: 2005 CTS-V complete stereo system installed!



Scott2012
03-31-13, 10:55 PM
After a ton of researching a way to ditch the bose and retain the DIC functions... I just ditched the bose and put in a completely new system! It is awesome and I don't miss the DIC at all!!
Here's what I did:
New Pioneer Nav unit, CTS Install kit, PAC interface, ebrake bypass kit
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Added Big 3 wires to engine ground, battery ground and +alt to battery, then ran 0 gauge to trunk.
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Installed Eclipse 8062 Components + Boston Proseries Tweeters (front)
Installed Patriot Mids/passive bandpass xovers (rear)

Built and sealed in 2 Boston Proseries 12.4lf subwoofers behind rear seats
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Xtant 403a amp (front/rears) MTX 1501D (subs) & all crossovers + dist blocks
*****Soundstream Class A 6.0 and Soundstream Reference 160 will replace Xtant has soon as they arrive*****
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carlson_mn
03-31-13, 11:08 PM
Wow nice job. Get a photobucket account and upload some nice pics when you get a chance so you can embed them into this thread. Looking real nice. Would like to check this out sometime I'm only a few miles from you. I'll let you listen to my sub but that's all I've done lol... I am always messing with my DIC so can't let it go yet.

Scott2012
04-01-13, 12:03 AM
Thanks! Lets connect sometime... Now that spring is here, I'm driving the V
The sound, the nav unit.... Well worth losing DIC :)

josney
04-05-13, 09:51 PM
The sound, the nav unit.... Well worth losing DIC :)

amen brother. nice system, I have the z130bt

Scott2012
04-05-13, 10:33 PM
Well, as great as the xtant amp is, my soundstream reference 6.0 showed up, and I'm going to run that!
Gotta love the amps from the 90's

joshuajohn1981
04-05-13, 10:38 PM
Very nice. I almost pulled the trigger on all this but leaving the stock head unit in but I decided to hold off. Seeing this is making me think about doing it again.

Have any of you guys thought about turning the spare tire hole into a sub box? I've been thinking about doing that since I got the car but again, haven't pulled the trigger on it. I've got a jl12w6 in a box in the trunk but the box (not custom) takes up more than half my trunk.

thebigjimsho
04-06-13, 12:52 AM
Well, as great as the xtant amp is, my soundstream reference 6.0 showed up, and I'm going to run that!
Gotta love the amps from the 90's

Soundstream. The west coast a/d/s/...

fej
04-07-13, 12:34 AM
^ yep, old school SS was awesome, then they were bought (several times?) and were never the same. Miss my old Class A and reference stuff.

Fej

Scott2012
04-07-13, 04:42 PM
^ yep, old school SS was awesome, then they were bought (several times?) and were never the same. Miss my old Class A and reference stuff.

Fej

Just installed an old school ref 6.0 and ref 160 for rears- they are awesome- too bad they don't make em like the used to!

Just for grins, I bought a current Soundstream Reference 1.500. It's basically middle of the road and nothing like the old school reference stuff. If I were going to buy newer amps I'd go with Audison, Rockford, Bulter Audio or JL.

thebigjimsho
04-11-13, 09:45 PM
Just installed an old school ref 6.0 and ref 160 for rears- they are awesome- too bad they don't make em like the used to!

Just for grins, I bought a current Soundstream Reference 1.500. It's basically middle of the road and nothing like the old school reference stuff. If I were going to buy newer amps I'd go with Audison, Rockford, Bulter Audio or JL.

Yeah, slim pickins these days...

ls6v
04-15-13, 04:08 AM
Crutchfield sells a nicer looking install kit, less grainy and closer to the original finish.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_120992006/Cadillac-In-dash-Receiver-Kit-Black.html

Scott2012
04-15-13, 10:07 AM
Crutchfield sells a nicer looking install kit, less grainy and closer to the original finish.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_120992006/Cadillac-In-dash-Receiver-Kit-Black.html

Cool, thanks ill have to order and compare

ls6v
04-15-13, 10:56 AM
Cool, thanks ill have to order and compare

No prob dude, nice work on your install. The other install kit is pictured here in this thread so you get an idea..

http://ls1tech.com/forums/cadillac-cts-v/1625045-looking-parrot-asteroid-smart-headunit-2.html

Scott2012
04-20-13, 02:57 PM
Very nice. I almost pulled the trigger on all this but leaving the stock head unit in but I decided to hold off. Seeing this is making me think about doing it again.

Have any of you guys thought about turning the spare tire hole into a sub box? I've been thinking about doing that since I got the car but again, haven't pulled the trigger on it. I've got a jl12w6 in a box in the trunk but the box (not custom) takes up more than half my trunk.

Yes- you can use the spare tire well... I have done this in many cars. You can use the factory cover as a template and cut out mdf and cover in carpeting. I have actually used some phone books in the event the space was a little too large- LOL :)

Scott2012
04-20-13, 03:06 PM
Now changed things up a bit:
Running boston proseries 6.5 up front; eclipse 8062 rears; diamond d6 12's.
Soundstream class A 6.0 powering Fronts.
Soundstream reference 500sx powering rears.

Currently have a killer MTX 1505 powering subs, but waiting for a Soundstream class A 10.0 to arrive :)
Also added a dry cell battery in spare tire well!

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mackey
04-20-13, 05:04 PM
No prob dude, nice work on your install. The other install kit is pictured here in this thread so you get an idea..

http://ls1tech.com/forums/cadillac-cts-v/1625045-looking-parrot-asteroid-smart-headunit-2.htmli have the AS and the crutchfield kit is fairly close to stock texture and feel but color is slightly darker.

PISNUOFF
04-21-13, 12:32 PM
Yes- you can use the spare tire well... I have done this in many cars. You can use the factory cover as a template and cut out mdf and cover in carpeting. I have actually used some phone books in the event the space was a little too large- LOL :)

I really miss all my old Alpine, Boston Acoustics Pro separates and Soundstream amps. Those were the good old days when that stuff costed a ton of money and sounded awesome. I just burned up my last MC245 and BA Pro separates that we're nearly 20 years old. My brother still has his stuff running in his garage. Still sounding great also.

I still put the cover over this with the hole in the middle of it left open. Sounds good with it on or off.

http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l586/bruckde/544c8e7d.jpg

Scott2012
04-21-13, 01:58 PM
Right on- looks great!

jamesdem1123
05-09-13, 09:26 PM
What functions of the DIC do you lose when you change the head unit?

carlson_mn
05-09-13, 10:40 PM
What functions of the DIC do you lose when you change the head unit?

The whole shizbang...

Scott2012
05-10-13, 12:26 AM
I don't miss any DIC functions at all- quite frankly, shoulda done it day 1 :yup:
Ok, if I had to pick so,etching I wish was there... Maybe outside temp :)

jamesdem1123
05-11-13, 01:23 AM
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f247/jamesdem1123/INSTRUMENTPANELzxpdf-AdobeReader_zpsf514fa69.png
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f247/jamesdem1123/INSTRUMENTPANELpdf-AdobeReader_zpse88f5a02.png

So all that will be gone, to include the oil pressure?
Or just the miles and crap on the right?

what do the screens display? blank?
the buttons then have no functionality?

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Or are you referring to the message center that will be gone in the bottom pic?

mackey
05-11-13, 04:31 AM
bottom pic

steering functions are retained as well as dash displays