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So, here is my plan at this point.. I have been searching the forum for a couple of weeks now, and some clairification on a few things would be greatly appreciated as well as any thoughts/advice on my audio upgrade plans.. Tax season is coming up.. :bigthumb:

My Ride:

2010 Caliber SXT w/ stock stereo Single Disc MP3, Sirius, Uconnect buttons, no uconnect module.

The Parts:

Alpine MRX-V60 5 Channel Amplifier - 75x4 RMS + 300x1 RMS @ 2ohms. (reviews show the Birth Certificate state it actually puts out over 100x4 and 400x1) Also has SPEAKER LEVEL INPUTS. As I plan to go with Mygig for the HU I would need this.

Alpine Type S/R 6x9's (doors)

Alpine Type S/R 10" Dual 2 Ohm voicecoils.

MyGig Navigation w/sirius

The plan:

Stage one... Upgrade the speakers to Alpine Type S 6x9's.. From what I've read this should be the easiest part.

Stage Two... Install the Amplifier and wire the speaker level inputs. I assume the stock speaker wires should be able to handle 75-100 watts RMS..

Stage Three... Add the Subwoofer to the cargo area. Still playing with the idea of building a custom box, or just a smaller sealed built box for the sub.. If I could find a used Stealthbox that would be an option as well. Or maybe build my own stealthbox.. we'll see.

Stage Four.. Could be swapped with Three haha... Install MyGig/rear view cam/mopar mic/ipod-iphone cable.

MY QUESTIONS....

Which MyGig will I need to look for that will allow me to keep my sirius and not install a second antena? (the sirius nav-traffic would be kind of nice as I have a bit of a commute)

Is there enough room under the dash to mount the amp? (it is fairly small, I believe 8x10x2 inches) If so, would the heat from the lower vents affect the amp much? Has anyone mounted an amp under the dash... or hidden anywhere besides under the passenger seat or spare tire area?

Can I install the Rear View Monitor in a 2010? (the only thing I could find regarding this was about the 07-08 and the lockpick, which I understand is not required on the 2010?)

Does anyone have Type S / R speakers/sub(s) installed? How do they sound once Installed? I know the sound can be slightly different once the speakers are in the vehicle, not in a cabinet at bestbuy lol

Also, any advice on going with the Type S vs Type R?

Any other advice, feedback from your current setup, or anything useful for me to check out/research would be great.


The goal is to go with a better than stock with almost no sign of the install. Which is why I would like to hide the amp and go with a MyGig for the HU.. and when I do add the sub, something stealth would be nice so the prying eyes dont see it..
 

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The type r speakers are pretty good, but IMO there is better out there for less money that sounds better. I ran type r's in my old car(components in the front, coax in the rear) and they are POWER hungry speakers. You would NEED to get at least 75 RMS at 4Ohm to them.

The type s's are OK, but to me they sound too high pitched and almost tinny.

In my caliber ive got MbQuart components in the front, and coax in the rear, and i LOVE the way they sound(and their not amped).

Both pairs, plus the adapters for the components, cost me about 120 bucks from sonicelectronix.com


As for the amp mounting, the back of the back seat has ALWAYS been my location for the amp. Stays out of sight, dry and clean, and can be securely mounted without drilling through the floor.

You COULD mount it under the seat, but that normally never turns out well for the amp.

Stock wires should handle the power, but upgrading them WILL help out quite a bit. The stock wiring is pretty thin, and putting a bigger gauge will help improve the resistance(or lack thereof) and help deliver the proper amount of power from the amp to the speakers.

Another thing you might want to be careful of, is the depth of the speakers. The caliber has a weird mounting hole(half of it is covered to the shape of the factory speaker). I HAD to trim that away when I installed all four of my speakers. Nothing a dremel couldnt fix, just a tad time consuming.
 

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Which MyGig will I need to look for that will allow me to keep my sirius and not install a second antena? (the sirius nav-traffic would be kind of nice as I have a bit of a commute)

There are two basic types of Mygigs:
  • The RER/RHR with everything inside of them (Separate Sirius and uConnect modules not required) but they both have navigation.
  • The REN/RBZ/RHB which require separate Sirius and uConnect modules. Of which, only the RHB has navigation.
You can find more info on the mygig radios here - http://www.caliberforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11728

You don't need a second antenna for your Sirius, but if you already have it, and depending on which mygig you choose, you may need an antenna splitter and/or extension cable.

Only the RER and RHR mygigs offer traffic.

Can I install the Rear View Monitor in a 2010? (the only thing I could find regarding this was about the 07-08 and the lockpick, which I understand is not required on the 2010?)

I don't see why not, as long as you order a regular lockpick, and not the lockpick adapter. The mygig will be a plug and play install in the 2009+ Calibers, however, to add the rear camera you will still need a regular lockpick.
 

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So say I go with an RER/RHR... where would I find the required cable to enable my sirius?

Also, will the lockpick V.4 work fine?

My goal in the end would be to help the value of my vehicle, having all of the feature functional would obviously be a plus... Knowing that you can switch the lockpick to "dealer" settings to disable the DVD while driving would be a plus if I happend to trade it in to a dealer in the future.
 

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So say I go with an RER/RHR... where would I find the required cable to enable my sirius?

Also, will the lockpick V.4 work fine?

My goal in the end would be to help the value of my vehicle, having all of the feature functional would obviously be a plus... Knowing that you can switch the lockpick to "dealer" settings to disable the DVD while driving would be a plus if I happend to trade it in to a dealer in the future.
That i have no idea about. I know a couple other people on here would know though. I put an aftermarket unit in mine, and depending on how my caliber goes, ill either leave it in, or take it out when its time to trade/sell it.
 

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So say I go with an RER/RHR... where would I find the required cable to enable my sirius?

Also, will the lockpick V.4 work fine?

My goal in the end would be to help the value of my vehicle, having all of the feature functional would obviously be a plus... Knowing that you can switch the lockpick to "dealer" settings to disable the DVD while driving would be a plus if I happend to trade it in to a dealer in the future.
You can look here for a HOW-TO for now until I get a chance to write this whole thing up in good form - http://www.calibersrt4.net/diy-forum/18452-mygig-install-how.html

The lockpick v.4 will be good.

Of note - if you have a manual transmission, the in motion stuff doesn't seem to really work.
 

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I have the 2.0 CVT, so that should be fine. I found a seller on ebay that sells the RER with a "hardware mod" so the ipod/iphone will work? I think I would rather use the ipod out function on the lockpick though. full screen video/controls for music.. heck yesssss
 

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So would the Sat receiver for my 2010 be in the cargo area as well? I dont have the EVIC so I don't believe I would need a splitter.. I plan on running a lockpick + backup camera though, so I could run all those wires then.

I wish there was a good write up for all of this with pictures on a 2010+ Caliber.. If my plans go well I will make sure to take lots of pictures ;)
 

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I have the 2.0 CVT, so that should be fine. I found a seller on ebay that sells the RER with a "hardware mod" so the ipod/iphone will work? I think I would rather use the ipod out function on the lockpick though. full screen video/controls for music.. heck yesssss
Not sure what the "hardware mod" is, so I can't comment on that.

So would the Sat receiver for my 2010 be in the cargo area as well? I dont have the EVIC so I don't believe I would need a splitter.. I plan on running a lockpick + backup camera though, so I could run all those wires then.

I wish there was a good write up for all of this with pictures on a 2010+ Caliber.. If my plans go well I will make sure to take lots of pictures ;)
I assume its in the same spot. If no EVIC, than no splitter needed.

Pictures would be very helpful for others.
 

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Have you used the Lockpick CHR550 yourself? Am I correct in thinking the only difference between it and the V.4 is the iPod cable/iPod out mode and extra inputs for side cameras ?

I'm curious how the iPod out would work..

The ebay seller wrote me back saying that only certain RER's were compatible with the iPod cable.. his price is $900 shipped for just the RER... if the lockpick gives me the same functionality I would rather find a cheaper RER and add lockpick... I guess this guy updates all the gracenotes and everything though before shipping.. ahhhhh so many variations lol
 

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So, heres another thought.. the REN (no nav) would be an option.. I rarely use nav, when I do my iPhone works just fine with my tomtom app.. having the screen display call information while connected to uconnect and control my iphone for music would be ideal.

I could add the lockpick and use the rear view camera in the future as well.. also, the REN requires the SAT module to work, which means I wouldn't need to run the antena wires and bypass the exisiting module..

I'm curious if the CHR550 would allow me to control the ipod out function without steering wheel controls though.. if it did that, I would get it..
 

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Have you used the Lockpick CHR550 yourself? Am I correct in thinking the only difference between it and the V.4 is the iPod cable/iPod out mode and extra inputs for side cameras ?

I'm curious how the iPod out would work..

The ebay seller wrote me back saying that only certain RER's were compatible with the iPod cable.. his price is $900 shipped for just the RER... if the lockpick gives me the same functionality I would rather find a cheaper RER and add lockpick... I guess this guy updates all the gracenotes and everything though before shipping.. ahhhhh so many variations lol
I have not, nor have I really looked into the CHR550 myself.

I know the v4 lockpick has side camera inputs (max of 3 cameras total)

Yeah the early RER mygigs (like mine) don't have the hardware in them I guess to support the ipod cable. I'd guess than an 09 or newer RER would be ok. (But you should try and verify that...I've read it...somewhere...just can't remember now)

The newer RERs also have a 30GB hard drive. The software updates aren't a big deal, but a nice bonus if the seller does that for you.

So, heres another thought.. the REN (no nav) would be an option.. I rarely use nav, when I do my iPhone works just fine with my tomtom app.. having the screen display call information while connected to uconnect and control my iphone for music would be ideal.

I could add the lockpick and use the rear view camera in the future as well.. also, the REN requires the SAT module to work, which means I wouldn't need to run the antena wires and bypass the exisiting module..

I'm curious if the CHR550 would allow me to control the ipod out function without steering wheel controls though.. if it did that, I would get it..
The REN/RBZ mygigs are definitely cheaper.

I'm adding an RHB mygig to our van for the reason that you looking at the REN. It would be a much simpler and cost effective install as the RHB mygig is the only one with navi that you don't have to bypass everything already in our van and buy new harnesses for. I just remove the old radio, plug in the lockpick, plug in the new radio, and its good to go. Then I would have to swap the antenna on the roof of our van (possibly) for the combo sirius/gps antenna and install the rear camera and run the wires for it.
 

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I would need to run an older low speed REN though correct? I wouldn't be able to run the high speed in my 2010 right?
 
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