Voodoo`s build (and a hell of a baseline)

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    Ayy....those seats doe.

    I shoulda just held on to em and made you come to Ohio to get em and partake in drinking with me instead of selling em and them getting flipped for profit a few times
     
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    Oh hey, so here's a note. When ordering a new head unit, make damn sure it actually has the correct fucking input for your oem wiring harness/steering wheel control adapter. Turns out the new Pioneer units seemingly only include an input for a 4-pin harness like the iDataLink adapters use. I, on the other hand, went with the PAC RadioPro adapter (simpler wiring, integrated oem harness clip, cheaper price), which uses a 3.5mm jack input. So the Pioneer will be heading back to Amazon, and I now have a Kenwood unit on order that is confirmed via online quick guide/install manuals to have BOTH types of adapter inputs and ought to work with the PAC.

    Side rage: Crutchfield told me to buy this exact PAC adapter for the specific Pioneer unit; and the recommended adapter from SonicElectronix (Scosche brand) for the same unit also only has a 3.5mm output. So they both were deadass wrong.
     
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    damn that's surprising that crutchfield made a mistake like that
     
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    You're telling me. I spent an hour last night scouring the back of that unit and researching online to see wtf was up, and ended up finding that Pioneer's documentation (for that particular head unit, at least) specifically references being iDataLink compatible rather than generically SWC compatible. They must have some sort of exclusivity agreement, I guess, but I couldn't believe Crutchfield made that error.
     
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    @JohnnyTightlips Strikes Again. He recently recommended doing an oem pmm with aftermarket rmm/tmm to soften NVH for daily driver duty, so this weekend I finally swapped in the DM tmm I'd pulled from my old car and at the same time stocked out the pmm. Wow. The difference is incredible. So far I feel no adverse effects of the softer side mount --likely because I simply moved the stiffness to the other side-- in fact, shifting is far smoother with the tmm (duh), and maybe it's because I moved around the ss clutch line a little bit while I was in there but clutch engagement (ACT 6) actually also feels much smoother. The benefit is that cabin noise through the revband is VASTLY reduced, as are low rpm vibrations and subsequently the rattles they were causing. It is a much more comfortable spot to be in while driving and sitting in traffic, now. We'll see if the pmm feels too wimpy once PI is turned on and tuned up but I think this combination is the ticket for compromise between performance and DD comfort. My stock pmm was blown and riding like shit I first installed the DM, so I guess I never realized just how much noise and vibes it had added. Also running the CS Stage 2 rmm, for reference.

    Kenwood hu is expected to arrive tomorrow, so we'll have a report on that once I get it installed, as well.
     
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    "You are what you eat" so ask your mother about that one :fire::fire:
     
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    Do you run a traction bar at all? I'm currently only on the CS STG2 RMM but I noticed a big improvement in lower NVH when I added my TBPerformance traction bar.

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    I have a front lower tie bar. TBH, I think the effect is placebo, at best; or maybe only effective on a more stockish spring/strut setup. When I put it on my old car (Konis and stock springs at the time), I swore I felt a difference; when I put it on the new car after months of driving without it (H&R coilovers), I didn't notice anything.
     
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    By the way, this is the wiring diagram I used to bypass the oem Bose amp, which I just realized I hadn't posted earlier. I simply ran RCAs from the head unit for signal, then spliced the output wires and connected them to my aftermarket amp. You could also just unplug the Bose and leave the harnesses alone if you wanted to go through the trouble of running new lines from your replacement amp to the speakers, but that's obviously a lot more work.

    2010-2011 Mazda3 Bose Amp Pinout.jpg
     
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