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Old 08 Sep 2012, 04:52 pm
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Friday 8 oktober I started the build-in of my Mopar sub. Here's the report with pictures:

This is where the subwoofer will come:


First disconnect the positive connection on the car battery:


Take stuff apart:





To get a nice and smooth sidewall:


Next you 'll have to remove the box:


To remove the plastic welding points, I used a 10 mm drill.


Then you can tear off the box:



Next mount the grille:



Prepare the sub for assembly:



Put into place:



Meanwhile it got too dark to continue so I called it a night.
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Old 08 Sep 2012, 05:32 pm
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The next day, saturday 9 oktober:

It's not the build-in of the sub that's the most work, it's acually the cable that took the most work. But it was early (8 am) so I forgot to take pics of the preliminary actions.

The first thing I had to do was to remove all platic trim.
Next pull away the carpet en remove the radio. To get to the radio you first have to pull of the power-windows control, underneat it there's a screw that secures the central console. Once that screw is taken out you can tear off the central console en next take out the radio by taking the screws out on the 4 corners.



The cable that came in the package has to end behind the radio and that acually harder to do than one would assume. Once you get it there you 'll have to put the connector in the radio and put the connector that was in the radio in the male connector on the cable. As seen, sort of, on these pics:




That single, red, wire at the bottom left, is the possitive wire for the buil-in amplefier of the sub. You 'll have to wire this, one way or another, to the possitive wire of the sigaret lighter.

Then you 'll have to put back the radio and do this nice and easy, cause now there's a lot of extra cable in this small area. The cable is long, so there's some leftover:



But you 've got plenty of space onderneath the steering wheel to take care of the extra cable in a proper way:



Next you 'll have put everything together again:



Now there's the gain adjustment on the sub, wich is done with a small screw next to the connector:


Volumeregelaar = gain control

You just start a CD and adjust the sub according to your own taste. I have chozen to adjust gain to the max possible, almost at distortion level. I am still able to turn up my BASS control to the max without distorting the sub. But it's also possible to turn the sub down by turning the fader more to front, since the sub uses the same signal as the rear speakers.

Once you're satisfied with the sound you can put back all plastic trim and end up with a nicely build-in OEM sub:




Beautiful, no ? No loss of cargo area

Now the most important, the sound !

I allready considered the overal stock sound in my PT as exceptionally well, so this sub has to be real good and add something before I was going to be happy with it. Now I only payed $115 for it, shipped to Belgium, but an 8" woofer is rather small. Certainly in a closed enclosure !

The main difference is that with the sub, the sound got more mature. Allthough the sub sounds rather subtile, you can clearly hear it, even at low volume. The bass response is obviously much deeper with the sub, but it's never too much. The sound is nice and ballanced !

It's certainly worth the $115 I payed for it
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Old 08 Sep 2012, 06:07 pm
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One of the best DIY post I have seen so far. I have something to guide my instal now of mine.


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Old 08 Sep 2012, 08:21 pm
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Nice write up!
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Old 09 Sep 2012, 03:54 am
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One of the best DIY post I have seen so far. I have something to guide my instal now of mine.


You still didn 't do it ?
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Old 09 Sep 2012, 06:28 am
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Verry nice explanation,good job man!
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Old 10 Sep 2012, 01:55 pm
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To the likers: thank you ! It's nice to be appreciated cause it's timeconsuming taking pictures all the time...

But if only one person is helped by this tread it was allready worth it
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Good job!

Glad you like the sound. I thought it would satisfy me but it didn't . I replaced the mopar sub with a 8 inch kicker.
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Old 10 Sep 2012, 02:56 pm
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When I installed mine I took the advice someone gave on here and ran the wiring from the stereo back. That way all the excess wire is in the back where there is plenty of room to coil it up and zip tie it off.
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You still didn 't do it ?
I have that and these to do....I am a big time procrastinator.
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