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Old 03-19-2007, 06:55 AM
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Stealth Woofer Box

Hi all,

I want to make a woofer box then lay upholstery directly over it for concealment. Yes, I can expose the woofer though I would prefer the stealth approach. What can I expect if attempted?


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Give a little more detail about your design anticpations. If you want to create a system that cant be seen with the eye but can be heard, id recommend using ultra thin cloth over the speaker area. Even at that its not the best. It will deminish the sound quality some. And position the box so that the Sub woofer is vertical ( so that the sound waves move across the car not up from the car) that way you will avoid accidental damage to the sub by a friend throwing something in the trunk. What type of vehicle is it? If you try the first approach, build a frame that will act like a interior peice panel but where the sub is, there is a wooden ring about 1 1/2 to 2 inches bigger than the sub and use cloth over the whole thing.

That help you at all? Sounds intresting and ive completed some similar to your idea.

Let me know if that helped and give a little more information.
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I agree... we need a little more detail about the car and sub box to get you exactly what you want.

Where are you planning on having the box at in the car?
Is the car already upholstered(stock/custom)?
If it's custom can you get more material from the upholsterer?
What type of material are you planning on covering the box with?

When I worked with an upholsterer we used to hide the door speakers on just about ever car done. Some didn't have stereos and not too many had subs in them, but the idea is the same. Not all were done the same because every application was different.

One car, dne ine tweed, had a sub box but no speaker grills. So a pattern was figured out in the design of the upholstery so that one stripe ran across the upper portion of the speaker and the second ran across the middle of the speaker. These were raised portions so the wood protected the sub somewhat and the stripes didn't look out of place.

Another way is to put speaker grills on the subs and layer foam to the same height as the speaker grills. This way when you cover over subs you don't have to worry about something puncturing the material and getting to the speakers. If the foam is laied down right you will hardly notice, if at all, the speakers are behind the material. Again done in tweed.

One truck had a custom 4th order box made with square air ports down at the bottom of the box. These air ports weren't covered over and just looked like two 2 inch tall, foot long openings. Nobody said anything about them.

I can draw these better than I can write them down.

If you happen to have a picture of the area you want to put the box in I might be able to give you an idea or 2.

Last edited by chopdtop; 03-20-2007 at 08:36 PM. Reason: better advice
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