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Old 03-10-2006, 03:39 AM   #1
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I want to put two subs in trunk of my new GXP and I want to use the rear speaker leads to power them. I know its not the best way and wont sound as good as other ways but the Monsoon Stereo is why to complex for me to tackle or let someone play with. Can this be done with powered sub woofers or? This old geezer is use to 8 track stereos and wants to feel 70'* heavy metal.
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Powered subs require a power lead from your battery. There are usually only two ways to route the signal into the powered sub.

1) Use RCA cables from the head unit and run them to the powered sub
2) Use the high input speaker connection.

The only thing I recommend is not to splice too close to your rear speakers, because the rear speakers will act like a mic diaphragm and will send signal to your sub.

Trust me on this one, its happened to me before. I did an install for a friend of mine and spliced too close to the rear speakers and when you tapped on the rear speaker, you could here it in the subwoofer, so try and splice far enough that you wont experience that problem.

If you plan to run two powered subs, you will need a fused power wire from your battery to your trunk, and a distribution block to split the power into two, one for each powered sub. You can not actually power a powered sub with just the speaker wire.
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IF you didnt want alot of Bass, but still a good improvement over stock , you should check out the Infinity Basslink....its small and compact, and is a pretty good addition to the stock.....i believe that custom88 has one in his rora
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Powered subs require a power lead from your battery. There are usually only two ways to route the signal into the powered sub.

1) Use RCA cables from the head unit and run them to the powered sub
2) Use the high input speaker connection.

The only thing I recommend is not to splice too close to your rear speakers, because the rear speakers will act like a mic diaphragm and will send signal to your sub.

Trust me on this one, its happened to me before. I did an install for a friend of mine and spliced too close to the rear speakers and when you tapped on the rear speaker, you could here it in the subwoofer, so try and splice far enough that you wont experience that problem.

If you plan to run two powered subs, you will need a fused power wire from your battery to your trunk, and a distribution block to split the power into two, one for each powered sub. You can not actually power a powered sub with just the speaker wire.
that could be my problem!! thanks for the idea... i spliced about 2 inches away
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I heard about the bass links and maybe thats the way to go. I wonder if this is an amp I can get that will allow rear speaker wires as input, then run to new rear speakers and non-powered subs? Does that sound better / possible?
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I heard about the bass links and maybe thats the way to go. I wonder if this is an amp I can get that will allow rear speaker wires as input, then run to new rear speakers and non-powered subs? Does that sound better / possible?
The Basslink has the option of either remote-turn on, or it has an auto-sensing feature. The auto-sensing feature will power on the basslink anytime it senses a signal (voltage) going to the speakers. You can use either RCA inputs on the Basslink, or Speaker-level inputs. Originally I had my basslink connected to my rear speaker wires by splicing into the wiring. that worked great. My only recommendation is to use the remote-turn-on lead instead of the auto-turn on. The databus II system on our cars makes the basslink turn on anytime there is data communication through the vehicle. (it senses the current changes.) This includes unlocking your doors, setting the factory alarm, or even just opening a door. It got annoying because it would making popping noises (which you can also hear through the factory speakers if you listen very carefully to them.) I love my basslink, it'* as powerful as most 12" subs, and it'* only an 8" woofer with a built in amp. It gets pretty loud and makes my car rattle pretty loud for what it is.

Here it is installed in my trunk. It takes up very little room and could be mistaken for stock.
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and here it is under the cover that I made for it to look even more stealthy.
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here'* a vid from outside my car that shows you just how powerful this little 8" sub is. It makes my car rattle pretty good all things considered. It sounds great inside though, you don't hear any of the rattling from in there.
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If you have any other questions about the basslink let me know!
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Thanks for posting the pics 88 and I like their size, which is critical in my trunk with nitrous tank, air compressor and tank and a CO2 tank for engine bay fire extingusher. I guess I need to know how much and where to get... Does walmart carry them. I thought I seen them there once.
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One little problem.. it'* really expensive, as far as sub/amp combo systems go though. I got mine off of Ebay for $180, but that'* not with a warranty.. I really recommend Infinity'* warranty, I think it'* for 3 years and it covers the total replacement cost, which is why I'd buy it from an authorized store like cardomain. Circuit city carries it too I think? (for a local store.)
http://www.cardomain.com/item/INFBASSLINK
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