Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > LS Models > LS430
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

Cheap repair for rear center subwoofer

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-22-10, 08:31 AM   #16
Jabberwock
Moderator
Trader Score: (0)
 
Jabberwock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,683
Default

I think you could get it refoamed and re-coned (only if necessary) for significantly less that $369.
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
__________________
2006 LS 430 Black Cherry w/cashmere interior. Premium Package. Lexus OEM power-point storage kit to replace console ashtray, Rear Sports option sway bar, Soundgate TOYPD2 Ipod adapter.
2007 Toyota Highlander Limited
2011 Mazda3
Jabberwock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-10, 10:21 AM   #17
Bocatrip
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Fl
Posts: 1,079
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jabberwock View Post
I think you could get it refoamed and re-coned (only if necessary) for significantly less that $369.
My audio guy seems to feel that the rattle I'm getting might be the cone itself and that refoaming might not work. He looked at it carefully with the base on and seems to think that the cone is weak. It is completely discolored and by taking out the seats and refoaming to find out it's still rattling is a waste of time. The silicone should have eliminated all the buzzing and rattling if the rest of the speaker was working. It has improved after the silicone, but it's still making noise with certain songs. Unfortunately, I am not able to find anyone who can recone this speaker. I wish the people selling the speakers were more reasonable!
__________________
Currently Own:
2001 Lexus LS430 Millenium Silver/Nav/ML
2010 Jaguar XK Coupe Liquid Silver
2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe - purchased new. (sold)

Last edited by Bocatrip; 06-22-10 at 10:26 AM..
Bocatrip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-10, 12:28 PM   #18
ejthomp
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: WA
Posts: 81
Default

Cheapest repair available.....

Disconnect it and forget it is there. No buzzing.....

That's what I'd do until I figured out a less expensive speaker to install.
ejthomp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-10, 03:45 PM   #19
Jabberwock
Moderator
Trader Score: (0)
 
Jabberwock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,683
Default

My bad thought it was 16 ohm speaker - its actually 12 ohm - very hard to find
__________________
2006 LS 430 Black Cherry w/cashmere interior. Premium Package. Lexus OEM power-point storage kit to replace console ashtray, Rear Sports option sway bar, Soundgate TOYPD2 Ipod adapter.
2007 Toyota Highlander Limited
2011 Mazda3

Last edited by Jabberwock; 06-22-10 at 04:10 PM..
Jabberwock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-10, 04:18 PM   #20
Jabberwock
Moderator
Trader Score: (0)
 
Jabberwock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,683
Default

Here is an 8" 12 ohm speaker

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=299-067
__________________
2006 LS 430 Black Cherry w/cashmere interior. Premium Package. Lexus OEM power-point storage kit to replace console ashtray, Rear Sports option sway bar, Soundgate TOYPD2 Ipod adapter.
2007 Toyota Highlander Limited
2011 Mazda3
Jabberwock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-10, 04:39 PM   #21
Bocatrip
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Fl
Posts: 1,079
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jabberwock View Post
Good find......Thanks......I'd like to see anyone who has used this application to tell us it works without frying the amp. The price is right at $14! That's all the ML Subwoofer is worth!
__________________
Currently Own:
2001 Lexus LS430 Millenium Silver/Nav/ML
2010 Jaguar XK Coupe Liquid Silver
2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe - purchased new. (sold)
Bocatrip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-10, 08:03 PM   #22
Jabberwock
Moderator
Trader Score: (0)
 
Jabberwock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,683
Default

Its a 12 ohm 40 watt rms speaker - it will be absolutely fine with the stock amp. I would say its likely same or better quality than the ML speaker that comes stock. The only thing to call and check is to ask the seller to measure mounting hole distances to see it it will fit existing mounting bracket. 8" speakers all have different frame sizes that can vary from 7.25 to 8.25 inches. Unfortunately speakers are far from universal fits in cars.

UL owners beware its 4 1/8 inch deep - I think ULs only have 4 inch clearance for the speaker because of the icebox or refrigerator or ultra-violet death ray machine in the back center trunk.

I think I will order one as insurance just in case my speaker ever goes out - even though I almost never listen to music or radio in my car unless we are on a road trip.
__________________
2006 LS 430 Black Cherry w/cashmere interior. Premium Package. Lexus OEM power-point storage kit to replace console ashtray, Rear Sports option sway bar, Soundgate TOYPD2 Ipod adapter.
2007 Toyota Highlander Limited
2011 Mazda3

Last edited by Jabberwock; 06-22-10 at 08:13 PM..
Jabberwock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-10, 07:38 AM   #23
caspkr
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: nc
Posts: 1
Default re: cheap subwoofer repair

To answer the recent post about cheap subwoofer repair in a lexus. My family has owned a speaker repair shop for over 40 yrs, we have been fixing problems with for a long time. This idea may seam to work for a short period of time, but can ultimately damage the speaker further, forcing you to go to lexus and purchase a new sub for several hundred dollars. Any of the speakers in your vehicle can be edge repaired much cheaper. we only charge $50 for the sub and $35 for door speakers. If you are local to raleigh north carolina you can bring it to us if not we can ship and fix. hot glue will not allow the speaker to move properly.
email if u have further questions
aaronlovelace@sprint.blackberry.net
caspkr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-10, 08:58 AM   #24
Bocatrip
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Fl
Posts: 1,079
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by caspkr View Post
To answer the recent post about cheap subwoofer repair in a lexus. My family has owned a speaker repair shop for over 40 yrs, we have been fixing problems with for a long time. This idea may seam to work for a short period of time, but can ultimately damage the speaker further, forcing you to go to lexus and purchase a new sub for several hundred dollars. Any of the speakers in your vehicle can be edge repaired much cheaper. we only charge $50 for the sub and $35 for door speakers. If you are local to raleigh north carolina you can bring it to us if not we can ship and fix. hot glue will not allow the speaker to move properly.
email if u have further questions
aaronlovelace@sprint.blackberry.net
You are correct about the cheap fix not being a permanent one. It is also true about glue or silicone restricting the movement of the speaker. Refoaming is the way to go, and other than removing the seat is not very expensive.
__________________
Currently Own:
2001 Lexus LS430 Millenium Silver/Nav/ML
2010 Jaguar XK Coupe Liquid Silver
2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe - purchased new. (sold)
Bocatrip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-10, 06:22 AM   #25
ES300_NJ
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 67
Default

Would you know if this prying method will work for a 2002 ES300 subwoofer grill?
Thanks
ES300_NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-10, 07:23 AM   #26
94LSon20
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
94LSon20's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: FL
Posts: 162
Default

Check out the subwoofer replacement thread under FAQ
94LSon20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-10, 09:11 AM   #27
ES300_NJ
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 67
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 94LSon20 View Post
Check out the subwoofer replacement thread under FAQ
Where exactly is that? I looked under FAQs and found no Subwoofer replacement thread
ES300_NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-10, 02:27 PM   #28
Bocatrip
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Fl
Posts: 1,079
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ES300_NJ View Post
Where exactly is that? I looked under FAQs and found no Subwoofer replacement thread
If it is similar to the LS430, I just used a nail remover found on the end of a basic hammer and pried it up. It was very easy.
__________________
Currently Own:
2001 Lexus LS430 Millenium Silver/Nav/ML
2010 Jaguar XK Coupe Liquid Silver
2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe - purchased new. (sold)
Bocatrip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-10, 07:13 PM   #29
BT3100
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: PA
Posts: 96
Default

I used the silcone method yesterday (sub sounded awful) and today it sounds great!!!
May not last long but for now she is good......

Last edited by BT3100; 09-25-10 at 07:20 PM..
BT3100 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-10, 08:20 PM   #30
Bocatrip
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Fl
Posts: 1,079
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BT3100 View Post
I used the silcone method yesterday (sub sounded awful) and today it sounds great!!!
May not last long but for now she is good......
I too went the silicone route and there was definitely an improvement, though over time I had to redo it as the florida heat and sun separated the slicone from the cone. What I don't like about this fix is that is restricts the natural movement of the cone and if the volume is pushed too high this restriction could actually the damage the speaker more seriously and replacement might be necessary. I decided to have my tech come by and remove and refoam the speaker. It took a few hours, but the results are the speaker sounds like a new one and it saved me hundreds of dollars compared to having to replace the speaker. This week I'm getting aftermarket front door speakers to replace the crap that's in there now. The weakest link in the LS430's reliability is the audio system.
__________________
Currently Own:
2001 Lexus LS430 Millenium Silver/Nav/ML
2010 Jaguar XK Coupe Liquid Silver
2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe - purchased new. (sold)
Bocatrip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-10, 08:20 PM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mark Levinson Subwoofer FIX jkcali2ooo ES300 and ES330 6 10-23-14 02:55 PM
Blown IS350 ML subwoofer repaired IS350HEMS IS - Second Generation 7 10-14-14 04:01 AM
01 Door Speaker Grille Removal RushNatU LS430 4 03-11-14 04:24 AM
DIY: How to Make the Stock Grill Fit Over an Aftermarket Sub in your SC400 rebel109 SC 400/300 4 02-08-13 10:33 PM
2002 SC430 Door Speakers Harley558 SC 430 4 05-04-10 10:34 PM


Tags
2001, 430, back, fix, levinson, lexus, ls, ls430, mark, remove, scenter, silicone, speaker, subwoofer, woofer

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:28 AM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info