JL Audio Stealthbox in 2005 F350 CC Lariat...
Since I have been chatting with some other members about the headunits in our trucks, I thought of a question I wanted to ask, and see what others think, what you have done, etc. I have a nice headunit, and upgraded speakers in the doors, but am missing the nice punch of a subwoofer. In my past days of building competition audio systems for trucks, I would have just built a large box, and removed one of the seats in the back. However now I have reached that point in my life, where the interior space is at a premium, and any mods I make need to be minimally invasive. I used to compete with JL Audio Subs in my show trucks, and am fairly familiar with their products. They make two different stealth boxes that would fit in my truck. The first one would remove the folding package shelf under the larger rear seat section and replace it with a smaller sub box that would remain hidden, and not affect lifting the seat, or folding the back down. I like this option generally, as I rarely have used that folding package shelf.
The other option sits in the center console. It requires removing the console, mounting their custom formed box, then setting the console top back over it. This is a nice feature, however it removes a lot of the storage space in the console, and makes it sit up higher by about an inch and a half. I prefer to have the storage space in there, so am leaning away from this one.
I have also toyed with the idea of just building a custom box to go behind the rear seats, however, I have the power rear sliding window, and I know that makes a custom box significantly more complex to build, and would likely require removal of the rear wall carpet totally. I am sure it can be done well but again, I would be losing the storage there (I keep my jugs of Powerservice back there so they are easily at hand when filling up).
To create a custom box behind the seat would be expensive, but the under-seat stealthbox is also expensive. So here is my question to you all... Has anyone got one of the Underseat JL Audio Stealthboxes, and if so how do you like it? I dont need an overwhelming pounding bass, just something to fill out the sound. Does the frequency and location of the stealthbox give you a decent range, or is it really not worth the money? Also for those who have built a box to go behind the rear seat, how much did the rear window actuator impact the design? Were you able to fit all that you needed back there or was it a futile project?
I have seen several topics about varied constructions, but I am looking to see if I can narrow it down to the two specific locations and designs to pick what will work better, what will sound better, and what will be more cost effective. Thanks in advance for the replies (I hope there will be replies!). I know this is a long winded post, but I wanted to articulate my needs, feelings and such to make sure there were no misunderstandings on what I was asking for help with. Anyways, hope everyone is having a good day!
The Beast - A 2005 F350 Crew Cab Lariat Dually...
Aftermarket Toys Added - Edge Juice Programmer and Chip, Custom 4 in. Exhaust, Four Section Folding Tonneau Cover, JVC KW-AV70BT Smart Phone Receiver, XM Radio, K40 Calibre Radar Detector / Laser Diffuser, Vent-Visor Window Shades, Add-a-Leaf in Rear Suspension, Front Spring Leveling Kit (Shocks and Springs)