A client from Abbotsford recently visited Certified Autosound and Security in search of a subwoofer upgrade for his 2018 Toyota Camry. Even though the car came with a JBL stereo, it still didn’t have the bass performance he wanted. After inspecting the vehicle and talking with the client about how he listens to his music, we proposed a custom subwoofer upgrade that would use a pair of shallow-mount subs in fiberglass enclosures.
Custom Toyota Camry Subwoofer System
The project started with the creation of fiberglass molds of the corners of the trunk. These molds would serve as the backs of the system’s subwoofer enclosures. With the base of the enclosures cured, we removed them from the vehicle and attached a set of two-piece mounting plates for the JL Audio 10TW3-D8 subwoofers. The lower plate is a simple mount for the sub while the upper is a trim ring that is contoured to the complex outer shape of these shallow-mount 10-inch drivers. We used body filler to blend the trim ring into the mounting plate so that everything flows nicely into the fiberglass pods.
We finished the enclosures in gray carpet that matches the trunk and secured them to the vehicle using nutserts and a custom steel mounting plate behind the factory trunk trim. A set of JL Audio SGR10TW3 grilles protects the subs from damage.
JL Audio Subwoofer System Amplifier
The new subwoofers are powered by a JL Audio XD600/1v2 amplifier that our team mounted underneath the parcel shelf on an ABS plastic plate. An AudioControl LC2i interface extracts an audio signal from the factory sound system. The addition of an HD-RLC remote level control in the front of the vehicle lets the client fine-tune the subwoofer level to his mood or music. Stinger wiring delivers power from the battery to the compact amplifier. We finished the installation by applying SQL Soundmat to the trunk lid to help prevent vibrations.
Custom Audio System Integration
The custom enclosures and rear deck mounting locations for this Camry subwoofer system are such that the trunk remains usable and that the client has full access to the spare tire at any time. The client loves the way the enclosures look and was impressed that the sound deadening prevented the trunk from rattling when he has the volume cranked.
If you are near Abbotsford, Maple Ridge or Chilliwack and are interested in upgrading the performance of your factory sound system, drop by the Certified Autosound and Security location nearest you or send our team an e-mail using our online contact page.
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