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Old 04-30-2013, 04:20 PM   #1
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Did I buy the right things?

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I have a '13 2LT Vert and I bought the FARK kit, a JL 700/5 amp and wiring kit. Am I going to be able to hook this all up and just replace the existing amp to get some more power to the speakers? I read that the amp was the weak portion of the system and want to see if I can squeeze some more oomph out of it. Down the line I plan on replacing the stock speakers and throwing a sub in there, but I just want to see if what I have will currently work..

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Old 04-30-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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That should work, I got the same amp and fark kit. Did you get a sub? The sound is night and day when changing the amp and adding a sub.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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Guess I should of read the whole thing. Definetly add a sub. HUGE difference.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:54 PM   #4
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I've got a 500W amp and 12" sub in a box that I had in my old car. I've toyed with the idea of putting that in but I'm concerned with space in the trunk of the vert.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:26 PM   #5
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I put a 10" sub with the subthump drivers side drop in box. Sounds good.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:36 PM   #6
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why not go ahead and get the speakers at the same time? I've never seen the point of putting a sub in a closed/ sealed trunk, all you can using hear is the trunk lid rattling. With a hatchback or under a seat they're great.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:26 PM   #7
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why not go ahead and get the speakers at the same time? I've never seen the point of putting a sub in a closed/ sealed trunk, all you can using hear is the trunk lid rattling. With a hatchback or under a seat they're great.
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I've got a 500W amp and 12" sub in a box that I had in my old car. I've toyed with the idea of putting that in but I'm concerned with space in the trunk of the vert.
The trunk space sucks but with the stealth box or drop in box you are still able to some room left.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:34 AM   #9
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The convertible already has a 10 inch sub behind the seat.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:57 AM   #10
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Yeah but it sucks.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:34 AM   #11
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Maybe, but why not just pull it out and replace it with one you like.
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I'm thinking about that. When I take it to the shop tomorrow I'll see what they have price wise for 10s.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:44 AM   #13
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I'm thinking about that. When I take it to the shop tomorrow I'll see what they have price wise for 10s.
Where you already got the FARK from Steve, you might want to check out his vert friendly stuff. I know he did a sub improvement, but its been a while and I can't remember what all went into it.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:34 AM   #14
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I just ordered the amp plate and the plate for the subwoofer to be installed behind the seat. Hoping for as stealth of an install as possible. Hopefully I can get the items by tomorrow. I tried calling Subthump (and left a VM) to see if we can get the items flown down here for tomorrow, but I doubt it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:38 PM   #15
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So I got it installed today and I have to say, it seems to be really lacking bass. I wonder if the tech turned the gain down to help protect from damaging the BA speakers? Or maybe to help convince me that I need to get a sub? The sound was a lot cleaner, I'm just a bit...underwhelmed. Thoughts?
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:29 PM   #16
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Just FYI. Most local shops will overprice subwoofers from my experience. I work in a place that sells all types of subwoofers. Basically they are sold for twice as much as what we get them for. I went to a local shop, and they charged even MORE for the subwoofers than where I work. My advice, check out crutchfield.com. I've found the best prices from the sales they have there. I've also had good experience from them having two subs go bad on me; they replaced both almost a year after purchase overnight.
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The guy in the shop said he would recommend against using the stock space for a replacement 10. I guess because it would need a box to sound good.
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The guy in the shop said he would recommend against using the stock space for a replacement 10. I guess because it would need a box to sound good.
I don't know how big the factory box is but your could get a shallow mount sub, JL makes an awesome sub. I bought all my stuff off of amazon. They beat everyone's price by far.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:54 AM   #19
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I would check the gain for the sub first. I've got mine turned up about 3/4.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:36 AM   #20
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The gain isn't a volume knob. People tend to drive subwoofers into clipping to get their desired volume when they aren't familiar with it ... I'd recommend just grabbing a Digital Multi Meter and measuring your voltage. Quick, easy, quantifiable.

That isn't to say you can't set it by ear ... just that when someone is going into a situation that they're unsatisfied with their SPL and haven't set gains before, they tend to crank it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:40 AM   #21
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I have to turn the bass all the way up in the HU to even hear anything, no exaggeration. I think they just have it set to low. I don't want to blow the speakers so I'll have to incrementally test it. I'm not just gonna turn it up to 11.
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With the 700/5 the sub should be on a seperate chanel. You should be able to set the gain on the sub without messing with the other speakers.
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With the 700/5 the sub should be on a seperate chanel. You should be able to set the gain on the sub without messing with the other speakers.
This^^^ the bass on by HU is at 2.
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This^^^ the bass on by HU is at 2.
And you have the same amp? And the gain is at 75%?
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Yep, same JL 700/5 I have a bass knob also to remotely adjust it.
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