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Old 07-30-2013, 10:38 PM   #1
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Exclamation [HELP] 10" sub in Tuffy Console and need help finding an amp

A friend of mine gave me a deal I couldn't pass up on a Digital Designs Comp 10" subwoofer with an enclosure. Enclosure is too big to fit in the trunk (or anywhere else in the Jeep for that matter without taking out the back seat) so I'll probably build a new box if this idea of mine won't work.

What I want to do is see if I can fit the 10" in my Tuffy Center Console. It's made to fit an 8" but with a little modification I'm sure it will fit. What I want to know is what else needs to be done to the console to fit the sub? I've read you're supposed to use the factory sub enclosure but a lot of people have just built their own inside the console. What all do I need to get this sub inside this center console?

Also, I don't have an amp yet and I'm trying to decide 1) where I'll mount it (would it fit inside the console with the sub?) and 2) what amp to actually buy.
I saw a thread a while back where someone mounted their amp inside the dash under the steering wheel (if someone could link me to this, that would help because I can't find it) and really liked this idea. Keeps the amp dry and out of sight. I'll more than likely go this route unless I can mount it inside the console. As for finding an amp, my friend told me to stick to Kicker, Alpine, and Kenwood because he's had good experience with those. He said I would need 500W to power the sub and a 1000W amp would be ideal. My budget is only around $150 right now so I may be limited to craigslist.

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I would go with the Power Acoustik Gothic series. I read a lot of positive feedback on it. So, I brought it. It is a 5 channel amp at 2500 watts. It cost about $150. The THD is 0.1%, so basically you won't hear distortion. It is a 5 channel amp so it will power all your speakers(4), including the sub(1), with just one amplifier. It has crossover controls galore, so I took it to a audio store to have it installed and tuned. I installed mine under the back seat. I intend to raise it a little, to allow better heat flow, because it does tend to heat up. But, I haven't been able to stand the volume pass 24, and my stereo goes up to 37. It has settings so you won't over-power your speakers, and it has a separate bass control knob that you can mount anywhere, in case your stereo doesn't have sub woofer control. Basically you'll get 100 watts per speaker, and 500 watts for the sub. This is what the audio store told me based on the amps I was using to drive it. Oh yeah, I forgot to say that I am driving 2-MTX 8" subs with mine.

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There is no way to give you a good answer without knowing which DD series 10 you have. LEt me know which series and I can recommend an amplifier based on your needs, also that enclosure will never work man. I understand you want it in the center console, I have a couple of enclosure generators and a few years experience with enclosure sub amp setup. I would be glad to come up with something for you and just msg. you the dimensions if you were interested. Nice BTW, a cheap DD 10 is $130-$200 you made out like a bandit man
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:27 AM   #4
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There is no way to give you a good answer without knowing which DD series 10 you have. LEt me know which series and I can recommend an amplifier based on your needs, also that enclosure will never work man. I understand you want it in the center console, I have a couple of enclosure generators and a few years experience with enclosure sub amp setup. I would be glad to come up with something for you and just msg. you the dimensions if you were interested. Nice BTW, a cheap DD 10 is $130-$200 you made out like a bandit man
It's a 9500 Series. My friend didn't know when I asked what series so he contacted the previous owner and that's what he told him.
So there's no way to use the Tuffy Center Console? Dang...
Yeah, I would be interested in some dimensions. Main reason I want to mount it in the console was to keep it hidden/secure when I had the top/doors off and I'm getting ready to pull the seat soon so I can't do an instatrunk type thing behind the rear seat (I may just leave the rear seatif that means I can keep the sub secure).

If you have any questions on coming up with anything, just reply back here. Thanks!
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Great mna, thats a really good sub. I am also wanting to do a center console build for the same reasons. I'll see what I can come up with. If it wasn't for the internal air volume that beast needed I would say go with your idea, it would look good. I'm going to do some measuring when I get off work. I'll try to get you some dimensions in the next couple of days bud.
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Buy your friend a beer, thats a $700 subwoofer.lol
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:59 PM   #7
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Buy your friend a beer, thats a $700 subwoofer.lol
Probably two beers. It's a $900 woofer.
We're 17 so I'll just owe him car parts instead of a beer.
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MB Quart RA1500.1 1500w mono block would be a great amp for that sub. It's only $209 at sonic electronix. It will push 1500 watts RMS all day rated. The amp was rated on 12.3v so running down the road givin that you have the OE alternator you'll can get up to 14 volts with the right wiring/length of wire ect. The 1500w nominally would be sufficient, however that DD 10 should hold 2200 rms no problem with a 3" voice coil. I forgot to suggest an amplifier earlier when I first read your post.
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Now what about the enclosure in the center console? That's my biggest hang up right now...
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MB Quart RA1500.1 1500w mono block would be a great amp for that sub. It's only $209 at sonic electronix. It will push 1500 watts RMS all day rated. The amp was rated on 12.3v so running down the road givin that you have the OE alternator you'll can get up to 14 volts with the right wiring/length of wire ect. The 1500w nominally would be sufficient, however that DD 10 should hold 2200 rms no problem with a 3" voice coil. I forgot to suggest an amplifier earlier when I first read your post.
I have the MB Quart DSC 1500.1D and run a 12" deathrow from incriminator audio, great working amp.
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I talked to a guy at work about what I was wanting to do and just looking at the center console he shot that idea down and told me I would get WAAAY better sound out of a box so I guess I'm just going to sacrifice the little trunk space I have and go ahead and build a box.
I'm going to build it to fit behind the rear seat but I tend to run without the rear seat most of the time but want to be able to throw it in if I want to one day. I'm thinking about building an instatrunk with a back to it so when the rear seat is out, it won't be obvious that there is a sub in the trunk. Then just build my box to fit inside the instatrunk so I can take it out when I go offroading to avoid getting it wet (or should I just build the box like an instatrunk and not worry about it?).

If I could get some help with this, that would be great!
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For enclosure diagrams you can get free ones on the caraudio.com's forum.
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Look up the box specifications (internal air volume) for the sub and build it to fit in the space you want it to go.. sealed is the easiest to design and build.. It should fit behind the rear seat, my ported 12" fits behind mine... barely..
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i never used my back seat so it was always out leaving me a good deal of space to put my enclosure in.



its a 3^ft enclosure slot ported to 32hZ.
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I talked to a guy at work about what I was wanting to do and just looking at the center console he shot that idea down and told me I would get WAAAY better sound out of a box so I guess I'm just going to sacrifice the little trunk space I have and go ahead and build a box.
I'm going to build it to fit behind the rear seat but I tend to run without the rear seat most of the time but want to be able to throw it in if I want to one day. I'm thinking about building an instatrunk with a back to it so when the rear seat is out, it won't be obvious that there is a sub in the trunk. Then just build my box to fit inside the instatrunk so I can take it out when I go offroading to avoid getting it wet (or should I just build the box like an instatrunk and not worry about it?).

If I could get some help with this, that would be great!
I got this. It's a molded, downfiring sub, and there will be no water problems. It's hard to tell its a sub box, so I doubt anyone can figure it out. It comes loaded with 10" MTX speakers.
400 watts RMS, and it rocks. I've had it over 9 months, and I've been really pushing it with a 500RMS amp.


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