Underseat Enclosure Choices

baja_stx
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I just bought a new 2004 Lariat F150. I ordered it with the "Audiophile" system which included a 8" sub under the rear seat. The system sounds decent, but just not enough bass for me. I'd like to replace the factory box with a new box that still fits under the rear seat, but accomodates a 10" sub. I've narrowed my choice down to 2 boxes and would like your opinions on which to buy. Both boxes fit under the 60% side of the 60/40 rear bench seat.

1)

Manufacturer: SuperCrewSound

Volume: 0.9 cu.ft.

Top Mounting Depth: 5 1/2 in.

Construction: 3/4 in. MDF

Type: Sealed

Direction: Downfire

Price: $100

2)

Manufacturer: Pro-Box by Audio Engineering

Volume: 1.0 cu.ft.

Top Mounting Depth: 5 1/2 in.

Construction: "Our enclosures are made of 5/8 grade A MDF, machined with CNC computer routers, and topped off with a textured black urethane finish that's tough as nails."

Type: Vented - Tuned @ 45Hz

Direction: Upfire - Vented on side

Price: $180

I'll be using a Fosgate HX2 RFD2210. The speakers recommended enclosure volumes are...

Sealed: 0.2 - 0.75 cu.ft.

Vented: 0.75 - 1.75 cu.ft.

Thanks for your help.

- Rich

 
the ported pro box worked ok. I think we put a JL W0 in it the other day at the shop. Not ALOT of bass, not near enough for my liking but the guy was happy and it did give a fairly balanced sound with his components up front. We tried putting a JL W3 in there but it would not clear. good luck on your decision. P.S. you could always cut the bed //content.invisioncic.com/y282845/emoticons/wink.gif.608e3ea05f1a9f98611af0861652f8fb.gif

 
You could always do what I did to my 04 screw lariat. 2 re8s with 200 watts each in a custom box. Very loud, hits hard and tight. Very amazing for 2 8'' subs. These two 8s have more out put than most big name brand single 10'' subs. Look in my sig. for pictures.

Good luck with what ever you go with.

 
We tried putting a JL W3 in there but it would not clear.
Yeah the ProBox is only 5.5" deep. A lot of the subs I would like to use won't fit. That's why I ended up choosing the Fosgate HX2... there will only be 1/16" between the magnet and box. (If both companies specs are correct).

Not ALOT of bass, not near enough for my liking but the guy was happy and it did give a fairly balanced sound with his components up front.
In your opinion... how does a JL W0 compare to a Fosgate HX2? The first thing I notice is the JL is RMS rated at 125w and the RF is RMS rated at 500w. This seems like it would make a big difference if they were both adequately powerd, but I don't claim to be a pro on the topic.

I really wish I could hear this box myself. I had a hard enough time finding a picture of it. To be honest I don't really want a ton of bass; in fact the facory system with the stock 8" sub ALMOST sounds good enough for me. I just want a little louder and deeper bass. I even considered putting a better 8" in the factory box, but it doesn't have enough depth (about 3") for any speakers I would consider.

Thanks!

 
You could always do what I did to my 04 screw lariat. 2 re8s with 200 watts each in a custom box. Very loud, hits hard and tight. Very amazing for 2 8'' subs. These two 8s have more out put than most big name brand single 10'' subs. Look in my sig. for pictures. Good luck with what ever you go with.
Nice install... very clean and professional looking. Good job on the box too. I have a couple questions for you.

1) In your opion. Do you think the two RE8's are a better choice than the RF10 HX2? Did you use the 8's because you already had them or did you prefer two 8's over one 10?

2) How do you like the Infinity's? I haven't decided on what door speakers to use yet.

3) For your 4 channel amp. I see you used RCA's. Do you have an aftermarket HU or did you use a speaker to RCA converter? If you still have the stock radio why didn't you use the high/speaker inputs on the amp?

4) For your 2 channel amp. Did/do you have the Ford Audiophile system? If so, did you use any of the factory wiring that was running to the factory sub amp?

5) I was planning on running/extending the factory speaker wires from the HU to the speaker/high inputs on my 4 CH amp and then run new speaker wire to each of the 4 door speakers. I then plan on hooking up my mono amp to the 4 CH amp's pre-outs. Does this sound ok? Any recommendations?

6) Is your passenger seat power? My passenger seat is power and it doesn't look like I have as much room as you do. I made an aluminum rack to stack both my amps where the spare tire jack was. I used the two jack bolts and the right front seat bolt to secure the rack. I left 1" between the amps and have two 80mm computer fans blowing across them. Yes I have the amps already... they've been sitting next to my desk screaming to get hooked up, but I can't decide what to do about the sub box.

Sorry for all the questions. You're system is the first I've seen in a 04 F150 and it's very similar to what I want.

Again... Very clean job on your system.

 
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