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Hello everyone,
I have I have a 2011 GMC Terrain AWD Black on Black with Nav and Pioneer Audio system. I am not happy with the audio system and am going to replace it. I have been looking all over for months and have not found anyone that has really replaced their system or have shared there info, so I guess I will be the first. I will post all I can in order to help anyone else considering doing the same.
List of parts:
Keeping stock Nav unit (so I can keep all the interfacing with dash/steering wheel and what not)
Cache CEO6 (takes signal from stock HU and give a clean signal to amps)
Alpine PDX-F4 (four channel amp 100w RMS)
Alpine PDX-M6(600w RMS mono amp)
Morel Temp 6 (component front speakers)
Morel Temp6c (coax rear speakers)
JL CS112RG-W3v3 (JL 12w3 500RMS sub)
Dynamat the doors

I am going to disconnect the stock sub, place the amps under the driver seats as well as the CEO6 (going to try and reroute the AC under the seat , if cant I am going to block them off). I am gong try and to take the stock signal after the stock amp and feed that into the COE6.

Not 100% sure about the center yet, as of now I am going to leave it alone , cause it is used for the Bluetooth and the nav voice when getting directions. (does anyone have any ideas on this, I do not want it to screw up the sound stage).

I am going to do the install this weekend and will take pictures and post them.
I am open to any comments, questions, and advice.
 

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Sounds like a plan. You couldnt replace the radio itself without major work. If i were going to do it I would use the JL audio cleansweep (i have one laying around) but my wife is happy with the pioneer/nav setup. Its not incredible but its good enough for her.
 

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Dave25 said:
Its not incredible but its good enough for her.
Whoa - for $20, I won't forward this to your wife ! LOL - I understand, I don't appreciate a good stereo myself.
 

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I'm not really an audiophile so the Pioneer system is good enough for me...but I have thought about using Dynamat in the doors. If you do this I would very much appreciate pics and any tips you can provide. ;)
 

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Whoa - for $20, I won't forward this to your wife ! LOL - I understand, I don't appreciate a good stereo myself.
Well I am a bit of any audiophile. I sold, installed, and competed in car audio for about 15 years before I "grew up". I had a car at one point that had a $10k system that I built. At this point, my wife could care less, and she knows that If i get into again we will go broke.

I often fantasize about running a JL cleansweep with a Phoenix Gold ZPA 0.3 and a 0.5 going to dynaudio front and rear components, JL w6v2 subs and a Phoenix Gold 30-band EQ. I know that most of that stuff is old school, but I really dont like the newer stuff on the market.

anyways, back to reality...My pioneer system will have to do.
 

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Sorry it to so long to post a replay… so I got lazy and to be honest did not have the time and did not want to wait so I had a shop install all my gear. Plus dynamate is a pain to install, also sorry, no pics. I can not get them to work. Preview looks fine, but then it says can not post links in forum. Not sure what is going on.

Anyway, was also looking at the JL cleansweep, but I heard that the Cache COE6 works better and is easier to tune. I was also looking at the Alpine PXE-H660, and it probably works better then the cache piece, but it also $500 vs $150. I was originally going to place the amps under the front seats, but there was not enough room and the AC / Heating vents are there, so I ended putting the amps and the Cache where the stock sub used to be. We hid the crossovers in the dash.

If using nav head unit(stock) tap into speakers after the stock amp. All the cool features, volume go up and down with different speeds, nav voice, bluetooth voice will all work the same.

In the end I am more then happy it sounds so good. No comparison to the pioneer system and the cache works great with the nav system.
 

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glad to hear it all worked out.

Dynamat isnt really hard to install, but you need to wear gloves because the first time i installed it i lost about a gallon of blood with all of my metal induced paper cuts.

I think that I would do what you did at this point and have it all installed. I dont really trust anyone, but if you go to a reputable shop with giid insurance you are fine. Where was the install done? (Best buy, local shop?)

are you pics hosted somewhere else? you can host them on photobucket and put a link. I really want to see pics.
 

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regular dynamat sucks...always hated it....i would always use the extreme as it is sooooo much easier to work with....or the equivalent of another brand...
 
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