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Factory Sub Replacement/Modification

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by rkdiddy, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. Oct 7, 2008 at 4:20 PM
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    rkdiddy

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    Well last weekend I decided it was time to upgrade my factory JBL sub. My goal was to retain the factory look while boosting the performance.

    I did a lot of searching around, but I hadn't come upon anyone that utilized the factory enclosure. So I decided I would try it. I pulled the factory box out and removed the stock sub. Interesting note - it is a dual voice coil sub. I then measured the depth of the box. After doing some research I purchased a 8" JL Audio sub.

    While I had the seats and cubbies removed, I decided to Dynamat the back wall.

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    Then I applied Dynamat to the stock enclosure, sealed the old speaker screw holes and trimmed a little of the inside of the box (to allow the JL sub to fit).

    Next, I mounted the JL sub into the box and reinstalled it into the truck. After driving around for a week I was disappointed with the sound output. The factory JBL amp just didn't have enough power to run the new sub. A little discouraged, I remembered I had a Soundstream "Little Wonder" amp in storage.

    I hooked up the Little Wonder and WOW it made a HUGE difference! I was never looking for huge bass, just enough to fill out the highs and mids. This sub definitely delivers!

    Cheers! :thumbsup:

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  2. Oct 7, 2008 at 4:22 PM
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    SocalMan22

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    Looks good man! your pics are huge. Can go wrong with JL
     
  3. Oct 7, 2008 at 4:27 PM
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    Did you get a W0?
     
  4. Oct 7, 2008 at 5:14 PM
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    ^ Sorry about that. I just made the pictures smaller.

    It is a JL Audio 8W1v2-4. When I purchased it I wasn't intending to run an aftermarket amp, so I went with something with a smaller mounting depth.

    I'm use to having 10" or 12" subs, so there is definitely a difference. However, I'm quite impressed on how great it sounds.

    I'm just happy my "Little Wonder" is holding strong. I've had that amp for at least 7 years.
     
  5. Oct 7, 2008 at 7:34 PM
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    atsaubrey

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    Cant go wrong with the old skool SoundStream stuff. :) Wouldn't touch the new stuff though
     
  6. Oct 23, 2008 at 9:11 PM
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    +1 on the little wonder... great old amp
     
  7. Apr 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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    TRD Toy85

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    Nice job, what are the specs on the sub?

    From the research ive done the oem jbl amp is 50 ohm rms at 2 ohm correct ?

    Im thinking of doing the same but really dont want to add a amp. I just want more clarity not looking for more bass.
     
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