another cubby fliberglass enclosure

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  1. emorydptt

    emorydptt Junior Member

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    Just after Christmas, I install a bazooka basstube following the exact instructions from:
    Easy bass addition = Bazooka tube | PriusChat

    My problem with the basstube is that it doesn't fully capture the the low end well on rock songs and struggled with radio quality. With hip hop, the basstube is quite impressive. The install was very easy as described in the above link.

    Therefore, I decided to use the right cubby hole and build a fiberglass enclosure. I was still able to use the wiring harness that I purchased for the bazooka install so I didn't have to re-run any wiring from the dash. It gave me a remote signal and a set of speaker line level for a line-out-converter to use RCAs.

    I was able to find trunk liner from a local car audio shop that matches the carpet perfectly.

    My subwoofer is an Alpine SWE-10s4 and the amp is a Kenwood KAC-8105d. This is more than enough power for my listening pleasure and catpures the full range of the spectrum with all music genres.

    So after about 12 hours, 1 gallon of resin, 1.5 sheets of fiberglass, and some fleece interfacing, I am extremely pleased. I have full access to my trunk and under cargo storage bin.

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    Looks really good but how easy is it to remove?

    I hope it's easy when it comes time to replacing the 12v accessory battery
     
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    Nice job! I like it.
     
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    Nice work. It looks like it belongs there.
     
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    Thanks!

    It slides right out with a little effort. The enclosure is only pushed into he cubby space and doesn't move around because of the snug fit and the carpet friction. If I want a little more security, I may put some Velcro on the back side of the enclosure and have it Velcro to the cubby itself.

     
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    Thanks. That's the look I was going for. I don't need to attract attention. I don't care for others to hear me when I'm in a parking lot or driving down the street. I want quality sound and a quality look that is pretty seamless.

     
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    Nice job. Did you determine what the volume was after you were finished? Did that match what your sub required?
     
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    After we pulled mold out, we poured packaging peanuts in and determined that the volume would be about .75cubic ft. Then before we streched the fleece interfacing to close off the front and cut out the speaker hole, we poured the peanuts in again and found ~.65 cubic feet. After carpeting, we are down to about .55 cubic feet. This was perfect with the recommended .5 cubic feet from Alpine.
    Ths bass sounds very clean and tight!

     
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    That looks absolutely amazing I love it!
     
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    Thanks. This was my first fiberglass project. Pretty easy if you have a free weekend. Just takes some time.

     
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    Very cool. I'm still trying to come up with a good solution to secure a cubby box though. I was rear ended in a corolla years ago and my box with 2 10's bounced around it like a basketball, destroyed one of the subs and both of my amps in an instant. Friction won't hold it in place and I'm nervous to rely on the trunk cover to keep anything from landing on my lap if it were to happen again.
     
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    The Velcro adhered to the back of the enclosure as the ruff side is velcroed to the cubby itself really works out very well and strong.
    If takes a good amount of effort to pull it out now.

     
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    Good point, they do make some serious Velcro! I hadn't really thought of that for a speaker box but enough of it should hold, especially if its placed on the different angles. Thanks for the insight!
     
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    My recommendation for a LOC is to purchase the following:
    Bazooka FAST-1761 1987-Up Fast-Toyota/ Geo
    Bazooka FAST-BTAH Fast Extension Cable

    This will allow you to run wires all the way to the trunk/cargo without splicing into any of the factory wiring. I then connected the LOC to the end of the FAST-BTAH.

    ^^^^^^

    You mentioned the above in another thread.

    Does the Fast connector and extension cable plug into the speaker outputs of the factory radio? If so how many speaker level outputs does it have? You mentioned you connected the LOC to the end of the FAST-BTAH. Did you then have to run new speaker wires from your amplifiers to your speakers or does the extension cable run the output back to the factory speaker inputs?

    I am looking at a few different options for LOC's but would like to know how much additional wiring will be needed.

    Thanks
     
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    The FAST entension plugs into the fAST-1761 wiring harness. This have me 2 sets of speaker level outputs (front right and left). I butt connected the LOC to the 2 sets. The ground of the LOC i just wired it to the ground of the amp. The LOC gave me 1 set of pre-amp outputs as I only needed 1 set since I'm running a monoblock amp and 1 sub.

    Everything else is factory.

    I chose this route because it allowed me to keep all the factory wiring and stock equipment without splicing the factory wiring. Also didn't need to run any new wiring from the speakers so the install is very easy.

    This is a great way to just add an amp and sub to full in the missing lows of the factor sound quality.

     
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    Gotcha! Thanks
     
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    Emory,

    Buddy, you could sell these !!
    That other guy went with making molds to produce enclosures like yours, but he is on a sabbatical.

    Think about it.

    Thanks for the informative post !!
     
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