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Thread: Speck :: 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES (Garage entry)

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    Mirage ES
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    Disabled automatic air conditioning, saving fuel and prolonging life of the compressor.
    2016-Nov-29
    Added WeatherTech floor liners and KDLINKS R100 dashcam.

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    2017-Apr-05
    Added OBDLink LX
    2017-Apr-30
    Installed a Fumoto F106SX oil drain valve for easy, simple oil changes.
    2017-Aug-23
    Installed a ZeroStart 3100111 Engine Block Heater
    2017-Oct-19
    Adjusted clutch
    2017-Oct-25
    Added experimental warm air intake ducting from over exhaust manifold to air filter box inlet (Removed 2018-Jan-20)
    2018-Jan-20
    Battery replaced.
    2018-Jan-30
    Added grill block. Between the two, I think the grill block is more effective than the warm air intake.

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    2016-Nov-02
    Rear axle replaced.
    2018 Jun 14
    Installed Daox Rear Sway Bar
    2019-Feb-13
    Purchased an AirLift 1000 kit, to be installed soon.

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    Increased tire pressure for improved fuel economy.

    Summer Tires: 4 Dunlop Enasave (165/65R14) on Mitsubishi Mirage ES factory alloy rims (stock wheel set for the 2015 ES.)
    Winter Tires: 4 Dunlop Wintermaxx (165/65R14) mounted on Mitsubishi factory steel rims.

    2017-Nov-26
    Picked up an extra set of Enasaves and the Dunlop Wintermaxx tires from forum member Zero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MirageSEFan View Post
    Yes, I am curious. However, I don't know how hard it will be to access the amplifier once it is installed. Like you, I am in no rush to do the installation. I'm sure I will find a way to do the upgrade before then.
    Ooh, good point. I didn't even think about that. I'm sure it'll be no big deal though.

    Quote Originally Posted by MirageSEFan View Post
    I have been reading about upgrading the speakers. I actually have two sets of 6.5" Kicker speakers that I had originally bought for my Saturn. Once I do the installation of the Amp and Sub, I'll consider swapping the speakers if I think the sound could be even better.
    It is my understanding the Flex41 amp is tuned to push the Mitsubishi factory speakers in a Mitsubishi Mirage, however that is defined (frequency equalizing, signal timing, etc.) I wouldn't expect new speaker drivers would hurt anything, but we'll see.

    Quote Originally Posted by MirageSEFan View Post
    Unfortunately, from what I have read, the sound won't be very good without the upgrade for the amp. I will reach out to Rockford Fosgate for help.
    This caught my attention. Where did you read this? I recall the amp kit as shipped is a big improvement and the firmware swap helps even more, but as is the kit is still nice. I just don't recall *anyone* saying the amp doesn't sound very good as it is shipped.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman
    This caught my attention. Where did you read this? I recall the amp kit as shipped is a big improvement and the firmware swap helps even more, but as is the kit is still nice. I just don't recall *anyone* saying the amp doesn't sound very good as it is shipped.
    I read it in an old post dated 03/10/2017. See info from the post below:

    "Has Anyone Installed the Rokford Fosgate Stereo System on their '17?



    I purchased the kit when I bought the car a couple weeks ago (17 Mirage SE) and I got the kit to the house today.

    On the top page of the installation instruction sheets says in all caps:

    IF THIS IS BEING INSTALLED IN A MIRAGE WITH DISPLAY AUDIO WITH SMARTPHONE LINK RADIO HEADUNIT THEN A REFLASH OF AMPLIFIER MUST BE PERFORMED. FAILING TO PERFORM THE REFLASH CAN RESULT IN ISSUES WITH THE SOUND QUALITY THAT COMES FROM THE FACTORY SPEAKERS.

    If anyone has installed this on their '17 (SE or GT) can you comment on sound quality or if it is a real necessity to have the amp reflashed? I know I'm probably going to have to head back to the dealership if the sound is really awful but if anyone has some insight that would be awesome.

    TIA"


    I'll have to check my instruction sheet to see if they have the same warning printed on them. Have you seen this warning on your instructions?

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    Here is some additional information I had found. I also found a contact phone number and email for a rep at Rockford Fosgate.

    From 06/12/2017:

    Quote Originally Posted by djulie1 View Post
    Something i did to help me a lil. I have a muscle torn in one shoulder ,,and getting amp bolted in lol was hard -so ,,i took my cone shaped drill bit and wollared the holes out in mount just a lil..that way mounting it was a lil easier.
    I did not drill the hole they requested because i know a dealer and they dont do it eitheir,,the three other bolts are way more than adequate ,,i did take a piece of the foam tape and place it where the hole normally would have been. Just in case that part wants to wiggle it would make no noise banging against metal ,,but ,,its not gonna move period.
    Note: I plan to use 3M VHB tape to mount the bracket on that third hole instead of drilling it out.


    From 06/16/2017:

    Quote Originally Posted by djulie1 View Post
    Heres a pic of the Rockford Fosgate amp update cable for touch screen Mirages ..I just did it ,,you can tell a difference ,,it sounds cleaner and bass is deeper ..you can tell you have a box now ..I told dude at Rockford others will want ths update,,he says no problem call or mail him.
    It cost me nothing but just postage to mail his cable back ,,not a bad deal.

    He did notice a distinct difference after the software upgrade.
    Last edited by Eggman; 03-16-2019 at 03:56 PM. Reason: Fixed quotes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MirageSEFan View Post
    He did notice a distinct difference after the software upgrade.
    I don't doubt there will be a difference from one firmware version to another. However, I doubt that the initial install won't sound very good.

    Just so we are clear, you know that my Speck does not have the display audio, right? I mean, I'm still interested in trying out the various firmware versions as I'm able, but I personally expect to hear good results with the amp kit as it is. At least for my own install. I guess I can't understand why it wouldn't make a noticeable improvement for others, that's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    I don't doubt there will be a difference from one firmware version to another. However, I doubt that the initial install won't sound very good.

    Just so we are clear, you know that my Speck does not have the display audio, right? I mean, I'm still interested in trying out the various firmware versions as I'm able, but I personally expect to hear good results with the amp kit as it is. At least for my own install. I guess I can't understand why it wouldn't make a noticeable improvement for others, that's all.
    Yes, I did know that Speck is a 2015 without DAS. Great name for your Mirage, by the way. You are lucky that you don't need the software upgrade. That only applies to the 2017 Mirage with DAS. Lucky me. I'm going to look at my instruction manual to see if it has that warning. If is does, I'm going to contact the rep at RF tomorrow to get more information. I'm hoping my manual doesn't have that warning and that the Amp has already been upgraded.

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    My RF kit has the warning about use with display audio units. I wouldn't let that stop or delay the install, the hardest part.

    I'm doing mine now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    My RF kit has the warning about use with display audio units. I wouldn't let that stop or delay the install, the hardest part.

    I'm doing mine now.
    Great! Let me know how you make out with the installation. Let me know if you learn any tricks along the way too.

    I am in luck with my system. Today I had contacted the representative at Rockford Fosgate. He is going to loan me the amplifier software update kit. He just asked me to promise that I would send it back to him, once I am done with the update. I definitely will get it back to him ASAP. He even gave me more information and asked me to reach out to him if I encounter any problems or have any questions. I appreciate that he is doing this for me. He seems like a really good guy. I should get the kit early next week.

    I can hardly wait to get the system updated and installed. Now I will make it a priority, since I don't want to keep the update kit too long.

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    It's in and it's good. The RF kit makes my Pioneer speakers really come alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    It's in and it's good. The RF kit makes my Pioneer speakers really come alive.
    Excellent! Do you recommend upgrading the stock speakers? I was thinking of upgrading mine to 6.5" kickers, which I already have on hand. Did you have to enlarge the triangular speaker cutout in your doors to make it round, or did you use a spacer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MirageSEFan View Post
    Excellent! Do you recommend upgrading the stock speakers?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by MirageSEFan View Post
    I was thinking of upgrading mine to 6.5" kickers, which I already have on hand.
    You already have the speakers? That makes the decision real easy.

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    Did you have to enlarge the triangular speaker cutout in your doors to make it round, or did you use a spacer?
    No way, I don't want to hack my car up if I don't have to. And we don't have to.

    If you notice in my modifications section up at the top of this page, I have Amazon links to the stuff I used to put in the speakers. Considering just the cost of the adapters versus the time spent permanently and irreversibly damaging my doors, the Scosche SAMI651 speaker adapters are worth it. It made for a professional looking installation, something I value.

    I documented the install and included a bunch of pictures here in my Garage thread starting with this post: I just made a few changes to Speck.


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