The regular acoustic shelf on the VAZ looks good, so car owners are in no hurry to change it. But what to do, when for some reason it becomes unsuitable for use? The output is simple - you can either buy a similar model in the store, or make a shelf yourself.
Almost all drivers claim that it is best to use a wooden acoustic shelf in the car. In their opinion, it significantly improves the sound quality, being resistant to mechanical vibrations. A feature of acoustic shelves is that they allow the production of a concealed installation. Of course, this becomes possible only if the installation is performed by a specialist. At home, stitches may remain visible.
The acoustic shelf, installed in the car VAZ, should have an interesting design to improve the appearance of the cabin. Despite the fact that the factory models are covered with carpet, their appearance is quite solid. It should be noted that as a result of this, the cost of products is not too high.
Simple assembly of the factory shelf
The acoustic shelf can be installed independently, especially since this process does not take much time. It consists of only three stages:
- Dismantle the standard shelf that is in the car. As a rule, it is located in its back part.
- Install the speakers in the product you purchased. By the way, you can do this both at this stage, and after directly mounting the shelf in the car. The main thing is to do everything correctly so that the speakers are connected to the system.
- Arrange the shelf in the intended place and secure it securely.
Creating a product yourself
The completed acoustic regiment with its own hands will improve the atmosphere and create cosiness in the cabin. To make it easier, you can use the model that was installed in the car before that. With its help, it will be easy to create a cardboard layout. To do this, just attach the product to a dense material, circle its contours with a marker, and then cut it with a clerical knife. Then you need to take a sheet of plywood, the dimensions of which correspond to the length of the future product. Now you should transfer the outline of the layout to it. Using an electric jig saw, the base of the shelf should be cut out.
To increase the rigidity of the entire structure, it is recommended to strengthen it. For this purpose, several bars are used, which are fixed along the perimeter of the product. Mount them with a self-tapping screw or small studs. To increase the reliability of the future shelf, you must use at least 2-3 bars. It is desirable that there is no space between them, so the cracks and cracks are sealed with a sealant. For the production of acoustic podiums it is better to take a new piece of chipboard, rather than use the remains of the old one. As a model, podiums taken from the factory model can be used. The principle of their creation resembles the fabrication of a base. They are placed on the layout, penciled around, and then - cut out with a jig saw.
The resulting catwalks must be sealed with a mounting foam and leave until it is dry. With a sharp knife, all unnecessary parts should be removed. To smooth the resulting surface, it should be carefully treated with sandpaper. To strengthen the structure of the mounting foam, it is necessary to take kapron tights, moistened with epoxy glue, and then wrap them with the previously obtained design. Next, you need to make a box for the seat belts. It is advisable to perform it so that the straps come into it from the side. The final stage is the collection of the structure. We take several metal screws and fix all the elements to each other.
Features of mounting acoustic podiums
The acoustic shelf, the drawing of which can be seen below, is always sold complete with podiums. We have already described how to make them yourself. Now let's consider the features of mounting the instruments:
- It is necessary to remove the map of the door, and then cut out the grid, which protects the speakers from debris or impacts.
- Acquired podium should be adjusted to the size, after which it can be awakened gently from the inside to the door. To do this, it is necessary to screw in several perforating screws along its perimeter. To facilitate the work, it is advisable to use someone's help.
- The same should be done on the second door.
- The received design should be strengthened by long self-tapping screws.
- Now you can install the appropriate size columns and connect them to the car's speaker system.
Installing a self-made rear shelf
In order for the acoustic shelf to be mounted by hand, it is necessary to remove the rear pillars made of plastic. Do this as carefully as possible, so that after there are no problems with the contacts of heating the rear window. It is recommended that the rear seats be folded out or even removed from the vehicle. Next, you need to remove the latches that attach the shelf. After that, it must dismantle itself. It is necessary to try on, whether the shelf, created by the hands, is suitable for the size. If the parameters match, you can proceed to install the speakers.
We mount the product in the intended place. Fastening is made with screws. Fixation is carried out from the trunk. To do this, use at least 4 screws. For convenience, you can lie in the luggage compartment.
The self-made shelf in quality is no worse than the factory models. Most car owners choose this option, because its price is much lower than what it would have to pay at the car store. Before starting work, you should prepare all the necessary materials and tools, as well as consult with a specialist in this field.