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Sub install help!

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by pingoflamingo, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. Oct 17, 2020 at 8:54 PM
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    pingoflamingo

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    Hello!! I have a first gen xtracab tacoma and have a full audio set up. All I’m missing is some badass subs.

    I was doing some research and saw some work I would like to replicate but unfortunately I have no idea how to do so.

    the picture I saw was that he had turned the passenger rear seat storage compartment into an 8” sub housing .

    That part I’m struggling with is how they filled the compartment with mdf. Plz help!!!!

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  2. Oct 18, 2020 at 3:40 AM
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    It’s probably lined with fiberglass.
     
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    Agreed. Almost certainly a fiberglass enclosure.

    If you’ve never worked with fiberglass, start doing your search and decide if that’s a rabbit hole you want to go down.
     
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    Yeah, that's not gonna be easy.
     
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    It depends. I have car audio friends that’ll punch out fiberglass enclosures like it’s nothing but hate MDF. I’m a woodworker, that’s what I learned, so fiberglass isn’t my go to. Just depends.

    But, in that application, it’s fiberglass or nothing.
     
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    It would be a lot easier if you could build it outside the truck and toss it in, but it doesn't seem possible in this space. Seems like you'd need to build it in place. That is what I'd expect to be challenging.
     
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    What I’ve seen done is lining the space with two layers of painters tape, use an old fleece and resin to rough out the shape. Once it cures you pull it out, and add additional layers of mat and resin to the inside to your desired thickness.

    But, that first layer has to be done in place. And it the resin cures to anything but that sacrificial layer of painters tape good luck getting it back out.

    Once you have your fiberglass layer done a front baffle of MDF is usually adhered.
     
  8. Oct 18, 2020 at 8:06 AM
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    Actually the guy said he lined it wit mdf!

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  9. Oct 18, 2020 at 9:24 AM
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    I guess that could work, but the enclosure needs to be pretty close to airtight. The MDF would have to be bonded to the sheet metal in order to accomplish that, a friction fit wouldn’t be sufficient without some sort of gasket and even then, I think people underestimate how much pressure a subwoofer can generate inside a sealed enclosure.
     
  10. Oct 18, 2020 at 12:10 PM
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    I built an enclosure like that for my first gen years ago, you have to disassemble the rear area so you can pull off the metal shelf. Make a frame that fits underneath the metal shelf, once it fits, i used fleece and fiberglass to contour the floor.

    Lots of test fitting and back and forth between the bench and the truck, but once you find fitment, its a few layers of fiberglass.

    edit: not the greatest photos but hopefully this gives you an idea

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  11. Oct 18, 2020 at 12:56 PM
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    You can do it with a small amount of fiberglass and mostly MDF.

    You need to cut each panel to a size that fits in the hole. You will pretty much be building the enclosure inside of the cavity. Since you wont be able to get perfect lines or perfect seals you will then use the fiberglass inside to seal up the enclosure. Just remember once you build it in there, its going to take a more work to remove it than it took to put it in.


    I made the same enclosure for my 92 pickup many years ago. Thats how I did mine.
     
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