I am in a little bit of a pickle. I want to install some audio gear that I already own and absolutely love....Problem is that I want a stealth install and the sub is too deep to completely fit under the rear cargo floor cover. I would have to cut out a section of the metal to get the clearance that I need.
Now I know that some of you just puked and are not into that sort of thing....Dont worry, I have every tool and the skill to replace that section of the floor whenever I would want or need to. I have done welding/fab for many years.
So, the plan would be to cut just enough to allow the magnet to clear and still allow me extra space for air flow around the magnet/motor of the subwoofer. I would then make a composite part to fill in that hole. I would seal it completely with exterior grade yet removable sealant. My G8Gt had basically the same thing from the factory for the spare tire well. So after I cut the hole and seal the hole I can then make my composite fiberglass/carbon fiber enclosure to fit my sub and amps.
The cut would be made using my plasma cutter or a mini sabre saw. (mini sawsall) The sabre saw blade is at the most 1/16th of an inch. I would keep the section of the floor that I take out for the future if I decide to put it back.
If I do decide to put it back it would be welded, sealed, primered, painted and sprayed with undercoating. the cabin side would get the same treatment plus a bit of sound deadening.
This area is covered with a plastic cover under the truck and with the carpeted floor cover on the inside so no concern with it looking bad later on down the line. Honestly after replacing the section you would have a really hard time finding the cut unless you were actually looking for it.
raise the cargo cover floor with a custom piece about 3-4 inches and lose the stealth look. I really did not want to do this though.
Spend money on downgraded subs. When I say downgraded, it is not really that bad. I would be going from a JL 13w7 sub to the JL 12w6v3 subs which are great subs but I love the W7 sound sooooooo much that I would rather stick with what I have. I also dont really want to buy the new subs since I will be spending mucho on the processor that I need to get to deal with the stupid way the factory system is set up.
I really do not want to cut the floor, but if I do it would be soooo perfect! I am no stranger to cutting but I feel a little awkward about it.
This photo below shows the area that I need to cut. Basically from where the picture is cropped at the bottom up to right past the three plastic thingies. It would be no wider than the 3 plastic dohickies.
this photo is of a regular WK2 but the floor looks the same. The SRT has a cover over this area as in the second photo.