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Rooter_2004 10-27-2012 09:11 AM

Removing Sub Grill Help?
Hi, I've tried to do some research on removing the sub grill and haven't wanted to try for fear of breaking it- do you just pull on it?

I have an old 8" Fosgate sub from a previous vehicle and was going to try just replacing the factory sub. Can anyone comment on if replacing the sub, without adding an amp, makes much of a difference? Thanks!

Hazemonster 11-23-2012 06:34 PM

Re: Removing Sub Grill Help?
I need the same question answered. I believe you have to remove the whole panel, and was hoping someone would provide detailed instructions!


FUGIECAT 11-23-2012 07:27 PM

Re: Removing Sub Grill Help?
The grill is actually part of the whole rear side panel. Once you remove the entire rear panel from the rear door back, you have to actually grind several little plastic rivet/weld off to seperate the actual carpeted insert panel. a dremmel works perfectly for this. If you are looking to just remove the factory sub, you can either fabricate a woofer box that would sit behind the outer grill and then you would not have to remove it. I put a JL Stealth Box in my car and removed that carpeted panel as the Stealth box actually sticks through the trim panel and replaces that panel with the grill in it. It sounds great. The factory plastic enclosure weighs about a pound and I would not recommend putting a different woofer into that enclosure. Also, when the panel is off, you might wanna stick some dynamat or a similar product on all of the interior walls that are exposed. I hope that gives you some information about adding a sub.

blackxj 11-23-2012 07:41 PM

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yup what he said. if ya wanna get to that plastic "sub box" you need to pull the complete side panel (not that hard). the stealth box is a damn nice fit and looks fairly factory to on lookers. plus that factory amp for the sub is feeding a dual voice coil sub. so adding a regular single voice coil sub would well ....dont even bother...a new sub itself is not the answer but a new sub,in a new encloser and aftermarket amp are the way to go. not exactly economical but you have to do what you have to do.

blackxj 11-23-2012 08:02 PM

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removing cargo side panel, quickly from memory its been awhile so i go with what i remember pulling apart when i pulled out everything back there.
drop rear seats...pull up on the seat gap cover flaps...pull off rear door seal at rear panel edge....pull up plastic floor scuff plate thing....remove rear cargo floor cover.....if you want to pull the plastic spare tire box there are 2 screws to front of car and to screws at tailgate cant miss them.....unscrew two tie down rings a tailgate opening floor area (lift plastic cap,screw under that)....lift up on plastic trim hatch piece to unclip...slowly pull and pry side panel off with trim tools (plastic tree clips near top and at bottom at taigate end and one middle and one low at rear door end, maybe elsewhere too but i forget but there are also aligning pins and there were some metal clips as well,,,,go slow) careful pulling panel as the rear power outlet needs to be unplugged before going to far.....side panel sort of curls under the plastic floor bins panel but i just wiggled it out and in the first few times {thats what she said} i had it out but if you pull that whole thing out (only 4 screws) the side should move more easily but im lazy.. probably around 10 minutes work give or take...

kkreit01 11-27-2012 02:50 PM

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It's not that hard, but is a PITA. You have to remove most of the rear interior. Instructions on While you're doing it, you'll want to beef up the OE sub box. This was my original plan, but plans have changed. Also, the OE sub is a DVC. You'll want to pay attention to the ohmage of it vs. your RF sub.

Hazemonster 11-27-2012 05:30 PM

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Thanks....this gets me thinking!

kkreit01 11-28-2012 10:17 AM

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My original plan was to beef up the OE plastic box with CLD tiles, and even coat it with bedliner (have both laying around). The more mass added, should help in vibes/rattles. I have a nice 8" Arc Audio (made in USA - Image Dynamics clone) DVC sub I was going to try running off stock amp. It may not improve anything. I also have a Arc amp if needed. However, this is the wifey's daily driver, and she doesn't care. Thus, the plans moved to my new Ram with the same exact system. Coming from a Lincoln THXII system for 2 years, something has to be done. There's a night and day difference between the two.

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