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Old 08-18-2010, 06:32 PM
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I was hoping you guys could give me an estimate of what a Fiberglass box for 12" single under the seat is going to run me to have custom made. I attempted to lay out some myself and that was a no-joy. Two attempts to get the mold right and then halfway through second layer wrong mix caused too much air in between, so I scrapped the idea and will turn to professionals.

Just FYI, already contacted FOX and they are "busy with 10 inch ported enclosures and recommend I go that route." Kind of have my heart set on Sealed 12, or I will just go with the JL.

I'm hoping that they can get the box narrow enough in a custom build that 1.1 cuft won't come up on the hump in the middle much, so I can drop a dedicated sub amp next to it.

OBTW, hooked up the Soundstream RUBICON 700.1 and am now selling it, as it did not make a bit of difference in sound level over the bridged MTX TC 4004. I was kind of surprised, as I figured it would get the woofer up and out of the box a little more.

Obviously a box issue and nothing wrong with power currently going to it.
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I would say a good shop will charge in the 350-450 range for custom work like that...
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were u trying to use fibreglass cloth for the bottom in layers and thats where u got the air bubbles?

if so u should try using fleece like just regular old polyester fleece u buy at a fabric shop, its much thicker and absorbs resin like a sponge my last FG boxes i made i used fleece and only needed one layer.

tinfoil and tape the crap outta that storage space and use a few pieces of fleece (rather than trying to get one piece to conform to all the curves) or use one piece and basically make like relief cuts in the corners and whatnot so the fabric isnt folded over itself, rather its layed over top.
then resin the crap out of it and get on it with like a paint roller to push it down flat.

glass work is frustrating as hell sometimes but personally id rather swear at a box while i built it than spending 5 times what it costs in material to have someone else make it for me....
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Thanks guys, heading to the shop tomorrow. If they go less than $450 then I"m going to have them do it up for me.

Concur with the Fleece, would have been easier, but I was trying to max utilize space like a fool. SHould have just cut the loss and taped everything off straight.
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yea space it definitely at a premium in these trucks, but you would still have to layer the FG cloth fairly thick to have it be stiff enough to not flex and potentially crack just with the pressure of the sub.

keep us posted on the price the shop wants, how do u want the box finished? like painted? or covered? if u plan to just cover it in carpet or vinyl it will probably save u cash on the labor end as it wouldnt have to be sanded and bondo'ed perfectly smooth like u would have to to paint it. maybe get quotes on both.
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I would say a good shop charges 500 bucks. A company called fox online charges 5-700 they look great but im sure u could make your own for a fraction of that cost.
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Just got back from the shop, and I'm taking the truck to them on Saturday for first test point gathering. After much discussion about what I wanted they said around $300. I'm actually pretty excited that is all he said. He thinks that we can probably get around 1.3 with custom coming up over the hump partially. I am going to see if when they start design that we can get down to 1.0 with no hump coverage and leave me room for another dedicated sub amp to add later in the center and still have the driver side storage.

Plus that gives me just enough room to play with some other subs if this one decides to not get as loud as I desire. It's close now, but just not quite there.
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That's a good price, have you seen their work?
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No unfortunately I haven't seen first hand, but I have seen a lot of photo's of show trucks and cars hanging on the walls. He is only shop in area that has a chain name to protect, so hopefully that helps a little. Any specific questions I can ask to get a better feel of his experience?
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$300 is not bad at all. I am doing some now in my 05 planning on 2 10s. Glassing is not hard it just takes a little technique and A LOT of patience. Only spent 250 on everything including tools.

The way I made the bottoms of mine was:

Step 1: Blue painters tape the area you want your boxes to go.
Step 2: Use fiberglass mat torn into small pieces
Step 3: Mix your resin and hardener and apply thoroughly using stippling technique
Step 4: Repeat step 3 until you have 5-7 layers.

Takes an enormous amount of time though, but once I finish it'll be worth it.

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