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Old 09-29-12, 06:08 PM   #1
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Now that free air subs are so much harder to find does anyone have experience with the shallow mount subs? I was thinking of building a small box where the stock changer goes. I wonder how it I'll sound.

I tried putting the shallow mount n the stock spot but it is a pita to make fit. I've made a custom mounting bracket but the speaker lid doesn't fit. I heard the gas tank dampens the sound too much.

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The speaker lid won't fit anymore, I can attest to that. I mounted mine inside the old subwoofer, tore out the guts and used the chassis as a mounting bracket. The gas tank doesn't dampen as much as you would think, you can adjust your amp to get around that. I don't have a problem with the sound it produces, it's quite clean and definitely punchy. Doesn't produce any rattles anywhere
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Which sub did u use?
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x2 on that. My speakers are a bit outdated and and looking for something new
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I've been using a Kicker C10 in the factory location and it sounds nice. Nice and punchy. Just need to lay down a bit more sound deadening. Oh, and the speaker cover fits just fine.
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The speaker lid won't fit anymore, I can attest to that. I mounted mine inside the old subwoofer, tore out the guts and used the chassis as a mounting bracket. The gas tank doesn't dampen as much as you would think, you can adjust your amp to get around that. I don't have a problem with the sound it produces, it's quite clean and definitely punchy. Doesn't produce any rattles anywhere
Yup this is what I did as well which was a major pita to get the 12" sub to fit properly but I got it!
As far as sound I do not yet have an amp to report on sound quality yet but I am just looking for something to give it a bit more punch with the new speakers all around

I did get the stock speaker lid to fit as well!
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JL Audio 10WXv2-4
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JL audio. X2 on 10W1V2-4 great quality subwoofer!!! . It's free air compatible and sounds awesome in the rear deck of our cars and fits perfect too
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That is exactly how I did mine but I used a mb quart shallow mount which was not needed I see, About how much does that sub run?
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If you are crafty you can get the cover back on with the 10" subs. I am using the kicker also.
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But how much does the sub bump?
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Any more than 200 watts rms on the 10WX's voids the warranty
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Any more than 200 watts rms on the 10WX's voids the warranty
I just finished up my install with the 10in pioneer shallow mount. I didn't reuse anything from the stock setup. It was a pita since the shallow mount was wider and I had to enlarge the opening. 10 Dremel wheels later the whole was perfect. I went toa stereo shop and asked them to cut me ring to fit and a 11x11 square with the 10 in hole. I shaved and shape that down to stock size. Then screwed the ring and speaker down. I installed my alpine amp where stock sub would be.

Very happy. It hits pretty hard. Not as tight as a sealed box but still very good. Wouldn't hesitate to use again. I just place the grill on top of the sub and no movement yet.

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