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jmenace13
12-16-2004, 03:14 AM
I do a fair bit of metal fab work. I just built a 1/8" steel sealed box for an old kicker solobaric 10" and it performs very well. I am curios why more people don't use steel. Comparable in weight to 3/4" MDF and I was able to save a lot of space. I made the enclosure to fit under the passenger seat of a 1999 Dodge pick up. I was able to achieve . 66 CU ft. It was tight but it fit. I could have never done this with MDF. So long story short I want to make some waterproof airtight steel enclosures for some ti elite 9 m midbass for my doors in my 2000 tahoe.I was just wandering if their could be any adverse effects and that is why no one uses it. Thoughts ... thanx

jmenace13
12-16-2004, 03:58 AM
2-3 times the cost 8X4 sheet of MDF is about $24 steel would be like 60 at 1/8" if it was a large box you would have to just brace it not to flex. I guess cost could be a factor as well as welding skills.

Acidburn
12-16-2004, 04:00 AM
you would have to be really careful about resonating panels
i dont see the cost really making it worth it

cheeseburger35
12-16-2004, 04:33 AM
i think a box made out of diamond plate steel would look soo bad ***!

Acidburn
12-16-2004, 04:37 AM
itd probably be better to just get some diamond plate veneer and put that on a regular MDF box

theCybe
12-16-2004, 07:58 AM
how about conductivity. A short on a steel box would be a *****.

monte_carlo97
12-16-2004, 08:15 AM
:needpics:

i think it would be cool, but sounding good. Well that is another story

req
12-16-2004, 09:40 AM
put a thin layer of clay on the inside of the box and voilla.

maybe some dampening and good bracing. i dont see why it would be such a problem. would be hella strong and you could chrome it. maybe use aluminum to conserve weight - but i heard welding aluminum was a pain in the ***, but imagine the props for anodizing it. would be shweet.

monte_carlo97
12-16-2004, 10:37 AM
would be hella strong and you could chrome it. maybe use aluminum to conserve weight.
if what possible though. Don't you think that audiobahn would already have a chrome box.

req
12-16-2004, 11:32 AM
*sigh*

i tried.

monte_carlo97
12-16-2004, 06:20 PM
*sigh*

i tried.
i know. Good thought though. I am sure audiobahn already tried. But try it again and post some pics.

JoseMCeee
12-17-2004, 01:15 AM
i wanna see some pics of that box

tommyk90
12-17-2004, 01:21 AM
Here's a pic of someone who has used steel, but he only used it for the baffle, and he used MUCH thicker steel. But imagine the strength of a 1"+ steel plate compared to having to use 5-6 sheets of MDF.

http://www.termpro.com/dbdrag/photos/E6774W1M9591P53C.jpg

Plus he also used bracing (the steel across the front of the box)

Acidburn
12-17-2004, 02:52 AM
jesus, no flexing from that thing