How to Make the Best Truck Subwoofer Enclosures for Deep Bass
Truck subwoofer enclosures put out full, rich deep bass in your car’s audio. There are generally 2 types of subwoofer enclosures that are made – ported and non-ported. The style you need depends on what type of audio you prefer. For a deep bass tone, a non-ported subwoofer enclosure is often used while a ported enclosure put outs consistent volume. Creating a truck subwoofer enclosure for deep bass tones is quite easy.
Tools and Materials
- Wood screws
- Carpenter’s glue
- Speaker terminal cup
- Electric drill
- ¾ inch medium density fiberboard (MDF)
- Tape measure
- Mounting screws
- Speaker wires
Step 1: Measure the Subwoofer
The first step in building your own truck subwoofer enclosures is to measure your subwoofer. This is to ensure that you can build an enclosure that the subwoofer can fit snugly into. Also, this is to provide you with an idea if the enclosure will fit into your truck at all. You have to remember that a truck only has limited space where you can put a subwoofer enclosure.
To create the enclosure, measure the depth of the subwoofer and add 2 inches to this measurement. To get the minimum height and width for the front of your enclosure, measure the frame diameter of the subwoofer. Make sure you make allowances for additional features or designs you plan to include in your box like a grille.
Step 2: Measure the Space in Your Truck
Another important step is to measure where you plan to install the truck subwoofer enclosure. If you plan to create an under seat subwoofer enclosure, then measure the space under the seat of your truck. Behind the seat is another location to place the enclosures. Make sure that you measure the width, depth and height of the space.
Step 3: Cut the Box Panels
Cut the panels of your box using the measurement you obtained. Use the MDF and jigsaw for this step. Make sure you cut the rear, front, top and bottom panels. Using the subwoofer as your basis, cut a hole on the front panel.
Step 4: Opening for the Terminal Cup
Cut an opening on one of the end panels for the speaker terminal cup. Use the jigsaw and drill for this.
Step 5: Assemble the Pieces
Once everything has been cut, you can now assemble the pieces together. Secure all the panels together using the carpenter’s glue and wood screws. Just wipe off any excess glue with a dry rag. Allow the glue to dry. You can use a clamp to hold all the panels together while it is drying.
Step 6: Fit the Subwoofer
Once the glue is gone, place the subwoofer inside the enclosure to make sure that everything fits perfectly. You may also want to test the fit of the subwoofer enclosure in your truck space. While the subwoofer is in the enclosure, mark the areas where you will need to put the mounting screws in. Remove the subwoofer and pre-drill these areas.
Step 7: Placing the Subwoofer Enclosure
After everything is set, put the speaker wires from the terminal cup to the subwoofer. Put the subwoofer into the enclosure. Then place the enclosure in the truck space, secure it with mounting screws.