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I remember someone telling me one time, I think it was my buddy with a Grand AM with the Monsoon, that it comes with an amp. This would make sense because they don't change the headunit of the car when you upgrade to the Monsoon, and it wouldn't make sense just changing the speakers. The increse in soundquality would have to come from an external amp somewhere.

Where do you think it is in the Solsitce?
 

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Definatly not in the trunk. :lol:
 

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Just a guess, but could it fit under the passenger seat
 

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SlipSlider said:
Where do you think it is in the Solsitce?
If it has an external amp it's probably built into the dash area. It won't look anything like and aftermarket amp.
 

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LBJay said:
If it has an external amp it's probably built into the dash area. It won't look anything like and aftermarket amp.
I wonder if it was located that the connections could be used for an aftermarket amp. The Monsoon speakers can handle more power then what they are getting from the system at the moment.

You could probably mount an amp behind the driver's seat where that storage area is. No one would even know it's there to steal it.
 

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The amp is external, and located behind the driver's seat. To access it the rear interior body trim panel must be removed.


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Small Dealer said:
The amp is external, and located behind the driver's seat. To access it the rear interior body trim panel must be removed.
And those step-by-step directions on removing that are.... ? :cool:


Thanks for answering that SD.
 

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And those step-by-step directions on removing that are.... ? :cool:
Looks like:
1) Remove door sill plate. Held in by retainers.
2) Remove door lock pillar trim plate. Held in by retainers.
3) Remove rear trim panel. 2-screws in the strorage compartment then held in by a whole lot of retainers.
4) Remove Amp. Held in by 4 nuts or screws.

Dosen't mention if the retainers are reusable. Can't tell if they are metal clips or plastic "christmas trees".

Whoever goes first, post the results.

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Small Dealer said:
Looks like:
1) Remove door sill plate. Held in by retainers.
2) Remove door lock pillar trim plate. Held in by retainers.
3) Remove rear trim panel. 2-screws in the strorage compartment then held in by a whole lot of retainers.
4) Remove Amp. Held in by 4 nuts or screws.

Dosen't mention if the retainers are reusable. Can't tell if they are metal clips or plastic "christmas trees".

Whoever goes first, post the results.
You know, I was half joking about the steps. But I'm glad your posted them, it's a lot easier then I would have thought.
The retainers are just those pluggs that Gm usually uses for all it's trim pieces right? They just pop out and pop in?

If somone is able to complete these steps then a picture of the the Amp and all connections going to it would be amazing. :cheers:
 

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Small Dealer,
You are a GEM.........
 

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I nice 400watt Rockford Fosgate would be a great amp replacement, and two 8 or 10-inch subs would seal the deal.

A lot of people are against subs because of that "lound thumping noise coming down the street." Even that pisses me off and I'm in that age category. I like rock, and I like striking, punchy bass. 8s and 10s are the best for that. For a mixture of punch/deep, 12s are good, but anything over that is dumb.
 

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Fortimir said:
I nice 400watt Rockford Fosgate would be a great amp replacement, and two 8 or 10-inch subs would seal the deal.

A lot of people are against subs because of that "lound thumping noise coming down the street." Even that pisses me off and I'm in that age category. I like rock, and I like striking, punchy bass. 8s and 10s are the best for that. For a mixture of punch/deep, 12s are good, but anything over that is dumb.
What size is the sub in the Solstice?
 
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I nice 400watt Rockford Fosgate would be a great amp replacement, and two 8 or 10-inch subs would seal the deal.

A lot of people are against subs because of that "lound thumping noise coming down the street." Even that pisses me off and I'm in that age category. I like rock, and I like striking, punchy bass. 8s and 10s are the best for that. For a mixture of punch/deep, 12s are good, but anything over that is dumb.
I agree on relocating the amp, replacing it with something decent, and adding a 2nd sub. Two 8s would sound real good. But, so should 10s. I would not go with 12s in a Solstice. Its overkill
 

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lol, you guys are already planning your stereo install, and you havent even heard the stock one yet...LOL
 
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lol, you guys are already planning your stereo install, and you havent even heard the stock one yet...LOL
That is because we know that we can get much better sound with aftermarket equipment.
 

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BadAzSolstice said:
That is because we know that we can get much better sound with aftermarket equipment.
My big questions as I wait for delivery are:

  1. Should I swap the speakers or just add a subwoofer?
  2. Can I get a clean install of a head unit that includes HD Radio or should I leave well enough alone? How much trouble will the steering wheel controls be?
 

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Has anyone with the Moonsoon system looked at their amp to see what type of input connector it has? Does it have a GM Databus connector or line level inputs? My money is on the Databus, which means you'll have to run your own wires (no problem to do though)... but we talked about this previously and never had an answer.

Thanks to anyone who pulls apart their car to check it out!
 
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