwed a 2 mm thick aluminium plate onto the bottom of the box. So you can't see anything of the cables anymore, and that's much better.



If everything goes well, I'm going to mount it in the Polo tomorrow.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:30 AM   #60
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I've started covering the parts for in the trunk.
The alu part you see in the hole, is the plate I made so the little door will not be able to shift backwards.



Here the little door when it was freshly sawn, just need to cover it. The plate harnesses itself in the hole, and I'll tell you how to take it out, once it's covered in clothing.



This is the left side





I covered this last night, and where I'm working now, I haven't got so much ligt. So when I looked at my work outside today, I... @$esd)!
Here you can see why.




The colour of the lower part is a bit more dark , and I didn't see that. I bought 2 rolls of fabric, and apparently it wasn't the same color.
So I'll have to start again.




Every disadvantage has an advantage ... Now I'm going to know how strong the glue is I've used


F-ckin' hell!
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