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JBL BassPro Hub installation and review

A subwoofer that fits in the spare tire

Our vehicle electronics buyer, Peter, has been in the car audio business for decades. And he was very unsatisfied with the stereo system in his 2012 Mazda 5 — it just didn’t have any bass. Then he found out about the JBL BassPro Hub

No space for bass

One of the big challenges was that there wasn't enough space for a subwoofer in his minivan with the third row seat. He had tried under-seat woofers and free-standing boxes — they all sacrificed too much storage space, or didn't provide enough bass to fill the vehicle. So when he heard about this solution from JBL, it seemed great because he thought it might allow him to get the bass he wanted without sacrificing what little space he had.

Spare tire location of Mazda 5

"Then, when our JBL rep first played the BassPro Hub for me, I literally said, 'I love it! Can we take it out right now and see if it fits in my car?' We took it out, dry-fit it in my vehicle, and it fit. Soon, I installed my own. The performance is amazing, it really is. It adds that lower couple of octaves that were missing. Most full-range speakers don't play accurately below sixty hertz, so now I get to hear those notes."

Diagram of the spare tire subwoofer installation order

Even though the BassPro Hub is under 15" in diameter, you'll still want to measure your spare to see if it'll fit.

A smart design

What we love about the BassPro Hub is the design. Its 11" subwoofer is built super-tough, and the 200-watt class-D amplifier is specially designed to complement the sub. Peter has an aftermarket stereo, so he hooked it up with patch cables connected to the preamp inputs. But he could’ve used it with a factory stereo, too.

As with any powered sub installation, you run signal and power wires. After that, it’s pretty simple: it goes in the spare tire — just drops right inside the rim and secures with its included post and wingnut. It’s best with full-size spares, but can work with some smaller spares (like his), too. That's usually wasted space in most cars — JBL took advantage of that with this sub's design.

Installing his JBL BassPro Hub in the trunk of his car

Peter also installed some Boom Mat on the exposed metal in the spare tire area. This sound-deadening material helps eliminate reverberations and any other unwanted noises the subwoofer might induce. The result is better sounding, more powerful bass from the subwoofer.

JBL BassPro Hub with remote

Clever remote control

To save space on the enclosure, JBL puts all the controls on a wired remote, which Peter put in the glove box. It lets him set the gain and crossover, and adjust the bass from his listening position." It’s smart. I like it a lot."

Questions or need more information?

If you want to know more about the JBL Bass Pro Hub or other powered subwoofers, contact us by chat, phone, or email. Our friendly and knowledgeable advisors will be glad to help.

Last updated 1/21/2019
  • EJ Navarro from Blaine, Wa

    Posted on 3/13/2019

    I currently have a Bose bass unit in my spare tire as part of my Bose car stereo. Can I upgrade to this and splice the wires that connect to the Bose unit or do I have run new wires?

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield on 3/14/2019
    EJ, You can daisy-chain your new sub's input wiring and remote turn-on lead to the factory sub's wiring. But you will need to run new power and ground wires for your new sub.
  • James Behuniak Jr from Beverly Hills

    Posted on 3/4/2019

    When is this product set to be released?

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield on 3/5/2019
    James, The JBL BassPro Hub subwoofers are on order from Harman, but their arrival time at Crutchfield is presently unknown. If you want to be kept up-to-date on their status, click the "Email me when available" link displayed above the price on the product page.
  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/25/2019

    Jared, I'll pass your suggestion along to the Art Designer who illustrated the article. If you want a view of the BassPro Hub installed, check out the product page. The sixth and seventh photos in the carousel show what you're looking for.

  • bob from brandon

    Posted on 2/23/2019

    Is the sub Made in China?

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield on 2/25/2019
    Bob, I really don't know where JBL makes their BassPro Hub, but it's a cool product no matter where it was built.
  • Jared from Edmonds

    Posted on 2/21/2019

    Not to crtisize your work cuz I appreciate the article, but could you add a shot of the finished install from a better angle. Your last image looks like it protrudes above the install point significantly.

  • Andy from Berkeley

    Posted on 2/16/2019

    Sounds like a winner. Any idea if it fits in a '99 Honda Accord LX?

    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield on 2/18/2019
    Andy, You'll have to measure that for yourself. The BassPro Hub is 14-3/16 inches in diameter and 6-7/16 inches high or deep.

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