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Hi is it very difficult to replace the factory sub where do I start with the removable of the plastic?



( Any recommendations on a aftermarket 8 INCH SUB?)



Also is the amp like a aftermarket style amp that could be easily updated Any help would be appreciated!



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Hi is it very difficult to replace the factory sub where do I start with the removable of the plastic?



( Any recommendations on a aftermarket 8 INCH SUB?)



Also is the amp like a aftermarket style amp that could be easily updated Any help would be appreciated!



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You will have to pull the whole panel in front of the sub and remove the rear seatbelt hanger by the roof. Then you have to unbolt the sub box. You have to do all of this because there is a bolt going into the subs motor from the rear of the sub box. The amp is bolted on to the box.



Just measure the mounting depth of the stock sub and get a replacememt that is the same.
 

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Same for all Explorers, don't try to remove just the small trim panel with the seam. The clips break if you do not remove them from the backside. Simply pull the whole quarter panel trim out, about five minutes of work. You will need a T50 torx bit for the seat belt bolt. Good luck,
 

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What model of truck do you have? The Mach radio(late 90's trucks) with "RDS" button will not work well with an aftermarket amp, as is. Its output is 85 watts factory, and there is a special mute signal on top of the main sub signal. I didn't find an answer to specifically how to remove it. I did get mine bypassed, with new outputs, five RCA outputs built it.



The factory signal and amp seems to work well for a lot of people, many swap out the small woofer for a 10" aftermarket, and it works well. To modify the Mach sub signal will require some kind of transformer I was told, more research would be required. Good luck,
 

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I have a 2003 eddie bauer x and i was told that if i remove my head unit it will be hard to integrate my factory dvd tv combo my goal is to replace the sub and the amp if possible.
 

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That stock HU should be different than the Mach radios that you read about so much. I believe that they changed those around about 2002. Others here may know of what to do with the stock HU and sub. I learned most of what I know from the repair specialists that work on these, and do internet business. If you don't get an answer soon, you should contact a small number of those people. I'd simply search on eBay for radio repair and ask those that you find there about your specific OEM radio and the sub. Good luck,
 

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here is what youre sub box and amp looks like.



There is not much room to change the sub as the box is very thin.

[attachment=10724:factory_sub_1.jpg]



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Anyone know if I can use the factory harness from the amp for a aftermarket amp or do I have to run a new signal I want to keep the factory HU but lose the factory sub and amp.
 

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I agree with Carmen, find the aftermarket stealthbox, it will be about the best. I thought you may be able to mount a larger woofer like the 93-01's, but that doesn't look easy for that OEM box. Regards,
 

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Anyone know if I can use the factory harness from the amp for a aftermarket amp or do I have to run a new signal I want to keep the factory HU but lose the factory sub and amp.


you would have to get a line driver.



I agree with Carmen, find the aftermarket stealthbox, it will be about the best. I thought you may be able to mount a larger woofer like the 93-01's, but that doesn't look easy for that OEM box. Regards,


i doubt there is even enough volume for an aftermarket one to sound remotely good.
 

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My JL box is very well made, and it uses the space efficiently. I know that it wasn't made to compete with larger woofers that move more air, but I have read good things about the Stealthbox subs.
 

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Anyone know if I can use the factory harness from the amp for a aftermarket amp or do I have to run a new signal I want to keep the factory HU but lose the factory sub and amp.
Any one know where to point me in a direction of a stealthbox that fits in this place?



Do they Make stealthboxes for the 2002-05?
 

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do you have rear air? The only one i have seen fits to the side where the rear air vent is, the problem is that i have rear air so that wont work, i also saw on cardomain someone had cut out the passenger side back piece and put a sub in it, im sure you coudl do something like that as well.
 

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do you have rear air? The only one i have seen fits to the side where the rear air vent is, the problem is that i have rear air so that wont work, i also saw on cardomain someone had cut out the passenger side back piece and put a sub in it, im sure you coudl do something like that as well.
Yes I do have rear air so are my options getting smaller!
 
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