Install completed! It took about six hours yesterday, but most of that was battling my laptop (now DEAD) trying to get some before / after REW graphs. Actually install time was more like three hours. I haven't done any serious listening yet; I only played some music long enough to verify that the connections and amp are good. Impressions will come later.
Kevin does a fantastic job with these kits. I followed the original installation instructions here
, and never had any issues or confusion. The only place I deviated a little from the instructions was at the end (based on reading experiences of others like mak99): before screwing down the new driver, I did a test fit of the faceplate to verify that I had the driver centered. That was a good move!
There was also a fun moment when a piece of backing from the gasket material fell into the port. Fortunately, tipping the sub upside down was enough to get it to slide back out.
What good is an install post without some pics?
Original driver with faceplate removed:
Original driver out, exposing the sub guts:
Upper cutout (where amp controls originally were) just after applying new gasket material:
Same thing, with new plate screwed down:
New gasket on lower cutout, where the original amp was located:
With new plate screwed down and binding posts installed:
Closeup of heavy duty, high quality binding posts:
Now the fun part begins! The new driver, as it was shipped (it's far bigger than it looks here):
The obligatory old vs new shot:
Wires hooked up. When doing this solo, having a table or some surface nearby to do this is a must:
New driver in, just before the faceplate went on:
A big thanks again to Kevin for making this kit available to us, especially so long after it was originally introduced! I can't wait to let it loose over the days to come!