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bostonkid92
09-29-2012, 05:56 PM
Hi everyone, first post on here.

Okay, so through a trade, I got a 12" Kicker Solo X, the '07 model, in a ported box. The box looked to be on the small side to what a Solo X should be in and when I measured it, it turns out it is. If I did the math right, there's about 2 cubic feet of space not counting the port and about 3 cubic feet with the port. Basically, is this box useless? I'm thinking maybe one of my L7's could work in it but idk. Does this box sound way to small for the sub? Anyone one here with a 12" Solo X that could give me some advice on what box and port size worked well for them?

Any help would be great since I'm not too sure what to do. Thanks in advance.

nate56
09-29-2012, 06:02 PM
29Wx20Dx20H sub up port on bottom 4hx24wx18 around 6.71 gross and 5.2 net 96 square in. of port worked great for me tuning around 36

bostonkid92
09-29-2012, 06:07 PM
wow that's huge. is there somewhere online I could buy a box? for some reason building one myself really overwhelms me. I always want it to be perfect and to spec and I just don't want to mess it up

nate56
09-29-2012, 06:12 PM
Thats a super easy box to build, and yes they love big boxes ask wickedwitt

IonRL205
09-29-2012, 06:13 PM
I'd go for at least 4 to 5 cubic feet for it.

the user wickedwitt had a pair in about 14 cubes I believe.

bostonkid92
09-29-2012, 06:21 PM
wow. well, I have a civic so idk how big I could really go haha. somebody offered me 2 15" Kicker CVX's (2010 models) but idk, I'd like to keep the Solo X

IonRL205
09-29-2012, 06:30 PM
wow. well, I have a civic so idk how big I could really go haha. somebody offered me 2 15" Kicker CVX's (2010 models) but idk, I'd like to keep the Solo X

I'd stick with the solo X. In the right box and right power it will do pretty good, and when people ask what you got, you can just be like "oh it's just a 12" lol

bostonkid92
09-29-2012, 06:38 PM
exactly. plus, nobody around has one. idk, i really want to keep it but I'm just not into building a box myself. it's not that I'm lazy, I just get overwhelmed easily. I've called everyone around and they all quoted me between $200-$300 for a 2.5 cubic foot box for my hcca so who knows what crazy price they'd give me for a 4-6 cubic foot box for this. the sad thing is the kid I got the solo x from got the box it's in right now "custom made" for the solo x by some shop near me so if they're charging people crazy prices for incorrect sized boxes, idk what to do

bostonkid92
10-03-2012, 09:17 PM
okay i decided i'd like to keep the solo x. is there somewhere online that i could find plans for the box that it should be in? also, how do i calculate what the box is tuned to?

Jroo
10-04-2012, 10:18 AM
I thought what solo x really liked was much larger than what Kicker gave specs for. You are going to have to check to see if the "right" box actually fits in your car. I think they end up being huge.

n8skow
10-04-2012, 11:50 AM
3.5 - 5 cubes sounds pretty good (though I've ran them in smaller).

wickedwitt
10-04-2012, 12:07 PM
29Wx20Dx20H sub up port on bottom 4hx24wx18 around 6.71 gross and 5.2 net 96 square in. of port worked great for me tuning around 36

This was pretty much what I recommended Nate, and is very close to the specs I ran for my 12" Xs. I know it's huge, but they are really happy in 4.75-5.5 cu after displacement w/ roughly 16-18 sq. in of port per cu. Trust me.

n8skow
10-04-2012, 12:11 PM
And you had a Kicker Pony powering your pair?



This was pretty much what I recommended Nate, and is very close to the specs I ran for my 12" Xs. I know it's huge, but they are really happy in 4.75-5.5 cu after displacement w/ roughly 16-18 sq. in of port per cu. Trust me.

wickedwitt
10-04-2012, 12:19 PM
And you had a Kicker Pony powering your pair?

Yes but not all of it...only used 3000-3500w

n8skow
10-04-2012, 12:26 PM
Ahh
yah, mine made a lot of black coils when I had it... (they still work, and meter okay) - but the color change was a bit alarming
=(


Yes but not all of it...only used 3000-3500w

wickedwitt
10-04-2012, 12:50 PM
Ahh
yah, mine made a lot of black coils when I had it... (they still work, and meter okay) - but the color change was a bit alarming
=(
All of my old grey cones the coil blackened badly, even on Kx1200.1s Like you said, still played fine, but looked like they had been smoked.

dumpbeast86
11-12-2012, 03:31 PM
i don't know if you are still needing box help, but i came across this thread, and here is the specs straight out of the manual for my solo x12. it sounds you would need the tuner setup. port tuning depends on port dimensions. follow what is here.

Enclosures
S12X
Recommended Vented Enclosures

-Tuner : 3 cu.ft. Port: 45 sq.in. x 18.75
Fb= 40 Hz, Pmax= 1400 W
( with 25 HZ subsonic filter)

-SUV: 6 cu.ft. Port: 60 sq.in. x 6
Fb= 45 Hz, Pmax=2000 W
( with 25 HZ subsonic filter)

-SPL: 6 cu.ft. Port: 250 sq.in. x 9
Fb= 68 Hz, Pmax= 2500
(Above tuning freq. only)
See below!
The SPL enclosure is intended for SPL ONLY!
It is designed to be used with test tones above 68 Hz!
Playing music with frequencies below 68 Hz will result in
very, very, very bad things happening!!
For more advice on box building see your local Kicker dealer
or the Choosing and Building Enclosures page in the Tech Tips &
FAQs section of the Support area on the Kicker website,
Livin' Loud | KICKER (http://www.kicker.com).

dumpbeast86
11-12-2012, 03:38 PM
i know there is not much kicker love on this site, but the solo x is mean no doubt, and with the correct box and power/electrical, this thing will take severe punishment and do things just 1 sub should not do!