Not that I’ve lured you here with an adorable pitbull, I did some car stuff this weekend.

Installed a 10"1010 JBL Subwoofer into the stock location in my LS400 and added an Alpine MRV-500 to power it. Wiring the power cable from the battery in the front all the way to the back, and tapping into the ACC wire on my headunit was a sweat-dripping task that took me like 4 hours in the 90F heat. Had to remove the back seat completely, and pull up all the passenger side door sill trim pieces. But it’s all in now, now a wire to be seen, and it BUMPS.

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The 10" sub is a lot bigger than the old 8inch. My Nakamichi sub died just after I bought the car and I threw in a Sony sub from a home-theater box to tied me over until I could afford to waste some money. The stock sub was 5 ohms which is a really odd rating that just isn’t made anymore, so dedicated amp and subwoofer was the way to go.

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Big thanks to Echo51 for sharing the knowledge on how to get my sub signal to the new amp. The Nakamichi system uses its stock amp to high-pass/low-pass filter the signal to each speaker. So the stock amp is acting as a pre-amp to the Alpine in the trunk. I had to chop and hammer a lot to get this bigger sub to fit but it worked out well I’m very happy with the results. All my hackery is well hidden and function-over-form is fine with me. I also picked up a cool new tool for installing the self-tapping screws for the sub itself. Being in the rear parcel shelf, a drill didn’t fit at all, so i got this 90deg drill attachment from Home Depot for $20 that made the task a breeze. Of course half way through my drill died, so I still need to install a few screws.

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Very satisfied with the results and everything I learned in the process, cannot wait to drive to work in the morning! PS I have an OPPO decal in the mail for my rear window, I have a decal on my older LS that is languishing until I have a need for the second car, I’ll post a delicious OPPO decal-ing in the near future. Night OPPO