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#1 OFFLINE   bonefizz

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 03:51 PM

Here it is boys and girls! The JL Audio Stealthbox is finally here!

http://mobile.jlaudi...php?fit_id=1627

I'll be installing mine as soon as I can get my grubby hands on one!

#2 OFFLINE   madlock

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 12:28 AM

Looks like a real kick in the pants!

I wish they'd do a better job with their photos though; even with the pictures, it's tough to envision exactly how it incorporates into/near the 3rd row cabin wall.

From the looks of it, anyone occupying the 3rd row passenger seat could wind up with a bass-induced dislocated shoulder. :)

#3 OFFLINE   QSHIPWAGON

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 06:32 AM

Here it is boys and girls! The JL Audio Stealthbox is finally here!

http://mobile.jlaudi...php?fit_id=1627

I'll be installing mine as soon as I can get my grubby hands on one!


Well, order it up and tell us how you like it... https://specialistsc...p...t=42&page=3

#4 OFFLINE   bonefizz

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 08:13 AM

Well, order it up and tell us how you like it... https://specialistsc...p...t=42&page=3


Ordered one yesterday! I will give you my review with photos when i get it installed! He He, I'm giddy!

#5 OFFLINE   jrmgkia

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 12:39 PM

Ordered one yesterday! I will give you my review with photos when i get it installed! He He, I'm giddy!


Have you gotten your Stealthbox yet? How does it look installed? Please document your install in the Flex. Thanks

#6 OFFLINE   bonefizz

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 05:53 PM

Have you gotten your Stealthbox yet? How does it look installed? Please document your install in the Flex. Thanks



Funny you should post! I got my Stealthbox a couple of days ago, but I haven't put it in yet. I'll have it in tomorrow and will post my impressions!

Edit: Still struggling with it! Apparently, the Sony touchscreen nav headunit boosts the lower frequencies in the 50Hz to 70Hz range to compensate for the crappy factory subwoofer. My basic signal processor wasn't cutting it and those frequencies in my music would drive the stealthbox so hard, in those frequencies, that the woofer would bottom out and sound horrible. Unfortunately, my installer didn't figure this out until Friday at 5:15pm and couldn't order the Rockford Fosgate 360.2 signal processor it is going to take to flatten out the full band of frequencies in order to EQ them properly. Future installers take note! This is turning into an expensive project, of course. I should have it buttoned up on Monday, baring any more surprises! :banghead:

Edited by bonefizz, 30 May 2009 - 05:00 PM.


#7 OFFLINE   bonefizz

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 10:01 PM

Finally! Success! After adding and tuning the Rockford Fosgate 360.2 signal processor, the JL Stealthbox came alive! Wow, what a great product. Thanks to the guys at Galpin Auto Sports for all the hard work.

Here is my set up:

Factory Sony Navigation Touchscreen Headunit
Facory Sony Amplifier (had to keep it, it processes signal from the Head Unit)
AudioControl Overdrive (boosts the signal from the reciever)
Rockford Fosgate 360.2 Signal Processor
Alpine PDX-5 Amp 75Watts RMS x 4 and 300 Watts RMS x 1
JL Audio C5-570x Component speakers 5x7 in front
Focal Access 570CA1 2-Way 5x7 in second row
JL Stealthbox Subwoofer 10in

I am very happy with the final outcome. The Stealthbox rocks, but doesn't overpower the rest of the set up. The JL C5-570x speakers are really clean and crisp. The Alpine amp is quite a little amp. I was surprised at how small it is.

I spent almost twice as much as I had originally planned because of the problems we encountered with the head unit. Outfitting your Flex certainly doesn't have to cost as much as I spent, but cleaning up the signal from the factory head unit is going to cost some real money. In all, I spent about $2900 with all the labor and components. I could have saved approximately $700 in labor if I tackled it myself, but I'm not sure I would have figured out the output issues with the head unit. Plus, I have two twin 4 year olds and a 9 week old little girl. I have no spare time to tackle a project like this!

I have pictures of some of the build on my phone. I will pull the photos off and post them when I have the time. Stay tuned!

#8 OFFLINE   jrmgkia

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 03:58 PM

Here is my set up:

Factory Sony Navigation Touchscreen Headunit
Facory Sony Amplifier (had to keep it, it processes signal from the Head Unit)
AudioControl Overdrive (boosts the signal from the reciever)
Rockford Fosgate 360.2 Signal Processor
Alpine PDX-5 Amp 75Watts RMS x 4 and 300 Watts RMS x 1
JL Audio C5-570x Component speakers 5x7 in front
Focal Access 570CA1 2-Way 5x7 in second row
JL Stealthbox Subwoofer 10in


I have pictures of some of the build on my phone. I will pull the photos off and post them when I have the time. Stay tuned!


Nice work bonefizz, I am planning to start my upgrade soon and would love to see those pics. I have a couple of questions:
1. Why did you go with the JL speakers up front and the Focals in the rear doors? I was going to upgrade to JL speakers in both front and rear doors.
2. I am getting the Streetwires RE-Q for the signal processing it will serve as signal processor, high level to low level converter, low pass filter, and remote turn on for my amp. It is only $129 so I wonder if they considered using that.
3. How does the Stealthbox look, from the JL pictures it isn't very stealth and hangs out quite far, could you provide any insight into that? Thanks again

#9 OFFLINE   bonefizz

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:21 AM

I feel like a goofball cross posting between fordflex.net and this forum, but here it is!!

To answer your questions:

1. I went with the JL's in the front because they blew me away when I heard them. As far as the Focal's, I can't really say. My installer recommended them. They sounded good, but I wanted the super sounding speakers (JL) up front where I would hear them everyday. You can't go wrong with JL speakers all around.

2. I'm not familiar with the re-Q5 as far as its processing capabilities, so I can't say if it will work for you. Let me just say that my installer had originally installed a less expensive signal processor, but it did not level off the frequencies well enough and I had to step up to the 360.2. Those 30-50hz frequencies from the factory deck were off the charts. I would make sure the re-Q5 will do the job before you plop down that cash. Then if it does work, post your results. I'm sure other Flex owners would love the option to spend less then the price of a 360.2.

3. The Stealthbox is not very stealth!!!! I have pictures I will post as soon as I get off my butt and pull them off my phone. The Stealthbox is good looking though, and it doesn't look too much out of place. I'll let you in on a secret, I installed this whole system without my wife knowing anything about it. The other day we were loading lumber in the back and she looked right past it. She didn't even give it a second look. Yeah, I'm going to hell. It does stick out, but you still have full use of your third row and seatbelt. If someone sits back there, they might have their teeth rattled a bit, though.

4. I bought my Stealthbox from Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys CA, who was also my installer. The box was $600 and I had to wait almost a week before it arrived.

Let me know if you have more questions. I'm more then happy to talk about it, if you can't tell!

#10 OFFLINE   Mr. Flex

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:57 AM

How does it sound? Can you hear it outside the vehicle if you have it up?

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 01:06 PM

How does it sound? Can you hear it outside the vehicle if you have it up?


You know, I'm never outside my Flex when it is cranked up! I will have to try that this weekend. I have 300w being sent to the Stealthbox, but it can handle 500w. I wouldn't say I would wake the neighbors when I roll down the street, but it does vibrate the hell out of my rear view mirror.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 07:02 PM

Finally! Success! After adding and tuning the Rockford Fosgate 360.2 signal processor, the JL Stealthbox came alive! Wow, what a great product. Thanks to the guys at Galpin Auto Sports for all the hard work.

Here is my set up:

Factory Sony Navigation Touchscreen Headunit
Facory Sony Amplifier (had to keep it, it processes signal from the Head Unit)
AudioControl Overdrive (boosts the signal from the reciever)
Rockford Fosgate 360.2 Signal Processor
Alpine PDX-5 Amp 75Watts RMS x 4 and 300 Watts RMS x 1
JL Audio C5-570x Component speakers 5x7 in front
Focal Access 570CA1 2-Way 5x7 in second row
JL Stealthbox Subwoofer 10in

I am very happy with the final outcome. The Stealthbox rocks, but doesn't overpower the rest of the set up. The JL C5-570x speakers are really clean and crisp. The Alpine amp is quite a little amp. I was surprised at how small it is.

I spent almost twice as much as I had originally planned because of the problems we encountered with the head unit. Outfitting your Flex certainly doesn't have to cost as much as I spent, but cleaning up the signal from the factory head unit is going to cost some real money. In all, I spent about $2900 with all the labor and components. I could have saved approximately $700 in labor if I tackled it myself, but I'm not sure I would have figured out the output issues with the head unit. Plus, I have two twin 4 year olds and a 9 week old little girl. I have no spare time to tackle a project like this!

I have pictures of some of the build on my phone. I will pull the photos off and post them when I have the time. Stay tuned!

Hey,I did not think that you can add an amp without bypassing the factory head unit.At least that is what the guy at the car stereo store told me.How did you hook up the amp around the factory system and sync without messing the factory system up? I would like to add some more power to the stereo system.

#13 OFFLINE   bonefizz

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 09:35 PM

Hey,I did not think that you can add an amp without bypassing the factory head unit.At least that is what the guy at the car stereo store told me.How did you hook up the amp around the factory system and sync without messing the factory system up? I would like to add some more power to the stereo system.


I'm not sure I understand your question. If you bypass the factory head unit, what output would you send to the amp? In my set up, the signal from the factory head unit travels like this: Music is sent from the in-dash unit to the factory amp and processor, then to the Audiocontrol Overdrive to boost the signal, then to the Rockford Fosgate 360.2 signal processor to level the outputs, the leveled output is then sent to the amplifier and finally to the door speakers and subwoofer. Maybe you could ask the guy at the car stereo store to elaborate on what he meant.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 12:14 PM

I'm not sure I understand your question. If you bypass the factory head unit, what output would you send to the amp? In my set up, the signal from the factory head unit travels like this: Music is sent from the in-dash unit to the factory amp and processor, then to the Audiocontrol Overdrive to boost the signal, then to the Rockford Fosgate 360.2 signal processor to level the outputs, the leveled output is then sent to the amplifier and finally to the door speakers and subwoofer. Maybe you could ask the guy at the car stereo store to elaborate on what he meant.


I guess he was thinking that in order to add a amp that he would have to use a different head unit. I'll just print this off and show it to him. That's cool how you have yours set up.

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 10:24 PM

i added a high low converter and tapped into the rear right speaker and thats how im runing my 750 watts mono amp with stock head unit and im running all infinity's on my 5X7's with non amp and it sounds really , really good very clean , you can play classical , rock and if you want that bump in your trunk you can they can hear you a couple of houses down !!! ha ha ha ha

Edited by kermit, 20 May 2010 - 10:24 PM.







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