Powered woofer install w/ pics n instructions

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Audio and Electronics' started by chrisspaulding, May 23, 2008.

  1. chrisspaulding

    chrisspaulding sexy, high tech, fun

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    WHAT YOU'LL NEED (and what I used)


    Powered subwoofer: Alpine PLT-5 LAT

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    Wiring kit: EFX Amplifier Wiring Kit

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    Car: 2008 Prius Touring Package 6 w/nav w/JBL

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    * A few rolls of automotive wire. I chose black 16 gauge
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    * Some wire taps (get a bunch and practice)
    ((( DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE I DID. MATCH YOUR TAP GAUGE AND WIRE GAUGE! )))
    When my taps didn't work I was so excited [and my battery was unplugged already] I just said F-it, spliced my speaker wires old school and capped them with a wire nuts till I can get back and redo them with heat shrink.
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    * And whatever tools you use for wiring stuff.



    WHAT TO DO FIRST

    * Get your components/tools ready
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    I chose to tap (well, splice) into my Pri's rear speaker wires, so I did not have to use all these parts - since I didn't even touch my JBL amp.
    I only used the power cable(dark blue), ground cable(gray), remote(black phone cord), and the sub's wiring plug
    (all four plug wires on the sub were conveniently labeled right+ right- left+ left-
    --make sure to screw in your power cable fuse if your's uses one. In my kit it fit inside the clear plastic housing on the power cord near the eye connector.


    *Disconnect the negative terminal from your 12v battery
    (this should be the 1st thing then last thing you do for this install)
    p.s. your battery is hiding in the right-rear-bottom of your cargo area
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    * Hook the thick dark blue power cable to the positive terminal
    (it won't fit over the terminal. I tried! LOL Unscrew the bolt on the positive terminal then hook the power cable eye there)

    * Hook your gray ground cable to a bolt nearby
    (make sure it has direct contact to car metal - no paint in between)

    * Strip the other ends of these two cables (power and ground) and screw them into the powered sub.

    * Now, on the inside of your car - between the front and rear seats, on the sides, pull off (unsnap) the interior plastic trim.
    (that's where the rear speaker wires are!! - they pass through that rubbery conduit between the door and the columns)

    Toyota was nice enough to tape the two you need together within the bundle of all the other wires, but even if you don't see that, just keep to the colors you need. If there are two of the same color either one is fine.

    The 2008 Prius w/ nav w/JBL wire colors you want are:

    left rear + = black
    left rear - = yellow

    right rear + = red
    right rear - = white

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    * Tap (or splice) these wires so you can run a wire back to your powered sub

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    ((( I know, it's ugly. Like I said, my taps were too small. The store was closed. I was too excited/far into the project to quit, so I used some wire nuts I had in the garage and spliced mine! I'll go back and heat shrink these to look/hold way better )))

    * Hide your wires, run two from each side (the positive and negative) and connect them to the sub's wire harness ends, snap the interior plastic trim pieces back on and that's it!

    Remember, if yours comes with a remote dial, run that from the sub, along the side (under the trim) up front to your seat so you can adjust the powered sub's output. The dial is very helpful!

    *Oh yeah... Reconnect the negative battery terminal

    ALL DONE!



    Funny story.
    Half way through, with my battery disconnected, I shut my hatch door.
    Had no idea it was electric only to open (figured there was a latch or key hole). That made for a cramped rest of the project. :rolleyes:

    I installed mine in the spare tire well - made it BOOM more in there!

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    BACK TO NORMAL

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    EVERYTHING PUT BACK
    (I used my cargo bin on top as a handy collector for my goodies - since it wouldn't fit underneath anymore due to the sub's height)
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    BOOM BOOM BOOM and out of site!

    took about 6 hours because I didn't know what the heck I was doing!!! :)

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  2. MacDude

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    Thanks for the write up.

    So, no spare? I hope you have AAA. :D
     
  3. chrisspaulding

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    I do, and fix a flat! ;)
     
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    Chris - Thank you for the detailed write up and pictures. I have yet to modify the stock sound system and gave up a nice upgrade in my ‘old’ car including a sealed 12” JL Audio sub with a ridiculous amp. I could control the volume and crossover from the front and the difference with the sub on or off cannot be described in words. I can see thinking giving up your spare tire is a bit extreme, but the tradeoff can be much more than worth it for those like me who have been known to sweat blood listening to music that has the power to blow minds.

    EnjoyJ
     
  5. chrisspaulding

    chrisspaulding sexy, high tech, fun

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    your welcome.
    It's for the people like me who are audio first timers and like pictures! :cool:

    "sweat blood listening to music" - nice!
    I love to feel the bass, like when it makes my head/hair vibrate.

    Rocking out to Pure Octane (Sirius channel 20) with my powered sub in the car is da bomb! But I'm nice and turn it down in residential areas.:)
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    I recommend anyone considering the use of fix a flat for their Prius to do a search here about it first. There are many threads about damage to the tire pressure sensors when fix a flat was used.

    The owner's manual states:
    [FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]"To avoid damaging the tire pressure warning valves and transmitters [/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]Do not use liquid sealants on flat tires."[/FONT][/FONT]
     
  7. chrisspaulding

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    crud, didn't think of that. Guess I better get those patch plugs instead!

    Thanks for the heads up.
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    nice pics

    have you tackled the oem speakers?

    im working on a box to insert in the tray, sub firing into the spare tire area.

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  9. chrisspaulding

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    That should look/sound cool! Make sure to post pics.

    No, haven't tackled the oem speakers. Guess I'm too inexperienced to tell they suck(as a lot of people say), because to me it sounds good! :)
    Ignorance is bliss? LOL
     
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    Great write up. Thanks.

    I wonder how it sounds?

    Also, did you try putting the sub behind the seat to see how it fits. I'm considering this sub and it looks like it might fit up against the back seat nicely?
     
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    And the cars next to you vibrate, and the cars 50ft from you have to put up with your choice of music. But hey, you're generous, thanks for sharing!

    And at intersections? And on the highway when any other car is within 50ft of you?

    Of course not.

    (Not to mention that, after your ears have been blasted at high volumes on the freeway, what you call "turning it down in residential neighborhoods" is what I call "keeping me awake and waking up my kids".)

    Hooray, another ghetto boom sled is born. Make sure you get an appropriate bumper sticker: "I don't create enough smog or greenhouse gasses, so I have to resort to noise pollution!"

    Happy listening (even if you make others around you unhappy). After all, you've got a God-given right to music Your Way, Your Volume!
     
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    And then there's "thread pollution". That's the "God-given right to rant on, even if it makes other members unhappy".
     
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    Wouldn't it have made more sense to have all your "goodies" stowed away, and the sub in the hatch area where you can hear it? Instead of the other way around.
     
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    I might also add .............. stay off his lawn! :D

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  15. tkil

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    Let's see. One person, on the internet, making comments that might (gasp!) offend you.

    Or living a life where, at every red light you come up to, you hear the dreaded "booooom ... boooom" of some overblown subwoofer.

    The former, you can opt out by not participating, or just by skimming past. The latter, one cannot escape.

    So long as you remember that loud bass is a primary marker of impotence -- the only way people will notice you, is to make them notice you -- you'll have the proper perspective.

    Happy listening (... to his music, or at least his bass, of course).
     
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    I don't BOOM to get noticed. I do it to notice the BOOM.

    I stand by my 'residential' comment and reiterate that I turn it down, meaning, turn my sub off. You may have a small point on the intersections question though, however, I think they can hear the highs/mids more than the bass.

    Remember, my sub is:
    "The PLT-5 Subwoofer System - consisting of six 5-inch cones that provide the same bass punch as a pair of 10" subs".
    So...Although this sounds nice on the inside, it's not a "ghetto boom sled" (((and FU for the derogatory Ghetto comment))), it's insulated quite well from the outside and just loud enough to enhance the JBL system.
    I'd give anyone a $20 if they could actually hear it from 50 feet away!!!

    I've got a legal right to a level of car stereo volume, which I obey. If your unhappy otherwise, don't waste your breath on me or PC, talk to your legislator.

    One selling point on my unit was the sub volume knob, which I use to ensure my sub is mixed well with the mids and highs. As much as I LOVE the BOOM, I'm into the music most and want to hear it mixed well, not just bass everywhere.

    I'm not that 16 year old kid with the over-bassed stereo you envied then and hate now. Just a cool guy enjoying the sound and feel of good music, on a good stereo, in a good car.

    (think of it as subtle BOOM)

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    It sounds better in the spare tire well. I originally installed it to sit in the back hatch but -believe this or not all you haters- my sub isn't big enough for that large of a space. It was designed to be in a compact area like behind a truck seat or in a truck cab.

    After I placed it under the cargo floor in the spare tire well it sounds much better. Plus I like it totally out of site
     
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    chrisspaulding sexy, high tech, fun

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    It sounds GREAT, especially after tweaking more of the subs dials and it's combination with my JBL (stock)system. Not sure I could have found anything better for the same price ($299)

    I never tried it in behind the seat because I have passengers too often, but it's designed for tight fits like that, so once I placed it in the spare tire well it's been sounding GREAT! Very worth the cost/time(imo)
     
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    If you do this at every intersection and in every residential neighborhood (including when you're on an arterial street next to a residential neighborhood), then: THANK YOU. That's great, and it really would remove 99% of my bitterness towards excessive subwoofer noise.

    (For that matter, some way to wire it into the speed sensor would be splendid. :)

    So the radiant surface is 6x (2.5^2*pi) or about 118 square inches, vs 2x (5^2*pi) or about 157 square inches; the latter would have a larger voice coil travel, as well, so I don't think the comparison is entirely honest.

    On the plus side, the 6x5x(shorter travel) should give you tighter bass than the 2x10x(longer travel), so: props to you on that.

    Ok, I'll admit that it was a bit of a low blow. On the other paw, the vast majority of cases of intrusive bass that I've experienced are:

    1. non-whites (latinos, blacks, and asians, in about that order of prevalence)

    2. young white males trying to emulate minorities

    3. usually in lower-income neighborhoods

    The conclusion I've drawn is that the original core of the boom car phenomenon was people who felt they could not make an impact on the world any other way, so they decided they'd force others to pay attention.

    There's a reason I mentioned the distance. I've read up on those laws, from a few different cities, and that's usually how they're phrased: detectable bass at a certain distance (along with time of day, zoning, noise permits, etc).

    And I guarantee that they all find the fact that a car 50ft behind me can cause the trim on my car to rattle and shake to be illegal.

    "Your rights end at my nose ears."

    I certainly hope it is, and do think that you'll do your best most of the time to limit the impact on others. So thank you.

    And happy listening. :)
     
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    chrisspaulding sexy, high tech, fun

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    Ahh. Thanks for the follow up. Means a lot.
    I agree with some of your points, as they are my experiences too.
    At intersections I actually turn my sub down because I'm shy to seem like one of the above mentioned examples. :)
    I'm liking this new technology sub. It's just right for my taste.
    For sure after this convo I'll be more conscientious of my audio surrounds. :)
     
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