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Extended Cab Sound System Help

I want to keep my jump seats (they fold into the side of the truck)

But I want to improve the sound quality. I'd like to put atleast one sub, and upgrade the speakers so it sounds better and louder.

Is there a guide on how to do this somewhere?
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Here are the speakers sizes by Ranger year: Ford Ranger Audio - What Fits

A subwoofer speaker must be large to generate the long waves of a low frequency, the larger the speaker the lower the frequency it can create, this is not related to power although to move a larger speaker does take more power.
A 15" speaker running 20watts will generate lower frequencies than an 8" speak with 200watts, that is just the physics of it, the 8" would be louder, 10 times louder(see below).
A 15"-20" speaker would be silly in a Ranger, but the cabinet the subwoofer is in can help it create lower frequencies, it is a science and you should read up on it.
A 8" speaker can create lower frequencies in the right cabinet.

You will need to decide how much space you want to lose to a subwoofer, up to you.

Some Ranger cabinet ideas here: Ford Ranger Extended | Standard Cab Single Subwoofer Box
These are designed for the space not the speaker.


Just FYI, 20watts is NOT twice as loud as 10watts, it is 1/10th as loud, to get twice as loud you must multiple wattage by 10.
So if you have a 60watt system, to get twice as loud you would need 600watts, so don't spend money on a little more watts, if you had 60watts and went to 200watts I doubt you would notice much of a difference, 300watts would be minimum, 50% louder
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I want something I'm able to still use both seats. So probably 2 small subwoofers, I was looking at the bass tubes, but I don't know how well those would work.
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Small subwoofer is an oxymoron, like military intelligence or jumbo shrimp, they exist but........

Sound tubes do work.
Look at pictures of the old pipe organs, they used sound tubes, the larger and longer the tube the lower the note(frequency) they can generate.
(Same works on vehicle exhaust systems, larger longer pipes can generate lower sounds)

The Bazooka sound tubes do a good job in a small space they use the ported tube to lengthen the sound waves to generate lower frequencies than the "smaller" speaker could on its own.
I wouldn't go smaller than 8" though.
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Or you could just ditch the jump seats and have 2-12s in their place
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If you are looking for a little low end thump I have he perfect solution. I put one of these in my 95 full size under the front seat and it is plenty. It's a Blaupunkt XLF200A. Powered 8" sub in a small enclosure. Look into one. Very impressive for it's size
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Go with some component speakers in the doors like mids and highs. Best quality.
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