• How to Install a Car Subwoofer to Get the Most Bass

    A car subwoofer can be tricky to install, but when done right it can be very rewarding. It can help you increase the quality of sound, including bass, with the help of an amplifier. The combination of an amplifier and subwoofer can increase the bass and tonal quality by 100 percent if they are set properly. Below are some subwoofer installation tips and the process to get the most bass out of your system.

    Tools and Materials Needed:

    • Screwdrivers
    • Electric drill
    • Drill bits
    • Wiring connectors
    • Wire strippers
    • Wire crimpers
    • 16 gauge red and black wire
    • Speaker wire
    • Heat shrink tubing
    • Soldering iron
    • Solder lead

    Step 1: Inventory Tools and Supplies

    Before you begin the project, make sure that you have all of the tools and supplies needed to perform the car subwoofer installation. If you take a few minutes to do this now, it will save you a lot of time later. Also read the manual you received with the subwoofer so that you have a proper understanding of the process.

    Step 2: Take the Car Subwoofer out of the Box

    Take the subwoofer out of the box and make sure that it has everything that it is supposed to, according to the parts list in the box.

    Step 3:  Setting the Amplifier

    Reconfigure the speakers if they are already set with the amplifier. This is because you need space for the subwoofer as well. For example, if you have an amplifier with 4 channels that has speakers in the front and the back, reconfigure them so that all speakers are set in the front. This is to make space for subwoofers at the back.

    Step 4: Rewire the Speakers

    Rewire the power of the speakers through the subwoofers. This is to be done only if you’re installing two subwoofers. This will ensure that the amplifier can pass twice as much as power to the subwoofer.

    Step 5: Connect Subwoofer and Amplifier

    In order to increase the bass, connect the subwoofer and amplifier. You can read the instructions from the manual you received with the subwoofer.

    Step 6: Car Subwoofer Installation in the Enclosure 

    Taking correct measurement of enclosure boxes is extremely important. If you fail to do so, you will not be able to install the subwoofer at all. Assuming that you already have your subwoofer enclosure built, or that you purchased one from a stereo shop, install the subwoofers in it. Drill the L brackets to the location where you will be placing the subwoofers. They come with enclosure boxes. Now tightly screw the enclosure boxes inside the L brackets.

    Step 7: Place the Subwoofers

    Now you can slide the subwoofers into the enclosures. At this time, the subwoofer is already wired, so move the wires behind the subwoofer box. Attach the subwoofer by tightening the screws and screwdriver.

    Tips:

    • To get better performance out of the subwoofer, use a wooden enclosure.
    • Ensure the enclosure doesn’t have any gaps.
    • Tweak the amplifier setting for better bass.