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Old 03-13-2004, 04:36 PM   #1
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Forester Pic of my 8" sub in the FXT sub location

I know there were a few people who were curious about how this went, looked and sounded. So here's a quick run down of how it's done.

1. Take off out the styrofoam floor base in the trunk, it'll allow easier access to some panel pieces.

2. Take off the top part of the seat belt, there's a small cover on it, under is a 14mm bolt.

3. Pull off the piece of panel cover the strut top. You'll need to open the rear drivers side door.

4. Take off top half of window trim. There are 3 screws, one near the rear gate, one under the side hook / clip thingy, one under the draw-back clips. Other then that, there's a few clips on the rear.

5. Next, take off the upolstered panel by removing the 3 clips on top, one on the back by the lift gate and rear tie-down, one near the rear wheel arch and another under the front tie-down.

6. Remove the 4 screws holding in the "sub", next you'll see the wires going down into the panelling. Use a screwdriver to push in the clips that are holding the wires down and disconnect the wiring harness.

7. Use a piece of cardboard or manila to make up a template for the sub spacer.

8. Trace your template onto a 5/16" piece of MDF, cut it out and cut out a 7.5" diameter hole in the wood to accomodate the 8" subwoofer.

9. Drill some pilot holes in the MDF to accomodate some self-tapping screws in order to affix it to the metal panel in the car.

10. (This is optional) In order to make this a sealed enclosure, plug up the top portion of the inside of the sub enclosure with a piece of flexible styrofoam, then using an expandable spray foam, spray it into the holes on top of the enclosure, making sure to fill it fairly well. After it expands and dries, pull out the piece of flexible styrofoam and thencut away any pieces of spray foam that may be sticking out of panel pieces.

11. On the back side of the MDF spacer, run a thick bead of silicone caulk in order to seal up any free air space.

12. Place the MDF against the metal and affix it with your self-tapping screws.

13. Run your wires through the sub hole and hook up the speaker (duh)

14. Screw the sub into place, then put all the panel piece back together.

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Old 03-13-2004, 08:57 PM   #2
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Smile Swweeeet.

Really nice job.
Are you powering it off the stock radio or using a separate amp?
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Old 03-14-2004, 08:18 AM   #3
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Nice stealthy install
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Old 03-14-2004, 01:27 PM   #4
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How does it sound compared to stock? Have you noticed any rattles yet?
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Old 03-14-2004, 03:28 PM   #5
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No rattles AT ALL!!!

I had it hooked up to a 200 watt amp and it sounded pretty good but I had it ghetto rigged, so it's at stock until I feel like going out and buying the right parts

It honestly still sounds great on the stock power, but I'd prefer to have it on the amp because its minimum wattage is 18 watts and I don't know what the stock amp is putting out.

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Old 03-14-2004, 10:08 PM   #6
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No rattles AT ALL!!!

I had it hooked up to a 200 watt amp and it sounded pretty good but I had it ghetto rigged, so it's at stock until I feel like going out and buying the right parts

It honestly still sounds great on the stock power, but I'd prefer to have it on the amp because its minimum wattage is 18 watts and I don't know what the stock amp is putting out.

Bry.
very clean and quality install... nothing like good sounds when you want it... congrats and enjoy ...
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Old 03-14-2004, 11:50 PM   #7
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Looks nice! Any photos after everything is back together?
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Old 03-15-2004, 12:05 AM   #8
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It looks just like it did stock, just a little bit of the blue speaker showing through
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Old 04-10-2004, 03:44 PM   #9
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Default Nice Job!

I have been trying for months to get info as to what the stock woofer was and what the options were. I have the front and rear doors all decked out with MB Quart separates and a nice 4X50 amp but need to do something with the woofer. Can you estimate the volume present that the woofer has to work with? Was it a totally sealed enclosure when you got done? How much space was there behind the driver?What criteria did you use for selecting the woofer. I have been looking at an 8" solobaric to drop in there but I am unsure as they seem pretty inefficient.

Do you have your paper template left over to send to me?



Very nice!
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Old 04-11-2004, 02:05 PM   #10
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I don't have a template, but honestly, its a REALLY easy shape to make.

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Old 04-12-2004, 09:36 AM   #11
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CLASS INSTALL !!!

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Old 04-13-2004, 11:18 AM   #12
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Simon,
I'm running an old 8 inch solobaric in another car. They are pretty power hungry. I'll probably try this speaker in the Forester. Parts Express makes some good, cheap speakers.

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Old 04-19-2004, 07:37 AM   #13
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Yes, the solobarics looks very inefficient. I am going to try a KENWOOD KFC-W2005, it looks very efficient and is the same price as what you are looking at. Hopefully I can get satisfactory performance from the factory amp but I won't hesitate to put in more juice if needed.
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Old 04-21-2004, 03:26 PM   #14
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Unfortunately there really is no magical sub. For that small of a sealed enclosure you will most likely need an amp. And there's not enough volume for a proper ported sub enclosure. I'd take the Dayton over a Kenwood truthfully. Kenwood certainly isn't known for their speakers.

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Old 04-21-2004, 03:47 PM   #15
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I'm happy with my $20 Pyramid off e-bay
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Old 04-22-2004, 03:06 PM   #16
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I'm happy with my $20 Pyramid off e-bay
And that's what counts!

I've spent so much money on car audio in my life that I'll probably live with the stock stuff in the XT. Though I could probably piece together a nice system with the odds and ends in my garage.

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Old 04-22-2004, 03:10 PM   #17
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And that's what counts!

I've spent so much money on car audio in my life that I'll probably live with the stock stuff in the XT. Though I could probably piece together a nice system with the odds and ends in my garage.

Frank
Ya me too, I told myself I'd leave the sound system stock.. oh well, I'm gonna get a set of components to replace the fronts.
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Old 04-22-2004, 03:27 PM   #18
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Ya me too, I told myself I'd leave the sound system stock.. oh well, I'm gonna get a set of components to replace the fronts.
That's how it starts, you know! Then an amp, then the LCD in the dash. Then the car pc. Then the divorce. No wait, that's me.

I'm having a hard enough time hiding performance mods from the wife!

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Old 06-13-2004, 09:30 AM   #19
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Completed this install yesterday. all went smoothly except for a broken clip. Also had to bang out the metal a little bit to make room for the basket of the woofer. 8" driver is pushing it to say the least. Moderate improvement over stock, I am sure that I should get an external amp, seemed kind of difficult to insure an air tight seal. Volume behind the driver is really quite large. What is in there is such a joke I don't know why they even bothered.
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Old 06-14-2004, 06:35 AM   #20
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I'd certainly get an external amp for the 8 incher.

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Old 06-14-2004, 06:56 AM   #21
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Default 8" and external amp

I am running off the stock head unit right now. i have the speaker wired for 2 ohms, i figured that would help some. i am not using the other channels of the amp so hopefully it won't blow up. i don't realy want to mess with an external amp cause then i will need to buy another amp/speaker level adapter. At $40 a whack I could have replaced the head unit.

Still, it is an improvement.
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Old 08-27-2005, 09:12 PM   #22
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so does anyone know the actual depth of the stock enclosure by any chance?
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