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My car's sub is ''sub-par'' my expectations

I just purchased a ford explorer. I replaced the factor subwoofer (which was blown) with a new audiopipe subwoofer. The woofer is 6 1/2 and has an rms of 75 watts. When I first installed the woofer, it sounded horrable. I took it back out and found that I had blocked it's blow hole and not to mention, I only had one side of the speaker wired up. The speaker is a dual core. I unstoped the speaker and jumpered the wires to the other terminals. The bass sounds much more powerful but still has a little distortion. And now when I turm it up to high, the woofer cuts off. I don't know if this is the amp or the speaker and don't really know how to trouble shoot it. The speaker houseing is totally inclosed so I drilled a 7/8 hole in it which seemed to help but did not fix the problem

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Hello css42103,

You did not specify the impedance or the model of your Audiopipe replacement woofer but if it is the TS-V6 DVC 6.5", then the impedance of each voice coil is 4ohms. If you wired the coils in parallel, you now have a 2ohm load to the amp. At 2 ohms, the amp tries to produce more power, and even at moderate volume, can be driven into clipping causing distortion. Not good for the amp. Definitely not good for the woofer.

I'd try wiring the woofer coils in series and see if it stops cutting out.

Hope this helps.

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