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JL Audio Stealthbox®

Custom-fit fiberglass enclosure with 10" W3v3 subwoofer
Fits 2002-up Dodge Ram Quad Cab models

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Our take on the JL Audio Stealthbox®

by Dominic Devito
JL Audio

Vehicle-specific enclosures with subs? Say what?

Instead of the usual sub in a box, the manufacturer creates a molded enclosure that fits perfectly into a convenient spot in your specific vehicle, housing a high-quality sub. Some enclosures even include a built-in amp, for the ultimate in stealth bass. The advantages? You don't lose much space (if any), your sub is perfectly matched to its enclosure, and your enclosure has a factory look that won't tell potential thieves you have an awesome sound system. Doesn't get better than that.

The JL Audio Stealthbox® custom-fit subwoofer delivers incredible bass in a package that takes up minimal space and blends in with your vehicle's interior. JL Audio designs Stealthboxes to fit in specific vehicles, then loads them with appropriate subwoofers for optimal performance. Pair the system with an appropriate amp and wiring for stellar concealed bass.

Perfect sound to go with the perfect fit
JL Audio puts months of research and design into each Stealthbox® custom-fit subwoofer to ensure not only that it fits, but that it sounds better than any other custom enclosed system. First, JL Audio determines the ideal shape and mounting location for each enclosure, so that it looks like an original part of the vehicle it's designed for. Next, they mount each high-performance subwoofer so it delivers amazing firepower from within its unique enclosure, without sacrificing clarity or musical depth.

The fiberglass enclosure offers superior rigidity while allowing more interior volume, so the sub can turn out louder, deeper bass. JL Audio craftsmen then laminate, grind, join, and finish each Stealthbox® by hand. The end result: full-bodied, distortion-free bass from an impressively stealthy enclosure.

Enjoy enhanced, custom-fit sound
This Stealthbox® enclosure fits 2002-up Dodge Ram Quad Cab trucks. It fits under the rear-bench seat on the passenger side. This Stealthbox® includes one 10" 2-ohm W3v3 subwoofer from JL Audio. Please check with us before purchasing by using the vehicle selector on our site, or calling a Sales Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to verify fit information.

JL Audio has rated the difficulty of this Stealthbox® installation as low. You should be able to install this enclosure if you have any experience with car audio.

Note: You may need to cut into or remove part of the underseat carpet and/or carpet padding in some models. This Stealthbox® enclosure will not fit Mega Cab models.

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Highlights:

  • Stealthbox® custom-fit subwoofer
  • sealed fiberglass enclosure
  • 10" 2-ohm W3v3 subwoofer
  • fits under rear-bench seat on passenger side
  • power handling: 100-300 watts RMS (1,000 watts peak power)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Custom subwoofer box with loaded 10" woofer
  • 3"x3" Wax square
  • Large flat fender washer
  • Small flat washer
  • Split lock washer
  • Hex nut
  • Socket cup screw (Length=2-1/4")
  • Installation Guide
  • Warranty sheet

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Features

Overview: JL Audio's Stealthbox subwoofer systems are designed to hide away in a specific vehicle. Please consult the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm compatibility with your vehicle.

Construction: Stealthboxes are hand-crafted from fiberglass and/or Advanced Molded Composite (AMC) materials. Fiberglass delivers a level of enclosure rigidity and dimensional stability not possible with other enclosure materials, allowing wall thickness to be reduced compared to a typical wood enclosure. This gives you more interior box volume for a given external volume. Fiberglass and AMC materials are very strong and can be molded into very complex shapes; giving JL Audio the ability to design your Stealthbox to fit perfectly into tight spots and minimize intrusion into your vehicle's useful space. Each Stealthbox is laminated, ground, joined, and finished by hand in the USA. Proprietary techniques and materials developed by JL Audio through years of fiberglass manufacturing experience ensure consistent quality and performance.

Woofer: One 10" JL Audio W3v3-2 subwoofer is loaded in this sealed enclosure. Features of the W3v3 include:

  • Dynamic Motor Analysis (DMA): DMA is JL Audio's proprietary method aimed at improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, W3v3 motors remain linear in motor force over a very long range of excursion, and also maintain a highly stable fixed magnetic field in the gap over a wide power range. The result is vastly reduced distortion, faithfully reproduced transients, and tight, clean, articulate bass.
  • Floating Cone Attachment Method (FCAM): JL Audio's patented FCAM technology is an innovative method of bonding the surround/cone assembly to the voice coil/spider assembly. This assembly technique ensures proper surround geometry in the assembled speaker for better excursion control and dynamic voice coil alignment.
  • Vented Reinforcement Collar (VRC): The Vented Reinforcement Collar is a composite structure that addresses two issues related to reliability. By reinforcing the critical junction between the cone, voice coil and spider, the VRC greatly reduces failures due to glue breakdown or material weaknesses. It does this by greatly increasing adhesive contact area and providing stress relief to the spider material at excursion extremes. the VRC also feature slots that facilitate air flow directly onto the voice coil windings to reduce thermal compression effects and enhances reliability.
  • Spider/Lead Wire Assembly: The W3v3 features a unique spider, coil and terminal subassembly which is assembled prior to installation in the speaker frame for optimum alignment and glue-joint integrity. The spider is insert-molded into a composite carrier tray which also incorporates the terminal assembly and lead wire strain relief features for enhanced reliability and optimal alignment of parts. The flying lead wires are carefully controlled and strain-relieved without resorting to woven-in lead wires, which can degrade spider performance.
  • Elevated Frame Cooling: The elevated frame design of the W3v3 delivers high-velocity air flow through slots directly above the top plate to the voice coil of the speaker. This not only enhances power handling, but also sound quality by minimizing dynamic parameter shifts and power compression.
  • Surround Stress Relief: By creating a radiused feature on the edge of the cone, stress is relieved from the surround material at maximum forward excursion, resulting in longer life and more consistent surround behavior.
 
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5 out of 5

Jl stealth box

Written By Josh, Saratoga Springs, NY on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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Very pleased with this product. Purchased with a kicker ix 1000.5 amp along with two pair of focal iss 690's and installed them in my 13' ram sport. Great system for the limited space available in the truck. Sound is very clean from previous system I've had in previous trucks.
Pros:
Great sound and use of space in limited install area.
Cons:
Removal of the fold out bench under seat needs to be removed.( always has to be removed with any upgraded box)
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Another top-notch quality JL Audio product

Written By JJ, Crowley, TX on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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I had this same sub installed in my '08 Lancer when I gutted the old factory RF system out of it so I had first-hand experience that the bass was going to be nothing short of stupidly loud. With the sub itself costing 260, you're essentially paying 340 for the custom enclosure and mounting hardware, which considering how odd of an enclosure my factory 7" "sub" with the JBL system had, I probably couldn't have had one made for that much. Installation is essentially measuring 5" from the transmission hump, placing a wax piece (supplied) there, putting a (supplied) allthread in the box to make an impression on the wax, drilling an 0.5" hole where the impression was made, and securing it from the bottom - and that's it, aside of wiring an amp, of course (I used a JL XD300/1). On my '13 Ram, I didn't have to bend the heat shield like the supplied instructions say you might have. Tech support was very helpful on switching the factory DVC (dual voice coil) to SVC (single voice coil) (greys are positive, greens are negative) - I used the JL Audio XD-CLRAIC2-SW for the change-over, and yes, you'll need extra speaker wire for it. If you're worried about a hole in the firewall for amp wiring, it's about 4 inches above the top the brake pedal (you can see it from the inside of the cab). With it all said and done, you will absolutely LOVE this sub. Even with my bass on 0 on the equalizer, it hits hard, as I expected. This product just affirms why I'll be a JL customer for life
Pros:
Simple to install Loud as all get-out
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The Best!

Written By Jerel B., Meridian, ID on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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Hands down the best sub! Words can't describe with how impressed I am with this sub! Will never buy anything less than a JL sub and amp ever again! I listening to a very wide range of music and it sounds amazing with it all! Keep it up JL
Pros:
Very clean. Compact. Amazing sound. Durable.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great Sub!!!

Written By Danny, Madison, MS on Saturday, December 14, 2013
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So much better than my other sub that blew (not a JL sub)! Easy install, plug and play, and boom boom, you're thumping. Great deep bass for movies and music. Love it and Crutchfield hands down has THE best customer service around!!
Pros:
Easy install
Cons:
None!!!
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5 out of 5

Great Sub

Written By JR, OKC, OK on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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Great purchase but had a problem with a rattle in the box. It happens and Crutchfield was great. I called with the issue was not on placed hold and the technical adviser was professional and thorough. Got a replacement in four days.
Pros:
Great sound. Deep base, no thumping and great craftsmanship.
Cons:
Instructions were vague and in black in white (JL Audio issue).
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

great sub!

Written By schnydz, Raymond, CA on Friday, January 25, 2013
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I am VERY happy with this sub. It hits REALLY hard and I think it rattles the truck pretty good for 1 10" in a sealed box. pushing it with 250 watts
Pros:
easy install, great fit, hits hard
Cons:
none
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nice Very Nice

Written By Price, Anchorage,AK on Thursday, August 23, 2012
 
Very nice sound!!!!! I wanted nice bass without sacrificing space and this did the trick. Paired with the JL XD 600/1 Nice Very Very nice won't be disappointed unless you are into losing you hearing with a over the top Bass system.
Pros:
Great sound!! Hidden!!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JL IS THE BEST, HANDS DOWN!!!!!!

Written By KG, HOUSTON, TX on Friday, July 20, 2012
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I was looking to upgrade the bass in my 2012 ram crew cab. This stealthbox did the trick. it sounds great. I didn't expect one 10" sub to put out so much bass. I have it hooked up to the factory touch screen radio running with the jl audio XD300/1 amp. Perfect match, Sounds great.
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JL Rocks

Written By JJ, JC, TN on Saturday, May 12, 2012
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I have an 06 Ram Quad cab. This is the third truck like this I've owned and I've used several different configurations. This box is the best fitting and best sounding I've used. I'm pushing it with an older 300 wt Kenwood amp and it sounds great. I can dial it down when the kids are in car seats in thd back, then crank it when its just me. The fit is the best i've seen.
Pros:
Perfect fit on the passenger side. It allows me to use the storages on the drivers side.
Cons:
Well...none at this point.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Exceeded Expectations

Written By Tommy, Panama City, FL on Sunday, September 18, 2011
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I paired this sub with the JX250.1 amp and the combination sounds awesome. The sub hits harder and cleaner than the three 10W0's in my car. Installation was easy and it looks great under the seat. I chose to remove the back seat to conceal all of the wires behind the panels. I would definitely buy again.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sweet

Written By Woods, South florida on Sunday, January 09, 2011
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This Box is awesome! great bass and great sound.
1 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

JL Audio Stealthbox®

Written By James, Winnemuca,Nevada on Thursday, December 09, 2010
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Not bad for a single 10" woofer. JL really needs to make a box for the other side.. 2 10's would sound alot better! I can get it to flutter with heavy bass music..Running a Kenwood 1200 watt amp! but all in all it sounds really good.
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5 out of 5

WOW!!

Written By Mr.B-more, Baltimore, MD on Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Clear, crisp, lows and highs from a subwoofer, just what it's supposed to do...Pair this thing
with the right amp and you'll wonder why you were even considering dual anything?! I was
and now I'm completely satisfied and completely blown away. The deep rich bass and
responsiveness of this package is outstanding, not to mention it's minimal size and install. If
you want to maintain storage and have a system that thumps, get this!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JL Audio Stealthbox®

Written By Frank, Houston Tx on Thursday, February 14, 2008
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Installed this box along with a JL Audio 250 x1 Sub amp
and (2) 1/2 farad caps.

Bass is very tight and deep for a single 10 "
It goes a lot deeper than I thought it would
without any distortion.

The enclosure fits perfectly under the rear seat.
Mounting is simple and straight forward. Drill 1 hole,,
drop it in place and tighten the mounting bolt and your done.

Buy this Sub,,,you won't be disappointed !!!

JL needs to build one for the opposite side of the truck !!!!
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3 questions already asked

Does the box fit on the passenger side as the picture shows? And does is go under the middle seat as well? Or just one side? [ Zack  Oct 24, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • It does fit under the passenger seat rather nicely and it does extend a few inches under the center seat. Just note to be careful when drilling the mounting hole. Make sure you drill straight down and in the exact spot to avoid hitting any of the cab reinforcement members. It's worth the money. Sounds great in my Ram. [ COREY   Oct 27, 2014 ]
  • The box only fits under the passenger side and takes up half of under the seat in the center, therefore causing the need to remove the double bench under the seat. [ Joshua   Oct 24, 2014 ]
  • Yes it does. And a small part goes over the middle but not a lot. It fits snug under the seat and has a lot of sound coming out of it. Better than I thought [ JONATHAN D   Oct 24, 2014 ]
  • Its fits under passenger side back seat, in the little storage compartment. [ STEPHEN   Oct 24, 2014 ]
  • It fits under the back passenger seat as it shows. It goes to about the cup holders, so it goes about half way. I still have plenty of room for some storage. And this product sounds amazing! You will not be disappointed! [ JEREL   Oct 24, 2014 ]
i have a 2014 ram 1500 crew cab and wonder if this fits;i have one but back seat wont fold down when i installed it.does the floor carpet need to be remaoved? dont want to if it wont.thanks [ mark  Jun 25, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Staff  Jun 25, 2014 ]
Does this subwoofer fit underneath the fold-flat floor device underneath the seat? I'm driving a 2006 Ram 1500 quad cab. Thanks! [ Jimbo  Jan 05, 2014 ]
3 answers
  • It does not. The fold out metal floor must be removed. [ SHAWN   Jan 05, 2014 ]
  • No, you have to remove the fold flat floor device. Well at least I did on my 2012 Ram. [ DANNY   Jan 05, 2014 ]
  • No it doesn't. There is 2 bolts that hold that device down. You have to take that device out in order to get the Stealthbox in that spot. Well worth it though! [ JEREL   Jan 05, 2014 ]

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