I have been making slow but steady progress.
It's always difficult to get a new product line going, especially when the cars are so new. I just can't show up at the dealer and say, "Hey, can you let me dismantle one of your brand new Ferraris??"
A local Ferrari only auto wrecker was generous enough to allow me to take some measurements of a bare 458 door for the purposes of engineering some adapter plates, similar to the ones I sell for the 430 and 360 models. I had a couple of prototypes laser cut from aluminum and need to get back up to the auto wrecker for a final test fit. If this goes well, I can have a production run of stainless counterparts machined, then have the stainless fasteners tig welded to the plates. This will take care of the midrange installation.
I am also ordering a few of the small, black plastic triangles that are mounted at the bottom of the 'A' pillars on the doors. A template is being made to be able to install high end tweeters into these "pods" (again, similar to the 430 and 360 models). This takes care of the tweeter install.
I just paid $200 for a Ferrari 458 shop manual. I need this so that I can take the door cards off of the doors and remove the center console without any fear of damaging anything. The next step is to make another series of installation videos, this time for the 458, on how to remove the door card (if necessary), install the adapter plate and the midrange speakers, install the tweeters, how to remove the center console to run speaker wire from the trunk to the back of the cab, then how to install the subwoofer enclosure behind the seats.
Will keep you guys posted.
Mike Niday www.scuderiaaudio.com