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JJCRU23R, December 15, 2012 in Members Rides
Changed plans for the subwoofer. It will go in the rear door!
The expanding foam in the cardboard box will be a mold for the fiberglass box I need to build for the subwoofer. Doing this means I can fiberglass without having to stink up the car with fumes!
6" Stock speakers OUT.
6.5" Rockford Fosgate PUNCH split speakers IN!
After carefully positioning the drivers side tweeters, I lined up the two panels together and poked a protractor through the holes to make sure that the tweeters are symmetrial.
i like what your doing with the car mate, box love..!
Woops.. been a while since I updated this build!
Heres some pics.. not exactly in the mood to go into full written detail atm.
Negative mold of the door cavity
Fiberglass layer 1 cast. Needed cutting in 2 to remove it safely from the mold. Wasnt worried since there were plenty more layers to go inside.
Minimal gap in in the back of the cavity
Permenantly fixed to the door..
The theory is more curves, the stronger the fiberglass gets. The flat areas of fiberglass are generally the weakest.. So to remedy that.. add curves!
Part of the front panel..
Actually that pic above was a "frame" which the actual front panel will lay on top of.
Initially, not happy with the angle against the 3rd row seats.
Screwed to the sides, added more and more layers inside the box.
Scariest moment I had with the Cube thus far..
Box mounted and panel fitted..
Sub stored in floor behind drivers seat.
Cut the foam box inside the floor to make room for the amp plus it wont move anyore. Wiring threaded through the floors and speaker wire to the sub through the door gasket..
Vented floor panel for the sub
Delcate 3 layer process before carpetting.. all made from leftover MDF and black material is leftovers from my original sub box from my Corolla sub box! $0!!
New vs old
I should put a PC fan in there but not bothered atm.
Thicker than OEM but whos going to notice?
BECAUSE.. FILIPINO :P
That is as far as its gone so far.. but I am expecting a few more things in the mail..
The cluster is VERY basic in the Cube.. need more info!
The sub wasnt functioning as well as expected, but I improved the situation by adding more resin behind the front panel.. sounds better. I have my inlaws living with us for the next few months so we need to keep this car and all 3 rows of seats on the road every day which means no time for modding the cover for the sub box.. Point is it works.. no real rush to make it look pretty at this point.
Just hit 90k on the Cube.. has been fun and functional thus far :) $35-$40 / tank... its a whole lot of fun.. not fast but the point is getting to where we need to go and enjoying the ride :)
Forgot I bought a grill for the Kicker.. cant find pics of it just yet!?!
Long story short.. everything I could have transplanted from my Corolla.. is now in the Cube3 :)
Kids keep entertained with the DVDs.. I get my doof doof back and there are still a few missing peices here and there that I need to buy before the Cube3 is complete again.
For some reason the 3rd row headrests are missing (Expensive). Also need to order one or 2 bits of the roof racks (Cheap and local)..
Budget is tight so slow and steady she goes.
Thats pretty much all for now guys... happy modding!
love lookin at your diy boxes for subs !
Hey jeffy, it is the same exact sub as before, just made a new box for it! I kept the original box for a couple years after I sold the corolla, but realized I can't even sell it- there's no other 8" kickers on sale in Australia to begin with. I got mine through my cousin in the US.
Testing the panel.
Quite flimsy but keeps in place with the shelf still behind it. May have to modify it (hack it to peices) to keep the panel in place and make room for what will eventually fill those holes.
UPDATE! I GOT MAIL!!!!!
Ebay gauges from China, DIN panel from the UK..
Gauges and panel together... The panel is made of really thin and flexible acrylic.. cannot support the weight of the gauges! They flexed under the pressure from the brackets! 1/10 for rigidity.. I only gave it a 1 because it didnt break.
Loosely attached from behind to the panel.
Instructions found in each packet..
Lights on.. (sorry for the camera shake)
Positive and Negative/ground cables connected to elcheapo (freebee) jump starter!
Will need a kill switch and some adaptors to fit the temperature sensor in the radiator and I will need to splice into a sensor wire or two.
Thats all for now.. wont install until i have all the parts together.
Trial fit.. As it is in this pic, if I left it, it would be sitting loose and will likely shift around while driving.
Pretty cool mate, looking good
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