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.