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subs in back doors

I have an extended cab mazda, and I want a little bass, but I still want to be able to use my back seats. Has any one tried putting small subwoofers in their back doors, and if so, what is the biggest size that will fit without screwing something up bad? Enlarging the hole is not a big concern.
Elemental designs has their 6 inch subs on sale right now, but I also have to two old 8 inch jls, so I was thinking either 6 inch or 8 inch.
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subs have to be in a sealed enclosure or they will sounds like crap and me useless. are you talkking about mounting them in stock locations. If you are just wanting a lil more boom boom. just get a really nice set of front and rear component speakers and amp them. you will be very pleased.
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You can use free air subs. They will produce bass without a box. But as far as putting them in the doors I haven't see anyone on here with a setup like that.
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one of these days I'd like to do it properly, but for right now I have few facilities, and no time. For now it's the quick and easy way.
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i was going to say search for it.. it's been done by someone on here... Nathan posted the link to the guy's project.
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one of these days I'd like to do it properly, but for right now I have few facilities, and no time. For now it's the quick and easy way.
Going cheap always costs more.
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I think it would rattle like a ****... try it and let us know
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I put a F150 downfire Sub box in my back, It hardly fits, but it works under the seats so I can still have passengers as well my 2 10" Phenix Gold Octane's. Sounds pretty good
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That is freakin sweet! Guess that gave you an idea for yours eh Nate?
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Going cheap always costs more.
Usually true, but in this instance time is money and I don't think it will end up costing very much. Maybe a substantial amount of sound deadener, but I need that anyways.
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There is plenty of space for an 10" sealed in there. Just deaden the hell out of it and do a fiberglass enclosure like in that other thread. If you dont care about modifying the door panels back there, you could make it look a lot cleaner.

Two 8's would be plenty for just listening to music at normal levels in a ranger. However, eDuh is the last place I would go to.

If you are on a budget: Partsexpress.com

Dayton and Tang Band all the way for cheap subs.
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Yeah Mike, I'd love to do that someday, and make use of those huge pockets in the back doors. I'm gonna wait on it though because I want to upgrade other parts of my stereo before I spend money on adding midbass. Although I do have two free channels on that Kenwood amp so all I need is some 8"s.

So forgottenben are you going with free air subs? And cutting the existing speaker holes bigger? Let us know how it turns out.. if there's a lot of rattle you could try a can or two of sprayfoam insulation inside the door. I've never tried it, but I think that would work.
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Wow, if I had a 4-door I would be all over that. I could at least stick some nice mids in there, component up front and a nice L5 in the back . . . great, more ideas. Good find with the link!
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For some sick 8" subs, try Image Dynamics. A buddy of mine had a pair of 8's between the seats in a sealed enclosure in a Mazda B2200 and it sounded like a pair of 10s thumping away.
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Would it be possible to add subs where the 6x8's go in the back doors, and then relocate the 6x8s to the back wall? Would the back wall even be deep enough to accept speakers?
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I was planning on doing the same thing as Teacherguy's instal tool, but then I said F it and got a Basslink lol. Just get a pair of those little Elemental Designs subs and a slim amp that you can hide under the drivers seat.
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I don't know if there would be enough room in the back wall for 6x8's, but I doubt it. I'm sure it would be possible to put subs in the 6x8 holes, the hard part would be to stop the doors from rattling.
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I know like in the Nissan Hardbody's, instead of having the rear speakers under the ext cab windows, they had them on the back wall, but they were only 4 or 6" components.
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The single cabs have the speakers on the back wall but I think the whole plastic trim is different. Honestly I would rather get components is the stock locations and then just run a small enclosure on the floor.
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I was just kinda thinking out loud and throwing the idea out there. I don't use the seats back there anyways. It's all storage for me.
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I think for a slight improvement some 6 inch subs in the stock 6x8 location would probably be a start. I don't like speakers behind me anyways so replacing the speakers for a subwoofer is just fine.
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Yeah I just have two good speakers up front and the stockers in the back turned right off. Two good door speakers in an ext. cab is all you need IMO. I never ride in the back anyway. Ha. Let us know how it sounds and how much deadening it takes.
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