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Kicker 11HS8

Hideaway™ compact powered subwoofer: 150 watts and an 8" sub

Item # 20611HS8

When Kicker set out to make the Hideaway™ compact powered sub, they wanted to make a subwoofer that could fit...

When Kicker set out to make the Hideaway™ compact powered sub, they wanted to make a subwoofer that could fit...

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About the Kicker 11HS8

Bass that'll fit almost anywhere

When Kicker set out to make the Hideaway™ compact powered sub, they wanted to make a subwoofer that could fit almost anywhere and still deliver the performance that made Kicker famous. At just over 3" tall, the Hideaway™ will fit under many seats and in storage areas where you don't usually find powered subs. The powerful, built-in 150-watt RMS amplifier delivers strong bass that'll add depth and punch to any type of music.

Bass that'll fit almost anywhere

When Kicker set out to make the Hideaway™ compact powered sub, they wanted to make a subwoofer that could fit almost anywhere and still deliver the performance that made Kicker famous. At just over 3" tall, the Hideaway™ will fit under many seats and in storage areas where you don't usually find powered subs. The powerful, built-in 150-watt RMS amplifier delivers strong bass that'll add depth and punch to any type of music.

Big performance

The 8" woofer can hit low notes that'll really rock your ride, especially when the Hideaway™ is mounted in the vehicle's interior. The included remote control bass knob will let you adjust the bass level on the fly. Kicker even included Nylon straps with Velcro® fasteners to mount the sub, plus a quick disconnect harness with power and signal wiring that'll make the installation easier.

Installation Note: The Hideaway™ sub will accept preamp-level signals, but you'll need to connect this adapter to the sub's 8-foot signal harness so you can plug it into your receiver's preamp outputs.

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Product highlights:

  • compact powered subwoofer
  • 8" woofer
  • built-in 150 watts RMS amplifier
  • frequency response: 25-120 Hz
  • variable low-pass crossover (50-120 Hz)
  • variable phase control (0 or 180 degrees)
  • bass boost control (0dB to +6dB)
  • speaker-level inputs (will also accept preamp-level signal using optional adapter, item 136XDCLR2S, sold separately)
  • auto turn-on switch
  • wired remote control
  • dimensions: 14-1/4"W x 3-1/4"H x 9-3/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 11HS8

What's in the box:

  • Amplified subwoofer
  • Wiring harness (17.5' Power input/ 8' Speaker level input/ 2' Ground/ 2' Remote turn-on)
  • In-line fuse holder
  • One 15 amp ATO fuse (installed in fuse holder)
  • Two 10 amp ATO fuses (1 installed in the chassis of the unit/1 spare)
  • Remote bass level control
  • Metal bracket (for mounting remote bass level control)
  • 20' Remote cable (3.5mm stereo mini-plug on both ends)
  • 2 Velcro mounting straps
  • Two 10-12 gauge crimp-on ring terminals
  • One 10-12 Gauge butt connector
  • 4 Flat washers
  • 4 Mounting brackets
  • Two 3/8" Self-tapping pan head screws (to mount wired remote)
  • Four 3/4" Self-tapping pan head screws
  • Eight 3/4" Self-tapping flat head screws
  • Four 1-3/8" Self-tapping flat head screws
  • Mounting template
  • Owner's manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)

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Features & specs

General
Enclosure Type Sealed
Finish Material Aluminum
Grille Metal
Connector Type Harness
Bi-amp Inputs N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Material Not given
Passive Radiator ---
Width 14-1/4"
Height 3-1/4"
Depth 9-3/8"
Second Depth N/A
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Frequency Response 25-120
Amplifier Power (RMS) 150 watts
Maximum Wattage N/A
Sensitivity N/A
Impedance N/A
Second Voice Coil Impedance N/A
Crossover Point 50-120

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Features

Overview: The HS8 HideAway subwoofer features a built-in amplifier (125 watts RMS at < 1% THD+N/150 watts RMS at < 10% THD+N) and an 8" sub housed in a compact enclosure designed to fit in tight spaces.

Remote Control: The wired remote puts output level control within easy reach. The remote comes with a bracket to mount it under the dash. The included 20' cable, with a 3.5mm mini-plug on each end, connects the remote to the amplifier.

Note: The Remote Bass Control measures approximately 2-1/4" wide x 1-1/4" high x 1.75" deep (3" deep including the knob and cable).

Subsonic Filter: Frequencies that cannot be reproduced by the subwoofer do not become sound, but unnecessary oscillations causing distortion; these frequencies also waste amplifier power and can damage speakers. The subsonic filter removes inaudible frequencies to improve the performance of the speakers by eliminating this harmful distortion. The 24 dB/octave subsonic filter's crossover point is 25 Hz.

Mounting: The subwoofer, with its 3-1/4" height, can be mounted in applications with limited space, even under a seat in the passenger compartment of many vehicles.

Controls

Auto Turn-on: two position switch

  • +12V: amp turns on when 12 volts is applied to the remote turn-on wire
  • DC: amp turns on when a signal is present on the speaker-level input

Input Level: two position switch

  • Hi: accepts signal input from 250mV to 10 volts
  • Lo: accepts signal input from 125mV to 5 volts

Phase: two position switch; set the subwoofer phase to 0° or 180°

Bass Boost: rotary dial to adjust the bass boost; continuously variable from 0 to 6 dB; boost centered at 40 Hz

Crossover Frequency: rotary dial to control the low pass crossover frequency; 50 to 120 Hz

Gain: rotary dial to set the amplifier gain control; 250mV to 10 volts for speaker level inputs and 125mV to 5 volts for line level inputs

Connections

Harness: The Quick-Connect harness has wires for power (17-1/2 feet), ground (2 feet), remote turn-on (2 feet), and signal input (8 feet). If using a speaker level input, just splice into the wire in the harness. If using a line level input, a speaker wire to RCA adapter is needed (sold separately). The included in-line fuse holder should be added to the power wire at the battery location.

Remote Bass: 3.5mm mini-jack for use with the included wired remote

Fuse: one 10-amp ATO fuse installed in the chassis

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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I was told this would help gain bass in my 4Runner by an installer. [ Leon Edward  Aug 04, 2019 ]
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I'm replacing cheap sub in my 2008 Airstream 27FB International Ocean Breeze Travel Trailer. Size and price point plus brand was the appeal here. [ H  Feb 02, 2019 ]
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Great reviews everywhere I have seen it, my brother has one in his jeep and it rocks! [ Steven  Dec 27, 2018 ]
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Because you told me to:) [ Daniel  Dec 24, 2018 ]
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This was a tough choice as there are several options for the same price. It ultimately came down to Kicker's quality and reputation for strong bass units. [ Jerald  Dec 16, 2018 ]
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Jeep Cherokee's have no space to spare. I needed something that would provide some punch and could be put in a side panel or hidden under a seat. [ Ronald  Nov 25, 2018 ]
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I like kicker [ C  Aug 08, 2018 ]
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Fits in Miata between seats. Gets high reviews. [ FRANKLIN E  Jul 09, 2018 ]
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wanted a sub to fill out the sound field. didn't want it visible. this unit had good reviews [ Bruce  Mar 31, 2018 ]
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Based off of the product specialist recommendation and that this item includes a power/wiring kit. [ Ken  Mar 23, 2018 ]
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Since I have a hybrid car, this is the perfect subwoofer since it doesn't draw a ton of power and the fact that it has a built in amp is amazing. [ Brendan  Feb 03, 2018 ]
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Sale, good reviews and high rating, value. [ Scott  Jan 06, 2018 ]
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My wife need a little boost on her car. [ Alexander Marca  Dec 11, 2017 ]
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recommended by my installer [ Ian  Dec 05, 2017 ]
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My new truck has only a little space under the seat. This amp will work for the space I have. [ Llewellyn  Dec 02, 2017 ]
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Comparing all compact powered sub on the market, this packages the best in my 2013 F150 and as recommended. [ BRYAN  Nov 29, 2017 ]
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This product was recommended to me by my installer. it suites my needs perfectly! [ Kenney  Nov 20, 2017 ]
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Installing in a 2016 F150 without the Sony system. I love that it will fit perfectly behind the rear seat, and should be just enough bottom end for my needs. Ordered with a set of Infinity components for the front doors/A pillars and Kicker 6.5's for the rear doors. [ Justin  Nov 20, 2017 ]
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Great price and compact size . [ GUY E.  Nov 19, 2017 ]
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Compact design, built in power. [ chvyetr  Nov 19, 2017 ]
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Seems like it will fit my needs. [ RANDALL  Oct 04, 2017 ]
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Needed an under seat option for a sub, Kicker has great products [ Charles  Aug 15, 2017 ]
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Replacing Speakers in my 96' GMC and Kicker has always been a favorite of mine. went with KS Series on all 6 speakers and though having a hideaway sub would bring the great audio to life! [ Great Stealth  Jul 04, 2017 ]
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This will be my second Kicker 11HS8. The sound is just right to augment weak factory systems. With the variable loudness dial, it can go from Subtle to Massive. Thanks Kicker! [ Kenneth  May 22, 2017 ]
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I wanted a subwoofer that was as small as possible without compromising quality, power, or reliability. [ Philippe  Mar 14, 2017 ]
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I have a 2014 crv that needs just a little more bass and this appears to be the easiest cleanest way to get that. [ NATHAN  Feb 06, 2017 ]
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Wanted to add some bass, but not take up a lot of room or have a complex installation. [ Kevin  Dec 15, 2016 ]
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Awesome! Everlasting bass!!! [ Paul  Nov 27, 2016 ]
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Previous (excellent) experience with this unit. [ JAMES  Nov 25, 2016 ]
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To fully compliment the other kicker speaker I've previously installed in my 2008 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab. [ K  Nov 13, 2016 ]
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FITS MY CAR, ACCORDING TO CRUTCHFIELD [ J  Nov 06, 2016 ]
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I installed one of these behind the seat of my old flatbed truck and it makes an amazing difference to the crappy old stereo. This is the second one that is going under the seat of another truck. [ Sean  Oct 30, 2016 ]
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2006 Miata, not alot of space and advisor @ Crutchfield suggested it [ Steven  Sep 05, 2016 ]
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it was recommended by Marshall in customer service Marshall's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=8 [ JARRED  May 20, 2016 ]
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Have a friend who owns one. Great sound in a small package. Takes very little space. [ Michel  Feb 02, 2016 ]
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I'm not expert on audiophile, I just consider several factors: compact size to fit underneath of seat, decent low frequency reproducer, enough power consumption but not hurting my car battery. I'm expecting down to 30-35 Hz sensitivity, 80-100 Watts power, and small size, this unit is right fit. This unit has very high customer reviews and thumb ups, let's see what is happening to me, cannot wait for it. [ Baofeng  Jan 08, 2016 ]
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Installing in a 97 Honda Del Sol, where space is precious. It had great reviews and I liked the fact that Kicker already helped out with mounting options. [ Paul  Jan 02, 2016 ]
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Low frequency response. [ Theodore  Dec 22, 2015 ]
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good reviews [ John  Dec 15, 2015 ]
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Crutchfield advisor recommended for F-150, quality sound & compact application [ Bradley  Dec 13, 2015 ]
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needed a subwoofer to round out the sound system. It's small in size, but big in sound. Have had this unit for almost two years now, have had NO problems with it, everybody that has ridden in my vehicle say that I have a kick ass sound system. [ Douglas  Dec 08, 2015 ]
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Was suggested by Brit the sales rep that helped me with my order. [ Timothy  Dec 03, 2015 ]
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50 questions already asked

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I have 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Crew Cab and trying to figure out the best spot to put this. Under both the driver and passenger seat there doesn't seem to be enough room where did other Ram owners put theirs? Any issues?
[ Brandon  Jul 17, 2019 ]
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Unfortunately, I cannot speak for location on the Ram, but as for my '15 Silverado Double cab, I fabricated a frame that fit in the recess in the back wall behind the rear seat back. It was a bit too thick for underneath the passenger seat, which is where I wanted to fit it.
[ GUY E.  Jul 26, 2019 ]
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Do you know why after 34 days, and being professionally installed . Kicker hideaway. Just die. I had to mail it back to kicker and they sent me another one. But I wanna know if it will happen again. There is only a 1 yr warranty threw kicker. It sounds great but I was disappointed?
[ Lewis  Jul 14, 2019 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
[ Krissy  Jul 21, 2019 ]  Staff
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Does this have a crossover that will limit the frequency sent to the speakers? i.e. all frequency under say 150hz is handled by the sub then the upper frequencies sent to the speakers?
[ Chris  Jun 25, 2019 ]
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This is an amplified bass speaker, it does have built in crossover for high and low, but it does not support added speakers. This is an all in one low profile speaker. I used mine to fit under drive seat. Awesome sound and saved space!
[ Great Stealth  Jun 25, 2019 ]
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I believe it does have an active crossover control, but I set it at the beginning and have never touched it after that. I also bought passive crossovers but never used them. My Alpine had settings built in that made adjusting the frequencies for the speakers easy. Sounds great! I do use the Alpine equalizer control to turn the sub up or down depending on the material being played.
[ Michael  Jun 25, 2019 ]
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It has a crossover to choose what the sub handles but does not reduce or change what your car speakers do. I blew this sub twice. My suv was just too big. I swapped it out for a 1,000 watt 15". I have plenty of bass but less room.
[ Thomas  Jun 25, 2019 ]
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Instead of connecting to the door speakers.. can I slice into rca plugs and plug into back of head unit for better control of sub?
[ Matt  Apr 24, 2019 ]
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i actually found a rca connector that allowed me to plug in rca to head unit and to sub. the connector was only like 6 inches long
[ Steven  Apr 24, 2019 ]
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If I have 2 of these, can I use just one bass remote, by using a y-splitter 3.5m?
[ Bill  Mar 09, 2019 ]
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Sure. splitting the connector just a single time with a proper 3.5mm stereo minijack Y adapter should work to control both subs. I hope that helps My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan
[ Ryan  Mar 18, 2019 ]  Staff
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Will this work with w/Sony touch screen factory head unit w/navigation in my 2012 f150 lariat? How does editing work?
[ eric  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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Yes it will work with any factory system. All it requires is a power, ground, turn in lead (ignition) and left & right audio. Crutchfield will be able to tell you what wires from your head unit you need to tap into. FYI, they are usually really weird colors.
[ Cole  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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It should work fine. I'm using with my factory head unit in 09 Hummer. Not sure what your referring to about editing.Enter
[ Josh  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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I don't see why not. I installed mine in my 2018 Subaru CrossTrek with the factory touch navigation head unit. I did have to hardwire it through the factory speakers, though.
[ Walter  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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Would I be able to use this unit as an amp to power other speakers or would I need a completely separate amp?
[ Matthew  Jan 17, 2019 ]
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You will need a separate amp to power other speakers.
[ Shane  Jan 18, 2019 ]
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The amp size and power is to power the speaker that is enclosed. I dont think you should use it to power more speakers. It is not large enough nor does it draw enough power
[ Dale  Jan 18, 2019 ]
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You would need a separate amp for that.
[ JOHN CHRIS  Jan 18, 2019 ]
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It doesn't have any outputs for other speakers, it only has inputs - it's a self-contained amp/speaker unit, so no.
[ PHILIP  Jan 18, 2019 ]
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You can use it to power other speakers.
[ grant  Jan 18, 2019 ]
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Would this fit in a Chevrolet Avalanche?
[ Jamey  Dec 10, 2018 ]
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I have this unit installed behind the seat bench of a 1991 Toyota Pickup. It's a pretty small interior if you're familiar with that truck. The Kicker unit is about the size of an oversized amp. If you're looking for more bump than door speakers, but not trying to rattle your windows than this is perfect.
[ Christian  Dec 11, 2018 ]
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For sure. I had an avalanche. It's about the size of a large book. Make sure you get the RCA to speaker wire kit too. The amp doesn't have RCAs.
[ Todd  Dec 11, 2018 ]
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It was installed in a Chevy Silverado pickup under the passenger seat. It should fit under the passenger eat of the Avalanche just fine.
[ Floyd  Dec 10, 2018 ]
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You should be able to find a spot to mount this unit. Just take a look at the dimensions and see if you have a space large enough. Typically these are mounted on the cab wall, behind the rear seats or under a seat if enough room.
[ Barbara  Dec 10, 2018 ]
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I would say yes, but you should measure the dimensions under your seat. This fit under the seat of a Scion xB.
[ BRITTANY  Dec 10, 2018 ]
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Two Questions... will this fit under the driver's seat in a 2019 Toyota 4Runner -- and also, I would be completely new to the installation process, is it difficult to install?
[ Scott  Nov 23, 2018 ]
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I have my 11HS8 under the driver's seat of a '06 Subaru Forester, which doesn't have acres of available space. It will fit comfortably under the front seat of my '17 Toyota Tacoma (either side), which I'm thinking should be similar to your '19 4Runner. As far as installation, Kicker's included instructions are very good and you always have Crutchfield's tech department a phone call away. Take your time (plan a full morning and afternoon if this is your first installation foray), get a set of interior trim removal tools (they're worth every penny...), a good set of crimping pliers and dive in. If you use the speaker level inputs, you'll need to splice into the factory speaker wiring. Use a butt connector (Scotch blocks are totally worthless, run away quickly), strip your output wire from the stereo about 1/2", double the bare wire back on itself and twist. You should have 1/4" bare and double the normal thickness. Insert into one side of the butt connector and crimp. Strip 1/4" from the input side (this is the other side of your cut, going to the factory speakers), strip 1/4" from the Kicker's input wiring, twist these two together, insert into the other side of the butt connector and securely crimp. Make sure you match left-to-left channel, right-to-right channel and your polarity (+ or -) and you should be downtown. Like I said earlier, take your time and before you know it, you'll be basking in the glow of success and killer sounds.
[ BRANDT E  Nov 24, 2018 ]
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Yes it will fit, installation easy except for getting power from the battery which means you have to go through the firewall. Personally I would not recommend the unit. It did not provide the bass I was hoping for. My wife's stock stereo in our Highlander has a fuller sound with better thump. Just my opinion
[ GEORGE DAVID  Nov 24, 2018 ]
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Would this fit under driver's seat in 2018 sienna?
[ Llama is here  Nov 14, 2018 ]
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YES IT WILL I HAVE IT UNDER THE SEAT IN A 2004 DODGE RAM WITH PLENTY OF ROOM TO SPARE
[ GARRETT  Nov 15, 2018 ]
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It would probably fit but it needs to be securely mounted. It creates a lot of vibration. In addition, I would prefer you mount in so it is not enclosed. It does contain an amp which creates heat
[ Dale  Nov 15, 2018 ]
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Not sure, I have a crew cab and put mine under their rear seat. It's got a low profile. I think it would.
[ JOHN CHRIS  Nov 14, 2018 ]
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I had this unit in my 2011 F150. LOVED IT! I now have a 2015 Ford Flex SEL, with the "premium sound" package. Is this sub compatible with this vehicle?
[ Michael  Nov 12, 2018 ]
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Hey there! I've got a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. I was able to install this sub *easily* without altering any of the factory equipment. All I had to do was go into the existing head unit and tap into the speaker line. That simple! :)
[ Walter  Nov 18, 2018 ]
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How would this get wired into stock system on 2019 subaru crosstrek?
[ DeanProd  Aug 07, 2018 ]
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For questions related to vehicle-specific installation or wiring, you would be best served contacting an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. They can qualify the exact version of your Crosstrek and offer more personalized advice on your installation. Thanks!
[ Larry  Aug 10, 2018 ]  Staff
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Has anyone connected one of these to a BMW i3 with the premium Harmon Kardon system?
[ brianfranklin  Jun 03, 2018 ]
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Mine was installed with a factory Mercedes radio in a Sprinter van.
[ Dale  Jun 09, 2018 ]
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I have a 1973 VW Beetle . I would like to mount it behind the back seat . the back set area is enclosed . would it be a problem ?
[ andy  May 30, 2018 ]
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By what I can remember, the parcel shelf on a air-cooled Type I is kind of like cardboard or thin MDF. Tucking the 11HS8 back there should work fine. Remember, bass waves (at the frequency a sub operates at...) are non-directional, meaning that you don't have to be line-of-sight for good sound. The Type I is also a small passenger compartment, so a 8" sub will provide a nice, full sound. It won't rattle your fillings, but if set up and tuned correctly it will provide a satisfying "thump". Don't be afraid to play with the gain and crossover points to really blend with your other speakers. It's fairly simple to install if you have some basic ability (and Crutchfield tech is but a phone call away), needing power and ground (which I would pull from your battery that's under the back seat), turn-on power (from your head unit), and speaker connections (or line-level if you use Kicker's adapter, which is a slick little item). Use the provided Velcro straps to secure your sub, take your time running the wiring, and you'll be downtown in a couple of hours. What you're proposing is really not much different than mounting a sub box in the trunk of a typical sedan. With the smaller area behind the seat and the fact that it is really a integral part of the passenger compartment, I think you'll be happy with how it's going to turn out. By the way, I listen to everything from jazz to hard rock and metal, country/country-rock to old-school hip-hop, and a bunch of other stuff and the 11HS8 satisfies my performer's ear (I have mine paired with JBL Club series 6-1/2" components and 5-1/4" coaxials).
[ BRANDT E  May 31, 2018 ]
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It fits in real tight quarters. I put mine under passenger seat no problem. I really like the nice clean base it makes.
[ Troy  May 31, 2018 ]
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Will this fit under front passenger seat of a 2017 Toyota 4runner TRD Off Road?
[ Shooter  May 19, 2018 ]
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We do not have the available space dimensions under the seats in your vehicle. The Kicker is very compact (14-1/4"W x 3-1/4"H x 9-3/8"D) so, it will likely fit but you can use the provided dimensions to be sure it will fit within the space you find there.
[ Ryan  May 31, 2018 ]  Staff
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Can I install this unit in trunk of my 2017 Honda civic instead of installing this under the seat. And how about the baas is it going to be distorted?
[ Ali  Jan 18, 2018 ]
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I have mine in the trunk of my Jeep Wrangler, I can't imagine it'd be a problem as long as you can get the wires there. The bass is incredibly clean. I'm surprised about the great sound I get out of this. I'm using the LC2i line converter and that's a necessity
[ Adam C.  Jan 18, 2018 ]
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Hello, I would think it would be pretty distorted in the trunk of you car. We have it under back seat of our tundra and it sounds ok, but not the clearest.
[ Brian  Jan 18, 2018 ]
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I have stock 2015 Dodge Ram head, Kicker dash tweeters, and stock door speakers. Ok to add this sub or would I need an aftermarket head with more power, etc.?
[ Randy  Nov 21, 2017 ]
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Randy, I installed this in my 2009 chevy 2500HD. It installed pretty easily to my stock system. I'm really not sure about a dodge. This adds just enough base to system to make it sound great. I installed this unit and placed it under my passenger front seat. That is why I chose this unit. It does not take up any useful real-estate in side the cab. Under the seat is perfect. Hope this helps.
[ Stacy  Nov 21, 2017 ]
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Can the kicker hideaway be wired from the power sub fuse box slot?
[ Marco  Nov 13, 2017 ]
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In order to discuss the wiring and/or installation in more detail, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. They can help answer any specific questions or concerns for you there. Thanks!
[ Larry  Nov 16, 2017 ]  Staff
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Is it splash resistant? Looking to add to jeep cj.
[ Brandon  Jun 25, 2017 ]
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No it is not.
[ LUIS  Jun 26, 2017 ]
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I don't know. I wouldn't have it where it could get splashed.
[ Dennis  Jun 26, 2017 ]
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I have mine in a TJ under the front seat and haven't had a problem, but don't know how exposed it's been to moisture.
[ RICH  Jun 26, 2017 ]
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this kicker or alpine PWE-V80 or JBL BASSPROSL?
[ Ken  Apr 18, 2017 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Krissy  Apr 19, 2017 ]  Staff
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Will this fit/work under passenger seat of 2017 prius 2?
[ Greg  Apr 11, 2017 ]
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don't know, measure your space under your seat and compare it with the dimension of this item or ask your question to one of the Crutchfield technical repsresentatives
[ Rick  Apr 15, 2017 ]
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Yes it should its very thin.
[ TOMMY  Apr 15, 2017 ]
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Not sure it would not fit under seat of honda del sol I would guess the sub is 3 to 5" thick
[ Travis  Apr 12, 2017 ]
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Why is the 12V remote turn-on the preferred method? (vs. DC offset)
[ Richard  Mar 07, 2017 ]
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A 12v remote wire would only be the "preferred" method if you're connecting the Kicker 11HS8 via low-level (or RCA) inputs--if you're using the high-level inputs, the DC or "auto turn-on" would work just as well. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. Hope that helps!
[ Larry  Mar 15, 2017 ]  Staff
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How would this sound in the back of a Yukon Suv.? I'm looking for better bass than stock without throwing a block party.
[ Marvin  Feb 02, 2017 ]
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I think it would be just fine. I have mine in a small Mercedes and it is plenty of bass
[ STEPHEN K  Feb 02, 2017 ]
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It should do the job for you. I don't have mine turned up all the way capacity wise and it is excellent. Mine is in a 2015 Subaru WRX so a much smaller vehicle but it should be good in a Yukon. Make sure your other speakers are of high quality so the combination of everything works well together. An amp helps it all tie in together well.
[ Tyler  Feb 02, 2017 ]
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I had it in a mustang and the sound was really weak. Returned it for that reason. Not much bass from it.
[ BALDEMAR  Feb 02, 2017 ]
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Marvin C. That kicker is Junior Varsity. I have the kicker in my F-250 and its weak, a buddy has it in his Jeep it fits in tiny spaces, but that's about all it does. In my F 150 Platinum I installed a dual 8" JL powered Micro sub. its BADASS.
[ jeffrey  Feb 02, 2017 ]
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I purchased this subwoofer for my Toyota MR2 because it is a 2 seater with space limitations. It was a great choice for me. It's not a block party, however it fills the space with the right amount of bass. I added some passive low-pass filters on my rear speakers which were only 4", so I can still crank out some sound when I want to without overdriving my tiny rear speakers. With 5 1/4" speakers in the front, I have plenty of sound. I am very pleased.
[ Kendall  Feb 02, 2017 ]
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Would this fit behind the rear seats of a 2007-2013 Tundra double cab?
[ fejjman  Jan 30, 2017 ]
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I have one behind the seat of a single cab Tacoma so it should definitely fit behind the seat of a Tundra
[ Eric  Jan 31, 2017 ]
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Hello, Can you compaer this Kicker HS8 with JBL Basspro SL? Which should be better? thank you
[ Miroslav  Jan 21, 2017 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Kenny  Jan 21, 2017 ]  Staff
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would this sub woofer work in tour pack "Trunk" on my motorcycle?
[ yohance  Jan 02, 2017 ]
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Check and double check the dimensions and power requirements. If your motorcycle can power it and it fits in the pack, it would work great for you.
[ Justin  Jan 02, 2017 ]
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Can I control this from my aftermarket HU (kenwood DDX574BH) or do I have to use the remote?
[ robert  Dec 30, 2016 ]
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When I added more bass from head unit, it did add more bass from the kicker unit. I would say yes, it does work.
[ Thomas  Dec 30, 2016 ]
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No remote needed. HU will control it for the most part, although you won't have separate sub control from the HU because of the lack of RCA wiring. Ideally, turn up to what would be your loudest, set the gain and bass boost on the sub and be done with it. You can turn the bass EQ up in the HU to gain a little more but you have to watch because it'll turn the bass up in the door speakers too and maybe distort them
[ JOSHUA  Dec 30, 2016 ]
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will it work with bose in a 2014 silverado ?
[ ram23  Nov 15, 2016 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Kenny  Nov 15, 2016 ]  Staff
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Does this unit require left and right high level inputs, or can it run off from one channel mono sub radio high level output?
[ PRM542  Aug 13, 2016 ]
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It has left/right high and low level inputs, I do not know what would happen if you connected mono to one or both inputs. Kicker tech support was responsive when I had an issue. I will say do not plan on using the "auto power on" feature, it did not work properly and I had to run a wire from the radio to the kicker to tell it to turn on. Good luck!
[ James  Aug 13, 2016 ]
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What class amplifier would this be considered as? I did not see that information in the details or overview.
[ Jonathan  May 18, 2016 ]
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I called and spoke to our rep at Kicker and was informed this model features their "Class DIC" amplifier. It's very similar to their "Direct Amp Technology" found in their compact car amplifier models: http://www.crutchfield.com/shopsearch/kicker_compact_amp.html I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
[ Ryan  May 20, 2016 ]  Staff
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Can this be installed in the f-150 platinum edition? Already has a 700 watt amp with and 8" sub. Need some more bump but don't really want to mess with the Sony system that's in it.
[ Ryan  May 02, 2016 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Kenny  May 02, 2016 ]  Staff
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I want to install 2 of these underneath each of my rear seats in my 4 door jeep wrangler. My question is will my seats still be able to fold down after installation?
[ superdanky  Mar 05, 2016 ]
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For additional 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.
[ Kenny  Mar 05, 2016 ]  Staff
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I had the Kicker Hideaway Sub installed in my 2010 Mazda 3, but now it seems like my mid/high bass ranges have gone down considerably. Front and rear speakers are all factory as well as my deck. Before the sub install, the mid/high bass ranges were decent and much louder. Are there any options other than installing a sound processor? And if I do install a processor, is there a way I can loop the signal back to factory deck ampilifiers so that I dont have to by an external amp for my fronts and rears? Thanks
[ Boom  Feb 15, 2016 ]
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There aren't any sound processors we carry that would work without also adding an aftermarket amp to your system. That said, I think adding a processor and upgrading the factory speakers in your car and then adding a new amp to power them would be the best option for getting an upgrade in full-range sound quality. You can view a full selection of the sound processors we carry on our website here: http://www.crutchfield.com/g_318850/Factory-System-Integration.html I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159
[ Larry  Feb 17, 2016 ]  Staff
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Can these be hooked up in series?
[ Jet1959mo  Jan 18, 2016 ]
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Series wiring lets you configure multiple woofers to one amplifier at an acceptable impedance. Since the Kicker 11HS8 is a powered subwoofer with an amplifier built-in, there wouldn't be any way to wire 2 of them together in series wiring. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159
[ Larry  Jan 20, 2016 ]  Staff
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Good for a four door lariat f250 with limited room? I need all seats but I want deeper bass, so can't be like other people who put subs on their seats. Does this hit well? Want something I can blare some bass pretty loud, and deep w/o distortion
[ Brett  Dec 10, 2015 ]
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This won't do it for loud and distortion-less, you'll need to go to a 12" in an enclosure. This will just round out a lackluster bottom end. This will distort once you turn it up to impress friends.
[ Dennis Craig  Dec 17, 2015 ]
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This thing has crazy bass for it's size. It has a wide range of adjustment - supplements the other speakers for well rounded sound and can be cranked up to produce major bass without distortion or popping. You really must use the wired/remote level control that comes with it for adjustability. My specific case is that it is mounted under the passenger seat - the vibration can be a bit much for a long ride - so mounting elsewhere is probably better anyway.
[ Byron  Dec 14, 2015 ]
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The hideaway is not for rattling the car doors of people next to you in traffic but it does add some very nice low end and punch at moderate volume levels. Never had it extremely loud but it seems to handle pretty loud levels with no problem. Really happy with mine-sounds great and was very easy to install.
[ BRION D  Dec 11, 2015 ]
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Brett, I have a 2006 Ram Quad Cab, speaker is in middle of and under rear seat, facing up. Does not take up too much room. This speaker will enhance the door speakers (midranges even) and add base of course, or seems to for me, has a knob installed in dash that controls how much base you want. I am happy with it, however, it will not rattle the windows if that is what you are asking. Try one or two if needed. Hope this helps.
[ KEN  Dec 10, 2015 ]
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I have mine under the rear seat of a 2012 4 door F150. Fits in same spot as factory sub. No problem. Fills in the low end range great for a full sound, but I would not say that it does great with really low frequency. More of a tight bass for country/rock. May not be the best for rap music, speaker will start to bottom out.
[ Keith  Dec 10, 2015 ]
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I have a a 2012 Chevy Cruze (compact car) and I'm wanting to place the unit in the truck instead of in the cabin, will one be enough? I don't want a booming system just a good quality sound
[ Adam  Dec 05, 2015 ]
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As long as you don't turn it up very loud, you should be okay. Had two of these and both failed. Aluminum surrounding the speaker works hardens and cracks.
[ William  Dec 06, 2015 ]
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I recommend you place it under your driver's seat. I have one under my wife's front seat (2011 camry) and under both front seats in my car (2013 subaru wrx) and it fills in the low end nicely. I feel if you install in the trunk you will be disappointed. If the trunk is your only option take a look at Rockford Fosgate Punch P300-10Single 10" subwoofer enclosure with 300-watt amp Item #: 575P30010
[ HENRY C  Dec 05, 2015 ]
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Some people have mentioned using or wanting two of these. Is that really necessary? All I want to do is boost the factory sound with good bass.
[ Seth  Nov 17, 2015 ]
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It add some nice bass to a factory system but if you're looking for real bass "punch" you'd probably be happier with something a bit more performance oriented. Hope this helps.
[ DAVID  Dec 03, 2015 ]
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Seth, I installed this kicker in my pick-up. It has great sound and I rarely if ever turn it all the way up. Combined with the 4 Polks I have it's a great mix. I don't think you would really need a second one. Hope that helps answer your question, and yes I do like my music loud and not distorted.
[ PAUL  Nov 20, 2015 ]
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No need for two. Try just one if you are looking for boost of the bass. It is a good unit. You can always add one more afterward if you consider placement of the first one with that in mind. I have had this unit for 2 years with no issues. It is a dependable unit with good boost of factory bass.
[ WESLEY  Nov 18, 2015 ]
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I've got one in a 2004 Chevy Avalanche, with a Kenwood headunit and speaker upgrades, plus in a 2015 Kia Soul with the factory radio and speakers. It works GREAT in both. You don't need two. To me it would be too boomy.
[ Douglas  Nov 18, 2015 ]
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I am only using one, but it is in a '53 F100 truck. I am completely satisfied with it and the performance is way beyond my expectations. If you are installing it in a full size vehicle or extended cab, you may want a second unit, but I would try a single first. The performance is amazing.
[ R E  Nov 18, 2015 ]
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Can you hook up this amp to a single preamp output from my head unit, and if so how?
[ Daniel  Nov 04, 2015 ]
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Kicker makes the KISL Audio Interconnect cable that you attach to the speaker wire input cables that come with this amp which allow you to connect it to preamp outputs on a radio.
[ Paul  Nov 09, 2015 ]  Staff
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Will this come with wiring harness for 2014 Silverado non-Bose with Chevy MyLink? Concerned with using with factory head unit. Thanks
[ Pete S  Sep 15, 2015 ]
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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  Sep 15, 2015 ]  Staff
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I have an Alpine MRV-F305 4 Ch amp. It has 2 preOuts RCAs next to the 4 input RCAs. Can I run those to the powered sub? Someone told me that wouldn't work. To me preOuts sound like pre-amp leads. Thanks
[ Kevin  Aug 20, 2015 ]
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Kevin, yes you can use the preouts RCA's for the signal to the Kicker subwoofer. I've done this with two different headunits in two different vehicles. It works great! Just use very good cables and you'll will be amaze at the sound coming out. No problem
[ Douglas  Aug 21, 2015 ]
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What is needed to install this to a factory headunit in 14 ram 1500 with standard uconnect 5.0 audio system?
[ Ry  Aug 16, 2015 ]
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You have 2 choices that I know of. 1 - pull the unit out and check the back to see if there is RCA jacks for SUB. Being a stock unit I doubt it as its all probably done with a plug in harness. In which case... The 5.0 system should already be feeding a separate sub somewhere in the truck. Track that down and take the wires feeding the sub, disconnect them and feed them to the new sub.
[ Mark  Aug 19, 2015 ]
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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  Aug 17, 2015 ]  Staff
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Does this need a a hot wire from the battery as well or does it draw all power from the head unit?
[ Paul L.  May 20, 2015 ]
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Run the hot wire directly from the battery, including the ground. That way you have a solid connection and not hurt the sub. Plus, to me, it's just safer to do it this way. I've done two like this and have never had a problem.
[ Douglas  Nov 18, 2015 ]
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Absolutely run the power wire directly to the battery, including the ground. You'll have less problems and feedback doing it this way.
[ Douglas  Aug 21, 2015 ]
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Yes, and it comes with a hot wire with inline fuse to connect to your battery.
[ ADAM B  May 28, 2015 ]
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It does need a fused power wire from the battery +.
[ ALIKSANDER  May 23, 2015 ]
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Sorry for dealy in answering but I direct connected the power to the battery as it draws alot of current and it works great in a small vehicle. I am going to be reinstalling mine in a 2015 rogue i hope.I hope you injoy and that we could help.
[ John  May 22, 2015 ]
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Power from the head unit works fine -
[ KRAG  May 22, 2015 ]
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Yes. It come with it
[ GORDON K  May 21, 2015 ]
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The unit provides you with a power wire that extends from it's provided wiring harness. On the power wire a fuse is provided. You will need to run the power wire directly to the battery terminal to draw enough power.
[ Julia  May 21, 2015 ]
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Battery leads are recommended . This small sub kicks some serious butt. It's perfect
[ HAROLD  May 21, 2015 ]
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My kicker hideaway was working great but now it just goes into safe mode (red light). I checked power at the unit an it's getting about 14v. What would cause to switch right into safe mode?
[ Myke  Mar 14, 2015 ]
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check your ground
[ Steven  Apr 24, 2019 ]
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The only other thing maybe you have input line grounding check all input wires
[ HAROLD  Mar 15, 2015 ]
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Do I need to buy an adapters or Rcas to install with a kenwood ddx7001hd?
[ DAVID  Feb 26, 2015 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes you will need to use the Kicker KISL adapter to install this subwoofer to an aftermarket stereo. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Mar 02, 2015 ]  Staff
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I have a 2009 Nissan 370Z, and would like to know if this sub will fit under the seat. ... or behind the seat, either on the floor or in the like storage area?
[ Mark  Nov 17, 2014 ]
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I have the subwoofer in the cargo area of a 2015 Kia Soul. Still have lots of room for items
[ Douglas  Aug 21, 2015 ]
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Yes it will is very compact
[ JUAN  Nov 18, 2014 ]
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It's about 3.5" tall. Depending how much clearance you have between the bottom center of the seat to the carpet, it may be a tight fit. Ideally, you want to mount it behind the passenger's seat. I have re-installed it in a 1994 Mazda Miata and space is premium in this car. Only suitable location to mount it was behind the passenger's seat. I believe the 370Z is also two seater? Also, keep in mind that the remote bass control is pretty much useless, you want to ensure that you can adjust the base setting on the right side of the unit to adjust it once in a while. One last thing, pre-amp input does not make this unit come alive. Tapping into high speaker level input is much better, you will get the most out of this powered sub.
[ Peter  Nov 18, 2014 ]
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Thanks Kevin, a box of the same size is a great idea.
[ Mark  Nov 17, 2014 ]
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Mark, while I don't know how much room is under your seat, I do know that it fits nicely under my Jeep seat with a little room to spare. The best I can advise you for your situation is to measure the open area under your seat that doesn't have anything blocking where the sub would fit, like electronic modules for power seats/heated seats, seat belts, etc. I also used a box I had laying around that was the same size as the sub, just to see how difficult it would be to actually get something under the seat (like a puzzle box or game box), because you might only be able to get something under the seat from one direction, like from the back seat floor. Hope this was helpful.
[ KEVIN  Nov 17, 2014 ]
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Thanks Brian!
[ Mark  Nov 17, 2014 ]
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I don't know about your 370Z but I can tell you that I installed this Kicker behind the passenger seat in my 1991 Mazda Miata with only minor incursion. It sounds great. Good luck.
[ BRIAN  Nov 17, 2014 ]
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If it helps I put one behind the seat in a Ferrari 328 and under a seat in an 88 911.
[ PIERRE  Nov 17, 2014 ]
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What does the blue wire connect to?
[ Woodcat2379  Nov 02, 2014 ]
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The Blue wire is the remote turn on wire. You splice it with the blue remote turn on wire on the back of your headunit. This turns the amp on when you turn your stereo on (or start the car).
[ Erik  Jun 30, 2015 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
[ Krissy  Nov 02, 2014 ]  Staff
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I have a 2011 Cadillac CTS, and I know that it will fit under one of the passenger seats. My question is if i'm going to need a new stereo due to the fact that I only have the factory standard head unit?
[ Milton  May 05, 2014 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Krissy  May 05, 2014 ]  Staff
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I have a 2011 scion tc and would like to put this underneath the passenger seat. would it be able to fit?
[ ADAM  Apr 13, 2014 ]
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Just measure the space under your seat and compare to the dimensions on the Crutchfield site. Simple, go from there.
[ Douglas  Aug 21, 2015 ]
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Yes, i put under the driver seat of the kia Sportage 2013
[ LUIS  Apr 15, 2014 ]
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Adam, while I don't know how much room is under your seat, I do know that it fits nicely under my Jeep seat with a little room to spare. The best I can advise you for your situation is to measure the open area under your seat that doesn't have anything blocking where the sub would fit, like electronic modules for power seats/heated seats, seat belts, etc. I also used a box I had laying around just to see how difficult it would be to actually get something under the seat (like a puzzle box or game box), because you might only be able to get something under the seat from one direction, like from the back seat floor. Hope this was helpful.
[ KEVIN  Apr 14, 2014 ]
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Not sure. It will not fit under my Toyota Tacoma truck.
[ TIMOTHY R  Apr 14, 2014 ]
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Yes it should fit And I love the bass from it u will enjoy it
[ JUAN  Apr 14, 2014 ]
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I don't know, as I don't drive Scion. It does however, fit nicely (snug) under the passenger seat of my 2013 Honda Civic.
[ DANIEL R  Apr 14, 2014 ]
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Don't know about your car but it its under my old jag which is very low - tight but works great
[ KRAG  Apr 14, 2014 ]
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Don't buy it! Mine broke already. Spend your money on a custom box with a proper speaker and amp.
[ CARL  Apr 14, 2014 ]
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My Kicker no longer works. It powers up and the fuses are good but no sound? Any suggestions? The wiring is right and it worked fine until it just stopped putting out sound? Of course my warranty just ran out.
[ Andy  Jan 05, 2014 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
[ Jeff  Jan 05, 2014 ]  Staff
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