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rsinger
05-21-2011, 03:14 PM
I got an 2003 outback last fall and the entire sound system was sitting on the floor behind the passenger seat. Other than this, the boat seems to be in excellent shape. Before I put the boat away I removed everything, to get ready to mount and loacte it properly and neatly. So here's a log of my solution to mounting and locating the parts.

rsinger
05-21-2011, 03:19 PM
Pictures of the sub

rsinger
05-21-2011, 03:48 PM
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/sub1.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/sub2.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/sub3.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/sub4.jpg

rsinger
05-21-2011, 03:49 PM
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/sub5.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/sub6.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/sub7.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/sub8.jpg

rsinger
05-21-2011, 03:49 PM
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/sub9.jpg

rsinger
05-21-2011, 04:13 PM
AMP PICTURES

http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/amps/amp1.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/amps/amp2.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/amps/amp3.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/amps/amp4.jpg

rsinger
05-21-2011, 04:13 PM
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/amps/amp5.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/amps/amp6.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/amps/amp7.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/amps/amp8.jpg

rsinger
05-21-2011, 04:18 PM
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/amps/amp11.jpg


Not quite done yet. Sub will be raised, and wiring for amps will be tidied up.

New Guy
05-21-2011, 04:28 PM
Looks great what type of finish is that on the rack and box?

rsinger
05-21-2011, 05:05 PM
sort of a velvet finish. Got it from local fabric store. Only place I could find something that matched existing carpet. Fabric in hold area should be ok. Only have small concern about speaker cover with possible exposure to sun and fading.

Trial and error. We'll see what happens after a few years.

mmandley
05-22-2011, 11:19 AM
Ron you scared the hell out of me with the first pick of your sub box. I was like WTF theres no bottom LOL.

I like the finished product looks 1Kxs better man lol.

Install is looking really nice man.

rsinger
05-23-2011, 10:06 AM
Ron you scared the hell out of me with the first pick of your sub box. I was like WTF theres no bottom LOL.

Had to mock it up to make sure everything fit together before cutting the sides. Big problem is that I've got 2 subs and they both wouldn't fit under the console. Got to figure out where to put the other one.

Anyone got any ideas? I'm thinking of building new structure and putting it behind the drivers seat.

rsinger
05-29-2011, 10:56 AM
Took forever to finish, but here are the final shots. Just need to get the boat in the water now.

http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/sub10.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/amps/amp14.jpg
http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb397/rsingerwpg/boat.jpg

mmandley
05-29-2011, 01:25 PM
Nice looking set up Ron really nice man.

deerfield
05-29-2011, 04:24 PM
Ron - Nice. Wish you lived closer. You could help me add a sub to my 2007 Outback. How does it sound? Is the additional base noticeable? Could you power the speaker from the existing amp or was it absolutely necessary to install a second amp just for the sub? - Deerfield

rsinger
05-29-2011, 10:11 PM
Ron - Nice. Wish you lived closer. You could help me add a sub to my 2007 Outback. How does it sound? Is the additional base noticeable? Could you power the speaker from the existing amp or was it absolutely necessary to install a second amp just for the sub? - Deerfield

Both amps were already with the boat when I bought it. They were just sitting on the floor under the passenger seat, along with the sub.

Sub sounds tons better because it's in the open now.

I guess you might be able to connect the sub to the primary amp but I doubt that it would sound any good. The primary amp has "cutoff frequency" controls. What that means is that the frequencies that feed the sub would be cut out of the outputs that the sub would be connected to. Therefore, unfortunately, a secondary "sub amp" is required.

I think there should be some "hybrid" amps available, which would have outputs for the primary speakers and the sub.

cab13367
05-30-2011, 02:06 AM
Ron - Nice. Wish you lived closer. You could help me add a sub to my 2007 Outback. How does it sound? Is the additional base noticeable? Could you power the speaker from the existing amp or was it absolutely necessary to install a second amp just for the sub? - Deerfield

If you only want to run one amp, you could do it with a 5 channel like the Kicker zx700.5. You could your six cabin speakers with channels 1-4, and the sub with the 5th channel. Be sure to get a dual voice coil sub. And yes, it will definitely be noticeable.