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Discussion in 'Audio' started by im_2gr82h8, Sep 28, 2001.

  1. im_2gr82h8

    im_2gr82h8 Registered Member

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    I live in washington, but refuse to put my top back on because its just doesn't look as good. (and its a pain) so im left trying to figure out where to put my 12" sub where it wont get trashed from the rain with out replacing my center consoule or using a band pass box resined inside and out. (i want a sealed box... I know im picky) So any ideas would be great.
     
  2. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    To get enough airspace for a 12", you'll need lots of room - how about a fiberglass or vinyl over plywood tonneau cover running from the backseat to the tailgate? It'd be easy to fab up, mostly weatherproof, and fairly secure. Then you could just put a sealed enclosure underneath it.

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  3. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I don't know what Puglsey means by "lots of space", I think most 12" subs would work fine in a 1 cuft box....some are even designed to use less than that.

    What space ARE you willing to give up? If you were creative and wanted to protect it from rain, you could remove the glovebox, and mount it facing down (this may only work on early K5's like mine, and it would still be TIGHT) or you could build a short but WIDE enclosure that would attach underneath the rear seat.

    Also if the most important criteria is that it's hidden, or in a weird spot you might consider a couple of smaller subs (like two 8 inchers) which will give you more mounting flexibility.

    Finally, I know that you said you don't want a bandpass box, but what about a ported one? If you do go with a smaller speaker, you can gain a pretty decent amount of bass by using a ported box. I agree that bandpass boxes are pretty useless.....as the name implies, the box is only capable of passing a very limited number of frequecies, so it tends to sound "One-Note-ish and Boomy)

    Give us some more criteria of what you are willing to do, and what is off-limits and I'm sure we can help you out.


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  4. im_2gr82h8

    im_2gr82h8 Registered Member

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    I'm considering the resin covered plywood toneau cover, but nothing is really off limits. I don't have a back seat, nor do I have the side panels of the bed in. I would prefer a sealed box behind the front seats, wich is extreamly simple, but i can't figure out how to protect the cone from nature. But if you have a better idea i will probably go with it.
     
  5. Pugsley

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    You'd have to go with a SoloBaric to put a 12" in 1 cubic foot - most 8"s take a cubic foot to have any kind of low frequency response.

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  6. hawleyboy

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    consider audiobahn, or image dynamic sub woofers, 12s use about 1 cu ft, 10s about .5 sealed inclosures. i own 1 12 audiobahn aluminium cone sub. in my wifes car. but i think it would be pretty much water proof, if the box was water proof, its aluminium and rubber. perhaps sealed boxes between wheel well and front seats?
     
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    If all you are worried about is the cone getting rained on, why not just build a standard box for behind the seats like you want, and then build some little 1" or 2" standoffs so that you can mount it with the speaker facing DOWN towards the floor? It will help to couple the bass notes to the body of the truck and should really help you FEEL the bass....If you were willing to bolt the box down to the floor (which you should do for safety reasons anyway) that will further improve the coupling effect of the sub.

    Sounds like a simple solution, that would do what you want...... [​IMG]

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  8. im_2gr82h8

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    I think I've decided to build a box for 2 10's behind the front seats which will fit almost flush with the bed. And then build a tonneau cover out of plywood and cover it with something to keep my other stuff a little more secure.
     

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