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3rd Gen Subwoofer Install - Well Worth It

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Eximius2286, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. Jun 24, 2018 at 9:35 AM
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    Eximius2286

    Eximius2286 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    What's up guys? I ended up having an audio shop make a custom subwoofer box and do a full install for me. I exhausted my search for trying to find a pre-fab unit I could drop in. Typically I do all this work myself but I've never made a custom box and I don't really have to tools easily accessible. The shop did a pretty good job, I was impressed with it. They did better than I expected. They ended up making a Y-Harness instead of splicing into the lines (Per my request). I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to car audio and wiring, I'm a stickler for the details and I can say these guys definitely met my expectations. They were even able to use one of the knock out's to add a bass knob.

    Here's what I'm running

    Subwoofer - Rocksford Fosgate Punch 10" P3S Shallow 2-Ohm DVC Subwoofer (P3SD2-10)
    Amplifier - Rocksford Fosgate Power 500 Watt Class-bd Constant Power Amplifier (T500-1bdCP)
    LOC - Rocksford Fosgate 2-Channel High-to-Low Converter (RF-HLC)

    I can tell you I was a little skeptical at first of running a 300 watt RMS system. My previousl vehicle had a kicker solo-baric vented subwoofer and amp running at 750 watts RMS but I can tell you for being inside of a truck and the fact that it's a sealed box I am more than happy with it. It makes the entire cab shake with ease.

    My future upgrade plans include replacing all of the door speakers and front tweeters but at this point I can't foresee myself doing a head unit upgrade. It pulls it to far away from the factory OEM look and I'm worried about loosing functionality. The amp I am running will also run an upgraded Rocksford Fosgate T1S2-10, which runs at 500 watts RMS @ 2 Ohms. I might do this in the future... just because I'm a bass junkie lol.

    What do you guys think? Thoughts? Opinions?

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  2. Jul 11, 2018 at 3:06 PM
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    Perkuhlerk

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    I'm interested in doing something similar to this. just want a 10" sub, i used to have all sorts of stuff in the trunk of a car but now that i'm a little older just want the essentials. what did this set up end up costing you to have installed? I'm more or less thinking about going with the behind the seat taco tunes box in my 2018 3rd gen though
     
  3. Jul 11, 2018 at 5:27 PM
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    Good for you. A sub makes a huge sound difference. I went with the Fosgate 8” under-seat powered sub since there is very limited room in an access-cab, and I need to haul stuff in the back. The 8” sub fills the low-end, but lacks the big thump from a large enclosure.

    Rock on.
     
  4. Jul 11, 2018 at 8:28 PM
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    My current set up has been pretty decent
    Taco tunes 300 watt sub amp
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    Taco tunes add a sub harness
    Jl audio loaded enclosure 8" sub
    Subaru tweeter upgrade .....
    The loaded enclosure is nice bc it just drops in, no mods, no cutting, unplug and remove if I need the storage bin behind the rear seat
     
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  5. Jul 12, 2018 at 6:27 AM
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    how much did that box cost you? I have two 10" p2s (each with 300 watts rms) in a ported box I had in my old frontier and with the size, or lack of, the rear seat area in these access cabs it doesn't fit so well without adding pieces of wood to the box so it doesn't wobble and slide all over the place.
     
  6. Jul 22, 2018 at 4:21 PM
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    So all in all the price was $1500, that's audio equipment, cables, subwoofer box materials, subwoofer box assembly, and the overall install. Not going to lie, the price was pretty steep but I specifically wanted to use all of this equipment, I speced everything out myself. I know there are some cheaper options out there for sure, but this is custom to me so the price is worth it.

    Here's what I would recommend for you guys looking to add subs. Find a shop that will build a wood box and have them build the box and install the sub & amp yourself. I probably could have saved $500 or so by doing it myself. Shop around too, I went to several shops before I settled on the one I went to. I had three shops insist it could only be done with fiberglass and wanted to charge $700-$900 for the box alone. You could also fabricate the box yourself. I didn't build the box by myself for two reasons, first I was desperate to get my bass back and I can get horribly impatient when I want something LOL also I don't have the space in my garage currently to do a project like this.. Second, I don't have access to the tools such as saws and I literally have zero experience any type of wood working. I'm sure given some time and money I could have managed to get it done but I didn't want to wait.
     
  7. Jul 23, 2018 at 5:13 AM
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    Definitely have access cab envy now. Sweet build for sure
     
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  8. Jul 23, 2018 at 5:26 AM
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    That looks awesome! Money well spent! I have a double cab and went with a JL Audio Stealthbox and love it. They have one for the Access cabs too. Did you consider it? Looks like you would have spent pretty close to the same amount either way so you made a good choice having a fully custom unique part built into your car. http://www.jlaudio.com/car-audio-stealthbox-toyota-tacoma-access-cab-16-up
     
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  9. Jul 23, 2018 at 3:36 PM
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    I did, it didn't provide enough square footage for the types of bass I like to run. Especially for a sealed box. It's not a bad option at all, just wasn't suited for my taste. I'm going to upgrade the subwoofer later on and I will need 0.75sqft-1.25sqft. The box I had built measured up to just shy of 1sqft.
     
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  10. Jul 26, 2018 at 7:12 PM
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    that's about 850 for parts. install shouldn't be more than about 300 so the rest would be for building the box? I mean for a basic sealed box its easy enough to get the right volume for the sub but I would want a dual vented divided box. those calculations (for volume) for a custom shaped box would be way to hard for me to figure out, along with the port shape. I could only imagine what that would cost to have done. I would only be willing to pay a max of $300 for a perfectly tuned vented box, for two tens. I wish I had access to a program for a custom box, even Rockford fosgate will only allow dealers to use their software for anything more than one of there four simple single enclosed box's.
     
  11. Jul 26, 2018 at 7:49 PM
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    Adding a sub is definitely worth it. The stock audio system in these trucks is embarrassing...good thing new speakers and tweets really don't cost that much for a noticeable upgrade. Top that off with a powered subwoofer and you'll have an enjoyable audio experience! Glad you're happy with how it ended up, being in an access cab.

    I have a IDQ10 being fed 500w rms in my double cab. Very happy with it.

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  12. Jul 28, 2018 at 9:22 AM
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    The price was fair in my opinion. I had other shops quite much higher for a custom enclosure. I'm on vacation right now but when I get a chance I'll do a price break down on the receipt so you can get a better idea. If I remember right it the parts were more than $850.
     
  13. Jul 28, 2018 at 9:24 AM
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    @Technique that's my only regret with the access cab lol I couldn't find a pre tabbed box other than the JL, it eats up space in the back seat but my next project is adding some molle panels to help with that issue.
     
  14. Jul 28, 2018 at 9:28 AM
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    I like the console looks good. We have he same sub. I jut got lucky finding this box. I did the install. Only 250 watt amp I think. Bumps well.

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  15. Jul 28, 2018 at 10:22 AM
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    @brodys16sr looks good, even 250w is a big upgrade from stock.
     
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