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Old 05-30-2013, 08:16 AM   #1
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Subwoofer In the Hide-a-trunk.......

I have an 04 Rubicon with a hide-a-trunk...I am upgrading the sound system...

Has anyone ever put their subwoofer inside their hide-a-trunk? If so, what is the sound quality like and did you do any modifications to the trunk itself? For example, drill holes in the back of the trunk to let sound through....

I know i could just remove the trunk itself and put the same custom sub box made for jeeps you can get all over eBay... But I like the security factor of the trunk...

Any thoughts?

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I have the tuffy rear enclosure. Some have said the sound is fine but I find the sound is a bit muffled. (Just my opinion)

I plan to drill some holes that look like speaker grills into the front facing metal plate to let some sound thru.

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I have the tuffy rear enclosure. Some have said the sound is fine but I find the sound is a bit muffled. (Just my opinion)

I plan to drill some holes that look like speaker grills into the front facing metal plate to let some sound thru.
What direction do you have the woofer facing?
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What direction do you have the woofer facing?
Forward. Tried rear facing as well, no joy.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:41 AM   #5
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Forward. Tried rear facing as well, no joy.
Ah, that's unfortunate. I really like the look of the subwoofer I'm getting. Colors matching the green of my Jeep. Maybe I could actually cut a hole the size of the sub...mount the woofer to the back of the trunk itself and use that as the sub box and have it facing the backseat.
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Ah, that's unfortunate. I really like the look of the subwoofer I'm getting. Colors matching the green of my Jeep. Maybe I could actually cut a hole the size of the sub...mount the woofer to the back of the trunk itself and use that as the sub box and have it facing the backseat.
I suppose you could do that but it sort of defeats the purpose off the added security enclosure. And the airspace would be all wrong.

I love my sub too, but prefer people not see it or be able to get to it.

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I suppose you could do that but it sort of defeats the purpose off the added security enclosure. And the airspace would be all wrong.

I love my sub too, but prefer people not see it or be able to get to it.

In the end its your Jeep so do whatever makes you happy.
This is true, I'm not sure what I'll do. I think the best method may be your way and just drill holes in the back. I'll probably make a custom box that fits in the trunk. I appreciate your input on this. Thanks a lot!
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I wish I could bring more specs to the thread, but i have a ported 10" single sub (can't remember what brand) in my hide-a-trunk powered by a 90 watt amp bridged to a single power cable. Pioneer Premier speakers are in the soundbar and stock dash locations powered by a separate 4 channel amp. Both amps are mounted under the rear seat and have yet to overheat or get damaged by rain/dirt/dust. My head unit (newer Kenwood) has pretty solid built-in low and high pass filters, so I could tune out lows to the full range speakers and keep frequencies low going to the sub. All that said, I think it's a total of $1250 or so and the sound is incredible. Does it amaze audiophiles? Nope. However, it's got great bass with the top down up to about 45-50 mph; any faster and you're just risking hearing loss

Long story short, the hide-a-trunk is a great place for a sub, and if you stay minimal like mine, you still have space for some tools, the rear Harley mirror, various fluids, and bike tubes. One key is to get a sheet of Dynamat or similar and put it on the inside of the tailgate and back and front wall of the trunk.

Other info: my music choices range from rap and reggae to Southern Rock to bluegrass to the Dead. My system gets put through its paces...
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If your amp is mounted to your sub box (like mine is), you may also watch the overheating due to lack of air flow
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I have the tuffy rear enclosure. Some have said the sound is fine but I find the sound is a bit muffled. (Just my opinion)

I plan to drill some holes that look like speaker grills into the front facing metal plate to let some sound thru.
Barmanvarn - did you ever cut out a portion of your security enclosure for the sub? If so, pics? Thanks...I am thinking about doing the same thing.
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