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Scary- gonna build my own sub into console

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by mrburns05, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Oct 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM
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    I'm going to attempt to build my own box, cut into center console space, similar to the JL Audio stealthbox. Why? I can't afford a $500+ pre fabricated box. But I'm good with tools and such ;) I already have an amp wired and ready, and a 10" Arc Audio XXD sub and some neat material to cover it with, my biggest concern will be the rectangular-2- round transition where the sub will mount.

    My plan is to use 3-4 layers of wood cut nicely and stacked to form the transition (it will like similar to a transmission lol )

    Has anyone else attempted this? And/Or have any tips?
     
  2. Oct 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM
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    :popcorn: i want a sub as well but the ol stealth box takes to much room
     
  3. Oct 30, 2013 at 4:02 PM
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    Yea my main issue is keeping the rear seats/under seat storage accessible, which is why Im doing this.
     
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    i was thinking of a design a while back, mdf box formed for between the centre console and the rear bend right on the floor, put a screen protector and fabric coat it, would look ok?? lots of work though
     
  5. Oct 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM
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    This should be interesting. :popcorn: oh and can you give us a step by step picture guide to do this :D
     
  6. Oct 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM
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    I am using mdf, and the covering I have for it is really nice- the hard part will be forming the wood- I need a router and a jigsaw still but I think my parents have some I can borrow.

    I will definitely do a step by step.

    I'm going to prep the console by cutting out what needs to be removed then build a practice box out of drywall (same thickness as the wood) , once i get a proper fit I can then use the drywall pieces as templates for the wood.

    My amp is a bit too large to fit underseat because of a crossbar under there so I may also be grinding that bar down a little.
     
  7. Oct 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM
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    I'm going to attempt all this on Saturday while my wife is at school. So hopefully Saturday night if all goes well I can post pictures and such
     
  8. Oct 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM
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    Thanks man and good luck
     
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    I have the JL Stealth box install in my '13 TRD Sport Access cab..you do lose about 80% of your center consoles depth,,which accumulated a bunch -o-crap for me anyhow....Deep enuf tho to keep your .40cal. and other stuff without being cluttered...I absolutley lost ZERO underseat storage..bottom is same size as console bottome ,,I even kept my cup holders ...you will have to relocate your Inverter if you have one..mine went under passenger seat perfectly.....
    Perfect fitment for a pretty decent rear facing/down firing Sub...spend the money....Looks factory..you have to look for the sub to see it..Lotta' compliments...
     
  11. Oct 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM
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    If it doesn't work out, I will do fiberglass, I already have the wood so I'll attempt it first , thanks!
     
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    I'd love to spend the money. Problem is I'll never have it lol. I'm pretty good at DIY projects so if I don't get too impatient while building it this should turn out just as good. I don't have the inverter so no worries there. My console is also cluttered with junk, but It will be easy enough to clutter the glove box instead haha
     
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    i never thought of fiber glass do you just leave it hollow?
     
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    Check out my little sub box for a access cab in my build. It eliminates one of the storage areas under the rear driver side seat, but i still have full use of my back seats.
     
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    Yes. You add layers of fiberglass until you reach the desired thickness.

    I'm not a professional on anything but for a center council I would build a very thin (light weight) framed center council, stretch fleece material over it and tweak it until your happy with the lines. Cover the fleece with resin and then start adding layers of fiberglass. Its a long slow process but with it.
     
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    Alright. It's going well so far. I have the box assembled and the console cut. Working on the face where the sub will sit still. Almost done

    image.jpg
     
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    Nice, looking goos so far. But now my neck hurts.
     
  18. Nov 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM
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    Yea. I'm posting from iphone. Reversed the pic haha. I don't have a computer right now
     
  19. Nov 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM
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    Wow looks good! Make sure you seal you inner edges with silicone!
     
  20. Nov 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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    I got it all sealed. And covered. Sub installed, it's in the truck and hooked up, sounds great.
    Have not finished the trim. But here's what I got so far

    Sorry it's probably upside down again

    image.jpg
     
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