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Old 09-03-2010, 01:52 AM   #1
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Dk Exp Mach subwoofer replacement

Just bought a '98 Mountaineer, it's my first car in fact...

I soon found out that the subwoofer in the Mach premium sound system is blown. As far as I know, it's a 8" JBL. It was $260+ to have it fixed through the dealership, so I have decided to go aftermarket. I purchased a new amp, which I should have no problems wiring up. I also bought a 10" shallowmount subwoofer to be mounted in place of the old JBL speaker, behind the factory panel.

What I was wondering is, do I need to fabricate a new speaker box for behind the panel? Has anyone done this and have any ideas? To save room, I was thinking that I would cut a hole to put the sub in, and mount some sort of box behind the panel.

Any ideas? Anything would be appreciated!
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:28 AM   #2
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I was looking at these for my '97

http://www.crutchfield.com/g_182750/...es.html?tp=129
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:22 PM   #3
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The stock enclosure works fine, and fits perfectly obviously...

A JL audio 8W1v2-4 fits in the stock location perfectly and sounds great with an aftermarket amp...




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Old 09-18-2010, 07:11 PM   #4
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What a sucky coincidence.....I reply to this post this morning and this afternoon I notice a funny sound in the Ex. Yup you guessed it the JBL sub went poof. Joe what did you have to do to add the aftermarket amp to the stock system?




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For a cheap fix, we used this:

http://www.amazon.com/Boss-CX8-Subwo...963658&sr=8-14

The mounting pattern is just slightly smaller, so we had to drill new holes in the plastic box and oval=out the grill/foam piece. Otherwise it seems to work great and is shallow enough to fit.

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hey nd4spd- sorry I didn't see your question... If you haven't fixed it yet, here is my writeup: CLICK ME

I replaced it with a JL Audio 8w1V2-4 sub from carstereoonline.com which fit perfectly, I re-tapped new screw holes, but just drove them in with my cordless screwdriver, no fitment issues at all.

I bought a new amp to drive it, the JL sub, and sub wiring install kit for $160 delivered.




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