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Cherokee Subwoofer Enclosure

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004
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Ever since high school I have used a dual 12" sub box for my car stereo. When I aquired my Cherokee, I simply put my original box in the back. But to utilize the ability to move large objects or large amounts of stuff in the Jeep, I would have to remove the subwoofer. This got real annoying real fast. I also had my car broken into during the summer of 2003; I guess they were looking for a nice system to steal, but luckily my subs were out of the car because I was helping my friend move at the time.

The solution was to build a box into the side of the car. I got a single 10" subwoofer with a very shallow mounting depth (3 inches). This way I could make a box that was camouflaged just like another body panel of the car and the geniuses that break into my car again won't notice there is a subwoofer there.

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My buddy Dave helped out with making the templates for the sides of the box. Then once they fit if place I just used Bondo to seal around the edges. I also used camper weather stripping around the whole opening to seal against the front cover where the driver is.

 

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Once the box was totally sealed it was lined with this rubber stuff Dave "found" at a construction site at RIT. I believe it's a vapor barrier to go under sidewalks. Whatever it is, its thick, adhesive backed, and excellent for keeping the body of the car from vibrating from the sub.

 

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Then I cut the holes for the speaker and terminal, soldered the wires in (12 gauge from the old lighting mults at TechCrew), slapped it on there and added a little fluff.

 

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This is how it currently looks. Eventually I will be making a grill to cover the whole thing and make it look like there is nothing there.

 

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