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Best way to go with little space to get big sound

hey, im kind of new here but i was wondering. i dont think i have enough room for a sub in my '93 regular cab, but i wanted to know what other's opinions would be on putting 2 or 4 6x9s in boxes behind my seat. and also if i use the existing wire to hook them up would i need an amp. i know that it would draw from whats there but would it draw enough power for me to need an amp? or if i should just sacrafice the room for a sub?
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just get one 10.. or an infinity basslink
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i thought about a basslink but i think thats a little out of my price range right now. i dont want to spend that much.
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I understand space is a problem when it comes to trucks and stereo systems I have an '03 ext. cab and I'm in the process of trying to minimize my system but also maintaining the biggest sound. My goal is to have a person be able to sit in the back. So I removed a seat and took my back panel off, making one out of aluminum for my amp rack and building a fiberglass enclosure for right behind the driver's seat. I'll post pics here soon... As for you situation, a single cab is rough imo for a sub. I'm sure it can be done. If you have some room under your seat you could possibly mount a small box with a shallow mount sub under it? As far as using your existing wiring and placement of amp, you could use your existing speaker wiring and possibly just install an amp right by the head unit, maybe in the glove box. That way you would not have to run a large amount of wiring and use your existing speaker wire for your rear speakers. Did that help at all???
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I have two 10s and an amp and basically they take up behind my seat and possibly a tiny bit more.a 6 foot 3 person sat back there without *****in too much.

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I just traded my 2-12" system......And im looking for a REALLY good 10 or 12....just one though....Something that will hang with 2- 12's......

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I'm 6 foot tall and have plenty of legroom with my setup it's just how u build the box that makes the difference.

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still plenty of room
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I just traded my 2-12" system......And im looking for a REALLY good 10 or 12....just one though....Something that will hang with 2- 12's......

Rocky
what size box, and what were the other 12s you had, thats was double the cone area so it might be a little hard to be just as loud, unless you get a really nice sub

and how many watts and what size box you going to use?

my suggestion a 12" MT and a PA A3000 or, IA 20.1, orion 2500d, powerbass XA3000, Hifonics XX Colossous, blah blah...
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I'm 6 foot tall and have plenty of legroom with my setup it's just how u build the box that makes the difference.

you also have a newer truck which has at least 3"s more behind the seats. Building a quality/acceptable system back there in a pre98 regular is kinda a challenge. I utilized the space between my seats after doing the 40/40 mod to make a center console subbox. works out well for me, and i have my armrest and all.
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Doesent seem much bigger than my 94' ranger, The seats are bigger deffinitely but i think the cab is about the same.
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Oh yeah I gotta
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thats a really nice setup
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That is a really nice clean system. I told you guys I'd post some pics of my setup that I'm just starting. Yesterday I worked on my amp rack. I took out the old panel and traced onto an aluminum plate. After looking for 2 weeks, I finally found on e-bay, and for cheap enough the rubber edge trim, trim-lok and wrapped the panel with that. Then I cut out holes for my fans and ran some of the wiring. I know I'm a dork and like to keep things neat... And oh, this is an ext. cab.










I didn't take any pics of my amps mounted, I got them done too... I cut the bottom of my one amp out so direct air is blowing on them, I covered it in screen also. The rust wasnt from me, I bought this amp remanufactured.
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i really like anthony's system. actually i like the whole truck (i checked the cardomain) nice ride man thanks for those pics.
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what other's opinions would be on putting 2 or 4 6x9s in boxes behind my seat. and also if i use the existing wire to hook them up would i need an amp. i know that it would draw from whats there but would it draw enough power for me to need an amp? or if i should just sacrafice the room for a sub?
to answer you're questions, No don't put them behind the seats they wil be muffled and you'll be back at square one. you can use the existing wiring without NEEDING an amp, but I suggest amping them for better sound.

and finally yes you should sacrafice the room behind your passenger to one decent 10" shallow mounting sub and amp. you'll get plenty of thump with that to sound good. Most people that have single cabs don't even bother with rear speakers put decent components up front for the sq. and amp everything. this is not cheap so start saving and learn to deal with what you have now for a while. taking any easy ways out at the point will only cost you more money in the long run and never get you close to your desired sound.

Shop second hand to save money not cheap equipment.
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i really like anthony's system. actually i like the whole truck (i checked the cardomain) nice ride man thanks for those pics.
Thanks for the comments, it was a b*$c# to build, but it fits perfect, I notched the back out for the factory speakers so that it would still fit tight to the back of the cab, the amps and subs are recessed about 3/4" for more room and to keep them from hittin the seats I put them in the middle so they wouldn't be muffled by the seats. the problem is you have to get a sub with a shallow mounting depth, The LA's sound good for 35$ but plan on gettin some Audiobahn or JL's they both have have some nice subs that have the magic 5.5" depth.
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looks like im going to go with the single sub behind the seat for now. but i think ill build a box that has enough room for 2 subs for the future. thanks for all the help everyone.
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Suprised that no one mentioned a Thunderform.


They're pretty cheap to buy somewhere here....

Plus it'd give you enough room to fit an amp behind there too.
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Hey i got 2 10's and a huga amp in my 97...
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Suprised that no one mentioned a Thunderform.


They're pretty cheap to buy somewhere here....

Plus it'd give you enough room to fit an amp behind there too.
Thunderforms are not cheap by any means. If i remember right last time i looked they were $300-350. Not cheap. at all.
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