Here's a box that I built for my 2016. About $140 worth of materialI got around to getting rid of the stock speakers and installing a 12" Subwoofer enclosure. Never really carry anything in the trunk, so size of enclosure works for me.
300W RMS is perfect for the JL W3. The enclosure looks great, too. Only "change" I would make, if you use the trunk often, would be to install their grille to protect the sub from damage.ahrapattoni said:It's a 12" JL w3v3. The cubic ft is a little over 1ft so I stuffed the box with batting to simulate more space. I've had it running 300watts RMS with no issues to sound or integrity of the box for almost 2 years. I used 5-7 layers of fiberglass. It was my first one and it wasn't all that difficult if you take your time.
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Thanks man. Yeah I did purchase the grill for the speaker later down the road. Just didn't take a pic of it.300W RMS is perfect for the JL W3. The enclosure looks great, too. Only "change" I would make, if you use the trunk often, would be to install their grille to protect the sub from damage.
so just for some better sound, I'm not in a rock band, just want it to sound good when I turn up Van Hagar. I'll need new speakers, and amp, and a sub?
Replacing the stock HU with an aftermarket one is the better investment imo. You don't want to buy good after market speakers just to have them under powered by the stock HU. On the flip side if you buy an after market HU it will squeeze out max power from your stock speakers, essentially making them sound better. But personally I'd say just replace the whole sound system if you want to do it right.The simple answer is yes. The upgrade speakers that Subaru sells, are Kicker branded and actually sound pretty good and not super expensive. They have the Kicker door speakers and dash tweeters and sound good together. Even without an amp and sub, it will still sound better. I always tend to add amp and sub to hear real bass.
I couldn't have been more disappointed with the stock speakers and HU in my 2016 WRX. First I upgraded all the speakers and added a 4 channel amp under the passengers seat. The stock HU only pushes about 20 RMS per channel, so the upgraded alpine speakers I installed still didn't sound very good. Then I added the 4 channel amp, pushing 50w RMS of clean power to each channel. While this made a significant difference in sound and available volume, it still didn't have the bass I wanted.old thread I know, but did the speakers and the sub make a big difference without changing the HU?
I don't want to mess around with a new HU, just want my music to sound like music