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Has any one built a sub box for in a factory TJ console. I know they sell them but I like to fabricate my oen stuff.
 

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There have been plenty of people who replace the factory sub with something a bit more beefy, but they usually use the factory enclosure and just modify it according to their needs. If you don't have a factory sub, you are in for a bit more work, as everything will have to be fabricated.
 

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pioneer has a sub that fits in the factory console location with no new holes having to be drilled. use the search feature, it will take you far.
 

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Thanks. Ive got a 10" sub. Just doing a little reaserch befofe I hack up a perfectly good console. Or would an 8" sub be a better application.
 

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I would think a 10 is going to be too large; even if you get it crammed in there, it won't have enough airspace to perform well. I would look at an 8" designed for small enclosures... the TJ console can't have more than .5 cf of airspace.

I would look at the Kicker compVT 8" or even the 6.5" sub. The stock TJ sub is a 6.5" if I'm not mistaken, so that would be the closest to bolting right in. Obviously, you will want an external amp for that sub; the stock sub amp is not nearly enough for any serious upgrade.
 

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Nice, always cool to find companies that I haven't heard of in the car audio business. Do you have experience with the SWS10, by any chance? I am looking for a good 10" slim mount sub that will perform well in a small enclosure. I don't care so much about the SPL levels, the SQ of the sub is really what I am looking at.
 

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Nice, always cool to find companies that I haven't heard of in the car audio business. Do you have experience with the SWS10, by any chance? I am looking for a good 10" slim mount sub that will perform well in a small enclosure. I don't care so much about the SPL levels, the SQ of the sub is really what I am looking at.
I have the SWS8 in my center console powered by a 300watt external amp. The amp is a little much for the sub, so it's dialed down considerably. It works quite well. So well that I sold my 2 10's that I had in a custom enclosure that fit behind my rear seat. It also helps that I have the pods and dash speakers amped as well. My center console didn't come with the factory sub, so I had to modify the storage pocket as an enclosure.
 

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I would have to build a enclosure correct
Sort of. The enclosure's already there. It just needs some modifying to make it work. I had to fabricate a top piece for the enclosure and epoxy it to the storage pocket in order to seal the enclosure.


You have to drill out these rivets to remove the inner pocket. This picture doesn't show rivets since I already drilled them out and just replaced them with sheetmetal screws.

You can see where I fabbed a top with MDF and covered it with carpet.
The side of my console already had a cutout for where the speaker would go, so it just took a little trimming to fit the 8" sub.
 

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Yes, I understand that your console is stock. What I am trying to find out is if it has the factory subwoofer already installed, or if it's just a large storage compartment. If you have the factory subwoofer in there already, you won't have to do much; you can modify it to make a new sub fit in. If you don't have the factory subwoofer, than you will need to either purchase a factory console that had the sub, or fabricate the entire enclosure - like bobthetj03 did in the above pictures.
 

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I did the 6.5 Kicker CVT install running off of 2 channels of a 4 channel alpine. It's provides nice mid-bass, but I've also got 2 10 inch downfires in the back so it almost seems null in void.

I've only heard of people maxing at an 8 inch thin with some major modification to the stock sub box, which I decided against since the air capacity would be greatly limited...who knows.

I've been considering this below, which I think is a great option except for the price....:banghead::banghead::banghead:

Amazon.com: SSV Works Jeep Wrangler TJ Center Console Subwoofer Enclosure designed for a Thin Mount 10" Speaker: Automotive

If I had any experience with box building or fiberglassing I would try to mimmic the design of the link above.
 

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I literally just finished building this today:








I followed the instructions from here:
8" sub console project, pics inside... - JeepForum.com

I finished the fiberglass and painted it with Rustoleum bedliner paint today. Mounted an 8" Rockford Fosgate sub I already had in it.

I will caution that it was a huge undertaking lol. Basically the link he provides to someone else's plans show the outside measurements. I built the sides top & bottom and then had to hand fit the rest of the wood, and fiberglass the e-brake side.

I have pics of it finished but haven't gotten them uploaded yet. I will try to get that done in the next couple days and post them up.

I had the factory sub in my console. This replaces it completely, and it is a very snug fit! After painting it I put a piece of standard sub box carpet on the top piece as there is about a 2.5-3" area left now under the console lid on top of the box. Perfect for storing the head unit face plate and gps as I can use the factory lock still. Not fool proof obviously but keeps honest people honest.
 

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I have the console that is ready for the sub. But no sub.
 

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I just used my factory enclosure and put a 8" Kicker CVT8. I ran it off the factory amp and it sounds just fine. All you have to do is trim down the fins at the bottom of where the stock sub would go and it fits in easy. Took all of about 20 minutes.
 

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Cool! Any sound dampening needing for the console? Much virating noise?
 

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When you say it's ready for the sub but doesn't have one, do you mean someone just took the actual speaker itself out? If you have tons of room in your center console, than you don't have the sub enclosure. If there seems to be a false floor of sorts in your center console and your storage only goes down a few inches, than you may have the enclosure.

My TJ has a center console that has the grille for the sub visible on the outside, but the inside is just a big white tub for storage. It looks like it's ready for a sub on the outside, but the enclosure isn't there.
 
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