How to Remove Subwoofers

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How to Remove Subwoofers
Subwoofers can be bulky and space-consuming. (Inside sound system image by Dmitry Sosenushkin from

Subwoofer removal is a necessary task if you are trying to free up some space in your boot, or perhaps making room for new subwoofers or a different car audio set-up. Though the exact process will differ depending on how many subs you are trying to remove as well as the type of subwoofer brand, as they have different connection systems, the general process is universal. Learn how to safely and properly remove your subwoofers, as well as the subwoofer enclosure, and clear up extra room in your vehicle.

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Things you need

  • Allen wrench
  • Phillips screwdriver

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    Detach the negative battery connection from the battery terminal. Remove the negative lead and set it aside on the car at a point where it is not touching any metal. This will eliminate any chance of electrocution while you are removing wires and going into areas that potentially have live current flowing through them.

  2. 2

    Unclip the speaker wire from the back of the speaker enclosure. This will detach the enclosure from the amplifier so the enclosures can move freely without becoming entangled in wires. Usually the connection is at the back end of the subwoofer enclosure, and will unclip by pressing the clip with your thumb and slipping out the wire.

  3. 3

    Remove the protective grille from the subwoofer. This does not require any tools. Pull out on the grille with strong and uniform force. The grille should disconnect itself easily and slide away from the subwoofer. Store the grilles with the subs in case you will be using them again.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the screws that connect the subs to the enclosure. Keep the screws for future installation. Once all the screws are removed, the subs should be free to be pulled out from the enclosure. Remove the subs carefully from the enclosure, take them out of your car and store them in a safe, cool location.

  5. 5

    Remove the enclosure from the vehicle. Use a friend if the box is too heavy or cumbersome to lift by yourself. Store all the components together in a dry, safe location in case you want to use the equipment in the future.

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