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Old 04-20-2009, 07:51 PM   #1
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DIY Center Console Sub??? Anyone??

Hey Guys,

I am trying to come up with some ideas as to finish off my stereo system and save a few pennies in the process and I was wondering.. Have any of you had any success installing a subwoofer in your center console?? I am not talking about 2003 and newer consoles either. I have a 2000 Sport w/o a sub in the console and I really do not want to shell out another $400 for a tuffy console with a sub...

Can this be done?

Space is such a premium in Jeeps and I am not looking to "Bump" down the street; I am just looking to round-out the Stereo's sound..

I really want to leave my trunk for recovery gear, so I cannot install a sub there.

Any Ideas?

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Old 04-20-2009, 08:01 PM   #2
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I am curious on the replies. I am in the same boat. Not sure if I want to build a box to take up the trunk space.

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I am curious on the replies. I am in the same boat. Not sure if I want to build a box to take up the trunk space.
I think I can pull this off..... Famous last words Huh?? I think I can get a 6.5" sub mounted, it is just going to be finding a small enough amp in the console..

We'll see if the "Brain Trust" can come back with some creative ideas.

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I would try to find the components from the system that came in the factory center console then use those in a modified way. Do you have an aftermarket radio? I dont know if the pre 2003 radios have a preout for an amp/sub.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:19 PM   #5
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a 6.5" sub is not going to give you the bass you may be looking for. a high end 6.5" speaker can have better bass. the smallest i would ever go is a 8" sub, even than there isn't going to be much low frequency bass.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:19 PM   #6
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a 6.5" sub is not going to give you the bass you may be looking for. a high end 6.5" speaker can have better bass. the smallest i would ever go is a 8" sub, even than there isn't going to be much low frequency bass.
J, I am limited by my enclosures (and lacking a top).. The uppers are chambered, but the fronts are not.. I am not looking for earth shattering bass here, I just want a little more than what I have.... WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! My 89 YJ's system absolutely "ripped" with the top on or off..

In my earlier "ruining my ears" years, I actually garnered a fairly extensive knowledge of all things "Car Audio," but my problem here is going to be my console.. I think I know what will work judging by current equipment (new head unit and all new speakers).. The console would be a great enclosure for a 6.5" sub if I can get the speaker installed.

I found a kicker CVR 6.5" which i think will work.. C'mon Guys, somebody has modified their center console.. I know Jeep did it, but that was a couple of years after mine was built..
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:19 PM   #7
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I've done stereo install for a number of years so I can probably shed a little advice here...

First, nja, your head unit doesn't need RCA outs in order to hook up an amp. While RCA's pre-outs are the best for a clean signal, you can still hook up your factory unit to an amp by connecting an inline converter to your speaker outs. This gives you RCA outs. Cost for the converter is about $10.

Second, jma, a high end 6.5" speaker can produce a decent amount of bass. Check out the Focal K2P Woofer. This speaker is a little pricey but with the right amp and right enclosure it can produce good bass. It's not going to shake your car.

Timberman, does your jeep have a sound bar? If so, you can put these speakers or the Kickers in the sound bar. It will require some modifications but nothing more challenging then converting your center console into a speaker enclosure.

If you don't have a sound bar then you could certainly try to modify the center console or build a speaker box that hugs one side of the cargo area. (similar to the placement of the factory subwoofer in the newer Jeeps.

If you decide to convert the center console into the speaker box, make sure it is completely sealed with maximum amount of airspace possible. I would then port it so that the air/sound fires out the backside of the console. I think you might even be able to fit an 8" in there. This won't produce a tremendous amount of bass but from what you have said it should be adequete for your listening needs.

I would line everything in and around the center console with Dynamat.

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No updates? Pictures?

I am going to do this too, but I need a lead first. It is pretty hard for me to take console off. There were 3 screws in there; 1 incup holder, 2 in pass. side, but i still could not open it, around the gear shift is where i am afraid to break ((

Also will the pass. side wall of the console carry the subwoofer? Do you drill your own grill?

Any suggestions, photos?

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No updates? Pictures?

I am going to do this too, but I need a lead first. It is pretty hard for me to take console off. There were 3 screws in there; 1 incup holder, 2 in pass. side, but i still could not open it, around the gear shift is where i am afraid to break ((

Also will the pass. side wall of the console carry the subwoofer? Do you drill your own grill?

Any suggestions, photos?

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there is another screw under the shifter bezel/boot that must be removed.

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Skip the console sub and just grab a bazooka tube from Wal-mart they will give you the best bang for your buck and don't take up much space.
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Old 09-04-2009, 10:43 PM   #12
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I added a sub to my JK under the seats, and it sounds great. I actually bought 2 8" subs from Crutchfield, and built a box for each one. There were quite a few steps but it was not hard at all. Just a thought.

btw- if your stereo is the stock unit that did not come with subs, and you are going to add an amp, you are probably going to have to tap into one of the speaker wires and step down the signal. Once again crutchfield has a signal converter for like $20. basically it attaches to the speaker wire and steps down the signal so that you can send it to your amp, which of course steps it back up to send it to your subs.
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:06 AM   #13
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Buy a BOSS Audio Bass600 amplified subwoofer.

You will need to cut about an inch off of your tray for clearance.

I cut the very bottom out, cut another inch, and then glued the bottom back on. This should give you a half inch of clearance. I cut an inch because it looks cleaner.

The sub will barely fit. When you tighten down the screws for the counsel that hold it in place, you will end up clamping down the subwoofer box. This will press the sub firmly into the floor of your jeep against bare metal. The vibrations from the sub box end up going into the metal floor and makes it even louder!!

The only draw back is you need to make sure your gain, bass boost, and filters are set up right before you close it up because you can't adjust it once it is in there.
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Rear Seat AMP Rack This looks really good, but may have an amp heat issue!
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:16 PM   #15
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yes heat will be a big issue. 2 amps and a sub, even though they are garbage, puts out heat.

i was looking at some of his diy projects and it makes me laugh. check out his "ram air intake" if anything he restricted the air flow.
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my heat only works if i pit the fan on high,,
Do I need a new fan??

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