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tn_rider 05-06-2013 4:12 PM

Drivers side sub enclosures.
Hey guys I just dropped my boat off to get the stereo done. I'm trying to decide on an enclosure for the drivers side. I'd like to do a plexi front and have the inside mirrored. Or something cool like that. I'm open to doing a kick panel. I just don't want a plain looking wall at my feet. So David/ any of the acme or Chucktronics guys or any of you guys with subs at your drivers feet care to share pics of your enclosures it would be appreciated. I figured the guys at acme or earmark or Chucktronics would have pics of customer installs. Any help is wonderful! Thanks!

BradM07SS 05-06-2013 4:26 PM


This is a members on here looks nice!

izzy 05-06-2013 5:41 PM

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Here is how mine are done...

jv210 05-06-2013 5:49 PM

Here's mine, ported plexi front with a mirror back


grant_west 05-06-2013 6:18 PM

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Here is a picture of The mother of all "subs at drivers feet" l if 4 12w7's at you feet ain't doing it then I don't know what to say! LOL

cprfab 05-06-2013 6:29 PM

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Grant- if you're going to post Harold's boat at least give credit to the installer...

Here's a shot of mine from Chucktronics, sorry no plexi or mirrored bling, just pure hard hitting sound.

grant_west 05-06-2013 6:53 PM

Gunner: your right what was I thinking! I'm sutch a DICK!!!
Neptunes did Harrolds boat. Please forgive me.

cprfab 05-06-2013 6:55 PM

Lol, now that's funny right there

grant_west 05-06-2013 7:09 PM

Gunner what will be even funnier Is Ben trying to post a picture of "subs at a drivers feet " all while some how slipping in his company logo into the shot For some advertising!
Dammit There I go again. And Dave's not gonna post any pictures because we all know subs at the driver feet equal diminishing returns!

cprfab 05-06-2013 7:32 PM

Now Grant there's no reason to be jealous of Ben's creative use of advertising or David's extensive, over your head, vocabulary.

bryce2320 05-06-2013 8:30 PM


Originally Posted by grant_west (Post 1820644)
Here is a picture of The mother of all "subs at drivers feet" l if 4 12w7's at you feet ain't doing it then I don't know what to say! LOL

That pic makes me jealous :o :D I should have 2 13w7s in identical ported boxes by this weekend :D so I'm halfway to your level :p

Wakesounds 05-06-2013 8:57 PM

Has anyone tried different types of enclosures in that area and/or subs facing in different directions? When I built mine, I found that is sounded best firing towards the front if the boat instead of out/back like most. It seamed like it needs to reflect off something to create a decent sound in a sealed or ported box. It definately looks best firing towards the back but how have people got the best sound/bass?

hatepain 05-06-2013 9:11 PM

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Here is a couple of mine. It's actually been changed slightly but you get the gist.

tn_rider 05-06-2013 9:22 PM

Wow everyone's look amazing!! Plexi or not lets keep them coming!! Also if anyone has any ideas I'm open to those as well!

Dmac420sj 05-06-2013 9:27 PM

You all have a lot if room!

Houstonshark 05-07-2013 5:54 AM

Here's mine. No plexi, mirrors, fog machines or any of that other fancy stuff.




hatepain 05-07-2013 6:47 AM

I had to make room. Trust me that thing is shoe horned in there. It's a MF'er to get out if I need to.

david_e_m 05-08-2013 8:29 AM


Dmac420sj 05-08-2013 8:36 AM

Does create better sound to point the sub towards the boat instead of out? Makes sense

david_e_m 05-08-2013 11:05 AM

Question per Chris,
"Does create better sound to point the sub towards the boat instead of out? Makes sense."

It can make a small difference.
Direct radiating will have a little better midbass attack and transients. Side-firing will be more robust on the heavy bass. Slight differences with slight advantages and slight trade-offs.
If you want to use a plex front and put the woofer on display, side-firing certainly gives you a larger window.

Earmark Marine

Dmac420sj 05-08-2013 11:12 AM

Hmmm installing mine tomorrow could easily put it sideways or backwards

tn_rider 05-08-2013 11:36 AM

David, is there a number you could post or PM me to contact you? Thanks

david_e_m 05-08-2013 11:54 AM

Sending PM.

Earmark Marine

petrey10 05-08-2013 12:00 PM

how the heck do you guys sit while driving? my legs go under my dash!!:D

Houstonshark 05-08-2013 2:00 PM


Originally Posted by Houstonshark (Post 1820706)

I took up a fair amount of space under the helm for my enclosure but it really wasn't usable foot room anyway and I'm 6' 3". I don't drive the boat with my feet stretched out in front of me.

When I built the trim panel on mine, I did build it with the shelf just above the enclosure to use as a foot rest. It works really well towards the end of the day to be able to relax and prop my feet up while driving.

chpthril 05-08-2013 2:32 PM





david_e_m 05-08-2013 3:50 PM

In the two underdash plex sub enclosure pics that I posted, the enclosures and facade are elevated off the sole so that your feet slide under the enclosure for more leg room.

Earmark Marine

cowwboy 05-09-2013 6:14 AM

Dave, the box with the two polk momo's. Is that mounted into the bottom of the hull? The box looks awesome, anymore pics of it?

david_e_m 05-09-2013 8:39 AM

That particular enclosure is down-firing so the enclosure was elevated off the sole as much as was possible, but certainly limited. To be honest, it didn't sound as good as it could....but it was what the boat owner wanted as a show piece. Down-firing with inadequate elevation plus downfiring into a vented compartment. Two acoustical strikes against it. The entire floor certainly shook under your feet and it was very tactile but musically it left something to be desired.

Earmark Marine

cowwboy 05-09-2013 11:04 AM

A show it is for sure!
Very very nice work.

david_e_m 05-09-2013 3:44 PM

Thank you Daniel.
I whittled the whole thing out of a solid chunk of billet and a chunk of acrylic with my buck knife.

michridr69 05-10-2013 10:14 AM

threadzzz for more pics!!

Clamcakes 05-10-2013 1:35 PM

I went the hidden route...no worries on losing any legroom


mmobius2001 05-12-2013 11:52 AM

I just have a basic "truck box" i'm thinking of looking for new options to get even more leg room.


bryce2320 05-12-2013 11:59 AM

My existing sub under the helm. Spec'd ported box stuffed in there. Adding a box to the walkway and it'll all b trimmed out and act as a huge bow cushion.
Nothing fancy tho.

tn_rider 04-22-2014 1:38 PM

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I figured I had started this thread and hadn't updated it. Here is what I went with.
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bwake 04-22-2014 8:26 PM

really like the designs here. i have just a normal box with a kick panel over the top.

are all the floors in these boats the same level? In the Sanger the floor is raised to the sides of the boat. Just wondering how you guys in a similar position get the mounting of the sub within the box bang on so its level??

I used blu tac and a level, building up the back and front with blu tac then making stands with ply, but its still not 100%. Any advice would be good......

HushPuff 04-23-2014 6:17 AM


Originally Posted by Clamcakes (Post 1821575)

Clamcakes can you send me an email about the particulars of that setup? I'm about to cut a hole in my foot/kick panel but all I've read is that it's not worthwhile due to the wire chase and the opening to the ski locker. case.hushen@gmail,com - Thanks

MantisTaboggin 04-27-2014 9:56 AM

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Here is mine

h20king 05-05-2014 6:34 AM

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Just built my first custom sub box and trim panel. I could not go ported this time because of space. I designed a custom sealed box with a spacer ring to give me the mounting depth I needed for my sub. Air space is dead on by JL specs. I screwed and glued the box and sealed all the inside seams and thermal cup. I Coated the box with many coats of spray on bed liner and painted the spacer ring to match the boat. I put feet on the bottom to give space between the box and the floor of the boat and made a kick panel that slides over the ring so the box could be removed if needed. I was not sure how it would turn out but am super happy with the results. For a sealed box with a single JL 12W6V3D4 powered by a Arc KS 1000.1 it pounds

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