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How to Install a Powered Subwoofer to a Factory Stereo?

How to Install a Powered Subwoofer to a Factory Stereo?

Powered Subwoofers are famous for delivering high-quality and powerful deep bass. I am using a 10-inch powered subwoofer for my car and it is just awesome.

Powered subwoofers consist of an integrated amplifier, speaker driver and a modified enclosure for a powered subwoofer. This unique combination ensures that you will only listen to neat bass. In this article, our editors have explained in detail about Installing a powered subwoofer to a factory stereo.

Powered subwoofer once installed properly with a factory stereo will always deliver high-quality bass. I love to listen to my favorite tracks while I travel, with a good subwoofer, you can enjoy powerful and deep bass. I prefer using a powered subwoofer in my car, It includes a subwoofer, Amplifier, and enclosure.

How to Install a Powered Subwoofer to a Factory Stereo?

This is a step-by-step guide for installing powered subwoofers in your car and you will also learn how to attach these with factory stereo. You can also adjust your car stereo for the best sound with few tweaks and results will be awesome.

Before starting this installation process for a powered subwoofer, you must select a decent place for it. You can either install it under the seat or in the trunk.

Tools Required for Installing a Powered Subwoofer to a Factory Stereo

  • Screwdriver machine
  • Drill machine
  • Drill sets
  • Wiring Kit 
  • Wire crimps
  • Allen wrench set
  • Tape for wires
  • screws ( all sizes)
  • Side-post adapter for battery

Let us now start the procedure:

Disconnect battery

The first step for installing a powered subwoofer in your car. You must ensure that your car is turned off and keys removed. Now, this is not enough, you should disconnect the battery to avoid any short circuit or damage.

This is very simple, open the hood of your car and access the battery. carefully select the black colored negatively charged battery cable from there. Once this black cable is separated, you are secure to proceed with the installation process of your car subwoofer.

Check Factory Car Stereo Wires

Check the car stereo for cables and ports. You will need to add subwoofer cables with the car stereo. Check the red colored wire, this has to be attached with the battery. You must ensure that it does not touch the heated parts of the car to avoid wire damage and short circuit

If you are installing a subwoofer in the trunk, you will need more wire and power cable. 

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Check RCA Cables

Now, this is important, check your car stereo for RCA cables, remove the outputs along with the power cable. Reconnect the cables and at this stage, you need to reinstall the factory fitted car stereo.

Check the car stereo and subwoofers for power, your car stereo is ready and now we have to work on the subwoofer.

You must find a decent place for your subwoofer to be installed. Subwoofer requires space and air to work properly, select a suitable place within your car.

Connecting powered subwoofers with power cables

At this stage, you need to add power cables with your subwoofer, if you are placing subwoofer away from the car stereo, you may need an extra power cable. Carefully secure both ends of the power cable and properly attach it with your subwoofer.

The power cable should run under the car carpet and must be attached with tape or glue. At car stereo end, all the wires are already attached, and now it is time to set the ground wire.

Set up a ground wire

Setting up a ground wire is easy, just follow these steps. You can connect the ground wire with your car chassis or any other nearby part.

You must check that a bolt is used to secure the wire properly. The ground wire must be attached with the naked metallic part of your car to work properly. If there is some paint or plastic, remove it and then securely attach the ground wire.

Once you have attached the ground wire, it is now time to finally install the subwoofer and check for connections.

Testing Powered Subwoofers in Car

Now, that you have properly installed a powered subwoofer with a factory car stereo, let us check the connections. Check all the wires one last time before turning on the subwoofer and car stereo.

Check amplifier settings and car stereo settings. I believe by now, you will have the answer to today’s question, How to Install a Powered Subwoofer to a Factory Stereo?

Car stereo must be compatible with the powered subwoofer before you buy, I recommend checking your car stereo. You should always buy compatible products. Having a good subwoofer enclosure enhances bass.

Always make sure the battery is disconnected not only for your safety but also for your homely appliances safety and the safety of your car.

Thank You.

Team – Howstereo.com

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