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I'm a new member, and I have an 06 armada. I will post pics tomorrow, because I wanted to clean it up first. I interested in installing a 12" sub and an amp. I have some what of an idea about where to put the amp, but the sub installation is holding me up. I was trying to use minimum trunk space, and cleanliness is another factor that I was trying to keep. Any pics or ideas would be really helpful.
 

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Stealth box

Do a search on the forum, there are other threads talking about the JL stealth box, a sub that fits in the jack compartment. Some here have mounted the amp in the same compartment as the jack handle. I think you will find several setups that are similar to what you are talking about
 

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My amp is in the cargo area below the false floor.

A real nice setup I saw on here is below.
I like that subwoofer setup but I wonder how they did it since he does have the power liftgate. Do you know the owner?

I was planning on getting the JL Audio stealthbox but I have a bench seat on my second row and this would not work.


Then I saw this but it say it won't work with powerlift gate.
Here's what it says "Permanent modification of storage pocket panel is necessary for installation. Will not fit Armada models with power liftgate option. Will not fit Infiniti QX56."
 

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ezemaxima said:
I like that subwoofer setup but I wonder how they did it since he does have the power liftgate. Do you know the owner?

I was planning on getting the JL Audio stealthbox but I have a bench seat on my second row and this would not work.


Then I saw this but it say it won't work with powerlift gate.
Here's what it says "Permanent modification of storage pocket panel is necessary for installation. Will not fit Armada models with power liftgate option. Will not fit Infiniti QX56."
I have two v 12s mounted like the top photo in the floor cargo tray.

The stealth box will fit because the 06 has the power lift gate motor on the right side, not the left side like the 04 and 05's. If you use a big amp amd one of the low depth, low air volume subs, you can fit a twelve into the stealth box. Just give it lots of power and reinforce it with fiberglass or dynomat from the inside.

I have done this in a friend 06, LE.

I have a 06 LE, and I replace the stock 6" bose sub with a 8" MTX 4500 sub in the stock boes sub box. Sounds good but a little light. I have ordered a 06 factory bose sub box for a 05 that fits under the passanger seat (06 le sub box is under driver seat) this will give me dual subs. (i'm going for a stealth system, cause my wife dirves it)


I'm not a mtx guy but I'm waiting for http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/product/detail/0,,2076_4061_297969765,00.html to install.
 

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"have a 06 LE, and I replace the stock 6" bose sub with a 8" MTX 4500 sub in the stock boes sub box. Sounds good but a little light. I have ordered a 06 factory bose sub box for a 05 that fits under the passanger seat (06 le sub box is under driver seat) this will give me dual subs. (i'm going for a stealth system, cause my wife dirves it)"


what was the part number for that box?
 

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jameeler said:
The stealth box will fit because the 06 has the power lift gate motor on the right side, not the left side like the 04 and 05's. If you use a big amp amd one of the low depth, low air volume subs, you can fit a twelve into the stealth box. Just give it lots of power and reinforce it with fiberglass or dynomat from the inside.I have done this in a friend 06, LE.
Thanks for the info. I have been checking the area and was planning on creating my own box with mixed wood and fiberglass.

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I have a 06 LE, and I replace the stock 6" bose sub with a 8" MTX 4500 sub in the stock boes sub box. Sounds good but a little light.
Is there a noticeable difference when you changed it out. What are you powering them with now? still the stock HU or an afterkarket HU and/or amp?
 

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ezemaxima said:
Thanks for the info. I have been checking the area and was planning on creating my own box with mixed wood and fiberglass.






Is there a noticeable difference when you changed it out. What are you powering them with now? still the stock HU or an afterkarket HU and/or amp?


it made a huge differance, it is not even comparable to the bose sub. I have one channel of the alpine amp bridged pushing the sub. I can not change out the factory HU yet because they do not make a trim piece for the 06 LE with the digital dual climate control read out cut into it. I caught the factory low pass signal off of the factory sub box and ran it to the amp. You must us the signal to drive the sub signal.


i currently have a 8"mtx 4500 sub, but I am changing it out with the one listed below.


http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/p...5,00.html?compName=PNA_ProductDetailComponent
 

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That's nice. Did you need any type of preamp adaptor to change the sub output signal to RCA for the new amps? Have you seen the new amps from Alpine. It's the PDX series. They are very small and stackable. And can be placed behind panels cause they don't heat up.

 

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ezemaxima said:
That's nice. Did you need any type of preamp adaptor to change the sub output signal to RCA for the new amps? Have you seen the new amps from Alpine. It's the PDX series. They are very small and stackable. And can be placed behind panels cause they don't heat up.

If you look under the front driver seat from behind you will see two sets of wires, one set is front low pass and the other is rear sub pass but the signal are combined in the factory amp. I just used a standard line level converter and ran the rca's from the converter to the amp.

Those amps are crazy, I looked into them but they were a little pricey. They sound great though!
 

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"have a 06 LE, and I replace the stock 6" bose sub with a 8" MTX 4500 sub in the stock boes sub box. Sounds good but a little light. I have ordered a 06 factory bose sub box for a 05 that fits under the passanger seat (06 le sub box is under driver seat) this will give me dual subs. (i'm going for a stealth system, cause my wife dirves it)"


what was the part number for that box?
it is 26071 and it is the same in all year and model Mada's. The cost is $309.00 which I am not willing to play. My local shop can build a custom box that the factory grill cover will fit over, and if I used this speakerhttp://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/product/detail/0,,2076_4061_297969819,00.html I can install a 12". The custom box will cost $200.00, and will fit here
 

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ockevin said:
My amp is in the cargo area below the false floor.

A real nice setup I saw on here is below.
I do not have the power lift and am very interested in gettin a sub set-up like yours. Where did you order yours from or was it installed locally?
 

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That is a very clean install. I am currently working on an install of a alpine 1.1000 (new digital amp) Alpine and a sealed box with two 12" alpine type R subs.

I noticed you have 24" rims on your armada. I am thinking of getting some 24s for mine but have been told I need to upgrade the brakes with rims over 22". I really want the 24s but do not want to change the brakes for the extra size. Did you upgrade your brakes? If not, how is their performance with the larger rims? Also, how is the ride? I was also warned that the ride will change significantly with rims over 22". Thanks for your input! I am ready to order and need some advice from non-salesmen.
 

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ezemaxima said:
That's nice. Did you need any type of preamp adaptor to change the sub output signal to RCA for the new amps? Have you seen the new amps from Alpine. It's the PDX series. They are very small and stackable. And can be placed behind panels cause they don't heat up.


I just ordered this amp and 2 alpine 12" type R subs I am wiring in my QX56. I will let you know how it goes and sounds. How did you trigger your amp (splice off the trigger for the stock sub amp?).
 

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jameeler said:
If you look under the front driver seat from behind you will see two sets of wires, one set is front low pass and the other is rear sub pass but the signal are combined in the factory amp. I just used a standard line level converter and ran the rca's from the converter to the amp
So it does not matter which pass (front low or rear sub) you attach the converter to? Sorry but this is my first intall of a sub system into a factory set up. also, how did you trigger the amp? Did you splice off the trigger for the factory amp or did you simply splice into a power line for a cigarette lighter that powers with the key in place?
 

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That is a very clean install. I am currently working on an install of a alpine 1.1000 (new digital amp) Alpine and a sealed box with two 12" alpine type R subs.

I noticed you have 24" rims on your armada. I am thinking of getting some 24s for mine but have been told I need to upgrade the brakes with rims over 22". I really want the 24s but do not want to change the brakes for the extra size. Did you upgrade your brakes? If not, how is their performance with the larger rims? Also, how is the ride? I was also warned that the ride will change significantly with rims over 22". Thanks for your input! I am ready to order and need some advice from non-salesmen.
No, you will not need to upgrade your breaks. With my 24's not only did I not upgrade but ground away some of the caliper so my wheels would fit perfect. My break test was done this weekend, pulling my sons race car going 50 MPH with no trailer break assist I slamed the breaks with all she had, I did not messure how far to stop but can tell you I was very pleased. Also my tow rate using my 24"s is just slightly under my stocks. Keep in mind my wheels are made by Foose, which means very high quality so if you buy cheep wheels you may not have the same good results. :D As for the ride, I'm very satisfied, just a little stiffer but not enuff to bother me and I'm as anal as they come. Also your fuel mileage will suffer, 1.5 MPG here, I would think 22's would be better however nothing looks better on an Armada then a set of 24's!
 

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I agree all around. 24" is the ****!! I am going to go with Giovanna Caracas 24" with pirelli's. I am a motorcycle racer and pull a trailer (with brake assist) but it seems like everyone on the forum has not had a problem with brake issues. I think other trucks/suv's do not have brakes as good as our stock ones so they end up needing brake upgrades with rims greater than 22".
 
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