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Tuning your subs
by Buck Pomerantz

Having a subwoofer in your car is a good thing, but if the subwoofer isn't properly tuned, it won't sound as good as it should. This article describes how to adjust your amplifier so that your subwoofer will sound just the way you want it to.

Whether you're driving a Dodge Intrepid, a Chrysler Concorde, or a Chrysler 300M, you're going about your business in one of the most beautiful sedan designs of the last 30 years or so. The stock stereos haven't aged quite as well, so an upgrade might be in order.

We help install a new audio system and a Thule bike rack on a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek. The Rockford Fosgate speakers and powered sub leave the owner smiling.

Alpine's SBR-S8-4 ported subwoofer gives you the hard-hitting bass your system was missing — without taking up the valuable storage space you need. The secret is in the high quality construction.

Once you've mastered the basic box construction techniques, it's time to kick your creativity into gear and add some finishing touches.

The Sound Ordnance B-8PTD compact powered subwoofer lets you add bass to your car audio system with minimum fuss. Its slim chassis fits in places larger subs won't, and its built-in amp helps simplify your installation. Check out this short video to learn more about this great little powered sub.

1973-1985 Jeep CJ5 and CJ7
by Jon Paulette

When you're climbing desert dunes or fording mountain streams in your vintage Jeep, you're probably too busy to worry about sound and music. But when you're in town, a quality stereo is nice to have. If you're looking for audio gear that's tough enough for Jeep duty, you're in the right place.

Kicker's Redline series of amps and subs, which includes the popular CompR and CompRT subwoofers plus their KX amplifiers, gives you the sound and performance you expect from Kicker car audio gear.

Stealthbox subwoofers sound so good because JL Audio analyzes each vehicle's acoustic properties, carefully measures the available space, and extensively tests and tweaks each prototype to optimize the sound for bass and the location for stealth.

Minivan makeover
by Buck Pomerantz

Like most high schoolers, Morgan didn't particularly enjoy getting stuck driving the family minivan. And a minivan isn't a vehicle you'd normally think of to put in a rockin' aftermarket sound system. Now, it sounds better than a new car's stereo and she has a place to plug in her iPhone, too.

Subwoofers blow when you over-power them and when you try to get too much volume while under-powering them. Here we discuss what happens when you give them too much power or too much distortion.

Confusion about how to wire subwoofers has been around for as long as people have been putting them in cars. Here, we'll explain why the way you wire your subwoofer affects the output.

Subwoofer wiring diagrams
by Buck Pomerantz

With the wide variety of subwoofers available, it's easy to get confused about the best way to wire up your system. These wiring diagrams will help you find the configuration that'll get the most out of your subs and your amplifier.

Upgrade your car's sound
by Buck Pomerantz

Factory stereo systems leave a lot to be desired. This problem now has some solutions that let you keep your factory stereo and get spectacular sound, customized for your specific vehicle. The four upgrade systems we discuss in this article improve the factory sound of different vehicles in different ways.

2006-2012 Toyota RAV4
by Jon Paulette

When it comes to so-called "cute utes," the Toyota RAV4 is one of the best around. The third-generation model, which debuted in 2006 and lasted until 2012, was extremely popular with both press and public for its ride, handling, and overall non-truckiness.

2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade
by Jon Paulette

Even in a parking lot full of SUVs (i.e., most parking lots), this truck stands out from the crowd. And, if you're like most Escalade owners, that's totally okay with you. If you wanted to blend in, you could take your pick of nice, bland luxury sedans. But what fun would that be?

Andrew W's 2007 Toyota Tacoma
by Dominic Devito

Andrew W. from Charlotte, NC, loaded up his 2007 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner with a wealth of toys, including a Kenwood navigation receiver, some Alpine speakers, a pair of Rockford Fosgate enclosed subs, and an alarm system.

Eric C's 2008 Saturn Vue
by Dominic Devito

Eric C. of Streamwood, IL, returns to the Custom Car Showroom to exhibit his 2008 Saturn Vue XE, which he outfitted with a Pioneer DVD receiver, Infinity speakers, MTX subwoofers, and a pair of Pioneer amplifiers — most of which he hid from view.

2012-up Fiat 500
by Jon Paulette

If you're looking for a (very) small car that's made for living in the city, the Fiat 500 is a great choice. It's economical, easy to park, and a ton of fun to drive. If you're looking for ideas on how to upgrade the Cinquecento's rather weak factory stereo, you've come to the right place.

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