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    Sub Enclosure Help

    I decided to go with a vented enclosure but I plan on using a design that is not widely used and have had a hard time finding a design for one, nor do I have the skill and know how to design one myself.

    I come to you for help.

    First, without actual specs, is there anything wrong with a design like this:



    OR would this be a better design:



    The reason I want to use that shape is, the vent would be pointing towards the open ports in my rear deck where the 6x9's used to be, and due to the long narrow design, put the sub close to the back of the trunk while leaving the other half of the trunk useful.

    Does that make sense?

    I plan on getting dimensions for my trunk tomorrow to better gauge how long, tall and wide the box can be to work well.

    I plan to make it with 2.5 cu ft volume after sub and port displacement and want to tune it to roughly 24 hz. The box is for a single 12" Fi Q that will be getting around 1000-1200w.

    If I can provide some measurements, can anyone help me with the actual design and dimensions of the box to fit my specs?
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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    There's no reason that this wouldn't work, but it would be much more space efficient if you made the box fill the width of your trunk and pushed it all the way towards your seats. You could then either seal it off from the trunk completely and face the subs forward and the ports through deck. If you don't want to do that, either face the subs and ports up or towards the back.

    I might be able to help you with a design over the next week if you post your preferences and maximum dimensions.



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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    The reason I was doing all of this was to maximize output by putting the sub as close to the back as possible. Sealing a box is out of the question as I don't have the tools or money.

    I also planned to leave about 6-8 inches of clearance on top of the box to mount 2 small amps. It just seemed like a cleaner option to keep everything on one side of the trunk.

    I planned on cutting the floor panel and putting a hinge on it to allow access to the spare if I need it... if it's possible. Otherwise, I'll probably just take it out and buy some Fix-a-Flat or something.




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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    Is this going in an old Cadillac? I had the same issue with an 87 Fleetwood.

    The idea is sound, and I tried something very similar, but was greatly displeased.

    I built a new enclosure, subs forward, port forward, and slid it all the way to the front. I had plenty of room behind the box for my tools and extra clothes.

    You can do as I did, and run a 2x2 strip around the sides and top of the box. After it is in place, you can screw MDF panels cut to fit your trunk to seal it. I screwed some of mine to the metal in the trunk, then hit it with Great Stuff to seal it. That simple 3 hour project eliminated 90% of my trunk rattle, and added a nice bit of pressure in-car.



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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    I don't want to seal off the car as I would like to be able to carry stuff and access the trunk from the interior.




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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    Well, in that case, I'd still go subs/port to front, and scoot the box as close to the rear seat as possible. I took out my rear 6x9's as well. Used the old holes as cabin ports. You can still fit alot of **** behind your box. No real need to seal, unless you HAVE to get 1 more dB out of it.



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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    I thought that the best quality and SPL occured when the sub is as close to the back of the car as possible, due to the front and rear produced waves being as close together as possible.




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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    OP: Check out JBLCamry's latest build. It's basically the same thing, except he uses a sick *** 10" PVC port.



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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    Quote Originally Posted by goodguy8705 View Post
    I thought that the best quality and SPL occured when the sub is as close to the back of the car as possible, due to the front and rear produced waves being as close together as possible.
    Not always. The idea is that it refracts and has a "Doppler" effect, so it's supposed to increase the sound by positive cancellation and what not. However, if you do subs forward / port forward and seal off the trunk, it has a lot less room to pressurize, so in most cases, the dB levels will increase (and most of the time becoming audibly louder.)



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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    There will be no sealing.




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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    bro best thing to do is experiment!!!!




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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    In your case, I would just build a regular rectangular box with the port and sub on the same plane; that way, you can move it around into the position that sounds best.



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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    I would do that if I had extra money or planned on moving this thing around after it's installed, but truth be told, I'm getting one box, it's going in and it's not moving until something breaks or it's stolen.

    I could put the port right next to the sub, but I would still go for an enclosure that's the depth or close to the depth of my trunk as to leave one side completely empty.

    I'm measuring my trunk later today.




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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    Sounds like you have your mind made up. Go for it then.

    I have only experienced one box made like that. It was loud, but very peaky around tuning freq. Might have just been the sub tho........

    I think in the end, you will change your mind, after listening to people laugh at your massive trunk/plate/taillight/bumper rattles.



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    Re: Sub Enclosure Help

    yeah, you seem pretty closed minded on this but it might sound good good luck




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