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Is there a 'proper' way to face a subwoofer??

Odd question, I know. lol.


I've had mine sub forward for years....seen LOTS like that as well. But I've seen some people run them facing rearward.

Is there any real advantages to either? Pros/cons?


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Run the speaker each way and see what you like best.....It's all personal preference
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yep.. you want the sub waves to hit you? or hit the cab and shake the **** out of it lol
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Mine faces toward the back of the cab because of the box design. I have noticed that the bass sounds deeper and louder when sitting in the passenger seat. If I could turn it around I would.
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Run the speaker each way and see what you like best.....It's all personal preference
Did it, and couldn't tell a difference other than when facing back, my rear window slider was rattling like crazy. But I'm used to that....just turn the volume up. It tends to go away.
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because of the way my sub is it doesnt face back or fowards but sideways
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bazooka tubes dont count. and why are you center belts cut? You can get straight from ford the factory belt delete little plastic pins and cover the hole. Would looks alot better. You could paint them blue too!
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lol just add to my interior blueness...
and i cut them out becuase i never put anyone in the middle and it looks cleaner without them, and i suppose i could get those plastic pins
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mine should be in at ford in a few days...stay tuned...
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i dont believe that a sealed box would make a difference to which what it sits but when you go ported it does make a huge difference, i made a box that was ported sub up port up and sounded like complete ****, i have yet tried the port facing the rear i assume it would cause more vibration in the cab but as far as added bass i doubt any at all maybe a decible or two
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bass is omnidirectional, so as blake said, if it is sealed, dont worry about it. i would run it sub forward personally, so the excursion of the sub isnt beating against any trim pieces.
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yep.. you want the sub waves to hit you? or hit the cab and shake the **** out of it lol


Bass doesn't form full waves inside our vehicles.

My personal loudest is subs up port towards the drivers side. It all has to do with acoustics.
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bass is omnidirectional, so as blake said, if it is sealed, dont worry about it. i would run it sub forward personally, so the excursion of the sub isnt beating against any trim pieces.
yeah...I tend to throw jackets and other things between the amp and the back wall. lol. I'm keeping it forward, just wanted to ask sort of an odd question. lol.
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Bass doesn't form full waves inside our vehicles.
Ding ding! We have a winner. :) Our vehicles are too small to form complete waves starting around 55'ish Hz, which is why we have cabin gain. Bass being omni-directional has nothing to do with the way a sub sounds depending on where you place it. Omni-directional deals with off-axis response and the perception of location to the human ear. The reason why subs sound different when placed in different locations is due to acoustics, acoustical loading (putting the sub near a corner of your interior - which is also why you do a better SPL # in the kick and not on the windshield), and where the person is listening to it.
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i have a thunderform in mine so it faces foward, but i have some adjustments on my head unit( pioneer DEH-P6500) and for the sub i put it as facing rearwards, and it hits pretty decent
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Mine points down.

Of course its only an 300W 8" kicker. I just use it for fill bass. It sounds pretty good I think.
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although as stated above, direction doesnt matter from a bass standpoint, it does matter as far as what you sub is causing to vibrate, etc. I used to have mine like yours behind my seat, and now it faces sideways in a sealed box aiming at the other side of the cab. I think direction will be notixed most if your box was ported and pushing a lot of air at parts ofyour cab.
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the theroy behind it is you want the bass wave lenths to have to travel the longest distance before they hit your ear. i have put many systems in the trunk of cars and cannot tell a difference if i face it forward or backwords (but there is a huge difference with the rear seats folded down). as far as rangers go, you are in the cab where the bass is being made so it should not matter how it faces because the wave lenths will bounce around in the cab. now if you do a bed cut and put the subs in the bed i would say to face those backwords. now when it comes to ported boxes that is a totally different story.
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Mine faces straight up, I have a picture in my gallery. Sounds best this way I found. As for cars I found the sub facing the back always sounds louder.
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When u face the sub towards the front all the waves are hitting the seat causing your seat to vibrate more, as well as deading the sound some because of the thick foam the seats have in them. In trucks the best place to face your sub is towards the back wall. This causes it to bounce off the back of your cab allowing it to build up the frequency (I think that's the word im looking for) especially ported boxes in trucks. If you can't fire it off the backwall the next best place is fire it up towards the roof of the cab. but in cars its personal preference. In SUV's you can take a ported box you have in your truck like i have (I have a CVR 12" firing off the backwall) and it will hit lower frequency's because it has more time to build up before it reaches the driver or passenger. How do I know this u may ask? Well I have a friend who works for Kicker.
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i have subs up port up in mine, pretty large box can't fit it in any other way. ha
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i don't have a system in my truck, but i did have a 10" pioneer in my golf. i had it facing backwards and it sounded great. the best part of it was, there was no rattling of the hatch or license plate. it probabbly had something to do with the fact that my amp was only a rockford 120 punch.

as for an ext cab, i'd suggest facing up with a grate or some sort of cover that allows the subs' sounds to escape freely. that way, the back window isn't rattling and you and your front seats are not absorbing all the sound.
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My basslinkII sounds best when its facing down...it seems to fill the cabin better. i can crank it up higher without the protection circuit kicking in. It seems to be a deeper, smoother, harder thump this way. defiantly try different mounting positions...
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the 12" sub in my truck is sitting on its back firing straight up. sounds really good. people can't believe its only a 12" shallow mount sub.
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I have a singe 10" in a sealed box, facing forward between the seats. Hits hard and sounds clean.
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