ok so i was kind messing with the idea of building a storage space of some kind to bolt down in the rear of the jeep. storage as well as a place to securely mount my amps and sub. i took my spare off the tailgate and tossed it in the bed cause it was bending the tailgate. but then i didnt have any space for anything else back there. i pulled the trigger on the project when i saw something similar to what i wanted to on here and it looked a lot less complicated than i was making it out to be. im pretty far into the project at this point so i will be playing catch up with the posts.
ok so this is what i started out with. i went to home depot and found a huge sheet of mdf board to make the entire outside shell. i already had the measurements of the bed and i was glad i did. it turns out that they will cut the wood for ya for the first 5 cuts and then 1.50 for each cut after.
the lenght and width of the box is 34''. the height of the side walls that i had cut were 14''. 14 will be the interior height of the box. plenty of room imo.
i also went and bought the drawer sliders. they extend i believe 22''.
ok well after i got everything drawn out on the board i measured roughly every 2'' and made a dot. thats where i pre drilled the wholes going around the edge and where the sub enclosure will be. i then got all the walls cut to fit and first screwed the sub walls together to make it a little easier since i wouldnt have been able to get the drill in there with all the outside walls put together. also just wanted to mention that when i pre drilled i actually clamped the top and bottom together to avoid having to do it twice.
forgot to mention that on the front wall i had to borrow my buddys jig saw and cut out an 11'' hole in it for the sub. these are whats going in it and the sub i was just checking to see if it fit properly. after some sanding it was perfect.
12'' MTX 8500 sub
Kenwood 1000 watt monoblock amplifier
and later a 360 watt alpine four channel amp
Keep the updates coming, I'm trying to decide what I'm going to do as well. Just put a bedliner in and am not going to replace the backseat, but I already have a downfire box with 2 10's that was behind the backseat. So....we'll see.
thanks for the compliments. its taken some work. im actually farther along in the project but im only posting a few things at a time to keep the anticipation going lol. but who knows , maybe when you see the end result you will change your mind about that back seat of yours. im really excited to see it all bolted down in the back and hear the sub. ive only had it in a slot box in the past and im really curious to see wat the difference is with a sealed box
ok so after all that i got the crossovers that the second amp will be going to and got all the wires in and drilled the holes for the wires where they come out of the box. the plan is to make the wires short so that i can add clips to just plug them in. that way i could silicone them in to keep a water tight seal. also just so u guys know there will be the sub mounted in this box. the big kenwood amp that you have seen so far that powers the sub and then i wanted to put another amp in there as well to power 2 of my speakers that will be going above my head on the roll bar. that way it also stays out of the weather as well as out of sight and locked up.
ok now time to make the drawer. one thing i want to say before i foret is that when i went to home depot i bought a pair of sliders for the drawer but at that point i didnt have it built. so othing to look at. or i was just being dumb. but anyways because i built the wall around the sub i have a lot more room for the slider on one wall and a lot lot less on the other. to fix this little problem all i did was go back and buy the same type of slider but just shorter so it would fit in the space provided.. ok so now on to the drawer. i got the constructions guys to give me some scap ply wood for the base. the biggest mistake i made with this whole thing was measuring the drawer wrong. bc of that i had to modify the sliders and mount them to the bottom of the drawer which gave me less room than i wanted but hey. i could always just build another drawer later.
there wasnt any more room in the box to mount the 2nd amp so i did it like this. that is the back of the drawer so when you push it closed both amps will be facing each other and this one slides just between the 2 cross overs. i was proud of my skills on this one..lol.. also by doing it that way ill have access to the amps without removing the whole drawer. just a couple small screws on the inside of the drawer.
ok so here you can see where i had to modify those sliders a bit i didnt build the drawer with enough side spacing so i added a length of 2x2 to each and then screwed that to the bottom of the drawer. wasnt the plan but hey its my first build.
Ok this is the stuff I love. It dries hard as a rock. I've used it on my running boards and the raised.part of my hood and my front flares. Haven't been able to get to the rear yet. I also plan on using it on my hinges and rims. The second is Wat I used on the drawer and its had a week to dry and I can still kinda of scratch it off.
other products are
sheet of 3/4 mdf board
DAP dynaflex 230 indoor out door sicone sealant (water proof and paintable)
box of 1 5/8'' drywall screws
like 5 cans of the underliner
and a quart of blue oil based outdoor paint.
2 handles from home depot as well as a latch and master lock
scrap wood was used for the drawer
sliders for the drawer. (2 different sizes)
i think that is everything as far as the box goes. i also had to buy a few things for the audio. wires and stuff.
ok my original plan for mounting this contraption was to drill holes through the tub and just use nuts and bolts however after some thought i realized i already have 7 threaded holes in the tub. four for the back seat bracket and 3 more for the seat belts. i thought that was a better route to go so i went out to find longer ones to go through the wood as well as the 1/2 inch rubber feet i will be putting on the bottom( forgot to add to the parts list but i think i may be swapping out with a few hocky pucks. 1 inch. i lso hear they are a really cheep way to do a body lift.) then i attached a spring from the wires to the box by the amp so that the wires will be pulled out of the way when the drawer gets closed
after that i laid a bead of the silicone on the edges and screwed down the other half. now this half was all pre drilled from earlier so i just lined it up and pre drilled the wall part to avoid splitting them.. now time for paint. i used an oil based out door paint so that it will be able to avoid the abuse it will be getting. i try to leave the top off as much as possible
just wanted to mention this was all done in my basement garage and backyard. o and the caution they give you on spray cans about using in well ventilated areas. yea listen to it. i underlined the bottom in the basement cause it was cold out and my grandmother almost passed out and it pissed off my bother cause the fumes got in the way of his personal time with his girlfriend...........
ok taped off the box and then painted the entire exterior with the underliner pulled the tape and thats what i got. then i got it all mounted in the back of the jeep on the 1/2 inch foot pegs. the speaker on top will be taken out of that crappy box and put in on the roll bar. just wanted to get everything hooked up and tested. sounds fantastic. however the drawer wont slide in. it hits the bolts on the inside for the handles. working on that problem now