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On my Gen3 if I look up at the rear deck from in the trunk there is an opening that look like it would fit a 6x9(??) speaker. What is this used for? I assumed it was for a sub, but don't know of any oval subs. Doesn't make sense to have just one 6x9 in there as well.

I've often wondered about this every once in a while, but after crawling around my trunk installing the satellite system I saw it again & began wondering.

If you use it, what do you have in there?
 

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I've seen generic brand 6x9 subs on ebay that dont look half bad, They're sold in pairs tho, but only runs like $40 for the pair. I thought about getting a set, selling one and buying a small amp to run it, www.teptronics.com has cheap halfway decent amps (I'd go Pyle personally) some have there own volume controls or bass controls. All in all I think you could spend Under $100 and ad a little thump to a system with that spot. I would think it would bring you near or over the JBL's sound...
 

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If your'e gonna add thump, do it with a box. It would be neat to put in another speaker there, but you can get an okay box and subs for around $100. I would guess that the hole is for a sub with a premium sound system, but I don't know for sure.
 

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Not everyone wants a sub box taking up space in the trunk.
 

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Don't even waste your time with some crap free air 6x9 sub. A single 10" in a sealed box doesn't take up any space at all. And will give you 10x more thump and boom and of course sound quality.

You have a huge trunk, 1 cu ft. is not going to set you back any.
 

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Spoken like somebody that doesn't have kids. Long gone are the days where I could actually put stuff like that in my trunk. I have 3 kids, and between the strollers, sports equipment, and my work stuff, I'm lucky I can keep my extinguisher in the trunk.

I do agree on a free air not doing much of anything.

So what is this hole for? What actually is supposed to be in there??

What a mystery!
 

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There is always room for a sub...


Actually the 6x9 hole was occupied by a JBL subwoofer in the 96 with the JBL premium audio system. Wasn't too bad, but not really enough bass. When Ford switch to the subwooferless Mach system, I guess they figured it'd be useless to redesign the car for that.

If you wanna add more bass though, replace the speakers and amplify them. That will definitely help.
 

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the hole is for a 6x9, and they're hardly subs. It's for the JBL upgrade from ford. I've only seen it in SHO's.... the 6x9 has an amp built right onto the speaker. It kinda blows though. I recomend that if you are looking to upgrade the system, to replace the stock speakers. the lone 6x9 won't make much of a difference

here's a detailed explination of the different Gen 3 audio options, included is the "mysterious" hole
http://www.v8sho.com/SHO/stereo.html
 

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Spoken like somebody that doesn't have kids. Long gone are the days where I could actually put stuff like that in my trunk. I have 3 kids, and between the strollers, sports equipment, and my work stuff, I'm lucky I can keep my extinguisher in the trunk.[/b]

AMEN. big trunk , but still can't fit everything i need. always have to leave my Ford racing tool box at home


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So what is this hole for? What actually is supposed to be in there??

What a mystery! [/b]
Not much of a mystery really, the glad scientist did it. Mr henry actually had a 6x9 subwoofer mounted there in the olden days(gen 3) w/ certian sound systems. it was powered by it's own lil bitty amp. a fellow coworker has a gen 3 and has checked into the set-up, but niether factory or aftermarket set-ups are easy to find. supposedly they added a little more bottom end, since they only had to produce the low range freq. add the A-pillar tweeters, and all the other four speaker just had to take care of ther mids. great in theory


I've thought of adding a 6x9 sub to the mix on my gen 4( hole still there, slight mod needed) and some factory A-pillar tweeters, for some quality sound, as my door and deck speakers get too busy trying to produce the whole array of sounds at high volume.
remember boys; its all about quality, not quantity when it comes to music.
 

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in certain 96-97's the speakers in the front doors actually had built-on crossovers and capacitors. This way they didn't play the full range, just the low range. Ford actually had JBL speakers for awhile, for all you JBL fans...
 

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does all of your cars have the tweeters in the door sails? I ask this because mine did, and I just assumed that they were all like that. I should have checked the stock speakers to see if they said "premium" on them before I threw the blown pieces of crap out.
 

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I've noticed this in my 95, and never really cared what it USED to be for...but what it COULD be used for.

I have to purchase a new 2 Channel Amp, and 2 10" subs first, but once that is done, I'll be using a RF single channel mono amp and an 8" RF punch series 'sub' to throw more mid into the cabin...

hows that sound?
 

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hey saerandy,
Though I can't disagree with the replies about a sub/box combo sounding better, I know what you mean about the space issue. I had a 6x9 Nakamichi "sub" for a couple of months and it really handled the job well. In fact, for a "little" free-air deal, it was pretty good! The benefit was, it fired right into the cabin. See this link to a couple of 6x9 "subs": http://www.salesco.com/hifi/6x9woofer.htm

I look at it this way, if you don't want to give up the space, the deck mounted 6x9 has about the same surface area as an 8" sub...it should help round out the system a little.
Good luck!
 
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My gen 2 has a hole back there and I put a small 8 inch sub there because my dad doesnt want me to have a sub. But what he doesnt know wont hurt him. And the thing actrully works nicely because the sound waves dont have to go through the back seat and just out through the hole to disturb and piss off old people.
 

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Originally posted by Twilight@Dec 28 2003, 10:33 PM
Don't even waste your time with some crap free air 6x9 sub. A single 10" in a sealed box doesn't take up any space at all. And will give you 10x more thump and boom and of course sound quality.

You have a huge trunk, 1 cu ft. is not going to set you back any.
This is the saturday morning after unloading demo equipment,clothes,boots, golfclubs etc. Oh and from mid january to october a softball equipment bag for my daugter. It used to be two but the other daughter is driving now.

Please design a sub box that can be integrated smoothly and get back to me



j/k mostly

Actually a stero guy is getting an 8" "Marine sub" that will fit in the third hole.He said it was designed for no box and would sound good. He is going to let me listen to it before I buy
 

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Originally posted by garyjc@Dec 29 2003, 09:25 AM
hey saerandy,
Though I can't disagree with the replies about a sub/box combo sounding better, I know what you mean about the space issue. I had a 6x9 Nakamichi "sub" for a couple of months and it really handled the job well. In fact, for a "little" free-air deal, it was pretty good! The benefit was, it fired right into the cabin. See this link to a couple of 6x9 "subs": http://www.salesco.com/hifi/6x9woofer.htm

I look at it this way, if you don't want to give up the space, the deck mounted 6x9 has about the same surface area as an 8" sub...it should help round out the system a little.
Good luck!
I currently have the mach audio system powered through my Pioneer DEH-P8500MP deck (50w x 4) which I got installed at bestbuy. These 6x9 subwoofers look like an interesting idea to me since I don't want to spent a lot of money on subwoofer boxes and amps.

Now if I bought one of these 6x9 subwoofers, how exactly would I go about hooking it up (I'm a car audio n00b). Where would I get my signal and my power from? Would I need a more powerful external amp, or would my headunit provide enough power for the subwoofer.
 

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Originally posted by mwt+Jan 5 2004, 04:24 PM-->QUOTE (mwt @ Jan 5 2004, 04:24 PM)
<!--QuoteBegin-Twilight
@Dec 28 2003, 10:33 PM
Don't even waste your time with some crap free air 6x9 sub. A single 10" in a sealed box doesn't take up any space at all. And will give you 10x more thump and boom and of course sound quality.

You have a huge trunk, 1 cu ft. is not going to set you back any.
This is the saturday morning after unloading demo equipment,clothes,boots, golfclubs etc. Oh and from mid january to october a softball equipment bag for my daugter. It used to be two but the other daughter is driving now.

Please design a sub box that can be integrated smoothly and get back to me



j/k mostly

Actually a stero guy is getting an 8" "Marine sub" that will fit in the third hole.He said it was designed for no box and would sound good. He is going to let me listen to it before I buy
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To the left of the brown suitcase you have a little bit of space. With some fiberglass work you could build a tiny 1/2 cu.ft. box for a 10" sub.
 
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