Car rides become more fun when you enjoy music while driving. But, the quality of the sound produced also has the power to affect how well you can listen to music. Make the experience a notch better by introducing a beautiful bass and sub-bass to produce a full, immersive harmony. In this article, we will learn about subwoofers and how to install them in your vehicle.
What Is A Subwoofer?
Subwoofers are electronic loudspeakers that are created for the reproduction of bass and sub-bass sounds, or in other terms, lower-pitched audio frequencies. Usually, the frequency range that a subwoofer can handle ranges from 20 Hz to 200 Hz. As the subwoofer requires a source of power, it needs to be connected to a battery, but usually, it comes with its own built-in amplifier.
What You Should Prepare For Installation
- Audio Signal Source (radio or head unit)
- +12 V Battery Connection
- +12 V Remote On Lead
- Subwoofer Box
Steps In Installing A Sub-Woofer
1. Plan and Schedule Properly
The success of subwoofer installation for your vehicle depends on how well you execute your plan. Make sure that you will work in the daytime so that you will see it clearly. If this is your first time, make sure you set enough to work on your installation. This will allow you time to check on your work and correct your mistakes.
On average, a subwoofer installation process can take 3 to 5 hours. The process will flow smoothly if you have the correct tools and equipment, and if you do everything cautiously and carefully.
2. Gather All The Tools That You Will Need
Of course, the most important thing is to acquire the best amplifier, enclosure, and subwoofer to produce the best sounds. You can also purchase a car stereo installation kit for all the possible tools that you need. Aside from this, you should also have a separate amplifier wiring kit containing connection accessories, wires, and a fuse holder. Other tools to consider are:
- Hand tools
- Metal coat hanger
- 6 inch or 8-inch zip ties
- Cordless drill
- Electrical tape
- Mounting brackets
- 3/8 inch or #8 screws
3. Begin installation
- Choose a location in your vehicle where you will mount the subwoofer. It must have ventilation in case the subwoofer heats up.
- Disconnect the battery terminal so that you will be protected and safe throughout the process.
- Direct the positive wire cables to the direction of the car battery. For safety, use the interior trim of the vehicle to protect the cables.
- Direct the running wire to the battery and the engine of the vehicle.
- Run the wire towards the back of the car. If you can, use a gap you can find in the back seat.
- Link the positive wire to the fuse holder. Make sure that there is enough wire to avoid causing a battery explosion.
- Attach the positive cable to the car’s battery through a ring terminal and a battery clamp.
- Link the amplifier’s ground wire to an exposed metal near the location where your amplifier will be placed.
- Attach the remote on lead to the signal source or car stereo.
- Connect the speaker warning or the RCA cables to the output jacks of the subwoofer.
- Direct all the wiring, linked through by zip ties, to the subwoofer amplifier.
- Mount the amplifier to your chosen location.
- Connect the wires from the amplifier to the subwoofer.