Total number the seat has been removed since the beginning of this project;
The 2 pieces that make up the bottom of the box were glued and screwed together a couple of days ago. The weather and my allergies have not allowed much work at all over the last week till today.
So with the bottom of the box complete, now I can measure and start working on building the box up. Got the measurement on one side of the box, so I just made 2 of these cuts without thinking that the passenger side of the box is different than the drivers side. DOH!!! Oh well. No biggie. Got the drivers side of the box glued into position.
The first time I looked under the driver seat I noticed this large bracket. In my LX, all this bracket is doing is holding the seat belt sensor and air bag wires out of the way. This bracket appears to be a mount of some kind for the power seat models. Since this is such a large bracket, I am VERY tempted to remove it. Removing the bracket would allow a taller box to be built, and it would also give more clearance for the subwoofer when the system is cranked up. Both subwoofers that I am looking at(the shallow mount Cadence 10” or a Massive Audio 8”) have just over 1” of peak to peak excursion. This amount of excursion requires adequate room above the box so the sub does not hit anything. Removing this bracket would allow at least an additional 1”-2” of room. The bracket is only held in place with 2 small welds. So removing it would not be too hard. The main question is this;
Is removing the bracket going to help that much?
The answer to that question eludes me at the moment. So, it is time that I sit down with pen, paper, and a calculator to see the air space differences with and without the bracket. Once I have this information, then I will be able to make an informed decision.
One other item that is slowing progress on this is a recent move to a new house. During the move, I misplaced several tools. A pneumatic brad nailer, all of my C clamps, a counter sink drill bit, metal straight edge, and all of my screws. Once I find all of this, progress will improve greatly.