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Guys, I've read lots of posts here, very informative. I have an 05 XLT I'm about to kit out with a new system, and I've been contemplating my navel over what to do about sub mounting.

I need the read compartment to be clear (so no boxes), we haul kids around new england all winter long to ski races, so we need the room.

So that limits me to the space below the luggage deck, or the side kick panel in the rear. Did the factory sub have a different trim panel on the side than the standard radio install? I can't seem to find any reference to it, although I believe it exists.
 

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You can probably get a lot done if you use the factory trunk height as your guide, and do a false-floor system.

My system build #2 is an example. You could actually do better than that with the right gear and the right install tactics. This is, of course, assuming that your vehicle indeed has the spare under it, which I thought the ~06-07's do.
 

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fourthmeal said:
You can probably get a lot done if you use the factory trunk height as your guide, and do a false-floor system.

My system build #2 is an example. You could actually do better than that with the right gear and the right install tactics. This is, of course, assuming that your vehicle indeed has the spare under it, which I thought the ~06-07's do.
Thanks for the response. Your work is simply terrific, and your knowledge is amazing.

I do have a spare under the car, so the small compartment is usable, although I might not use it. There is a small storage bin on the left rear inner trim panel, and I may use that and cut it out. Its a pretty useless bin and I always end up keeping stuff in the storage compartments. Our cars get used heavily in the winter, and there's always lots of wet stuff thrown in after the skiing, so its probably not good as an electronics location :)

I may use the lower tray for the amp, if there's no room anywhere else, and make a plastic guard to prevent water from getting onto it, not sure yet.
 

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fourthmeal said:
You can probably get a lot done if you use the factory trunk height as your guide, and do a false-floor system.

My system build #2 is an example. You could actually do better than that with the right gear and the right install tactics. This is, of course, assuming that your vehicle indeed has the spare under it, which I thought the ~06-07's do.
Thanks for the response. Your work is simply terrific, and your knowledge is amazing.

I do have a spare under the car, so the small compartment is usable, although I might not use it. There is a small storage bin on the left rear inner trim panel, and I may use that and cut it out. Its a pretty useless bin and I always end up keeping stuff in the storage compartments. Our cars get used heavily in the winter, and there's always lots of wet stuff thrown in after the skiing, so its probably not good as an electronics location :)

I may use the lower tray for the amp, if there's no room anywhere else, and make a plastic guard to prevent water from getting onto it, not sure yet.
Thanks for the compliments. :)

If you pull that plastic thing out you'll find there is a wealth of unused space in the trunk. By building a simple false floor in that area, you'd be able to install just about anything. To prevent water damage, I'd add a rubber tray made for the vehicle, and we can do some advanced sealing techniques and use marine-grade equipment as insurance. Trust me, it can be done and done right, all under that factory space.
 

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fourthmeal said:
Thanks for the compliments. :)

If you pull that plastic thing out you'll find there is a wealth of unused space in the trunk. By building a simple false floor in that area, you'd be able to install just about anything. To prevent water damage, I'd add a rubber tray made for the vehicle, and we can do some advanced sealing techniques and use marine-grade equipment as insurance. Trust me, it can be done and done right, all under that factory space.
I got the head unit in today (Pioneer P8000BT, along with their XM tuner), and replaced all the factory speakers with pioneer 6x8s. I NEED NEED NEED to put some sound deadener in the doors, zero sound insulation in there. Sounds like a Bahamian kettle drum.....I guess they had to cut costs somewhere!!

I'll pull the tray panel out tomorrow to see whats under there.

And thanks Surfscape! I did see that unit, but it was a bit on the pricey side for what I thought I'd get. I'm gonna follow fourthmeals lead and explore a custom install. Either under the parcel tray, or in the left side trim panel.
 

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Why not both? you can build an amp rack with relatively inexpensive (read, normal size and not mini) amps in the false floor area, and use a Thunderform box for your sub. cheaper, faster, and easier to make for sure.

I just hate the MTX sub, that's all. I'd sell that sucker in a heartbeat, and install a better sub in its place. Otherwise, I think it is a fine box.
 
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