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Old 08-25-2009, 02:57 PM
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Default Jay FX4's Infinity Basslink Setup

Between TRS and other forums, I've seen quite a few Basslink setups in a Ranger. But every one I've seen has come at the expense of a jump seat, cargo space, or both. I didn't want to sacrifice either of the rear seats in my 2004 FX4, and I definitely need all the cargo space. I wanted to keep the rear cup holders too, since one of the front cup holders holds my ash tray. And finally, I was determined to make sure any modifications I made could be undone, meaning I wanted to be able to return the truck completely to stock form if necessary.

So..... what to do?

The Basslink comes with brackets to mount it either vertically or horizontally. I decided the best way to mount it was vertically, against the back of the cab between the jump seats. On my truck, this is where the jack, lug wrench, and extensions are held.
So the first thing I did was remove the jack cover and pulled everything out. This cover also has the integrated cup holders, and I was pleasantly surprised that the cup holders pop right out.

The first photo is the cover, and the second is the cover with the cup holders removed.





With everything out of the way, there's still a piece of plastic that bulges out, which would keep the wood mounting bracket I was building from sitting flush against the back of the cab. With a sharp box cutter, I cut it out. The first photo is the piece after it was cut out, and the second photo shows the hole in the plastic along the back of the cab.





This piece can always be glued back in later if I need to make everything stock again. In the piece of plastic I cut out, you can see a round hole. The turning knob on the jack cover goes through this hole, but it actually does little to hold the cover in place. The jack cover has two clips, one in each of the lower outside corners, that do most of the work. So the piece I removed can be glued right back in. It won't be visible since the jack cover hides it anyway.
In the photo above, you can see the ugly notch in the plastic above the piece I cut away. The notch had nothing to do with my cutting, it was already there. Having that notch be visible was totally unacceptable, since I wanted as clean a look as possible. So the wood mounting bracket I was building was going to have to cover that.

Here's two photos of the wood bracket as it was being created and test fitted.





In the photos above you can see three holes in the bottom of the wood to mount it to the floor, and two holes in the vertical back of the wood to mount it to the metal bracket that is attached to the back of the cab.
I didn't get any photos of this metal bracket since it's hidden behind the plastic. But I did not add the bracket in myself, it was already there. This allowed me to drill into the bracket to secure the wood, so I didn't have to actually drill into the back of the cab itself.

I added another piece of wood to the top of my wood bracket. This served two purposes: to hide that ugly notch in the plastic and to give a place to mount the cup holders to. Then it was time to paint it up. I chose flat black. Here's a photo of it after I had finished painting it.



Ready to install!

Here's a shot of it installed.



And another with the Basslink's brackets attached.



Here's two more with the sub in place.





Then I added the cup holders. One screw for each.





And it's done!





(Those cups in the holders are just for show. I would NOT keep a cup like that there while driving and the bass pounding! I have no intention of frying my $300 sub. The only thing I put in those cup holders are either my ashtray or an unopened drink.)

So there it is! I was able to keep the seats and cup holders, and I only lost an inch or two of cargo space. IF I ever have rear passengers, they'd lose a little leg room, but not much at all. I have a tonneau cover, so I just threw the jack in the bed. It can just as easily be stored under a seat.

Also, there was no need for the Basslink's wired gain control. While still keeping my eyes on the road, I can easily reach back to adjust the controls on the Basslink itself.

Hope you like it!
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:08 PM
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That there is awesome.
Seems as if it was meant to be there
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:17 PM
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Thanks man! I appreciate it!
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:22 PM
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Those bass links put out some good sound?

I have seen reviews online, but I kinda like to hear from people who are putting something in the same vehicle I would put it in.
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:52 PM
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I love the Basslink! The bass is really deep and I can crank it pretty loud. I don't see how a 10" sub can sound much better. The bass is nice and tight, similar to a sealed box type of sound, but you can make it more "boomy" by cranking up the bass boost control. I was surprised at how hard it can thump. I feel like I'm in a massage chair and it shakes the truck. The amp is 200 watts RMS. I wasn't sure if that was going to be enough, but it has handled all types of music at any volume without any problems. What I like the most is the compact size. No way are you going to have a separate sub box/amp and take up so little room.
For some people, a single 10" sub (technically there are 2 10" speakers, but only one is powered) is not going to be enough, and you're not going to hear it a block away, but the bass this thing puts out is no joke!
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:15 PM
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Very nice! I always go with Basslinks. Easy set up, great sound. Are you running your OEM HU?
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:23 PM
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Thanks Justin! I have the JVC Arsenal KD-A805 HU. I usually leave the gain on the Basslink alone and adjust sub volume through the HU.
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Old 09-24-2009, 03:41 PM
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I just figured I'd mention this....

I moved the cupholders up half an inch. With a bottle in the holder and the bass pounding, the holder would sometimes rattle against the sub...
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:12 PM
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looks pretty good, i thought bout doing that before but i didn't wanna cut up my interior, lol.
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:38 PM
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Nice install, I put mine in back of my drivers seat because I'm too tall for someone to be able to sit behind me when I drive. I wouldn't be adjusting the bass through the gain, you would be better off adjusting it how is says in the manual and then using the remote to be able to turn the gain down to whatever you want. Basically the remote only adjusts the gain you already have, like say if you have the gain on the sub at 75%, having the remote at 100% will still have your gain only at 75%.
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:44 PM
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Looks great man.
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Old 09-25-2009, 06:46 PM
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looks pretty good, i thought bout doing that before but i didn't wanna cut up my interior, lol.
All I had to cut was that one little plastic piece. I can take the sub out and put everything back to stock and you'd never know it was in there. Except for the little screw holes in the cup holders.

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Nice install, I put mine in back of my drivers seat because I'm too tall for someone to be able to sit behind me when I drive. I wouldn't be adjusting the bass through the gain, you would be better off adjusting it how is says in the manual and then using the remote to be able to turn the gain down to whatever you want. Basically the remote only adjusts the gain you already have, like say if you have the gain on the sub at 75%, having the remote at 100% will still have your gain only at 75%.
I see what you are saying. Actually what I do is not much different. I have the gain on the sub at about 75% and I leave it there. Then I just adjust the gain through the head unit.

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Looks great man.
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Kudos to that Install!!!!!!!!!!! Very nicely done sir!
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:16 PM
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good install! very clean just a question is that base water tight i know my kids would spill any thing and everything down on it with the cup holder there!
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:40 AM
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Base of what?
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