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Tucson ICEd by Vaani Acoustics | Audible Physics Brahma Titaniums

Audio upgrade was one of the main requirements post the purchase of the Tucson and plan was to complete at the earliest


Audio Preference:
I mostly listen to Progressive / Electronic Dance Music while driving unless wife is in the car. I wanted the mids to be punchy and highs to be clean along with good quality bass adding to the whole setup.

Install Requirements:

1) No Cutting or splicing of wires.
2) Setup should be as stock as possible, with a few exceptions.
3) Try make use of stock locations for all the drivers and sub-woofer.
4) Time is not a factor to do the install, no rushing up and complete it over 3-4 weekends.

Met a friend of mine ( his name is Piyush and the owner of Vaani Acoustics India) who get his speakers manufactured by Audible Physics a company in Indonesia who is the OEM for lot of after market speakers which i can't name in open, all i can say is the biggies in the industry get them manufactured by Audible Physics in Indonesia.

I auditioned his new brand of speakers and the tiny amp he was running to power them. Ohh boy I was seriously impressed the setup and wanted something similar. The amp was Biketronics BT 4180 and The speakers were Audible Physics Brahma Titaniums


I read a bit more about the amp, its internals and why that is it’s so popular among Harley Davidson bikers and why car users are choosing the amp over the other ones available in the market.

Here are its strong points as noted by a lot of members in DIYMA about this amp.
1) No noise at all even at high volumes.
2) Its 180W per channel.
3) It has HypeX modules , not one but 4 of them.
4) Footprint is very small.
5) Clean and neutral sound.
6) Best part is its life time warranty.

Decided to buy Biketronics BT4180 amp off their site and but my friend asked me not to as a small mod has to be done by the manufacturer so that it can be used in car but the manufacturer wouldn’t do that if contacted directly. So this friend of mine contacted a member via DIYMA who is in very good terms with the manufacturer and got it done.

Got a brilliant deal of $ 650 USD shipped for the amp this is after the mod which they usually charge $30-$40 USD and shipping another $20 USD, also got the JL Audio Distribution Block and Stinger circuit breaker from Amazon USA After the car was delivered, we decide to change the setup. I really loved how the stock HU is integrated with Android Auto and did not want to lose the functionality. We decided not to install the 80PRS and go DSP way.

Equipment list and cost
1) DSP: MiniDSP C-DSP 6x8: $ 275 USD
2) Midbass + Full Range: Vaani Acoustics Brahma Titanium + Ti 2”: $ 857 USD
3) Front Stage Amplifier: Biketronics BT4180 - 180 Watts RMS X 4 Amplifier: $ 650 USD
4) Rear Stage: Retained stock as it's just a filler.
5) Centre Speaker: Audible Physics AR3A: $ 180 USD
6) Sub Amp: Mosconi 120.4: Retained from old car.
7) Sub: Helix PW12: $ 320USD
8) Dampmat (Exceed, Flex, plus): 1 box each: $350 USD
9) RCA Cables: Did them myself with the speaker wire ( Mogami) which I had at home and Neutrik plugs I got from the US.
10) Speaker Cable 35 Meters: Klotz 12AWG LY225T: $ 80 USD
11) JL Audio Fused Power Distribution Block & Stinger 200AMP circuit breaker: $ 68USD


My friend who owns Vaani Acoustics is the one who took care of concept of the install and deciding the equipment.

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Day 1 Saturday: First stop remove all door panels and start dampening. Thanks to a Korean audio installer there was a video on YouTube as to how to remove the door pads and the Inside plastic housing, followed exactly same and it was easy to remove all the doors. Once all door pads were out we started dampening the metal area of doors with Dampmat Exceed, plus on the front doors and Flex, plus on the rear doors.

There was a slight problem , we ran into logistics issues and the Brahma Titaniums couldn't be delivered on time , so decided to use Vectors ( different model of speakers) untill my original pair arrives ( 2 weeks more)

The stock speakers sit inside a plastic housing and without cutting the housing it was impossible to remove the speakers. We wanted to make use of the stock speaker housing and not build one using any wood, used dermal to make sure my aftermarket speakers fit. We wanted to make use of stock wiring to speakers on the door panels instead of laying cables.

Since Tucson is a CKD in India I was hoping that that there is a space for centre speaker on the dashboard. The dashboard is 2 pieces (1 part which can be removed and 1 which cannot be). Removing the dashboard was a PITA. It was a tight factory fit. In spite of watching couple of videos it took us close to 2 hours to remove it and we were delighted to see that there was indeed space to install centre speaker but Hyundai India decided not to give one. Friend said lets install a centre speaker and I ordered a speaker grill from Korea same day. ETA of the grill was 3 weeks.

Dampmat is a brand of dampening material manufactured in India, it is at par or better the ones sold in the US.









Exceed is a thick material one and flex is 50% thin so that it can be used on areas which has too many undulations.

Stock Speaker Removed


Had to yank out the speaker to make use of the housing


Speaker housing marked to cut the plastic so that the vectors mid basses fit.


Used dremel tool and cut out the plastic.


Vectors sit in flush in the stock speaker housing.


Door Pads removed and dampened.






Center speaker housing on the dashboard. The speaker you see in the far right side is integrated to car sounds ( parking sensors, door open sounds)



Everything put back ,I had put sponge on the mid bass housing so that it doesn't touch the door plastic.



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Day 2 Saturday: Next stop was to check if there was space in the boot to install Sub. In the US and EU the Tucson comes with amplifier and 8 subwoofer in the boot. Removing the panels in the boot was relatively compared to other. Removed them and again happy to see that there was indeed space to install sub woofer but the issue was that it would take only a 8inch and not a 12. I dampened the entire boot area (wheel well, behind the panels)

After this we both started tracing the stock HU output cables and it was a mess. Hyundai India decided to use some random sockets unlike in the Tucson sold abroad. I was able to get socket and wiring diagrams for every other model sold abroad but not for what was sold in India, this was a total shocker to all of us. It took close to 6 hours to finally figure out how the HU output was connected to speakers. The colour coding of wires was messed up, output from Brown and white for left side and Yellow and black for the right side but there was coupler which was installed near doors and the output from the coupler was entirely different. Finally with a lot of back and forth he did figure out. We decided to de pin the cables from the coupler so that we can connect it to DSP and the output from coupler to speakers was also to de pinned to connect the output from Biketronics amp.

After that We started laying wires all along the kick panels of the car. The klotz cable was too thick and space available under the kick panels was less, so we removed the outer rubber of the Klotz cable and used internal wires for connections. The day ended at 10PM with 50% of the work completed.

Boot panels removed and wheel well dampened.








This is where i plan to install the 12" Sub


Boot door had sound deadening material from Factory.


Dampened the same as well.


This is how messed up the color coding of wires was from HU output to speakers.
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Day 3 Thursday: Me & my friend went shopping to get nylon braiding, heat shrinks and some power cable which was pure copper and was teflon coated. Piyush did not come as he was working. Power cable was laid in the kick panel area and we removed the already laid speaker cables as we wanted to use the nylon braiding for the speakers cables both for input and output.

The awesome power cable.





Crimped the socket on to the cable


Connected to battery


Used the factory grounding point in the RHS of the boot to ground the amps and DSP.


De pinned the stock output wire from the HU which is going to speaker and connected a 18 AWG wire to it and taken to DSP as input,



LHS wire is the input wire to DSP from the HU and the RHS wire is the Klotz which is coming from Biketronics going in as input to speakers
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Day 4 Saturday: Pending work was Amp rack in the boot, install the DSP ,amps and install full range on A pillars. Started to work at 2PM as he was busy with some other car. I was strictly against using MDF for amp rack and got a 3mm ply wood sheet out of which i wanted to do the amp rack and fit in the spare wheel well, first we laid out as to where which part will sit and how the wiring will be routed and started working on the rack. It did come out well and installed the same. We used felt cloth which we used to cover it up. Taking out the A pillar was another PITA, the fit and finish in the Tucson is so brilliant that it was super difficult to remove any panel. Took us about 1.5 hour to figure out how it was to be removed and Full range was installed. Installed the DSP, Biketronics and the Mosconi Amp on the amp rack

Biketronics will be powering the full ranges and the mid ranges. Mosconi will be powering the centre speaker and the Sub. Centre speaker was installed but not connected to the amp as the grill was still in transit. Completed the job and fired it up and it had some static noise but all of us had no more patience or energy to work on it. It was 4AM when we completed the work

I did not power up the audio for close to a week due to the static noise. My friend wanted to meet one of the weekday to fix the wiring but I was busy at work and that did not happen. Decided to meet on a Sunday at his place and sort everything out.


Amp Rack installation process.






Center Speaker, we did this at 2AM in the night .


All the equipment installed.


Spare wheel doesn't touch any of the Amp's or the DSP.




Put back the boot lining and no one can even figure out i have installed after market audio.
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Day 5 Sunday: We removed all cables and re connected them and static noise got fixed. We did RTA tuning (the same day and everything (install method, sound quality) turned out to be exactly as I planned initially.

Few pics of the pods , sub woofer.









I got the full rage pods done out of solid aluminium block and my friend helped me with design and sizes.

How does it sound?
Brilliant is the word I can describe, the mids and highs sound sweet and the sub adds adequate bass when needed. The stock HU isn’t all that bad but it was not great when we did the RTA. The setup up can go really loud but decided to limit it so that amps don't trip.


Pending Work:

1) Sub Relocation to either stock location which is available in the Tucson or install it in the spare wheel well.
2) Apply felt cloth in the wheel well area.
3) Play low frequencies across all speakers and check for any rattling on all parts and fix the same
4) Dampen the front doors in a better way.
5) Installing the centre speaker grill and re tune the car.

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Wow...That's a lot of work! Good job!
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Awesome man loved it.
Will post my install as soon as it finishes. Still waitng for stuffs from around the world to reach me. Nothing is available here in Bahrain.
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Look at the power cable that comes in through the cover
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Look at the power cable that comes in through the cover
I have a circuit breaker installed in the Engine bay and did not want to cut or splice anything, will post a image by evening . Thanks for reminding i totally forgot about clicking a pic

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