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TJ_John 07-03-2013 11:12 AM

SSV Works Subwoofer and Amp Install With Pics
I recently bit the bullet and bought a newer center console and the SSV Works 10" subwoofer enclosure for my 1999 TJ Wrangler. Since I could never find detailed information on the install, I documented my install in hopes of helping future Jeepers.

First off, overall the product is well constructed, but the quality control is lacking. Some of the screw holes didnít line up with the console and one of the brackets to secure to the Jeep body didnít line up at all (details in pictures). I would recommend this product, but be prepared to do some modding and sweating to make it work.

Iím not a fabricator or anything like that and all of this work was done with a Dremel tool (HIGHLY recommended), a hack saw, and a DeWalt drill.

I'll post a few key pics, but the full Imgur album is Jeep - SSV - Imgur

I purchased a 10" Pioneer TS-SW2501S2 2ohm single voice coil shallow subwoofer and powered it with a Alpine MRV-M250 amplifier mounted under the dash. I tried mounting it to sheet of wood and then bolting it to the steering column using instructions on this forum, but it didn't work on my 1999 TJ. It sounds ghetto, but I ended up using heavy duty zip ties to secure the amp. It's all the way up to the metal "shield" by the driver's knees and is very well hidden. As a bonus, you can still adjust the settings without removing the metal shield.

Onward to the enclosure:

Here it is fresh out of the box. There are more in the album with a measuring tape:

The opening for the sub isn't wide enough to accommodate the Pioneer, so I had to scrape a hack saw around the edge for about an hour to widen it. Finally I used a Dremel tool to spot sand so the woofer would drop it. I don't know how much I had to take off because it was a 'scrape and test fit' kind of process.

Finished with widening:

The woofer doesn't fit into the box with it's rubber trim ring, so I pulled it off (but save it for later).

Next is drilling pilot holes for the screws to mount the woofer to the enclosure and the hole for the speaker wire.

Here's a good spot for the speaker wire:

Remember the trim ring we took off of the woofer? I cut out the back of it to make a gasket to seal up the enclosure.

Polyfilled and ready for the woofer:

Wired up, polyfilled, screwed in and ready to go:

Now you have to remove the small CD/Tape case inside the center console. I drilled out the rivets on the front two and then worked on pulling the rivets apart from the underneath. This is a long arduous task. Once the front two are out, you can break off of the case and use the Dremel tool to cut off the final two rivets (much faster and easier). You'll also need to widen the holes to accommodate the bolts to hold the enclosure in.

It takes some "smushing" to get the enclosure up to the correct height in the console. I used a paint can to allow me to push only on the enclosure and not the console.

Once it was as close as I could get it to the top of the console, I installed the bolts and tightened slowly to pull the enclosure up even more. Unfortunately, only two of the holes line up, so I could only install two of the four (hello quality control! :facepalm:).

Hole alignment fail:

For the actual install, the mounting bracket holes are really messed up.

Missed it by that much:

So you'll have to use the Dremel tool to cut off a small part for a unobstructed screw hole:

Finally I connected it up to the amp and wrestled the console back into place. It looks completely stock.

I'm not a bass head, but I do enjoy music and missed the low end that wasn't provided with the 6.5 Kicker. This setup sounds great, despite the enclosure's shortcomings.

If anyone has questions let me know.

Toolin Around 07-03-2013 06:48 PM

Thanks for the write up! One small word of caution is that the amp should be mounted with the correct side up. The outer housing of the amp is made to dissipate heat generated by the amp. Heat rises and if the amp is mounted up side down the heat is trapped against the circuit board and could cause thermal shutdown or premature failure of the amp. I have been in the automotive electronics field my whole life and have seen and been guilty of the same thing.

IcarusLSC 07-17-2013 07:58 AM

Nice write up. I too had many of the same issues with the SSV box. The flange on mine wasn't flat in addition to the subs they said fit, well didn't (I tried a few from the list they emailed me.) I was lucky and had a friend who does pro audio stuff help me make it fit and setup everything (I did the grunt work of the install end, lol...) In the end he said it would have been about the same cost to have a box made. Even after a bunch of emails with the company they don't seem worried about the quality control :(
It sounds fine now though thanks to the big help of my friend!

spr0k3t 09-23-2013 11:34 AM

I had a bunch of issues with the SSV box as well. I'm sure it would have been cheaper to go with a local box builder. I threw my review up on Amazon for those who want to have a read. Spr0k3t's review of SSV Works Jeep Wrangler TJ Center Console ...

2006whiteTJ 05-04-2014 07:38 AM

Are you overall satisfied with the sound quality? I was skeptical about the air space of this box for a 10 inch sub.

TerryC6 05-04-2014 11:58 AM

If I remember right that sub takes less than .5 cu feet to work.

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