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Bench seat/sub box in Ex-cab ranger....?

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My new endeavor.....I want a couple subs in my truck. I don't crank them, but they add to the rock sound, and I like them. Problem is, I have kids that occupy the seats in back, so a big bulky box is out of the question. I saw a guy on Craigslist about a year ago selling a custom box that ran the width of the truck, mounted where the jump seats do, and contained 3 downfiring 10" subs. I am thinking of building one of these (Since I can't find this guy again) and making it into a bench seat for the kiddos. I would put belts on the floor and make it safe and stuff....after all, I do love my kids and want them safe.....but I am curious as to what you guys think.
 


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As long as you have the right square footage inside the box, and it's all bolted down flat you will be a-ok.

I used to run a 10" sub in a wedge-shaped box that fit behind the driver's seat in my extended cab.

Time to break out the tape measure, calculator and notepaper :D
 

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And just where are you going to bolt these proposed seat belts down that they will have the needed anchorage to hold a child still in an accident?

How high is this thing going to be? High enough that their heads are now up level with the window? High enough that in a few years they won't even fit in the back seat anymore (let me tell you, it doesn't take a lot of height to do that)?

Which way are you intending for them to face once this sub-seat is in? Are they going to face inward and sit with their legs straight out like they were on the floor, or are you going to try and have them face forward so they have no leg room and their heads are being bashed into the back window if you get hit?


I am pretty sure that this will work very poorly if at all. Really kinda sounds to me like you are putting your wants ahead of your kids' needs.
 

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And just where are you going to bolt these proposed seat belts down that they will have the needed anchorage to hold a child still in an accident?

Ok, I will answer.

I haven't looked into where to mount the belts, hence me putting it up here to get people's opinions.


How high is this thing going to be? High enough that their heads are now up level with the window? High enough that in a few years they won't even fit in the back seat anymore (let me tell you, it doesn't take a lot of height to do that)?



My kids heads are already up with the window sitting in the factory seats, so that is a moot point.


Which way are you intending for them to face once this sub-seat is in? Are they going to face inward and sit with their legs straight out like they were on the floor, or are you going to try and have them face forward so they have no leg room and their heads are being bashed into the back window if you get hit?


They are going to sit facing forward, like a bench seat



I am pretty sure that this will work very poorly if at all. Really kinda sounds to me like you are putting your wants ahead of your kids' needs.
I am pretty sure you don't know the level of my fabrication skills, so you should keep your stupid comments to yourself. I keep forgetting that with every helpful comment on this forum, you get one from someone that gets their rock off in telling other people they suck. My kids come first, or I wouldn't worry about where they sit.
 

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Here is another option to think about. Look into putting your subs under the front seats. No clue if it will work in a Ranger, but I'm running an 8" sub under each of my front seats in my Nissan Titan. Works perfect, and no loss of useable space.
 

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