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Please advise! 2014 ST3

I'm looking to install the following components and am interested in your critical feedback, please know I'm a noob and will be taking this to a car audio shop to do the installs so I want to make sure I purchase what I need and can tell the installer what they need to know. NOTE: I've got an ST3 so I know there are MFT issues people have encountered, so AGAIN, any advice I can forward to the installer would be golden.

Questions: Want an amp to power my subs and my speakers, will this one work for that purpose?

What should I pay in install, a range of what's fair would be nice to have.

What else do I need? Wiring I assume, but I don't know what to get.

My goal was to get a system that would cost me all-in around $1000 and to get my money as far as I could. This is $900 in parts. Speakers seem like a very well regarded option, but I'm worried about the subs. Will it fill my trunk? Overkill to have 2 10s? Amp sufficient? TIA

Speakers (two sets): https://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Kap...id=1485110265&sr=1-2&keywords=infinity+kappas

LC2i for tuning $ 70: https://www.amazon.com/AudioControl...e&ie=UTF8&qid=1485111109&sr=1-1&keywords=lc2i

Subs: https://www.amazon.com/JL-Audio-CS2...8&qid=1485111242&sr=1-3&keywords=jl+audio+box

Amp: https://www.amazon.com/Rockford-Fos...85111631&sr=1-9&keywords=rockford+fosgate+amp
 

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If your installer isn't familiar with the Ford/Sony system, and the need for the resistors.... Spend the money on the JL Fix system. Otherwise personally I think two tens is too much for such a small hatchback. But I'm old.
 

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Please advise! 2014 ST3

I'm looking to install the following components and am interested in your critical feedback, please know I'm a noob and will be taking this to a car audio shop to do the installs so I want to make sure I purchase what I need and can tell the installer what they need to know. NOTE: I've got an ST3 so I know there are MFT issues people have encountered, so AGAIN, any advice I can forward to the installer would be golden.

Questions: Want an amp to power my subs and my speakers, will this one work for that purpose?

What should I pay in install, a range of what's fair would be nice to have.

What else do I need? Wiring I assume, but I don't know what to get.

My goal was to get a system that would cost me all-in around $1000 and to get my money as far as I could. This is $900 in parts. Speakers seem like a very well regarded option, but I'm worried about the subs. Will it fill my trunk? Overkill to have 2 10s? Amp sufficient? TIA

Speakers (two sets): https://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Kap...id=1485110265&sr=1-2&keywords=infinity+kappas

LC2i for tuning $ 70: https://www.amazon.com/AudioControl...e&ie=UTF8&qid=1485111109&sr=1-1&keywords=lc2i

Subs: https://www.amazon.com/JL-Audio-CS2...8&qid=1485111242&sr=1-3&keywords=jl+audio+box

Amp: https://www.amazon.com/Rockford-Fos...85111631&sr=1-9&keywords=rockford+fosgate+amp
Others will chime in, but your major flaw is that if you want the amp to power both subs and speakers, you need a 6 channel amp and an lc6i/7i. Although I love the choice of JL subs, I think you would get a lot better sound out of a better box. You could cut cost here and have more usable space in the hatch by just getting a single 12" with a band pass box or something like it. Those infinity comps are a popular choice, so I'd say you are good there. Not to burst a bubble, but with all that said you are likely looking at more like 1200 for parts and I'd GUESS (just a guess) 300-500 to install at a reputable shop. Maybe you know someone that can help u diy it?
 

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Others will chime in, but your major flaw is that if you want the amp to power both subs and speakers, you need a 6 channel amp and an lc6i/7i. Although I love the choice of JL subs, I think you would get a lot better sound out of a better box. You could cut cost here and have more usable space in the hatch by just getting a single 12" with a band pass box or something like it. Those infinity comps are a popular choice, so I'd say you are good there. Not to burst a bubble, but with all that said you are likely looking at more like 1200 for parts and I'd GUESS (just a guess) 300-500 to install at a reputable shop. Maybe you know someone that can help u diy it?
If your installer isn't familiar with the Ford/Sony system, and the need for the resistors.... Spend the money on the JL Fix system. Otherwise personally I think two tens is too much for such a small hatchback. But I'm old.
2 12s is clearly too much, so 1 12 is the direction I'll go. And I don't know much about box tech, either of you fwd me a good choice for a sub?

Speakers are a go.

So I'd need a 5 channel amp to power speakers + sub? Could the stock Sony amp provide sufficient sound for the speakers?

Given this new setup, still thinking lc6i? Is that what's used to tune the sound?
 

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Do yourself a favor, don't buy that boss amp. Budget friendly stick to ppi or soundstream.
In reality, if you're going for an accurately staged system, you can power the rear doors off the factory amp for rear fill, and focus your power on your front stage. If you have more in detail questions please pm me and I'll help you out. I've personally done 3 sts, one of each trim, mine being a 3 with a fully active system.
 

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That boss amp is crap. My favorite budget amps would be PPI and Belva. We have 3 belva 5ks running at .5 ohms each on 6 15s and they take the abuse no issue in a "budget" build we did.

Im using the LC7i, ppi 900x4 for mids and tweets and a Taramps HD8000EX for the 15" sub.
 
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