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I've gleaned a lot of information from these boards, so here is my attempt to give back by showing what I've done with all of your wonderful recommendations. :D

First here is my Element (notice the Thule roof rack, bug gaurd, sidesteps, rear bumber trim, and Pep Boys exhaust finisher... all installed by myself)
<img src="http://www.oursmallgroup.org/elementpics/frontquarter.jpg" />
<img src="http://www.oursmallgroup.org/elementpics/sideview.jpg" />
<img src="http://www.oursmallgroup.org/elementpics/rearquarter.jpg" />

Next notice the self installed seat bungees and hidden hitch...
<img src="http://www.oursmallgroup.org/elementpics/seatbungees.jpg" />
<img src="http://www.oursmallgroup.org/elementpics/hiddenhitch.jpg" />

These I'm really proud of, lots of time and thought went into my radio so here it is.
<img src="http://www.oursmallgroup.org/elementpics/radio.jpg" />
(My amp volume dial fits nicely into the dash kit pocket)

It took me many discouraging hours of thought to come up with a place to mount my amp. Finally I unzipped the passenger seat cover and found a nice place to hang a vinyl covered amp board...
<img src="http://www.oursmallgroup.org/elementpics/amprack.jpg" />

Here's a sideview and closeup sideview...
<img src="http://www.oursmallgroup.org/elementpics/opensideview.jpg" />
<img src="http://www.oursmallgroup.org/elementpics/closeupsideview.jpg" />

Here's the seat in the down position (still plenty of room. absolutely no loss in functionality!! :D )
<img src="http://www.oursmallgroup.org/elementpics/amprackseatdown.jpg" />

Here's a view of the engine compartment with the amp power wire...
<img src="http://www.oursmallgroup.org/elementpics/engine.jpg" />


This board has been an awesome source of information!! I estimate that I've saved over $1500 from the ideas posted by you all! The only thing I need to do now is get my sub in a custom fiberglass box built into where the factory sub is.
 

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Thanks! It really helps to have pics to illustrate. Great job, great vehicle. I have not started to customize mine, I have no vehicle personality yet and have not even named my E yet. Sure do love that Green (I have the SLM and have green envy)!
 

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Not to be a downer but having that capacitor where you do terrifies me.

Consider the following picture and the story that goes with it below...



So there I am...driving at about 75mph with my wife next to me and my 2 little kids sitting in the back of my 4Runner watching Harry Potter 2 on our way to the east coast for our annual vacation (actually..one of 2 this year ...esp since it rained like a monsoon while we were there..lol). The toll booth is about a mile away and I kick off the cruise and BANG..followed by some smoke. I am appropriately terrified.

I immediately think that my air bag has deployed for some reason but it has not. I glance down and notice that most of the hair on lower part of my right leg is either gone or is severely singed.

I go through the toll booth and pull over and hop out of the car…maybe something blew under the car?

Nope…. Turns out the Stinger Cap that I had mounted under my seat decided to choose that moment to blow its top clean off….directly at my leg. A picture can be seen at www.feebler.com/files/cap.jpg . The terminals were still attached and I had to cut them off to wrap them in electrical tape so I still had tunes in the car for the rest of the trip.

Now, I wonder, why did it do this? I don't really have enough power to really test the thing (2 MTX Amps monod and 1 smallish Xtant driving a Stealthbox)…and I sure wasn't running it anywhere near any kind of limit when this happened…

The one thing I can say is that the little voice that told me to throw some electrical tape and a wire cutter in the glove compartment while packing the car should be taken out for a nice steak dinner…

BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU MOUNT CAPS!
 

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Exterior looks great! You killed the interior room though! One seat up always for the sub and the amp mounted on the back of the passenger's seat? Just a suggestion, mount the amp under one of the back seats and move the sub to the rear. I am mounting a DVD player under the passenger's seat, amp under the driver's seat and two subs, one under each rear seat....the hidden install is the way to go.
 

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I'm 6'2" and with the passenger seat all the way back, I still have plenty of leg room sitting in the rear. As for the sub box, I am planning on having a custom fiberglass box molded into the factory sub location. I already have the speaker wire run, so once I save up enough moola I will regain my drivers side rear seat. Also the current box can be moved behind the seat if I want to put it down.

I didn't want to mount the amp to the rear seat because that interferes with the cars functionality, and I didn't want to unhook the amp when I want to remove the rear seat (for cleaning, or just hauling more stuff). Also, I'd have to cut through the upholstery. One other point is with the CAP, amp, and amp board I would have a hard time setting it up so the seat could be down and the amp not touching the floor. Also, with the rear seat up, I don't want to have the seat leg forced in the out position because the amp is in the way of putting it down.


eMass: Bummer about your CAP, that sure is an ugly picture... Any suggestions as to where a better place to mount mine would be?
 

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Oh yeah, I almost forgot... I have a Kenwood Music Keg MP3 player mounted under the drivers seat. I forgot to take pictures of that.

Under the passenger seat there wasn't enough room to mount my amp or MP3 player without cutting into the floor.
 

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:shock: People these capacitors are no joke! I've been involved in car audio for 24 years. Please don't mount these things where they can be touched! Especially by children! Have you ever used jumper cables? You see that spark and the burn in the metal, well multiply that by say ......100, on your finger! :!:
 

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HEGG,

Stimp is right on the mounting location - mount those anywhere it cannot be easily touched. Of course that's going to be difficult for you because the other recommendation on caps is to mount them as close as possible to the amp.

I too would recommend another place for that amp (like under the rear seat) but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Also, that story about the cap exploding did not happen to me. It was posted on usenet at rec.audio.car about a month ago.

The original post is here.
 

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Hegg

Looks like you did some fine work !!

I'm also interested in a roof rack and am wondering what model Thule you got and price. How long did it take you to install it?

Brooks
 

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For the roofrack, I followed the directions provided at this "other" forum:
http://www.hondasuv.com/forum_element/viewtopic.php?t=441

It took me about two hours because I cut the plastic inserts to form around the Thule feet. I'm a little bit dislexyc so I had to remeasure everything about three times before I took a dremel to the plastic.

I bought the following parts from www.sportsrack.com
430 Tracker II Foot Pack $92.00
LB50 Load Bars. Set of two bars. $45.00
TK6 Tracker Kit $34.00
555 Fairing $50.00
512 Lock Cylinders (2 pk) $19.00

Total Cost $240.00 b4 tax/shipping

If you want to do this make sure you get the Fairing, because without it the rack makes an ungodly whistling/howling noise as you drive down the highway. Also make sure you stop at the hardware store and pick up longer screws as mentioned in the forum linked to above. I only purchased 2 locks, for extra safety you may want to get a 4 pk of locks which runs $39.
 
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