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Putting 8 inch subs in the door of a ranger.

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So i was thinking about putting 8 inch subs in the doors of my 2001 ford ranger. Is it posible and how would i go about doing it? any help is appreciated.

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im sure its possible. I doubt youd be able to keep them under the door panel. Most likely will have to make some pod for them i would imagine.
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Its harder to find a tweeter that will play as low as where an 8" driver leaves off. Usually if your going to run such a large woofer then you will need a mid-range to handle the frequency between the woofer and tweeter.
So not only do you need room for a 8" woofer (mid-bass) but also the mid-range too.
you also have to have "crossovers" to separate the frequencies to the speakers. You will need highpass, lowpass and bandpass filters for a three-way setup.

There is a lot of space for a large speaker in the factory area but it will need modified and baffled. Don't expect actual "sub" bass to come from your doors that is just asking too much from a flimsy metal door.

I am planning on running two 7" rs180 woofer in a two-way setup with a nd28f silk dome tweeter. These work in a two way together because the tweeter can play down to 2000hz which is right where the woofer starts to break up.
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This is interesting to me, because I have an extended cab, and don't want to give up any of the rear space for my subs. I have been thinking of getting a pair of subs designed for small boxes and installing them in place of the rear speakers (in the rear doors). Has anyone done this successfully and still hidden them behind the factory grill? I'm looking at 8" subs. I'm just looking for good SQ out of my system. I have 5 1/4" separates up front, and dumping the factory rears in favor of sub would give me decent sound sand a good stage.
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Don't expect actual "sub" bass to come from your doors that is just asking too much from a flimsy metal door.
i think if you built a small box and used some sound deadening it would work out well
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I had a buddy of mine try it once on an '87. They can and will fit with some creativity... however, your side window will only go down as far as the sub magnet and stop, and keeping them under the panels is darn near impossible. Just a warning. LR
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i think if you built a small box and used some sound deadening it would work out well
That would help, that is a great idea for everyone to do, even with regular speakers. provided that it is proper air volume for the speaker. I would be worried out having enough room between the front of the speaker and the back of the grill area though.

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This is interesting to me, because I have an extended cab, and don't want to give up any of the rear space for my subs. I have been thinking of getting a pair of subs designed for small boxes and installing them in place of the rear speakers (in the rear doors). Has anyone done this successfully and still hidden them behind the factory grill? I'm looking at 8" subs. I'm just looking for good SQ out of my system. I have 5 1/4" separates up front, and dumping the factory rears in favor of sub would give me decent sound sand a good stage.
Check these 6.5" subwoofers Tang Band W6-1139SI 6-1/2" Subwoofer | Parts-Express.com they would work great in the rear doors. just make sure you dampen the hell out of the doors.
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Thanks for the help and ideas everybody I didnt want to loose rear storage space but I think it will be easier than molding a panel from fiberglass.

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I am interested in putting subs in the rear doors so I dont have to give up any space. It would be a big project to do right. I figure I have an extra $2000 in my truck just to have an extended cab with doors. Dont want to loose that just for a stereo.

I think you would need to cut out a lot of the door and fabricate something for the door stops since the OEM ones go right throught the middle of the space that you need. Build a proper box to fit and then fabricate a new door panel. Bigger project that I want right now.
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great idea

ive seen this done on a lot of cars and if you got a pod you could put them in any door with pretty much any size if the pods are created so they stand out of the door a little way, i found out about that after i got 2 12" mtxs in a ported box put in my 4 door ranger and i have absolutely no space in it now
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Here is another bunch of pictures from a very old thread that i do not think exists anymore.















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Did they really use duct tape?
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sadly yes....

Not my truck, just one on a thread a saw years ago from here.
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The pictures are pretty much posted in backwards order.
I remember seeing this thread long ago. He wanted every inch he could get and that was the least messy way to do it. Gess he didn't have painters tape ?
He used the duct tape to help form the mold.

Then the cardboard went in and then the mess began...
It's all fiberglass in there now...

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