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WoogieBoogie
07-15-2008, 02:06 PM
First of all, hello everyone! I just joined today! :D

I've been into everything audio (car/home) for about 10 years now. My first subwoofer for a car was the old school Cerwin-Vega! Stroker 15". My buddy built me a sealed box for it as we knew nothing about porting/tuning. It actually sounded great and has become a legend among friends. Since then I grew to 6'6" tall so every vehicle has been pick ups. So I have been limited. (Alpine Type-E's, MTX Thunderforms). Well I'm turning my 06' F150 Lariat in for a 98' Ford Explorer Sport with 100k+ miles on it, so I decided to relive my old glory days. I decided to get a new Stroker Pro 12" as the 15" was out of my price range. For a box I was quoted at $130 shipped from a website for an enclosure to my exact specs including carpet & shipping (I later regret not taking advantage of this) After a few calls to Diamond Audio Technoligies (The new owners of the Mobile Audio department of CV!) I got in touch with their head enclosure engineer. After breaking my heart by telling me the new Pro is NOTHING like the old one, and that this beast was a pure SPL machine, I decided to go with his recommendation on building a bigger CuFt box then the manual states to at least get my low lows which I loved about my old 15". I tried some different enclosure software (most of them have certain issues that I've found) and went with a 3 cuft effective volume enclosure with two 17.5" long, 4" wide PVC ports with a tune of 33Hz. What ensued was a FIASCO at best. I waisted 3 days on this **** thing (took me longer as I had to watch my attention hungry 6 month old son). So here are some pics and some things I've learned. Please to enjoy...

Things I've Learned:
-If you have a decent job, pay a professional to build the god **** thing.
-Don't get the cheap carpet, get the latex backed stuff.
-Metal Splinters hurt worse then wood ones.
-Don't trust some employee at Lowe's to make the cuts on your MDF thinking they will be super accurate cuz he gets to use that cool gigantic saw, my cuts were WAY off(up to a 1/4")
-Carpeting a box is a pain in the ***.
-Make sure you have every tool you will need before you start and Plenty of Elmer's ProBond woodglue( I had to make 3 runs to ACO for tools/glue)
-Wives hate this entire process and it puts them in bad moods.
-using a 4 1/2" wide drill bit for port holes through MDF smokes power drills fast.

-STROKER PRO MUST KNOW TIP - this beast has threaded metal plates (to accept the mounting bolts) with adhesive backings so you can place them inside the box and aligned with the mounting holes. Well the adhesive *****, so spray some 3M adhesive on them and then use the included allen wrench to alight it with the hole, then immediately use a powered screwdriver to screw the bolt in, otherwise you'll have a 50/50 chance of the bolt being a millimeter off and instead of the bolt gripping, you'll hear it hit the bottom of the box and you get to try to lift this 50051389 pound sub back out to re-glue it. Trust me I have really sore fingers now.

And now the pictures, sorry for the poor quality, they are from my cell...

It has arrived...
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/1.jpg
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/2.jpg

I had the same look on my face too :D
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/3.jpg
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/4.jpg
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/5.jpg
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/6.jpg
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/7.jpg

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Soundstream TRX2000D amp
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/8.jpg

WoogieBoogie
07-15-2008, 02:06 PM
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http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/11.jpg
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/12.jpg
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/13.jpg
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/9.jpg
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/10.jpg

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http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/14.jpg

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HEAVY DUTY POSTS! :) (DVD just to show scale, also serves as coaster)
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/15.jpg

WoogieBoogie
07-15-2008, 02:07 PM
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/16.jpg
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/17.jpg

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Yea, no way in hell this would fit in my current truck :laugh:
http://www.meahwow.com/stroker/18.jpg

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Now I just have to wait for the 0 Gauge amp kit to come and my spool of 4 Gauge to beef up the alternator / chassis grounds and I should be in business.

P.S. I know my box is ugly but I don't need you guys telling me it is too lol, and YES I used a **** load of screws, but they actually aren't that close together as some of the walls were 1.5" MDF thick (two 3/4" walls glued together).

WoogieBoogie
07-15-2008, 02:19 PM
Here's a quick rundown of my current gear...

Alpine CDA-9886 (My AVIC-N2 was stolen twice so I decided to step down)
Alpine Ipod Interface
Infinity Kappa Perfect 6 1/2" Components
Alpine MRP-550 4x90 RMS Amplifier
1 Farad RF Capacitor (Useless I know but it was free)
12" MTX Thunderform

jmanpc
07-15-2008, 02:24 PM
Let us know how it sounds :)

I've heard those are sort of a one-note-wonder, though.

WoogieBoogie
07-15-2008, 02:40 PM
Funny you asked, I got impatient and also wanted to check for box leaks so I hooked it up to my 500 watt amp, it sounds suprisingly GOOD for a so-called "SPL Competiton Only Sub", although I just tried a bunch of Tupac and T.I. songs (No Rock Yet) The loudness suxxord cuz of the obvious wattage deficet, so I'll repost with a video after I put it in the Expo.


Let us know how it sounds :)

I've heard those are sort of a one-note-wonder, though.

jmanpc
07-15-2008, 02:45 PM
I laughed at your comment about yourr drill... next time, use a jigsaw or router to make port holes ;)

Not bad for your first box, though.

teen
07-15-2008, 11:30 PM
just sold my 15" version. they're **** looking subs, but more geared towards SPL IMO.

ultimate157
07-16-2008, 06:04 AM
Where'd you get those posts?

Screnzo
07-16-2008, 06:26 AM
Thats one crazy looking sub! :eek:
Not too shabby for your first box however. Maybe coulda used less screws as mentioned, but thats certainly not a show stopper by any means. It's all about how it sounds man, good luck! :D

babaganoush123
07-16-2008, 06:47 AM
nice. i saw a car with 2 of those but they where 12s the car flexed crazy and the sq was fair.
i wanted to get the stroker but i ended up buying this.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh276/babaganoush123/orionhcca122004.jpg

Screnzo
07-16-2008, 09:52 AM
Where'd you get those posts?

x2! I'd like to scoop up a set of those....

miker
07-16-2008, 10:43 AM
Cool looking sub for sure. Hope it sounds good.

Also, you did a good job installing the non-flared PVC ports :D

The baby's just interested in the nice box it comes in :)

Pl8er
07-16-2008, 10:47 AM
I can't wait to see a vid of this.

Looks pretty darn good for your first build man, good job!

Also, :wave: welcome to CA.com :)

na_rsx
07-16-2008, 10:59 AM
doesnt that sub need like 2500rms to even move?

wu501
07-16-2008, 11:07 AM
for the members that asked about the speaker posts....you can get them at parts express:

http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=260-314&vReviewShow=1&vReviewRand=1630856#reviews

mlstrass
07-16-2008, 11:22 AM
Looks solid for your 1st attempt. It does get easier each time you build one as you pick up little tricks along the way and usually more tools. I couldn't imagine using a hole saw for your port cut outs...

Anybody Killa
07-16-2008, 12:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLxZZW1ZiMk

WoogieBoogie
07-16-2008, 12:34 PM
Where'd you get those posts?

partsexpress.com, search for part# 260-314

They were like $10, but man they look freakin' SWEET~!

bigbangtheory
07-16-2008, 07:46 PM
Like the equipment, but why is it on your back seat? That don't look safe what-so-ever.

WoogieBoogie
07-16-2008, 09:36 PM
Haha, yea it's not going in that truck, I was just testing the box for leaks as my F150 already had an amp installed. The setup is going into a Explorer Sport.


Like the equipment, but why is it on your back seat? That don't look safe what-so-ever.

themommyvan
07-16-2008, 09:48 PM
If you would have asked there a few people on here from S/e Mi that would have helped. Hell I would have cut the wood for you. Cause Lowes/HD ***** at it.

flipside1212
07-16-2008, 11:17 PM
the pros are no joke, my buddy has 2 15" in his car. its insane

WoogieBoogie
07-17-2008, 09:23 AM
If you would have asked there a few people on here from S/e Mi that would have helped. Hell I would have cut the wood for you. Cause Lowes/HD ***** at it.

I didn't join until after the build but I will definitely keep you all in mind! To think I tipped that ****er at Lowe's $5, bastard! :verymad:

WoogieBoogie
07-21-2008, 11:05 PM
Not gettin enough juice :(

Gunna do the big 3 tomorrow. Everytime the bass hits my headligts basically turn OFF they dim so bad. I have a post going in the electrical forums if anyone can help me out :)

http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=332754

PV Audio
07-21-2008, 11:11 PM
As for your carpeting issues, practice makes perfect. The latex backed carpet is absolutely dreadful, and us car audio guys tend to use unbacked carpet because it stretches much easier.

MikeyB
07-22-2008, 12:01 AM
I didn't join until after the build but I will definitely keep you all in mind! To think I tipped that ****er at Lowe's $5, bastard! :verymad:

I live right by waterford, down by white lake area

WoogieBoogie
07-23-2008, 11:26 AM
I live right by waterford, down by white lake area

No ****! I'm like on the border of West Bloomfield/White Lake/Waterford. Cooley Lake Rd and Hospital.