I ended up going to a car audio meet this past weekend, and it has given me the bug to expand.
I started work on the trunk last night...
First, the setup you see here is really just a proof of concept. I was hoping that I could just use MDF for the subwoofer enclosure and build around that...but I am just losing too much airspace under the enclosure. It ends up making the floor higher than I want and I don't like being inefficient with space. It looks like I am going to have to learn how to make a fiberglass enclosure after all. This will, however, give me a chance to test the staging in the car before diving head first into the deep end, so it isn't a complete waste of time.
Let me start by saying that this is not the prettiest box I have ever made. I am almost embarrassed to post pictures of it. I think after my brain went "this is not the final product" quality took a hike. That said, there are four things this box does do.
- It fits perfectly.
- It is exactly .8 cubic feet
- It is sealed without any leaks
- It uses the factory spare tire mount to secure it to the floor which I kind of thought was cool.
I ended up using more duct sealant around the mount and now the driver is almost impossible to push in the box is sealed so well.
Here is my new JL Audio 13TW5v2-4 in the enclosure.
I have always wanted a hatch with an upward firing sub ever since a friend of mine had a Civic with that setup back in the 90's.