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Old 03-17-2010, 06:23 PM   #1
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Subwoofer Install

Put in a new stereo over the winter with Polk marine grade speakers, but the bass was lacking and wanted a sub and amp. Found this thing on Ebay, 8" sub with integrated 400 watt amp and really kicks the bass without waking the dead.



Boss Bass600, got it for $71 delivered. Measures about 12" x 15" x <3" tall. Wanted it outta the way under the back seat, so this is how it turned out.

Tied some wires to the zig zag springs embedded in the foam under the seat in back. There is a recess in the foam about 13" x 27 and cut a piece of 3/4 plywood to fit in. Pics are pretty self explanatory.







Wired in a twist lock plug from Lowes so I can disconnect it easily and pull the back seat when need. Screwed the sub to the bottom of the seat through the vinyl and into the plywood.





Didn't need to because of the amp, but wanted to raise the back seat to accommodate a small toolbox etc. Found a piece of steel 1 1/4" square so based everything off that.







Real happy with the install, really well hidden from the temptations of others thinking they deserve it more than me.




Like I said, it won't jar your fillings loose, but it really brings out all the music now. I'm glad someone came up with this compact little unit, it really is made for a Jeep.

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Old 03-17-2010, 06:36 PM   #2
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Awesome, I have been looking at those for a while and wanted to see how good they were. I was looking at the 1200watt one.

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Old 03-17-2010, 07:03 PM   #3
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Was thinking about going bigger, but this deal was too good to pass up, and decided if I didn't like it I wouldn't be out much. It works great for my needs.

Where in NOVA are you? I am a transplant to Boston from Falls Church. Lived right off Gallows inside the Beltway in Holmes Run Acres. Heading down to Nags Head around 24th of April for a few days with a buddy or two and gonna hit up a game at Nationals on the way back.

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Old 03-17-2010, 07:19 PM   #4
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That Looks real good. I also have been wanting to get some lows in my music! Was the twist lock your Idea. Ingenious! I would never have thought of doing that but looking at it is one of those "OF COURSE" moments!!
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:41 AM   #5
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I'm in Stafford. My wife works in Arlington so I have been through Falls Church before.
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oh all you guys are right by me... i'm staying at my aunts in DC for the rest of the week, then finishin up school in May. When I'm back, we should organize some sort of wheeling/camping trip or something

and that's a pretty sweet sub setup, i wonder if you even put a second one back there next to it, if that would get closer to knockin out fillings... haha

i have a box in mine, a 1000w 8" or 10", i forget off the top of my head. I would love to have my little bit of trunk space back, but i think i've gotten used to the bass know, so if i took it out, i'd be sad...
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:50 AM   #7
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nice work under the seat!!
i need to try that twist lock idea for my box, that would be so helpful.

i wonder if you can modify the center console and install one of these powered subs in there???
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:05 AM   #8
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You could modify the console, it will fit. My concern was losing that small amount of storage. I know it's not much, but being in Boston a lot I need a place to stash sunglasses, cd's and stuff like that or it just runs away.

I have the power from the battery (8g), ground to chassis (8g) and remote wire (16g) to the stereo unit in the twist plug. RCA's and phone type connector for the front control just plug into the amp.

Two will definitely fit under the back seat. I am thinking of turning the unit 90 degrees to get a little more free space. Problem with this unit is the bracket locations on the ends would not hit the plywood. Thinking about making up some straps from perforated plumbing strap and coating it with that brush on rubber stuff to (a) hold it, and (b) not scratch it all to hell.

Damn I miss NOVA area. Weather is so much better - extra month of spring, extra month of summer and extra month of fall. Plus plenty of places to go wheelin.

Gonna be passing through on April 21 to go to OBX for a few days of beach running and fishing, then back to DC for a Nats game on the 24th. God-daughter's husband owns the Holiday Inn in Crystal City and has a suite at the stadium, so first classin it baby.
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i like the idea of using a 4way plug to connect everything, must make it real easy to take out the rear seat.
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that's a pretty sweet area over there in crystal city, that's awesome. you'll be enjoying the game from a sweet position. have fun.

why you up in MA now? if you don't mind me askin

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the only thing is its a boss not a very popular brand but hey only $71 not bad and very campact to.
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:53 PM   #12
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one question, did you use a twist-lock 4 prong electrical sockets or just the standard 4 prong?
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Old 03-19-2010, 05:13 PM   #13
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Just a 3 prong twister. Power, ground and remote. The other wires are just a phone type plug and the 2 RCA's.

I also spent the few extra bucks for the wire. Bought "Streetwire" from a local install shop, buck a foot, but worth it. Nice and flexible, and VERY fine strands. I got a very bright blue 8g for the power, a smoke colored 8g for the ground and had some 16g blue primary lying around to run the remote power to the amp to tell it to turn on and off from the head unit.

Ran these 3 wire in a piece of clear flexible tubing from Lowes, tight fit but that's what I wanted. Not necessary but I am anal about looks of installations of anything, even if you can't see it. That's the finish carpenter in me. That and the knowledge that it really doesn't take any longer to do something right the first time.

I actually spun the amp the 90 degrees yesterday, and it works MUCH better for space under the seat I'll take a pic and add to this in the next couple days when I get back from my weekend in DC.

As far as it being a Boss brand, if it gets fried I'm only out $71, and then it would be lesson learned. If it lasts as long as I hope it does, I can be like Nelson from the Simpsons and say HAHA.

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