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JL Audio Stealthbox®

Custom-fit fiberglass enclosure with 10" W1v3-2 subwoofer
Fits 2007-up Chevrolet / GMC full-size SUV & truck models

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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.

JL Audio Built In USA 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 2007-up GMC and Chevrolet full-size truck and SUV models. It installs inside the forward section of the factory center console, without taking up much space. This Stealthbox® includes one down-firing W1v3 10" 2-ohm 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 moderate or high. Crutchfield recommends using a car audio professional to install this enclosure, unless you have extensive experience installing car audio gear.

Note: This Stealthbox® enclosure will not fit trucks with AC vents on the back of the center console. It also will not fit full-size "classic" trucks or the Chevrolet SSR, GMC Sierra Denali, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Cadillac Escalade EXT, Hummer H2, and Hummer H2 SUT.

Product Highlights:

  • Stealthbox® custom-fit subwoofer
  • sealed fiberglass enclosure
  • W1v3 10" 2-ohm subwoofer
  • installs inside the forward section of center console
  • power handling: 75-300 watts RMS (600 watts peak power)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Sounds great.

Anonymous, Charlotte nc

What's in the Box:

  • Custom subwoofer box with loaded 10" woofer
  • Two 3"x3" Wax squares
  • 2 Socket cup screws (Length=2-1/4")
  • 2 Large flat washers
  • 2 Split lock washers
  • 2 Hex nuts
  • Installation Guide
  • Warranty sheet

JL Audio Stealthbox® Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(10 Reviews)

JL Audio Stealth Box in a 2011 Silverado Crew Cab

Patrick from Camarillo, CA on 1/22/2017

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product with a great sound to back it up. Just installed one of these in my 2011 Silverado, and the difference is amazing. Good hit and nice lows, really brings the system to life. I did have to do a bit more trimming in the center console to get it to fit correctly, but it did allow me the space to dynamat the whole thing.

Pros: Great sound, Nicely put together product

Cons: Needed additional fitting, a little pricey but worth it

JL Audio Stealthbox®

Anonymous from Charlotte nc on 12/21/2016

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sounds great.



JL Stealth Box

Rob from Texas on 12/15/2015

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Overall, this items functioned exactly as described. Very please! Also, Crutchfield support was very helpful.

Pros: sounds very good, just enough bass to please my music taste

Cons: Console vibrates, but nothing a little Dynomat couldn't fix

better than expected

Aaronj from Brush, CO on 9/7/2015

2011 GMC Sierra Denali
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Way better than expected, hits hard, sounds great with any music. Install was not to bad, between installing the sub, amp and wiring I had about 7 hours into it stopping for lunch and a few cold ones here and there. You don't have to remove your seats to pull the console as previously stated, just follow the instructions. I powered it with a JL 500W mono block and put it under the driver rear seat next to the spare tire tools and it's a perfect fit! If you have dynamat stick some in the center console area before you put your cup holders back in, also do the trim piece on the dash that fits against the windshield as I found these were the 2 areas that vibrated the worst.

Pros: Great sound, no loss of interior space,

Cons: A little spendy, but well worth it.

Killer sound!

Will from Eufaula Ok 74432 on 11/20/2014

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sound and fits like a glove

Pros: Awsome bass , excellent fit

Cons: None

JL Audio Stealthbox 2008 Chev Silverado ext cab

MikeM from Los Angeles, CA on 9/25/2014

2008 Chevrolet Silverado
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have a 500w amp driving it and it sounds great in the cab. If you are looking for a box that hits bass hard in the cab and is out of site then this is it. If you want to make noise driving down the street this is not the one for you. I play all types of music and sounds great.

Pros: Fit is perfect and the end result you will not lose any space or have to worry about anyone damaging the speaker. It sounds better than I expected, I have a 500w mono amp driving it and its more bass than I will ever really need. But I do like my bass.

Cons: Plan on a more than 1/2 a day to install. You have to remove both driver and passenger seats to get the center console out. Also be careful drilling the mounting bolt holes in the floor board, close to transmission lines and difficult to get too. When its done you will be happy with it.

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Jim S from Salisbury, MD on 5/13/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had the sub replace the anemic Bose sub. I had Bullfeathers in Delmar DE do the instal, the chose a Pioneer Amp and a box to integrate with the factory system. Everything is hidden and they added a vol control in the lower dash. These guys know what they are doing, beautiful custom work and setting the crossover perfect. What a huge difference , great tight lows and no rattles at all, just have to keep the spare change to a min or it will shake around !

Pros: Super clean lows, nothing visible , no loss of storage space, this sub kicks ass

Cons: None


JasonM from Dallas, TX on 5/23/2013

Prior to buying this box I had a single 8" 8w3v3-4 mounted in a custom box under the back bench seat of my 2009 Avalanche. It worked well and sounded good, but it had to be removed to fully fold down the back seats so the mid-gate could be used. That and I needed just a little more bass response on the ultra low notes. I was initially put off by the Stealthbox, both because of the price and because of the need to remove the rear AC vent tubing. However after talking to a couple of local installers I decided to go ahead with the purchase. First, it sounds AMAZING. One JL 10 sounds like two 10's from any other manufacture. Second, with the venting removed and capped off the front vents blow harder and the passengers in the back don't really notice the difference. Third, it takes up no additional space. I also really like the sound coming from the front, it is more like going to a live concert than having the bass in the back like most cars. And it doesn't require all that much power. Mine is running off the sub channel of a JL Audio XD700/5 which is about 180 watts RMS. (Max is 300 watts RMS.)

Pros: Sounds amazing, fairly easy to install, takes up no additional space, requires a very small amount of power.

Cons: Expensive, requires removal of rear AC vents in trucks that have them. (Not a huge deal as stated above.) Any change, keys, or other loose object placed in the cup holders will rattle. (I was able to reduce most rattles by covering the console and parts of the front dash in Dynomat.

JL Audio Stealthbox®

Kevin from Langdon, ND on 4/24/2013

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fit very well, sounds great, love that I have great sound and its hidden, looks factory!

Pros: Hidden, sound, well built

Cons: The price

JL Audio Stealthbox®

EJM from Dahlgren, VA on 5/16/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Pros: -Great Low end sound -Just enough to feel it, not enough to be annoying -Great fit in the vehicle, looks totally stock, sounds 100x better -Pretty good value if a clutter free set-up is important Cons: -Install is a little less than easy but not frustratingly so -I suggest Dyn-amat, fat-mat, eDead or some other type of sound deadening for the inside of the console. -While W1V2 single ten inch sub is sufficient, $460 is a little pricey for the box




Hands-on research

Product Research


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: A 10" JL Audio W1v2 subwoofer is loaded in this enclosure and features an injection-molded, metallic-finish polypropylene cone woofer with a butyl rubber surround for added durability, woofer excursion, and bass response.

  • Surround Stress Relief: By creating a radius 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.
  • Interlocking Cone & Dust Cap: The W1v2's utilize a dust cap that is not just glued, but also interlocks with features molded into the cone body for a tight snap-fit. This creates a more rigid cone assembly and a more reliable dust cap attachment.
  • Dynamic Motor Analysis (DMA): DMA is JL Audio's proprietary method aimed at improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, W1v2 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: The Vented Reinforcement Collar (VRC) is a composite structure that addresses two issues related to reliability.
    • Stress Relief: By reinforcing the critical junction between the cone, voice coil and spider, the VRC greatly reduces failures due to glue breakdown or material weakness. It does this by greatly increasing adhesive contact area and providing stress relief to the spider material at excursion extremes
    • Air Flow: The VRC also features slots that facilitate air flow directly onto the voice coil windings. This reduces thermal compression effects and enhances reliability
  • Insert Molded Suspension/Coil/Terminal Sub-Assembly: The W1v2 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. This type of assembly ensures precise lead wire length, lead wire entry and exit angles; and coil to spider perpendicularity.
  • Elevated Frame Cooling System: The elevated frame design of the W1v2 delivers cool air 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.

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Great quality... [ RYAN  Jan 25, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

this unit will require an external amplifier. The factory system does not come close to what the speaker needs and will not operate correctly. I would reccomend one with roughly 200-250 watts rms and it will sound great. I have been very pleased with this speakers performance. Good Luck! [ JOEL B  Jan 19, 2015 ]
I would not depend on the factory head unit to power this. I purchased a $250 amp & put it under the pass rear seat. It came with a remote power button, where I can control the volume & we stuck it next to the steering wheel. Nothing is showing between the amp, wiring, & sub. It sure sounds great too! [ KEVIN  Jan 19, 2015 ]
The sub needs an external amp, the head unit does not have enough power [ CARLTON  Jan 18, 2015 ]
I installed an external amp and never tried to just connect wires from original factory amp. I would imagin that would not have enough power, the factory sub in very small. [ Jeremy  Jan 18, 2015 ]
The factory amp runs on different ohms ... I would recommend running an aftermarket amp to use the sub to its full potential. [ RAUL  Jan 18, 2015 ]
yea there is just need to dyno mat the inside of the consule to kill the vibrations from the speaker [ RICHARD  Mar 11, 2014 ]
Bass was WAY batter. I ran with a good Amp too. Drilling holes in the body of my Suburban was the hardest part & lining up. Otherwise, no problems. Definitely worth the $$ & best part you can't see it, or my amp:) [ KEVIN  Mar 06, 2014 ]
Hey Dave W, I recently installed this item in my 2013 tahoe. I installed it along with a jl xd 700/5 amp. This little thing hits pretty hard, but do take in mind that you are right next to sub in this case so it doesn't hit as hard if you were in the third row seat. The bass compared to the bose sub is way much louder but with more bass you get more rattles so I would recommend to buy some dynamat to instal in the interior walls of the console. I would also recommend to install it with an amp that has a bass remote option to provide optinmal response in the sub. overal I am happy with my purchase since I hade no space given up. As for the price it is a little expensive but well worth It if you don't want to give up any space. I hope this helps . [ RAUL  Mar 06, 2014 ]

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