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I recently completed a refit of my 2011 with a new head unit, amps, and door speakers. I've been looking around for a solution to add a small sub to the system and have so far come up pretty short (I'm not 16 anymore, and I don't want a giant box in the cargo area).

There's ONE guy out there (to my knowledge) who manufactures a "stealth box". It fits an 8" sub.

I have no affiliation with the company whatsoever, and I wanted to share it with you all.

Thanks!
 

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:welcome: to Toyota Nation, and also to the Highlander forums! I'm sure some of our members will be appreciative of your lucky find. :thumbsup:
 

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i like it.. would be great if i can use my 12s
I bet you'd be hard-pressed to find anything "stealth" that could fit a 12" in there ;-). Toyota did a pretty good job of using every stinking square inch of the interior of that vehicle. Especially with the 3rd row installed.

That's not bad, but why wouldn't they make it for the other side? The sub covers up the levers to fold down the 2nd row
This is only a guess, but the jack is installed in the compartment on the opposite side. Another reason might be the footprint available on the other side isn't big enough to accommodate the needed volume.

That's only a guess, though.

In mine, there's nothing functional in the corner besides the storage bin that it sits on. Is the second row lever different on different trim levels?
 

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I'm picking up my SE V6 later today, and the levers to drop the 2nd row are right behind the sub in that picture.
I thought the levers were standard on all models no?
 

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Absolutely.

If you put a JL Audio 8w1 or 8w3 in there with a GOOD amp that can drive it hard (Alpine MFD-500 for example) it'll pound.

Will it shake the neighbors when you ride down the road? No. But it'll sound like a million bucks in the vehicle.

When you're only dealing with compressing the air in a 450 cubic foot space, a good 8 will sound amazing.
 

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I'm picking up my SE V6 later today, and the levers to drop the 2nd row are right behind the sub in that picture.
I thought the levers were standard on all models no?
I had to double check since I've never put the 2nd row down, but my 2011 V6 Base does not have a lever back there. The levers are actually on the back of the seats.
 

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That's a great looking solution. Sadly, the auto-drop 2nd row seat levers are located there behind the box on a 2011 LTD. Also, you would lose the ability to use the cargo area mat(s). And the tonneau cover could not be stored in its storage bin, which requires removal of all 3 bin covers to get it out or put it away. Of course, none of these issues apply if this stealth box is easily lifted or moved temporarily.
 

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I got in touch with Wicked, and Nazar is checking to see if he can fab one for the 2014 HL

He is supposed to call me soon
 

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8" jl w3 only 200 to 400 watts packs a surprisingly powerful punch, not much space taken on amp or sub. JL jx250/1
 

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Wow, pretty old thread! I agree JL w3 would probably be one of the best choices for 8" enclosure. I had myself Boston Acoustics and Klipsch subs in my 8"custom enclosure, but would've definitely tried something more powerful if my SUV wasn't sold... fortunately I was able to remove the enclosure before selling it. Will post it for sale soon. PM me if interested.

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That is a pretty great spot! I would think JL as recommended would work well. I had an Infinity old school sub and I removed it for a 10" JL jw2 or 3? It surely has more low kick, but the Infinity was maybe a tighter punch. Perhaps my air in the sealed box was not optimal for the JL. ITs still very nice, but, it is not 100 as I would like. I am perfectly fine with it..But since you are starting it, I would recommend testing the airspace and its at optimal for the location.
 
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