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Old 08-22-2009
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Ideas for custom sealed 10" enclosure

Hey guys. This afternoon I spend the day driving around town comparing prices on having a custom box for a 10" sub and amp to be built in my 09 4x4.

I've searched the forums here, and am prepared to show some pics to my installers to give them insight to what the specs ought to be.

I'm going to keep my stock radio/cd player/sirius SR and use what's called a 're-que'. It connects to my stock radio harness and sends levels out through RCAs to an amp I've yet to purchase.

My question is, will one 10" sub be enough? I listen to rock/metal, and want accuracy and tightness over sheer bass. Should I have more than one 10" installed in the box? Or do you think one would be fine?

Also, thinking about later when I eventually DO replace my headunit - would adding another sub to the enclosure work? Or is that something that would require another enclosure built to accommodate the additional 10".

The price wasn't too pretty either - at $1000 it includes, the sub, amp, the 're-que', all wiring needed, labour, taxes and warranty. It seems like I should really make my own. But I'd rather the convince of not having to do anything but pay the bill.

What do you think? One 10" sub in a sealed box at 500rms should cut it?
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Old 08-22-2009
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A lot of my buddies have one 10 and I love them and they are in bigger trucks/cars trunks... So in my opinion a 10 would be plenty in our small cabs.
I am getting a 10, with 500W amp, and a new deck... I listen to the same music as you plus country... I think that'll be good but damn, 1000 bucks is a lot. My total should be 500 give or take ten bucks. I did save money on finding wires in a JY though
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One ten will do it. Depending on what you are getting and what you are wanting as far as saving space you could go w/an 8" and be just as happy. Its all in the box and how it is built. I have 2 10" solo x's that I am making a full back seat out of the box. It just depends on what you are looking for.....
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I have one 10" Infinity Reference at 250 RMS and it's plenty for me, mine is in a ported box though. Sealed boxes are generally a bit quieter, but better SQ. If you decide to add another 10" down the road you would need a new box, because it would need twice the airspace. I think one good 10" at 500 RMS will be lots though.
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I'm running a single 10" MTX T4500, 450rms, pushed by a MTX tc2002 amp at 425 rms 4ohm, in a homebiult sealed enclosure, it it sounds awesome. I too am running a stock head unit with LLO (low level outputs) wire in to feed the amp. I had to build and rebiuld my box several times, but the end result in a reg cab is .98 cubic feet of airspace, and only losing 2" of leg room. I say forget having someone build a box for you, and make your own. take some measurements, do some math, and start building!
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Have you already got the sub? If not, look into a DC level 3 10. They sound really good off of 500-600 watts. DC Audio - Home
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For you i think one 10 would probably be enough, and i wouldn't pay a shop to do it a thousand is wayyyy to much in my opinion. Also is there any reason you dont just get a headunit?
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I'd like to keep my original head unit because it works fine, get's Sirius, and looks great. (stock)

I know a thousand is too much. Though, that is including ALL components of the system. At the moment, I don't have a sub, or a box or amp. So the price can be somewhat justified.

Maybe give me an idea on the components?

Alpine sws-1023-d

Alpine Mrp-m500

Actually the total price is $1243.95.

Thanks for all of the input so far. I think I have to wait a few days to think about this purchase.
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Does anyone have input on this piece of equipment from Crutchfield?



It's called a Scosche SLC4 and it gives me 2 sets of RCAs from only a + and - pair of speaker cable. It's essential for people like me who would like to keep their stock HU.


After some thought, I've made the decision to gather what I need for my system myself and from several different places hoping to save at least $400 off the project.

I found this website that deals in fitted enclosures based on your vehicle. The site is called Super Crew Sound. The box looks great, can be used on either side of the cab, and fires down. Here's a link to the box itself.

Ford Ranger Extended Cab Single Speaker Boxes - Subwoofer Box | Subwoofer Enclosures | Car Subwoofer Boxes and Truck Subwoofer Boxes at SuperCrewSound

Or if you like, here's a pic of the box.



I'm hoping if I can buy everything I'll need on my own, I should only have to pay to get everything installed and can avoid some extremely costly labour charges that come along with building a custom box.

I'm in no rush. Sometimes, when you have money to burn it's easy to make poor decisions if they're not completely thought through.

I'm still going to go with the Alpine sub+amp combo in my earlier post. I know threads without pics are boring. I'll get out there tomorrow and throw up some shots of my beauty.

And again, thanks for the feedback.

Dran.
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I haven't used that particular line output convertor but I've used one very similar made by Stinger. They work ok, it sounded alright but when I upgraded my deck to aftermarket it sounded much better. However, the line output converters are cheap so it wouldn't hurt to try it and see if you're happy with it. The sub you've picked is decent by the way. When choosing a box just make sure it has the right amount of airspace that Alpine recommends for your sub in a sealed box.

Whereabouts in Ontario are you? I've installed lots of stereo stuff, it's kind of a hobby. I could give you a hand if you like. I'll also give you my Stinger line output converter if you want it.

Oh lets see some pics of your truck!
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my first sub in my truck was a kicker L5 in a truck box and it sounded real good i think i had about 8-900 watts to it sealed shook the rear glass a little..
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Hey Nate, I might take you up on that offer for the Stinger Out. I live just on the outskirts of Toronto.

Now that you mentioned it, KL would be a great place to go wheelin. My grandparents have a home up on Drag Lake in Hali. A meet up there would be good. I bet there are a lot of good spots to wheel up there.

Here are some pics I took of my rig last night while at work. The sun was setting, and it looked like a perfect time to shoot.



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i like the color
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Thanks. I like the colour too. My mom actually has the same colour on her Ford Edge.
And my Dad drives a GMC 1500 that's also red, only without the metal flake in it, it's more of a tomato red. It's cool that we all own red rides. I'll have to get a pic up of them all together when I go over to their house on the weekend.

That's where I do most of my projects. Not in my parking lot of my apartment. lol
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i have a 300 watt rms Rockford Fosgate p3s (shallow mount) in a little box that lets me put the seat down still. i have an alpine mrp-m450 thats 400 rms powering it and it sounds good...when im listening to rap i turn the bass eq on the amp up about 1/2 way and on country and rock ect i turn it down all the way..if it up it causes too many vibrations and rattles to sound good with that kind of music...rap is kinda made to do that tho... but ya 300rms is enough for me all the time except when trying to sho off my base with a rap song and then i just try to get more and more until it stops..but usually its plenty..lol

heres pix...got a new amp sense then tho

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The price wasn't too pretty either - at $1000 it includes, the sub, amp, the 're-que', all wiring needed, labour, taxes and warranty. It seems like I should really make my own. But I'd rather the convince of not having to do anything but pay the bill.
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holy cap 1000 bucks?! dude for like 300 (including pretty much whatever sub) you can make 1 thats crazy im all for lazy but not even im that nutz
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i have one 400rms watt 12 powered by a 500rms amp in a sealed box and it rattles the $&!# outta my truck but its still sounds good when listening to rock
i built my own box similar to the one you posted above except the sub is mounted on the angled part i did all my own work so it was way cheaper to just buy the stuff and i got to make a custom box
total it cost me around 350 and thats a HU amp sub wiring and custom box
imo if you know what your doin save the money and DIY
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also if you decide to make the box yourself Rckford fosgates site has a helpful woofer wizard
which calculates airspace
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yea i got that box and sub at an electronics sale event thing... box was $15 and sub was $135, and i got my wire kit for $20 at a local pawn shop, and the new alpine amp i got for $50 off craigslist...lol its like a $200 amp and the sub is normally like $250 also...so i have less than $250 into it...and u said ur not in a hurry so wait it out until u find the right deal...it really pays off in the end....IMO
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i have that same box off super crew sound and have had it for about 4 years. I love the box and would def get it. You can move the seat all the way back and recline it about halfway still. Its not perfectly made tho, after 2 years I had to re-seal the the box and re-seal it again after another year. Other than that its a great box. I have it running on an alpine type r with 400 watts.

like everyone said, dont pay to have it done, do it urself (thats what she said).
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yea i forgot to mention with that design you can put the seat all the way back but you have to remove a jumpseat
an thats why i made my own better quality and cheaper
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what i have in my ext cab......

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got any pics of that installed?
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got any pics of that installed?
i would have to get some.....

it fits side to side from the rear speakers and down and my seat is all the way back at a small angle
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the old box.....it was stolen, the new one sits way lower
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