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First & LAST Time Box Build - 12" Stoker Pro

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First of all, hello everyone! I just joined today! :D

 

I've been into everything audio (car/home) for about 10 years now. My first subwoofer for a car was the old school Cerwin-Vega! Stroker 15". My buddy built me a sealed box for it as we knew nothing about porting/tuning. It actually sounded great and has become a legend among friends. Since then I grew to 6'6" tall so every vehicle has been pick ups. So I have been limited. (Alpine Type-E's, MTX Thunderforms). Well I'm turning my 06' F150 Lariat in for a 98' Ford Explorer Sport with 100k+ miles on it, so I decided to relive my old glory days. I decided to get a new Stroker Pro 12" as the 15" was out of my price range. For a box I was quoted at $130 shipped from a website for an enclosure to my exact specs including carpet & shipping (I later regret not taking advantage of this) After a few calls to Diamond Audio Technoligies (The new owners of the Mobile Audio department of CV!) I got in touch with their head enclosure engineer. After breaking my heart by telling me the new Pro is NOTHING like the old one, and that this beast was a pure SPL machine, I decided to go with his recommendation on building a bigger CuFt box then the manual states to at least get my low lows which I loved about my old 15". I tried some different enclosure software (most of them have certain issues that I've found) and went with a 3 cuft effective volume enclosure with two 17.5" long, 4" wide PVC ports with a tune of 33Hz. What ensued was a FIASCO at best. I waisted 3 days on this **** thing (took me longer as I had to watch my attention hungry 6 month old son). So here are some pics and some things I've learned. Please to enjoy...

 

Things I've Learned:

-If you have a decent job, pay a professional to build the god **** thing.

-Don't get the cheap carpet, get the latex backed stuff.

-Metal Splinters hurt worse then wood ones.

-Don't trust some employee at Lowe's to make the cuts on your MDF thinking they will be super accurate cuz he gets to use that cool gigantic saw, my cuts were WAY off(up to a 1/4")

-Carpeting a box is a pain in the ass.

-Make sure you have every tool you will need before you start and Plenty of Elmer's ProBond woodglue( I had to make 3 runs to ACO for tools/glue)

-Wives hate this entire process and it puts them in bad moods.

-using a 4 1/2" wide drill bit for port holes through MDF smokes power drills fast.

 

-STROKER PRO MUST KNOW TIP - this beast has threaded metal plates (to accept the mounting bolts) with adhesive backings so you can place them inside the box and aligned with the mounting holes. Well the adhesive sucks, so spray some 3M adhesive on them and then use the included allen wrench to alight it with the hole, then immediately use a powered screwdriver to screw the bolt in, otherwise you'll have a 50/50 chance of the bolt being a millimeter off and instead of the bolt gripping, you'll hear it hit the bottom of the box and you get to try to lift this 50051389 pound sub back out to re-glue it. Trust me I have really sore fingers now.

 

And now the pictures, sorry for the poor quality, they are from my cell...

 

It has arrived...

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I had the same look on my face too :D

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Soundstream TRX2000D amp

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  • Head Unit: Alpine CDA-9886
  • Speakers: Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.5" Components
  • Subwoofer: Cerwin-Vega! Stroker Pro 12"
  • Enclosure: Self-Built 3.0 CuFt effective, two 4" diameter ports 17.5" long, Tuned @ 33Hz
  • Main Amp: Alpine MRP-F550 90x4 @ 4-Ohms
  • Sub Amp: SoundStream TRX-D2000 2000x1 Class-D Mono
  • Electrical: Stock 130Amp alt, Big 3 with 2-Gauge, Kinetics HC800 Power Cell with True 0Ga cable runs
  • Accessories: IPOD Mini controlled by head unit

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HEAVY DUTY POSTS! :) (DVD just to show scale, also serves as coaster)

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  • Head Unit: Alpine CDA-9886
  • Speakers: Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.5" Components
  • Subwoofer: Cerwin-Vega! Stroker Pro 12"
  • Enclosure: Self-Built 3.0 CuFt effective, two 4" diameter ports 17.5" long, Tuned @ 33Hz
  • Main Amp: Alpine MRP-F550 90x4 @ 4-Ohms
  • Sub Amp: SoundStream TRX-D2000 2000x1 Class-D Mono
  • Electrical: Stock 130Amp alt, Big 3 with 2-Gauge, Kinetics HC800 Power Cell with True 0Ga cable runs
  • Accessories: IPOD Mini controlled by head unit

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Yea, no way in hell this would fit in my current truck :laugh:

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Now I just have to wait for the 0 Gauge amp kit to come and my spool of 4 Gauge to beef up the alternator / chassis grounds and I should be in business.

 

P.S. I know my box is ugly but I don't need you guys telling me it is too lol, and YES I used a shit load of screws, but they actually aren't that close together as some of the walls were 1.5" MDF thick (two 3/4" walls glued together).


  • Head Unit: Alpine CDA-9886
  • Speakers: Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.5" Components
  • Subwoofer: Cerwin-Vega! Stroker Pro 12"
  • Enclosure: Self-Built 3.0 CuFt effective, two 4" diameter ports 17.5" long, Tuned @ 33Hz
  • Main Amp: Alpine MRP-F550 90x4 @ 4-Ohms
  • Sub Amp: SoundStream TRX-D2000 2000x1 Class-D Mono
  • Electrical: Stock 130Amp alt, Big 3 with 2-Gauge, Kinetics HC800 Power Cell with True 0Ga cable runs
  • Accessories: IPOD Mini controlled by head unit

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Here's a quick rundown of my current gear...

 

Alpine CDA-9886 (My AVIC-N2 was stolen twice so I decided to step down)

Alpine Ipod Interface

Infinity Kappa Perfect 6 1/2" Components

Alpine MRP-550 4x90 RMS Amplifier

1 Farad RF Capacitor (Useless I know but it was free)

12" MTX Thunderform


  • Head Unit: Alpine CDA-9886
  • Speakers: Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.5" Components
  • Subwoofer: Cerwin-Vega! Stroker Pro 12"
  • Enclosure: Self-Built 3.0 CuFt effective, two 4" diameter ports 17.5" long, Tuned @ 33Hz
  • Main Amp: Alpine MRP-F550 90x4 @ 4-Ohms
  • Sub Amp: SoundStream TRX-D2000 2000x1 Class-D Mono
  • Electrical: Stock 130Amp alt, Big 3 with 2-Gauge, Kinetics HC800 Power Cell with True 0Ga cable runs
  • Accessories: IPOD Mini controlled by head unit

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Let us know how it sounds :)

 

I've heard those are sort of a one-note-wonder, though.


2007 Red Ford Focus ZX4 SE

- Clarion DXZ955MC -

- MB Quart RSD216 - 2 MB Quart RWE-354 in 4 cubic feet sealed -

- MB Quart DSC4125 - Audiopipe AP1500.1D - Optima Blue Top -

 

Team High Sexage

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Funny you asked, I got impatient and also wanted to check for box leaks so I hooked it up to my 500 watt amp, it sounds suprisingly GOOD for a so-called "SPL Competiton Only Sub", although I just tried a bunch of Tupac and T.I. songs (No Rock Yet) The loudness suxxord cuz of the obvious wattage deficet, so I'll repost with a video after I put it in the Expo.

 

Let us know how it sounds :)

 

I've heard those are sort of a one-note-wonder, though.


  • Head Unit: Alpine CDA-9886
  • Speakers: Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.5" Components
  • Subwoofer: Cerwin-Vega! Stroker Pro 12"
  • Enclosure: Self-Built 3.0 CuFt effective, two 4" diameter ports 17.5" long, Tuned @ 33Hz
  • Main Amp: Alpine MRP-F550 90x4 @ 4-Ohms
  • Sub Amp: SoundStream TRX-D2000 2000x1 Class-D Mono
  • Electrical: Stock 130Amp alt, Big 3 with 2-Gauge, Kinetics HC800 Power Cell with True 0Ga cable runs
  • Accessories: IPOD Mini controlled by head unit

StrokerPro_Main_01.jpg

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I laughed at your comment about yourr drill... next time, use a jigsaw or router to make port holes ;)

 

Not bad for your first box, though.


2007 Red Ford Focus ZX4 SE

- Clarion DXZ955MC -

- MB Quart RSD216 - 2 MB Quart RWE-354 in 4 cubic feet sealed -

- MB Quart DSC4125 - Audiopipe AP1500.1D - Optima Blue Top -

 

Team High Sexage

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just sold my 15" version. they're sexy looking subs, but more geared towards SPL IMO.


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sold to: nutnbutcustm, Leon, bhsdriller, know_fun, zade08

bought from: loudman, psych0ticnemes1(box plans)x2, sundownz, mazzasec, lilmaniac2, flipx99, chrisw91, bhsdriller, millertime1028, woofercooker, anj46907

traded with: audiobahnuser18

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Thats one crazy looking sub! :eek:

Not too shabby for your first box however. Maybe coulda used less screws as mentioned, but thats certainly not a show stopper by any means. It's all about how it sounds man, good luck! :D


"you have a face like a bulldog chewing a stinging nettle while taking a constipated dump in a heat wave"

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Where'd you get those posts?

 

x2! I'd like to scoop up a set of those....


"you have a face like a bulldog chewing a stinging nettle while taking a constipated dump in a heat wave"

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Cool looking sub for sure. Hope it sounds good.

 

Also, you did a good job installing the non-flared PVC ports :D

 

The baby's just interested in the nice box it comes in :)


REFS:

Sold to- Sky Deaner, Jeeper07, brazilianguy, bjl95mustang, Mr Wiggl3s, Ridinhi (x2), Pootie

 

Bought from- kurtdirt1, jmanpc, doingstuffwell

 

Traded with- DaGhost, Spooney

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I can't wait to see a vid of this.

 

Looks pretty darn good for your first build man, good job!

 

Also, :wave: welcome to CA.com :)


IamDeMan said:
Draw away. It has already been proven with math that you are wrong. I believe math is > paint last time I checked.
pitbull187 said:
FYI the blue wire was connected to something else. I know it was put in right b/c the guys at Circuit City put it in.

"5 midgets spanking a naked man covered in thousand island dressing, is this love too?"

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doesnt that sub need like 2500rms to even move?


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2005 Acura RSX-S

 

Headunit: JVC KD-AR8500

Front Stage: Vifa & Mpyre 65M *ACTIVE*

System Amp: MB Quart DSC4125

Wiring: Kicker Hyperflex

Deadening: Edead SE2 and V3

 

Refs:

Bought from: mlstrass, archie, brchd, BigOso, bk12321, Ricky 616, IonSQL, SilverSPL, VIPER118, fived, jdiddy, Tacosys, ls2poweredgoat, SethPhillips, DB_DRAG_SPL, bjfish11, XaznKewLguy, Integra2468, Incriminator, bur1196, Goindef154, amartin_72

Sold to: vitveet, aesoj, DejaWiz, jco1385, Lax916, iowaaurora, Zeuslicious, chrispizzitola, gkatmar, Racerx250, boltpride, zeed, Low_e_Red, xreymax, hrtbrk1, RKPsk8er, Anniku989, bradknob, andrios

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Looks solid for your 1st attempt. It does get easier each time you build one as you pick up little tricks along the way and usually more tools. I couldn't imagine using a hole saw for your port cut outs...

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Designing Box's For Free!

REFS, MEMPHISFLEX, dacheatham, RyanM923, JUHL, x2o

 

-Build Log Soon-

07-Charger

Head Unit: XDVD8181

Amps: (1) SAZ-1500 & (1) SAE -100.2

SUBS: 2 10" Fi BL10 ^3.8Cubes @ 34Hz

Wiring: 2 Run's Of 1/0

Comps: (Coming Soon)

Cash Flow Problem's Currently. Won't Start For A While.

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Where'd you get those posts?

 

partsexpress.com, search for part# 260-314

 

They were like $10, but man they look freakin' SWEET~!


  • Head Unit: Alpine CDA-9886
  • Speakers: Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.5" Components
  • Subwoofer: Cerwin-Vega! Stroker Pro 12"
  • Enclosure: Self-Built 3.0 CuFt effective, two 4" diameter ports 17.5" long, Tuned @ 33Hz
  • Main Amp: Alpine MRP-F550 90x4 @ 4-Ohms
  • Sub Amp: SoundStream TRX-D2000 2000x1 Class-D Mono
  • Electrical: Stock 130Amp alt, Big 3 with 2-Gauge, Kinetics HC800 Power Cell with True 0Ga cable runs
  • Accessories: IPOD Mini controlled by head unit

StrokerPro_Main_01.jpg

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Like the equipment, but why is it on your back seat? That don't look safe what-so-ever.


Refs~Max Power(ST), bnevets27(ST), 99oldsintrigue(ST), matrxx dude(BF), Ficaraudio(BF), Zachzchw(BF), tigerf117(ST), 5.7TBI(BF), DBfan187(ST), Joesph M(ST), 97gp(ST), Cornbreadxd(ST), SlappinX(ST), nycspudz03(ST), bl0ckd(BF), Sctattooer(ST), hitman34608(ST), Wackdogg(ST), ggk(ST), 03F150MrSBF(STx2), Dye4metal(ST), Mikey7182(BF), Wu501(BF), Twisted_0912(BF), Crunklech(BF), psychoacoustics(BF), Tyler Chavez(ST), GTO Dave(ST), Thisistiny(ST), DarkScorpin(BF), davidtemple(BF), BassaddictJ(BF), Geoff_off_me(BF), Dragnix(BF)

 

BF=Bought from

ST=Sold too

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