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DIY Subwoofer thread


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Ok guys here I go. I am going to be installing over the next 3 weeks an Infinity Basslink 10' subwoofer, and a Kenwood CD HD radio head unit.

For those of you who don't know about that sub, it takes up about 1 cubic foot and is already powered.

My first question is were can a get 2 or 3 yards of black carpeting, to wrap the false floor I am putting in the passanager footwell.

I will be adding pics of the process and adding a Kenwood head unit at the same time.

The sub box is made out of MDF and has a slight angle to it to make it look OEM. Now I just need carpet matching to give it a stock/seamless look.

Any hints, tips and ideas I would to hear it. Keep an eye out on this thread for updates!

Thanks everybody

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I suggest you go to an auto upholstery shop, as I did when I built a false bottom for the front trunk of my Carrera (to cover the 740 watt Boston 5 channel amp). They ended up gluing the carpet to the platform I had built (using a special heat-tolerant glue for carpet and fabric installations) and you would be hard pressed to see the difference in the carpets.

A good shop (specializing in auto interior restorations) would have access to a wide range of carpet colors for matching purposes. Good luck!

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Keep us posted!

- Standard Black carpeting easy to order at partsexpress (as well as tons of speaker items).

This is not factory style carpeting.

- OEM style carpeting: Indeed, as indicated above. A local car and boat upholstery shop had a catalog of German factory replacement carpet, and they had the exact match for my 98 Boxster Red, $88 for 3'x6' piece.

-I am considering doing a footwell sub too, rather than buying one from Jamey at Rawlings Audio in LA ($600-$800, 8", custom molded, ready to bolt in, with factory carpet.) Only because I enjoy it as a hobby, otherwise I would buy ready made, as if I go fiberglass custom mold, it will take me 15-20 hours of work, and stil cost about $300 (parts, driver and carpet).

The sub aspect of Boxsters is an important topic, hopefully this thread will help everyone with knowing what the various options and costs are.

Tony

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What Kenwood deck are you putting in? Im planning on buying a new head unit this weekend. Kenwood has always been a friend to me in all my cars so far... except the Merisati. (87 Maserati Bi-turbo - loved to hate that car...) Anyway... Im looking at different Alpines this time around, and a couple of kenwoods, Im curious to know which ones you loked at and eventually decided on.

Sean and his 00 Boxster

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What Kenwood deck are you putting in? Im planning on buying a new head unit this weekend. Kenwood has always been a friend to me in all my cars so far... except the Merisati. (87 Maserati Bi-turbo - loved to hate that car...) Anyway... Im looking at different Alpines this time around, and a couple of kenwoods, Im curious to know which ones you loked at and eventually decided on.

Sean and his 00 Boxster

I choose the Kenwood KDC-MP4032 because I can plug my mp3 player into it, it has a sub out and a great signal to noise ratio, lastly if I want Sat. Radio I can do that to.

I have had JVC's, Alpines, you name it, and Kenwoods have always been good to me.

Lastly, Alpine tends to be a bit deep, and as we all know space is limted.

Here is an update I am attempting to install the sub volume control to the cig ligter, I'll let you know how that works out! Pics to come soon.

:lol:

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What Kenwood deck are you putting in? Im planning on buying a new head unit this weekend. Kenwood has always been a friend to me in all my cars so far... except the Merisati. (87 Maserati Bi-turbo - loved to hate that car...) Anyway... Im looking at different Alpines this time around, and a couple of kenwoods, Im curious to know which ones you loked at and eventually decided on.

Sean and his 00 Boxster

I choose the Kenwood KDC-MP4032 because I can plug my mp3 player into it, it has a sub out and a great signal to noise ratio, lastly if I want Sat. Radio I can do that to.

I have had JVC's, Alpines, you name it, and Kenwoods have always been good to me.

Lastly, Alpine tends to be a bit deep, and as we all know space is limted.

Here is an update I am attempting to install the sub volume control to the cig ligter, I'll let you know how that works out! Pics to come soon.

:lol:

Ok, So I hit my first snag. I bought the Infinity Basslink 10" sub, with a built in amp; "they" say it's takes up 1 cubic foot. My thought was to put it deep into the passanger footwell. Then build a false floor around it. I was very wrong. It did not come close to fitting! :censored:

So now at a crossroads, I can either put in Focal subs ( very shallow) in the storage box or just buy the Kenwood Slim sub woofer and throw it behind the passanager seat. I have seen that done before.

Any thoughts?

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What Kenwood deck are you putting in? Im planning on buying a new head unit this weekend. Kenwood has always been a friend to me in all my cars so far... except the Merisati. (87 Maserati Bi-turbo - loved to hate that car...) Anyway... Im looking at different Alpines this time around, and a couple of kenwoods, Im curious to know which ones you loked at and eventually decided on.

Sean and his 00 Boxster

I choose the Kenwood KDC-MP4032 because I can plug my mp3 player into it, it has a sub out and a great signal to noise ratio, lastly if I want Sat. Radio I can do that to.

I have had JVC's, Alpines, you name it, and Kenwoods have always been good to me.

Lastly, Alpine tends to be a bit deep, and as we all know space is limted.

Here is an update I am attempting to install the sub volume control to the cig ligter, I'll let you know how that works out! Pics to come soon.

:lol:

Ok, So I hit my first snag. I bought the Infinity Basslink 10" sub, with a built in amp; "they" say it's takes up 1 cubic foot. My thought was to put it deep into the passanger footwell. Then build a false floor around it. I was very wrong. It did not come close to fitting! :censored:

So now at a crossroads, I can either put in Focal subs ( very shallow) in the storage box or just buy the Kenwood Slim sub woofer and throw it behind the passanager seat. I have seen that done before.

Any thoughts?

Yupp - I had a basslink in my lotus, passenger footwell, didnt fit. Use the Sub and amp, but custom a box for it, make sure you have 1cu foot of airspace behind it. The box doesnt need to be square so get funky with it. I know this sounds silly, but get a card borad box and shove it in the foot well to make what you think looks ok, measure it out, calculate the free space. 1cu foot is NOT alot of air space, thats why the basslink works so well.

OR

Return that thing, buy an 10" free air sub, make a plaque for it, shove it in, make nice with carpet.

OR

This is not tried and tested, i have to look at my car to see if it feesible... 2x8" woofers in the center consol. Stop laughing... in my Camaro before I got smart I used to try STUPID things, I put the 2 tiny woofers (you could probably use a 6 1/2 round even) on the inside of the foot well, magnets in the center consol - behind everything. Now we dont have alot of room in our cars, and as i said, i havent looked to see if it possible, but Id check that out too... not going to give the same bass as the basslink or anyother 10"er but with the top down your not going to feel much either....

Hope this helps, or at least got a good laugh out of my youth and dumb ideas

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OK So Ive hit my snag too... Bought the kenwood MP532U w/Ipod adapter... Its not a HD radio, its HD radio ready. Now i need to spend another 200 on the tuner, whoops i missed that one!

Oh man! That burns. I am doing a lot of work on the car tommorrow. I am purring in the mesh grills in the front and painting the brakes red. I also going to see how much I can get done on the subwofer

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OK So Ive hit my snag too... Bought the kenwood MP532U w/Ipod adapter... Its not a HD radio, its HD radio ready. Now i need to spend another 200 on the tuner, whoops i missed that one!

Oh man! That burns. I am doing a lot of work on the car tommorrow. I am purring in the mesh grills in the front and painting the brakes red. I also going to see how much I can get done on the subwofer

Im curious to see what you do with the sub - im not that much into bass anymore, but I just may do it anyway, cause ive always had it! good luck this weekend!

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