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Gen2 - Simple - Sound System Upgrade

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    1. Spudhut

      Spudhut US Navy Submariner Elite Explorer

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      When got my Gen2 Sport, it did not have much of a sound system in it. Having installed many large scale sounds systems in my cars/trucks over the years, I didn't want to spend much and was willing to risk a little buying some cheaper brand that i was not familiar with.

      I didn't want some bulky wooden box in the back of my Sport, so I chose to use the later factory speaker box that houses the 8" woofer. My Sport must of had been basic and had the pocket where the sub woofer box would normally fit.

      List of what I purchased:
      -I found a nice box and speaker cover at my local JY. - $9
      -8" Planet Audio - Subwoofer ($26) - fit the air space requirements of the box. I added a small bit of white factory foam stuffing in the shallow portion to help 'tune' it in. 8" Subwoofer
      -1500 watt Amplifier - Mono Block ($55) - Amplifier
      -Sound Storm SX310 Electronic Crossover ($33) - Cross Over
      -Dual Electronics Head Unit - Bluetooth ($30 - @Oreillys) - Head Unit
      (I did get the 2year $3 protection plan on electronics 'just in case' :) )

      I used the Dual Head unit because I like to use the music on my iPhone. The bluetooth capability is nice, it always links up with my phone when I start the car. The phone feature is nice and works well too. This head unit is very basic, it does not have many audio controls; thus the reason for getting the electronic crossover. The crossover helps split signals for the subwoofer so you dont get alot of unwanted sounds going through that could harm the speaker.

      You have to read the spec's of the speaker. It fits well in air space requirements and it performs and sounds surprisingly well. It hits some real lows and punches well. I wish I could put up a good audio clip to show.

      The only modification to the box I had to make was take a 2" hole saw and drill out the hump on the back side and I epoxy'd a small aluminum disk to fill the hole in its place. I needed 1/4" more room for the speaker to fit.

      I was very skeptic when I made this purchase but knew if I kept all the wattage in its respective parameters, performance should be good. I understand the Amp and speaker are likely not rated at what they represent - either way, even at low volume settings, this thing packs a good clean punch and bass tone.

      I pulled the factory head unit out and fabricated the single Din unit and cover plate above to fill the hole. I added a gain knob above the radio for quick control when I needed it.

      As for the Amp and crossover, I didn't want to screw them to the back of the rear seat so I fabricated an aluminum bracket to sit in the inset that would normally hold the speaker cover in place an put the amp/crossover over the amp hole. Needless to say, I still have access to all the space in the back and I can put my seat up and down with no issues.

      Hope this helps someone, I would recommend these products to anyone on a budget and looking to enhance their audio system a many steps above stock!

      I will be doing this same mod in my other 97' V8 4-door XLT.

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      Amps and crossover: I know the rca's are pinched on bottom of crossover - I have 90degree adapters on way to fix this issue.
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      Subwoofer behind amp:
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      toypaseo Flunked daycare Elite Explorer

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      I would consider moving the amp away from the front of the sub. It will die quicker from the vibrations.

      You might be able to mount that crossover behind that interior panel, maybe even that amp.

      I mounted my Alpine amp under the rear driver side seat, and an AudioControl LC2i on an OEM enclosure behind the panel.
       
    4. Spudhut

      Spudhut US Navy Submariner Elite Explorer

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      Thanks for the feedback.

      The AudioControl LCi2 is a great piece of gear and works flawlessly. I have had a few of them in the past; unfortunately it put me out of budget at the time.

      Ill look again in those spaces you mention but the AMP is much larger and would not fit under any of the seats, especially the rear seats as the seats almost sat flush to the floors in the Sports.
       

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