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JL Audio Stealthbox®

Custom-fit enclosure with 10" W3v3 subwoofer — fits 2011-up Ford Explorer

Item # 13694520

The JL Audio Stealthbox® custom-fit subwoofer delivers incredible bass in a package that takes up minimal space...

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The JL Audio Stealthbox® custom-fit subwoofer delivers incredible bass in a package that takes up minimal space...

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About the JL Audio Stealthbox®

CJL Audio Built In USAreated for your vehicle

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.

CJL Audio Built In USAreated for your vehicle

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.

JL Audio Stealthbox installed

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 2011-up Ford Explorer models. It installs in the passenger side rear cargo area (factory sub will need to be removed, if equipped). This enclsoure isn't compatible with the cargo security shade accessory. This Stealthbox® includes one W3v3 10" 2-ohm subwoofer from JL Audio. A steel-mesh grille is included. Please check with us before purchasing by using the vehicle selector on our site, or calling an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to verify fit information.

JL Audio has rated the difficulty of this Stealthbox® installation as moderate. You should be able to install this enclosure if you have experience with car audio, but some vehicles may require modifications.

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Product highlights:

  • Stealthbox® custom-fit subwoofer
  • dark gray sealed fiberglass enclosure
  • 10" 2-ohm W3v3 subwoofer
  • steel-mesh grille included
  • fits in passenger side rear cargo area (factory sub will need to be removed, if equipped)
  • not compatible with the cargo security shade accessory
  • power handling: 100-500 watts RMS (1,000 watts peak power)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 94520

What's in the box:

  • Custom subwoofer box with one loaded 10" sub
  • U-nut
  • 3/8"-16 x 2-1/4" sect screw
  • 3/8" Split-lock washer
  • 3/8" x 1-1/4" Fender washer
  • 3/8"-16 Hex nut
  • Installation Guide
  • Warranty sheet

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Crutchfield customer from Richmond, VA on 3/27/2019

2018 Ford Explorer

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The Stealthbox was easy to install and it sounds great!

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Significant improvement in the audio experience

Jim from Littleton, CO on 8/10/2018

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Awesome product that transforms the stock stereo. The bass is deeper, has more impact, and significantly increases the overall volume of the music. I had mine installed by a local company along with a JL audio amp. I kind of wish I had not chickened out of the install, I paid a premium price for it, but my confidence had a lapse and I decided to bite the bullet. It is important to note that the stock carpet on the unit is dark gray, that did not match my black interior, the audio shop stripped the carpet that came up on it and recovered it in black. I'm very pleased with how it blends in. Pretty stealthy! But the main thing is that it took it is important to note that the stock carpet on the unit is dark gray, that did not match my black interior, the audio shop stripped the carpet that came on it and recovered it in black. I'm very pleased with how it blends in. Pretty stealthy! But the main thing is that it transformed what I would consider "really good" stereo system into a GREAT stereo system! I sometimes wish that my commute to work was longer so I could listen to the stereo more.

Pros: Deep bass ROCKS! Extremely stealthy after the carpet is removed and replaced carpet that matched my interior. Great price for what is basically a custom enclosure. Fantastic woofer

Cons: The installation looks pretty complicated and the pictures and guides, so I chickened out and had it installed. If you pay to have it installed, it's a very expensive proposition.

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Great subwoofer, but only if it has adequate power behind it

Jim from Englewood, CO on 7/6/2018

2018 Ford Explorer

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I'm responding to the review saying its the worst Stealthbox Tony from Oregon has ever owned -- your issue is almost certainly a lack of amp power, not the subwoofer. It seems clear from your review that you hooked it up to the stock speaker wires and are depending on the stock amplifier. Adding a dedicated amplifier for the sub, even an inexpensive one, will RADICALLY change the output and your satisfaction.

Pros: JL Audio -- an industry leader in car audio!

Cons: Needs an amplifier to sound good

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Awesome box!

Olivia from Houston, TX on 6/12/2017

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Awesome box. It contains an 8in woofer but sounds like a 10 or 12. Fits perfectly in my Explorer as well. The installation instructions were easy to follow. My husband installed it himself.

Pros: Sound quality, installation instructions, fit

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JL Audio Stealthbox

Crutchfield customer from Accokeek, MD on 10/6/2016

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made a poor system sound better glad I bought it

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Best sub ever

Crutchfield customer from Little Elm on 1/12/2016

2014 Ford Explorer

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The best sub I've ever owned. Should have bought it sooner.

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Weakest Stealthbox I've Owned

Tony from Oregon on 6/18/2015

2014 Ford Explorer

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This is the fourth Stealthbox I've owned (prior cars - '97 Explorer, '06 Mustang, '14 Jeep Grand Cherokee). This is hands-down the worst sounding one yet. I suspect it's either the placement of the box itself or the limitations of the OEM system. I'm using the stock sub wires that come from the Sony amp into an Audio Control LC2i and then to a JL Audio HD750/1 amp. No matter what settings I use, it just sounds mediocre at best. I'm very underwhelmed.

Pros: Sturdy. Easy to install. Good installation instructions.

Cons: Compared to other Stealthboxes I've owned, this is just plain awful sounding. Also, the seams where the enclosure carpeting meet are right on top of the box where you can easily see them and the colors look just slightly mis-matched. Boo JL Audio!!

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Features

Overview: JL Audio's Stealthbox subwoofer systems are designed to hide away in a specific vehicle. Please consult "Outfit My Car" 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 slot-loaded enclosure and wired as a 2Ω load at the enclosure's post speaker terminal.

  • 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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Customer Q&A

5 questions already asked

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Can I just order the box?
[ Linnell  Sep 13, 2018 ]
1 answer
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I'm afraid JL Audio doesn't offer any empty Stealthbox enclosures for separate purchase. For more details or to discuss other options for your vehicle's system please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat.
[ Larry  Sep 18, 2018 ]  Staff
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Do you make a box that fits on the drivers side or does this box fit on the drivers side? that way i can install 2 subs one on each side.
[ josh  Dec 09, 2017 ]
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It's not possible. The only reason this one works is because you cut out the passenger storage compartment (there isn't one on the drivers side).
[ chris  Dec 09, 2017 ]
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how do you install the amp? is there a plug and play for it?
[ Mercer  Sep 26, 2016 ]
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looked on line for a dealer
[ VERNON  Oct 06, 2016 ]
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No. I purchased an Alpine MRV- 500. The box does not come with an Amp. Great sub!!!
[ Tamill  Sep 26, 2016 ]
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Is there an option to color match the interior?
[ j  May 02, 2016 ]
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While JL Audio often offers the Stealthboxes in an assortment of colors, this one is only available in the single color shown. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
[ Ryan  May 03, 2016 ]  Staff
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Are these JBL stealth boxes amplified or do they need a separate amp for my 2014 Ford Explorer XLT?
[ chuck  Dec 07, 2014 ]
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You will need an amp. Just the box and speaker.
[ DAN  Dec 07, 2014 ]
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Thanks . Is there a plug and play kit to install it withthe factory OEM system?
[ chuck  Dec 07, 2014 ]
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Hello Chuck .. I have this in my 2014 Explorer and it does need an amp to run it. This is not a powered subwoofer. I use a Alpine mp500 I believe ... Hope this helps. HAve a great day
[ RICHARD D  Dec 07, 2014 ]
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