Dyn0mitemat's super sweet ALP install

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Dyn0mitemat's 2010 STi Build Thread
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So I'm installing ALP's in the STi, figured I'd make a build thread to go along with it. Tidied up a bunch of other odds and ends, and a new mount for the LRD950 since an R3 awaits it and I can't be having a subpar install with that beast hahaha )

Anyway I've got:
ALP Quad + HiFi - Yes I'm in a dragon area but they only do rear shots (well they do front but good luck finding out who to send it to lol :obama:) and they just send tickets anyway, I can always upgrade and add heads later on, but I travel through Youngstown fairly often and its pretty obvious where they're setup with the dragons.

LRD950 (Until R3 gets here) - Roof mount, hardwire. Will be trying to fab up a mute button for it here shortly.

A119v2 Dashcam - putting in front

G1wc Dashcam - Or whatever its called, getting moved to rear

I pulled the bearcat 980ssb out for time being, waiting to see how the new beartracker unit does, may pull the crappy stock double-din head unit and put a nice single din head unit and a cb/scanner under it



Anyway on to the pics! Thanks to @STiFTW and @wirelessandy for the install tips and suggestions as well as Tom at @BestRadarDetectors for the great service and help, and lastly @Vortex for the great vid's and write up on getting the ALP's installed and setup correctly.

Currently waiting on the Sugru to dry so the install isn't completely done yet, will add pics as I get things completed.

Fancy ALP's. Gotta say even the boxes are constructed well. I'm a lithographer/printing press op by trade and the quality of them is outstanding! Also, everything is alot smaller than I expected. The cpu, speaker, and the heads look much easier to fit and find places for than I imagined.
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So first thing first, I've got this cable here in the headliner for a powered rear view mirror. My car doesn't have it since it was a 'Special Edition' STi and was pretty much stripped out from the factory as more of a track car. Perfect for me beacuse its a 5amp 12v switched power, right where I need it, easy peasy!
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First things to make a splitter for it so I can get power to the dash cams, the RD and the ALP's.

So here's making a splitter up
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And look at that, now I have power for everything!
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Next up is making a cable for the RD
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And one for the two dashcams
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Next up: The RD headliner/roof mount, this was actually super simple. Just bent up the factory windshield one and added a hole for a plastic push rivet thingy
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Next up is doing the power cable for the ALP cpu, I decided under pass seat is best so thats where its getting run to
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Next was pulling the hatch apart and getting brackets for heads mounted. 22" apart above the license plate
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Absolutely parallel!
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Here's where I differed from other's installs. I routed the wires through the holes by the plate lights
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I then looped it back above the sensor (in the trim piece of course and then through the taillight hole in the hatch.

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Only thing I had to do was use a dremmel and a drum sander and make a small groove for the wire to pass (where my thumb is)
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Tails in and sealed up find around them
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Next is running the wiring back to the cpu from the rear sensors
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The wiring for each sensor went through the grommet on its side of the vehicle back on top of the headliner
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Pulled the power for the rear cam back while the headliner was down, and mounted the dashcam
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So I got the rear head wiring ran up across the headliner to the pass side b pillar, and down it to the cpu it went. Nothing really to show so no pics were taken.

Ran the Control pad up in front of the shifter
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Next up is the front heads. I'm currently waiting for the Sugru to dry so I'm at a standstill right now (hence why I'm posting lol :rolleyes:)

I always see people struggling to get heads straight, aligned and looking nice when they need mounted to odd grills, angles, bends/compound curves and such and always racked my brain wondering why people don't use jig's to get everything setup. I figured if I was doing more than 1-2 install's I could use some extruded aluminum square fab stock and make a nice fancy jig on on rollers that you could just wheel up and clamp your heads on.

While I have the time, I don't have any aluminum to do that right now, so I used what I had on hand. I had some 2x4's and started cutting them up and fabbed up my own jig. At the top I set the brackets and had the wooden piece they're set on all leveled out in every direction, as well as parallel to each other (struck a line before I put it upto the car).

Pushed it up and ran a single screw through the bottom of each bracket to be safe, not sure how strong the sugru is yet so I wanted a backup incase it fell off. Then I just used a putty knife and put a bunch of black sugru around each sensor. Looks great. Now I'm just waiting on it to dry.

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And that's it for now, the sugru seems to be getting harder, I wanna give it another half hour or so before I mess with anything so I don''t bump them out of place just yet.

All I have left is to extend the led light wiring (actually I guess I could do that now while I'm waiting... lol) and find a place to put it (probably top of steering column I'm thinking. And then stick the A119v2 Dash cam up on the windshield somewhere, I have the power wire dangling down I just need to stick it on the glass.

I'll update when I get more done tonight, Thanks for viewing! :)
 
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Looks great! Thanks for documenting the install!
 

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Thanks! Forgot to mention the front heads are a 23.25" apart (center to center)
 

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Nice! I really like the custom leveling system you built!
 

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Yup thos 2x4's are what I'm doing for my next install. Then you can let them sit level all night. I was gonna do it last time around but I didn't have a garage. It's such a nice setup. That install is amazing. Good work man!
 

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Thanks guys, here's a few more to wrap up the night.

The sugru on the front is mostly dry, but since I'm not in a rush I put a little extra on each bracket just to make sure there's enough on them. Don't want to pop the sensors in and end up having them move on me. And extending the LED wiring, I don't have anything close to that small so I'm going to pick up some in the morning.

Should be able to get both of those wrapped up in the morning and get it programmed up and ready to rock.

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Started running the cables going from the CPU to the Front Sensors. First thing first is to wrap them with some friction tape. I like this a little better than the techflex for engine bays, and the elements so that's what these ones are getting.

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And the other end of them
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I pulled them through a grommet in the firewall on the pass side, ran them down under the dash and over to the trim at the passenger door sill. There's a nice little channel already here to run some wiring, but it has some sharp edges in places so that's why I preferred the friction tape.
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You can see the grommet I pulled it through on the firewall. The wiring blends right in, can't even tell! [Pointing at it]
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The sugru is dry enough I feel ok pulling the jig I made up back off of it. Double checking that they're nice and level/straight
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Top down view
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Another close up. I found the sugru was easy to get looking neat with a putty knife. After I had it how I wanted and smoothed it out, I wet the knife with a little bit of water and went over it again. Make it look really nice IMO.

From what I've read the sugru should be able to come off of the painted surfaces with a little elbow grease, so I wasn't worried about the little smidges that was on the top of the bracket or on the trim piece. I'll clean those up in the morning, as well as the car.... Yes I know its filthy, its driving me nuts...

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Got the dashcam mounted as well. I forgot to buy a card for it, so I pulled it out of the other cam to put in this one for now, I'll pick one up when I'm out tomorrow.
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I also enjoy the fully loaded mag! :thumbsup:
 

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Got the fronts wired up and put in this morning! Just powered on and updated, seems to be alright so far. Now I just need to find someone in Ohio with some guns to test with
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Nice install!! I love your cable management and that ALP alignment jig is the coolest one I've ever seen. :)
 

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Nice job on the VERY CLEAN install! Good thinking on the jig as well, should be a mandatory suggestion of the install procedure IMO you simply cannot eye ball them.

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Would be pretty cool to make an adjustable rig setup for various cars/configurations :)
i did just that with mine, will post a pic later.
 

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Here's a few more shots of the install

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I ran to the store and bought a cable so I can make a longer LED wire.
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Same treatment as the others
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All done :)
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Next was finding a place to mount it. I decided the top of the steering column was good so I unscrew it and popped it off. I suspect it was metric but I didn't feel like pulling my metric drill index out (I never really use it) so I measured the 'mount' for the LED and it mic'd .320, so I pulled a 21/64" drill bit of my index and ran it through after a pilot hole. Came out nice.

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I ran the other end back to meet the others under the passenger's seat, and since I finally had all the wires there I could tidy them up a bit
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Not my neatest showings, but nothing to complain about. I mounted the hifi speaker up on one of the rails under the seat firing forwards towards the firewall.

Next up is probably getting rid of the fog lights. The one lens is cracked, so its either replace it or pull them out. I rarely use them, and they shouldn't be on this model anyway being a special edition (prev. owner installed them). I figure it'll help with the 'stealth' factor as well ;) and I can hook brake ducts up to help out there as well so it's win/win.

I'd like to black out or do something with the subaru emblems front and back, maybe do something with the reflectors in the rear down by the exhaust as well
 
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Oh! So that's where you put your LED. I like it.

Mine is double-sticky taped under the "C" of the left thermostat gauge. It's "good enough"!

And that's a swell dash cam!
 

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Yup I like it so far, thanks for the recommendation! Only thing I can see so far is it's a pain getting the cars out since I put it Soo close to the mirror, can I use a USB cord to pull data or is pulling the card the only way?

And yea I like the led here so far. If you go to do yours let me know I'll grab some more pics, the one screw you have to get at is pretty well hidden
 

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