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I own a onyx black '03 6s and was cleaning it the other day and wishing that i had the bose system in it. i was in the trunk and noticed that there was connections for a rear sub but i would just have to cut a hole in the metal to place the sub in.....is it really that easy or what am i missing? :unsure:
 

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eh the sub from the bose system sucks...well at least mine does so in terms of thump you arent missing much, the sound quality I am impressed with from the other speakers. Te sub in the 06 is mounted right below the rear windsheild and is a free air sub so I'm not sure if the 03 sub placement is different or not.

I'd say your best bet is to go with an aftermarket sub and amp
 

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If you are looking for a lot of boom, go aftermarket. If you just want the bass to blend in, the Bose is fine, but I don't know how it would sounds without the whole Bose setup.
 

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Yeah the bose system is ok if your not into a lot of bass or used to any kind of aftermarket stuff. If you want some decent bass Id go with an aftermarket 10 and a small amp.
 

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ok thanks! sounds like im goin aftermarket.......since its just going to be one sub i wont need a large amp but anyone have a sub that they like a lot and which i shouldnt bother with? JL i had in mind...
 

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It's not as simple as plugging it in. The HU is different, and there is an amp mounted under the passenger seat with the Bose system.

If you wanted a cheap way to add some thump, get a line-out converted, tap the signal wires from behind the head unit, and add an amp and sub in the trunk.

I have heard that tapping the rear speaker signal is not good as the rear has toned down highs and lows, and basically just reproduces mids. I tapped the signal from the HU.

There's lots of info in this forum about this stuff, so look around, and dont hesitate to ask if you have any questions!
 

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i just blew my bose sub yesterday (damn reggae music lol) and i was wondering if i should try to replace the speaker with another bose or just switch to an aftermarket sub. if i go aftermarket do i then use the current bose amp to just power the regular speakers and get another amp altogether for the aftermarket sub?
 

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I agree, I've had my car for 3 weeks...and I know Bose is overrated...but I thought I'd get atleast some decent thump from a 9" woofer......and I've heard factory cars with 6x9's get more bass...kinda dissapointing...might have to throw my crossfire in the trunk...didn't want to though.
 

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I agree, I've had my car for 3 weeks...and I know Bose is overrated...but I thought I'd get atleast some decent thump from a 9" woofer......and I've heard factory cars with 6x9's get more bass...kinda dissapointing...might have to throw my crossfire in the trunk...didn't want to though.
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yeah I agree I had 6x9s in my last car that produced more bass than the bose sub, unfortunetly the audiophile in me has died down a little bit so I have more pressing issues that need my attention and money.

I had 2 10" alpine type S with an M300 mono alpine amp in my last car...they were ok but I was never that impressed, If I were to get an aftermarkt sub now I would got with a very loud high quality 10" and a decent amp to power it
 

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nemesis, there are 2 bose amps in the car-- a 4-channel for the speakers, and a mono-amp for the sub. the mono-amp is attached to the bottom of the subwoofer. if you plan on going with an aftermarket sub, you will definitely need to get an aftermarket amp. the bose mono-amp is probably only pushing out about 50W @ 2ohms. there are no aftermarket subs that can handle 50W nominal let alone a 9" aftermarket sub. either you replace the sub with another bose, or you get a new sub system. i vote for the latter.
 

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nemesis, there are 2 bose amps in the car-- a 4-channel for the speakers, and a mono-amp for the sub. the mono-amp is attached to the bottom of the subwoofer. if you plan on going with an aftermarket sub, you will definitely need to get an aftermarket amp. the bose mono-amp is probably only pushing out about 50W @ 2ohms. there are no aftermarket subs that can handle 50W nominal let alone a 9" aftermarket sub. either you replace the sub with another bose, or you get a new sub system. i vote for the latter.
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are you sure its just a 4 channel amp under the passenger seat? because there are six speakers: 2 tweeters, 1 speaker in each of the front doors and a speaker in each of the back doors. Thats 6 speakers. Also I believe the bose sub is 100 watts, whether thats rms or peak i couldnt tell you.
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nemesis, there are 2 bose amps in the car-- a 4-channel for the speakers, and a mono-amp for the sub. the mono-amp is attached to the bottom of the subwoofer. if you plan on going with an aftermarket sub, you will definitely need to get an aftermarket amp. the bose mono-amp is probably only pushing out about 50W @ 2ohms. there are no aftermarket subs that can handle 50W nominal let alone a 9" aftermarket sub. either you replace the sub with another bose, or you get a new sub system. i vote for the latter.
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thanks RYCE. i think im gonna follow your advice unless i can get a real deal for the replacement bose sub. a friend of mine is selling a kicker L7 10" in a box for $150 so i think im gonna head in that direction.
 
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