This ’05 Buick came in stock and went out sounding sweet. The Eclipse head unit provided the signal with Bluetooth and Satellite Radio built in. Signal from there went to a pair of JL Audio HD Amps, and finally to the Infinity 6×9′s in the rear, JL Audio components up front, and Infinity Kappa 10″ subs.
The trunk got some custom work to step up the look of this smooth ride. We chose to keep the trunk wall nice and simple to keep as much usable trunk space as possible without using any fiberglass. The aluminum Buick logo sets off the build, revealing the Amps through some perforated aluminum.
The speakers went to the factoty locations with minimal sound deadener for this already quiet car. The Sirius Radio was tied into the factory antenna. Custom RCA cables ensure a cable of the exact length required, solid connections, clean signal, and no noise issues.
The Sub box was straight forward MDF construction with a little extra deadener put in for whatever stiffening it could provide. Infinity Kappa subwoofers excel in small, sealed enclosures.
From there the last stage was the Aluminum work. Starting with a rough sketch for the trunk panel shape, and a good look at the Buick logo, we laid out the trim panel. The template was made for the complete Buick logo with MDF, and after a few hours behind the router we got the shape milled up from the aluminum sheet stock. More router time got the edges beveled, a buffing wheel polished the edges, and some sand paper and a jig got the faces brushed. Overall the varying textures and angles make for an interesting piece. The mesh was painted and glued in place. The Amps remain serviceable thanks to a slew of rare earth magnets holding the trim together and hiding the fasteners.. Four large screws allow the entire beauty panel to be removed.
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