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Old 09-04-2000, 04:18 PM   #1
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Have a Nice Day? urethane ring around subs?

i remember a while back my subs came with this grey urethane strip that i assume should be used to put between your box and your sub to trap air leaks.. i never put them in.. is it important to have this?? i think i may have to go buy some new ones... since i lost them!
pls help thanx!
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Old 09-04-2000, 05:33 PM   #2
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It's not mandatory, but probably would help some. The idea is to seal the entire box, allowing no air gap. If you used some other sealant than you can probably toss it. If you used nothing and can feel air blowing out from the edges of the speaker, there is a leak. You can seal it with silicone or other common household sealants. You should take your speaker out, put the sealant down, and then put the speaker back in.

The end result is a little more oomph and better resonance.

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Old 09-05-2000, 11:30 AM   #3
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Isnt silicone the one you are not supposed to use? I think it can eat foam surrounds. I used latex for all the speaker boxes I have built becuase I read that silicone could damage faom surrounds.
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Old 09-05-2000, 01:15 PM   #4
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I suppose it could, but you aren't putting the silicone on the foam, rubber, polyurethane, or other materials that make up speakers now adays. Back in the day speakers were made from untreated paper and cheap rubber. Almost anything would damage those speakers.

The silicone should be applied between the bottom of the basket (metal) and the box. Any excess should be cleaned up, use a putty knife to properly clean it or a credit card.

It would probably be a bad idea to coat a speaker with any material, but I don't see any reason you should be doing such a thing in the first place.

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Old 09-05-2000, 02:17 PM   #5
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ggiles: what kind of silicon would i be looking at buyin for this?? and once the silicon is set down will it be impossible for me to remove the speaker without a lot of force??
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Old 09-05-2000, 08:32 PM   #6
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I had the oppertunity to buy a used 12" Lanzar really cheap. problem is it had a little puncture in the foam surround. So I used household silicon and it worked great. Sealed it right up and it still holds good.
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Old 09-05-2000, 09:33 PM   #7
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if the box is carpeted then there is not need for the sealer. by the way, it is the vapor that the silicon gives off awhen drying that breaks down the rubber, you are supposed to wait till it dries before mounting the woofers. but like ggiles said, i think that was before they started making woofers like they do nowadays.
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Old 09-06-2000, 06:12 PM   #8
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Guy'z...Guy'z....
1st off....If ya'll try n seal your subs with wet silicone, you will more-than-likely not be able to remove the sub from the box without dammaging the woof. Considering some do blow woofers now n then, using something like "strip calk" that can be bought at Home Depot is a "less perminant" way to go.
The stuff i'm talkin about should be found in a pluming section of any bigger "home" stores. It would be in a box and be mounted to wax paper for ease of use. Works great.
Zookie would work too for any installers out there you should know what i mean. The soft rubbery stuff alot of BAD installers use to hold on trim panels they just broke.

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Old 09-06-2000, 06:32 PM   #9
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thanx for the info guys.. i will go to home depot and buy the stuff!
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