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post #1 of 26 Old 06-18-2014, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Waterproof Subwoofer

Hey all,
I plan to add a subwoofer into my '88 YJ to balance out the radio ( PO installed marine speakers with no bass, dont want to break the back ones)

Im wondering if anyone knows a cheap/decent set up to achieve this. Im ok with:
-Sub, Amp, Box
-Sub w/ built in amp, Box
-Non-waterproof sub with some way of protecting from weather
-Any other set up that will suffice

As long as I can have decent sound without worrying about a little water/mud damage.

Looking to spend around $50 in all. ( i know tight budget)

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post #2 of 26 Old 06-18-2014, 03:02 PM
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You have about 1/3 of the money you need

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I assumed I was low. Im basically looking for the lowest cost option without having something that's utter garbage.

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You have about 1/3 of the money you need
Agreed

I was in the same situation. $50 is a really tight budget for this. I'd say you'll want 300-400 watts rms for good enough bass to make a difference. I spent ~$100 for the amp and ~$80 for the 10" speaker. I build a 10"x10"x16" sealed subwoofer box out of 3/4 MDF that fits inside the bestop insta-trunk. It's a down-firing wedge enclosure that I spray painted with inside and out with rubberized under coating- which cures hard, not sticky. I spent maybe $20 in materials for the enclosure.

Overall Id say I spent $200. I'm sure its not submersible, but extremely water resistant. Its sitting on 1" rubber feet, which picks it up off the trunk floor so it doesn't get wet. I did a lot of research and I don't think you can do this for $50. If you do, you might not be happy with the amount of bass. I was looking at the powered subwoofers (Infinity bass link, Blaupunkt Blue Magic, Kicker 11PT10CA) but nothing fit inside the insta-trunk 11"x11" area so I built my own. I am extremely happy with the results. Good luck!
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I would reccomend just picking up a bazooka tub they are pretty resiliant, enlcosed, and inexpensive.

They even make a powered version with a ln amp inside bit I think those are $120 or so

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Those are both great ideas. Any recommendation on a bazooka tube?

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I would reccomend just picking up a bazooka tub they are pretty resiliant, enlcosed, and inexpensive.

They even make a powered version with a ln amp inside bit I think those are $120 or so
I agree, the Bazooka's work well.
But, kinda big for a YJ. I took a chance and bought this and put it under the drivers seat. Was pleasantly surprised. (So was my butt)

And yes, exactly 3 times his budget! It is self powered and only needs a signal.


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Subbed. I've been thinking about a cheap compact way to add some bass.


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It is 22x8x8. Not too bad.

What's that kenwood one Chrisnvegas?

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It is 22x8x8. Not too bad.

What's that kenwood one Chrisnvegas?

http://www.amazon.com/Kenwood-KSC-SW.../dp/B00BO8O9XQ

After I got one, they started appearing under friends Jeep seats too!

11x7x2.8 inches. Surprisingly powerful for the size. Sounds muddy for the first half hour of use. It sounded great after break-in. Check out the reviews.

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After I got one, they started appearing under friends Jeep seats too!

11x7x2.8 inches. Surprisingly powerful for the size. Sounds muddy for the first half hour of use. It sounded great after break-in. Check out the reviews.
Wow that is small! Can you post some pics of how you mounted it? I might be sold. Under the seat would be perfect since I never have a top on


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Wow that is small! Can you post some pics of how you mounted it? I might be sold. Under the seat would be perfect since I never have a top on
I'll go take some pics and load them. Back in a few.


It comes with metal tabs on the corners and I used self tapping screws through the floor on two opposing corners. Those are work gloves stuffed under the seat.







This is where I mounted the controller.




The controller is velcroed on to a metal plate I screwed into place so I can move it if needed.


I have had it for over a year. No problems and can handle serious abuse. (Campfires in the desert with lots of friends and cold ones)

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Kinda dusty under there. The sub works very well. Especially for it's size. I have a sound bar with Pioneer 6x9's in it. It's the only 6x9 sound bar that I know of. The 6x9's do a better job than those 4" speakers.


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Thanks for the pics Chris! I'm gonna pic one up next payday. Glad to hear it will live through the abuse. No issues with dust settling on it?

I have Kicker 6x9s on the rear fenderwells. I've been looking at doing the newer TJ sound pods over head since my cage won't allow a standard soundbar. Or maybe I'll put some speakers back in the dash.


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Dust hasn't been an issue. I do occasionally blow out the inside of the Jeep with the air comp.

I have had a Bazooka. The Bazooka is more powerful, but not that much. Not for the size difference. I can't bring myself to buy the off brand stuff like Boss audio. They always disappoint me. This has not disappointed me and it isn't taking up any useable space like behind the rear seat. That is where my tools and spares are.

When you first hook it up the woofer is still tight and the bass will not be that good. After an hour or so of use the woofer will loosen up and start rocking. This has been the case with all of us that has this subwoofer.


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