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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old January 5th, 2017, 10:58 Thread Starter
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Subwoofer Repair?

I recently installed a new head unit, and to my surprise the speakers are shot. The sub however, does work but it rattles like hell. I am already getting new 4" speakers for the dash, but I don't want to spend so much money on a whole new setup when the amp and all works. Is there a sub that I can buy and just drop it into the factory enclosure?
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By the way, I am fine with the factory sub. I DO NOT want to spend a ton of money on a new subwoofer, so please don't suggest that.
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I've read around here somewhere that someone was able to replace the current sub, but I believe had to do some custom cutting to make the speaker fit. Than to wire it in, and make sure it is actually getting power through the harness all the way to the radio.

I know you said don't suggest a new subwoofer, but if you happen to have a 6x9 speaker and box laying around, you can easily make that your mini sub behind the seat.
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I've read around here somewhere that someone was able to replace the current sub, but I believe had to do some custom cutting to make the speaker fit. Than to wire it in, and make sure it is actually getting power through the harness all the way to the radio.

I know you said don't suggest a new subwoofer, but if you happen to have a 6x9 speaker and box laying around, you can easily make that your mini sub behind the seat.
I'd really not like to mess with the stock wiring harness, it would be much simpler to just plug in a new woofer. The amp works great, the only thing was that the diaphragm rotted out so it rattled a lot. I'm not one for a lot of bass, just a complete sound stage.

From what it looks like, the same size speaker as the ones on the dash can fit right in. I'm just not sure where exactly to even find a 4" subwoofer. Maybe with some modification to the box I can fit a 5" or something.
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You were surprised the speakers were shots Shultzy? 30 year old paper ?

I had under seat 2 boxes, stuffed them with new dual-range 4 inches tied the second one to the existing harness and have one under each seat. (Each box has it's own OEM mini-amp). Used 4" ceramics in the dash and added 2 outdoor/waterproof speakers to the firewall (in amoungst the roll cage).

Suggest you put plastic over what ever under seat speaker you do use. Shat happens.
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I replaced the foam surrounds on my Advent Mini home speakers from Simply Speakers on Amazon for about $25. Kit came with 2 rings and special glue. There is enough glue to do a bunch more speakers. I sized the rings up up on my spare blown out MR2 subs and the look as though they would fit, but haven't gotten around to ordering more. I contacted them directly about some other options and they were very helpful.
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Old thread but I just repaired my OEM sub last night. I found a speaker that works its also only $7 and bolts right in! No mod required just plug it in!


BOSS AUDIO BRS40 BRS 4" 50-watt Full Range Speaker
https://www.amazon.com/BOSS-AUDIO-BR.../dp/B001RNNX8K
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You will find threads on this issue, and all the AW11 speaker specifications. Common solution is to simply replace the driver with one on similar size and efficiency. Just like Redfogo, but I don't see efficiency spec on his. It could be louder/quieter than stock given the same signal power.

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Just to keep this zombie thread alive, another option is to replace the oem subs with Tang-Bang subs.

Another place to find them and other speakers and subs is parts-express.com.
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You will find threads on this issue, and all the AW11 speaker specifications. Common solution is to simply replace the driver with one on similar size and efficiency. Just like Redfogo, but I don't see efficiency spec on his. It could be louder/quieter than stock given the same signal power.
I will look as well. I know I had a thread on replacing it and using a different speaker which did require removing some metal from it to make it fit.
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I will look as well. I know I had a thread on replacing it and using a different speaker which did require removing some metal from it to make it fit.
Man, this thread is still alive? XD

Anyway, what I did for the subwoofer was use a Pioneer 5.25" speaker for now. You have to trim the edge a little bit for it to fit in the box but other than that it just screws right in. It sounds really crappy though since it's a speaker and not an actual subwoofer and the low pass filter in the amplifier basically makes it useless. It makes like a bit of rattling noise with no real thump or anything. But it sounds better than what I had before lol

I'm still trying to think of what else to fit under there, I still like having the sub under the seat, but I don't want a whole new box and stuff. I found what you can use for the OEM replacement, a Pioneer 12-264TAP. Slightly newer (90-94) Lexus cars use them as door speakers, surprisingly. But I'm trying to consider something else, maybe even make a custom box but use the OEM amplifier and just transplant it into the custom box. That way I can fit a larger sub that actually has some thump.

Or maybe I can rip the sub out of my Kia LOL
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Man, this thread is still alive? XD

Anyway, what I did for the subwoofer was use a Pioneer 5.25" speaker for now. You have to trim the edge a little bit for it to fit in the box but other than that it just screws right in. It sounds really crappy though since it's a speaker and not an actual subwoofer and the low pass filter in the amplifier basically makes it useless. It makes like a bit of rattling noise with no real thump or anything. But it sounds better than what I had before lol

I'm still trying to think of what else to fit under there, I still like having the sub under the seat, but I don't want a whole new box and stuff. I found what you can use for the OEM replacement, a Pioneer 12-264TAP. Slightly newer (90-94) Lexus cars use them as door speakers, surprisingly. But I'm trying to consider something else, maybe even make a custom box but use the OEM amplifier and just transplant it into the custom box. That way I can fit a larger sub that actually has some thump.

Or maybe I can rip the sub out of my Kia LOL
there is a speaker from than Lexus LS400 I think from the 90s that is an almost exact fit you have to modify the plug for the speaker a tiny bit.
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ok this is what I used before I found the 264TAP. it fit, you had to remove the matting in there and cut the speaker surround but it worked. Plugged right in. just dont use a dremel like I did.

http://mr-2.info/mr2info/images//P1030790.JPG
http://mr-2.info/mr2info/images//P1030792.JPG
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ok this is what I used before I found the 264TAP. it fit, you had to remove the matting in there and cut the speaker surround but it worked. Plugged right in. just dont use a dremel like I did.

http://mr-2.info/mr2info/images//P1030790.JPG
http://mr-2.info/mr2info/images//P1030792.JPG
http://mr-2.info/mr2info/images//P1030798.JPG
Where do I get one? Does it sound decent?
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Where do I get one? Does it sound decent?
it was good enough but remember you are still driving it through 30 year old car audio equipment.

I found it on ebay. I recall it being pretty cheap. Just use some kind of metal clipping scissor thing to cut the metal. found a clearer photo
http://mr-2.info/mr2info/images//P1030791.JPG

edit: PDMW5
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pyle-5in-Car...YAAOSwys5WU3rL
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it was good enough but remember you are still driving it through 30 year old car audio equipment.

I found it on ebay. I recall it being pretty cheap. Just use some kind of metal clipping scissor thing to cut the metal. found a clearer photo
http://mr-2.info/mr2info/images//P1030791.JPG

edit: PDMW5
Pyle 5in Car High Performance Mid-Bass Woofer Speaker 68888713061 | eBay

Not really. I took out the old speakers and head unit. The only thing that's still OEM is the amp and low pass filter. Speaking of, does this speaker actually produce some bass? Like is it worth the $20 that it is? The speaker I have in there barely does anything because after the low pass filter it doesn't even respond to those frequencies.
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Not really. I took out the old speakers and head unit. The only thing that's still OEM is the amp and low pass filter. Speaking of, does this speaker actually produce some bass? Like is it worth the $20 that it is? The speaker I have in there barely does anything because after the low pass filter it doesn't even respond to those frequencies.
i does...but it isn't going to be vibrating your ass or anything. Even with my stock radio it works. the bass is fairly subtle though but it is enough.
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i does...but it isn't going to be vibrating your ass or anything. Even with my stock radio it works. the bass is fairly subtle though but it is enough.
I went ahead and ordered it. My speakers in the dash are so loud with highs but lacking in the mids. Hopefully this makes up for it at least a little bit.
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