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its10v1
11-12-2011, 04:57 PM
Feel like a noob again of course, and here's why:
Replaced my box for my Dual2 RF T1. Everything was gravy for almost 3 weeks. I started noticing at hard bumps in the car, the sub would cut out, I'd turn my deck down thinking my amp just hit thermal protection as happens cause it sometimes can't breathe without my trunk access let down... I eventually noticed that my amp wasn't not shut off. My amp's fine, warm but fine. Wiggle speaker terminals and it comes back, after hitting a few times goes back out.

Is there a way to fix my terminal (no screws just metal push-down terms)
Or am I gonna have to chip away the adhesive around the speaker terminal on my box and replace it..?

Or does silicone adhesive not... rip mdf like I have seen on other boxes?

kramer_212
11-12-2011, 05:19 PM
I would just use direct wire drill a hole to the woofers and caulk after the speaker wire is in

its10v1
11-12-2011, 05:31 PM
Elaborate a bit please?
I would not like more holes.. but if I you're suggesting a hole in the terminal...?

Whytellyou
11-12-2011, 05:35 PM
Drill a hole in the plastic part of the terminal to run a wire through it. To bypass the terminal connection altogether.

sacsking916
11-12-2011, 05:45 PM
i would drill a hole in the box itself and bypass the terminal, and use silicone around the wire to seal it up.

Oh6AcCoRd
11-12-2011, 05:52 PM
You could run the speaker wire out the port if you don't want more holes.

sacsking916
11-12-2011, 05:57 PM
You could run the speaker wire out the port if you don't want more holes.

would cause port noise though. that would work, but thats the only downfall is it would cause port noise

Oh6AcCoRd
11-12-2011, 05:59 PM
would cause port noise though. that would work, but thats the only downfall is it would cause port noise

True. True true true.

Kangaroux
11-12-2011, 06:05 PM
I usually just cut a hole in the box run my speaker wire then put some liquid nails around it or something. As long as you give the silicone enough time to cure and harden you shouldn't have any leaks.

Ronny
11-12-2011, 06:41 PM
Yuppers. Hole in the enclosure, run wires, silicon over to seal the hole up.

its10v1
11-12-2011, 10:56 PM
I'm gonna try drilling through the terminal. Possibly through where the terms come through the plastic, hollow it out after piecing them out and silicone after... Prolly got a spare length of speaker wire just the right length.
Thank y'all for advice, will post back tomorrow (since its supposed to be warmer.. adhesive will set up real quick :) )

Canaan
11-12-2011, 11:23 PM
I drill a hole. Run wire thru. And seal it up with hot glue.
It cures alot faster than silicone.

VisceralSound
11-13-2011, 01:40 AM
Off topic, how does running the wire out the port make port noise? I didn't know that that's what I've been doing haha.

its10v1
11-13-2011, 10:07 AM
I drill a hole. Run wire thru. And seal it up with hot glue.
It cures alot faster than silicone.
Thanks for suggestion. I'll probably end up using hot glue. Just hope it ain't too cold out that it insta-sets up..
Time to drag out ye' old hot glue gun.

truckramrod
11-13-2011, 10:42 AM
just run it through the port.
IMO you'd have to have a seriously undersized port to have a 12-16 guage speaker cable cause AUDIBLE port noise, it is purely in my experience an aesthetic issue.
Also if the enclosure is in the trunk you wouldn't hear it anyway.

I have also used bolts for terminal connections that makes it easy to remove with out altering amp connections.

duanebro
11-13-2011, 01:34 PM
If you are unsure I could rewire it for you, or replace the terminals. It could just be a loose wire in the box. (Just do it today its nice out.)

Duane

StevesCarAudio
11-15-2011, 03:10 AM
Yeah never mess with terminal cups. They are cheap and will fail. I usually build a box, drill a hole for the wires and use liquid nails to fill the hole. Although on my current box I have the 12 gauge wires coming out the port, even with a 15in sub moving huge amounts of air, the wires don't really move enough to cause audible noise.

Good luck with the work! I will be back up in Michigan visiting family in a few weeks, staying for half of december and a week or so in January. No hope for it being warm then! Nice long drive up there, at least my GTP has a lot to keep me busy!
I will be in the Grand Blanc area, You'll probably see/hear my car around flint when I'm up there, I crank it up quite often, I'm not greedy I let everyone enjoy my music!!!

Whytellyou
11-15-2011, 03:58 AM
Yeah never mess with terminal cups. They are cheap and will fail. I usually build a box, drill a hole for the wires and use liquid nails to fill the hole. Although on my current box I have the 12 gauge wires coming out the port, even with a 15in sub moving huge amounts of air, the wires don't really move enough to cause audible noise.

Good luck with the work! I will be back up in Michigan visiting family in a few weeks, staying for half of december and a week or so in January. No hope for it being warm then! Nice long drive up there, at least my GTP has a lot to keep me busy!
I will be in the Grand Blanc area, You'll probably see/hear my car around flint when I'm up there, I crank it up quite often, I'm not greedy I let everyone enjoy my music!!!
Nice story!