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Access cab box for 2 - 10's

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by the arkitect, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. Jan 10, 2011 at 5:10 PM
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    the arkitect

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    I haven't seen anyone make a box like this before, so I figured I would post some pics.

    I started with:
    -4x8 sheet of 3/4" MDF
    -bottle of gorilla glue
    -2 cans of black krylon fusion and some clear (very bad choice!)
    -speaker terminals (another bad choice, but live and learn, right)
    -screws for blocking and mounting the subs

    Final Product:
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    Updated final install:
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    I started out by making a cardboard template to get all the dimensions right. I'm 6'-3" so i didn't want to loose any space at the steering wheel, and I wanted the top of the box level with the jump seat and still be able to get to the storage under the seats.

    The right dimensions for me are (these arn't exact, I'm just remembering off the top of my head. For exact dimensions you will have to go measure yourself:notsure:):
    jump seat length-51"
    seat height-8 1/2"
    box depth @ floor-12 1/2"
    box depth @ top-8 1/2"
    box angle 17.5 degrees

    After I made my templates I cut out all of pieces from my sheet of MDF, and started gluing it all up. Quick tip, a 4x8 sheet is actually 49" in width so you can rip all of you long pieces first and then put the side panels on to get really close to 51".
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    I screwed in some blocking pieces to clamp against, I took those out once the glue set. I use gorilla glue because it expands as it sets, so there's no need put sealant on the inside of the box afterwards unless you're an extreme audiophile or just a little anal. Plus this stuff gives snapple a run for their money as being the best stuff on earth.:headbang:

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    All glued up and ready for a test fit.

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    Now that the hard work is out of the way, all you have to do is sand and finish it, wire the subs in, and install all of it in the truck. Easy, right.:laugh:

    I did the majority of sanding w/ 60 grit and finished off with 100 grit.

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    Sanding done, ready for paint. Rattle can was a STUPID IDEA:facepalm:. I've seen others do it and it never comes out looking good, but why should I learn from that? I'd rather be a momentary moron, MDF+rattle can=:crapstorm:.

    After painted,
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    I put the speakers in, but I was really tired at this point and my drill slipped when i was screwing in one of the speakers
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    It was a blessing in disguise b/c the terminal for that side of the box from rapioshit didn't enguage the speaker wire. All of the components are old, so a busted speaker isn't that big a deal. It's just more annoying than anything else.

    The system sounds really good with only one 10, but I can't wait until my Audiobahn ALUM10n's and Hifonics HiFi1500 show up so I can fix all of my screw ups:yay:.

    Let me know what ya'll think.
     
  2. Jan 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM
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    MurphMan

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    I like it! Front firing bass - talk about those good good good vibrations! lol! That should sound really good and uses otherwise useless space. I do agree on the rattlecan, doesn't have a chance on mdf. Ever thought about gray carpeting to cover it?
     
  3. Jan 10, 2011 at 5:17 PM
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    Turned out good :thumbsup:
     
  4. Jan 10, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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    the arkitect

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    They're actually down-firing subs (increase in db without the annoyance of a vibrating rear view). I'm trying to decide whether i will carpet it or use some latex paint. I didn't want to do carpet in the first place b/c i've never done any upholstery work before. Anyone have any upholstery tips?
     
  5. Jan 18, 2011 at 7:06 PM
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    I did the same type of box for my old '99 S-10. I liked it because I ended up with a nice flat surface behind the seats. I guess great minds think alike! LOL! I carpeted mine, but trust me, you don't want my advice...it looked awful!
     
  6. Jan 18, 2011 at 7:18 PM
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    Ah, looks great but need to hear the pump!!!. what kind RMS are we driving.:cool:
     
  7. Jan 18, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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    Awesome job!! Looks like a fun project.
     
  8. Jan 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM
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    i was thinking about doing the same thing this summer, i was going to gut up my entire rear end but i like this idea alot better. do you mind sending me measurements of your dimensions ? not sue if i can do a ported box as i am not a expert but a sealed box wouldn't be to much for me...great job man !
     
  9. Jan 19, 2011 at 6:01 AM
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    Thanks for the compliments peeps. I'll post up some pics tonight of the final install with the new components. :gossip: Subs are 800 watts RMS and the amp is running 1250 watts @ 1.5 ohms :bananadance:


    Oh yeah, almost forgot. I've gotten a couple requests for dimensions. If you would like them, PM me and I will try to get a sketchup model built of it this weekend and email it out to you. Sketchup is free and you can download it here: http://sketchup.google.com/intl/en/download/index.html
     
  10. Jan 19, 2011 at 6:05 AM
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    Trying to nickname the system, you guys help me pick:
    1. The Truth
    2. The Dirty Look
    3. The Stank Eye
     
  11. Jan 20, 2011 at 6:44 PM
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    the arkitect

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    Got some pics of the final install, it sounds great once i did some fine tuning to the amp.

    Final install in the truck
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    The sub face plate was too tall for the recess in the box so my quick fix was to throw some 2x4's under each end, i'll fix it permanently later
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    It was a tight fit
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    Had to take some carpet out to get the amp to fit under the seat
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  12. Jan 20, 2011 at 7:17 PM
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    The end result looks very good.
    How do you like the sound of the 10s firing downwards?

    Also, nice job on the carpeting - color match and workmanship. Is it pretty straightfwd to do?
     
  13. Jan 20, 2011 at 7:33 PM
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    I'm making one of these! I shall be asking you for demensions.
     
  14. Jan 20, 2011 at 7:45 PM
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    i bet they hit hard especially since theyre downfiring !
     
  15. Jan 20, 2011 at 8:34 PM
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    This is my third system, but the first one that i've done with downfiring subs. It sounds the best by far. There are a lot less parts to rattle when the sound waves are traveling up and down vs front to back.

    The carpeting was surprisingly easy if you keep the seams on the ends. It's just run of the mill automotive fabric from Wally World.
     
  16. Jan 20, 2011 at 9:17 PM
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    i have one 12 in mine i have a grill on it so i face it down right in the middle between the little seats in the back cause i still sit people back there every day but down firing lot louder and sounds better too
    im getting a fiberglass box made soon im gonna have two twelves im goin to bore out where the storage boxes are and put the 12s down there with the wood on the top so i can still sit people on top of it kno what im saying?
     
  17. Jan 20, 2011 at 10:11 PM
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    What kind of subs are you going to run?
     
  18. Jan 21, 2011 at 7:22 AM
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    okay thanks. I will have to flip my sub over one of these day and see how it sounds. If me likely, will have to change the box design I have been hashing out.
    Good info on the fabric. I will check out wallyworld
     
  19. May 9, 2011 at 12:01 PM
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    the arkitect

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    Got some more requests for dimensions so here ya go, hope this helps:

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    Click on the pictures to enlarge them and actually be able to see the dimensions.
     
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