sealed enclosure vs sub install in center console
Anyone have any info as to difference in sound quality from installing modified shallow mount sub ias replacement to stock 6.5" into TJ console vs building mdf sealed enclosure and installing in the console? I've come across specs for mdf build on this forum. How do you take care of possible rattle from the console lid?
I ran a sealed enclosure behind the rear seat with two 10's for a few years and was happy with it. Just recently sold the box and installed a slimline 8" sub in the center console and am very surprised how well it sounds vs. the old subs. Of course nowhere near the bass as the 10's, but I'm happy with it and now have a lot more storage room.
It takes a little work to eliminate the rattles. I removed the center console, Removed the inner pocket storage and trimmed the hole to fit an Earthquake SWS8 slim line sub, then lined the inner enclosure with Dynamat. I added some poly fill inside the enclosure, cut and epoxied a top out of MDF since my console wasn't the factory sub option. Left enough room to have a little storage space under the lid. I also lined the tub where the center console sits with Dynamat as well. Surprisingly, No rattles.
I don't have any rattles, I also lined the plastic stock box inside and out with dynamat extreme. I also took out the stock amp, are replaced it with a piece of aluminum plate, that also go dynamated. I wedged a 6.5" JL audio W3, but I had to cut the grill off the console, and install a custom ring of MDF on the lip to get the depth I needed. It has a JL audio grill on it now. It sounds great with an 150w at 4 ohm MTX amp I have under the drivers seat. The plastic stock box is very ridged now, I also lined the storage are inside with rubber mat to avoid getting rattles.
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to ferrisbueller: Your pic is that of the white inner console liner (painted black) that you installed the speaker into and reinserted into the console. Is that correct. If so did you just dremmel out the hole to fit the sub and screw it directly to it or what modifications did you have to make? Thanks
I put foam around the sub where the box meets the console. thats where you will get vibes and that helps. I have no vibes in the top but i covered the top in vinyl. It also looks nice. I posted pics in that thread. around page 8 i believe.
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to bobthetj03: Sounds like you just trimmed hole in plastic liner for 8" sub and reinstalled into center console. Did you remount to outer console the same way with the 4 screws at top under the lid? Did you already have factory option sub install or just plastic insert that you modified? Hows the sound quality in plastic enclosure?
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