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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?

The BassPro Hub is about 6-7/16" high and 14-1/4" wide. You'll have to measure the inside of your spare tire hub to see if the sub will fit or not. If you want to know more about the JBL Bass Pro Hub or other powered subwoofers, contact us and our friendly and knowledgeable advisors will be glad to help.

  • Lewis from Napa

    Posted on 8/13/2022

    I have a 2001 BMW 540i with an aftermarket (Eonon) Android based radio. It has a dedicated subwoofer with RCA connector on the end. What gauge would I run to the back? Would I need a splitter for the single cable to go into R and L inputs? The battery is back there, so it would be a simple matter of finding a switched circuit to tap off of. If so, what would be the best fuse amp load to go with?

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    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 8/15/2022

    Lewis, It's not at all clear what you have and what you want to do with it. Give us a call and talk to one of our Advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.
  • Scott A Mestan from Frisco, TX

    Posted on 2/9/2022

    Hi. I'm looking at the JBL BassPro Hub for a 2022 Mazda CX-5 with the standard 6-speaker system (not the Bose as is found in the higher trim levels). I'm getting confused on the need for a line output converter. Do I have to add a LOC to the install to get the JBL to perform optimally? I had a local car audio shop that had the Kicker 46HS10 I was looking at and he said I absolutely would want to include a LOC to optimize the performance. Would that be the case with the JBL? Even if a LOC is not needed for the JBL can you explain any benefit by using a LOC with this powered sub just so I can get educated on this subject? Thank you.

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    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 2/10/2022

    Scott, Matching output and input levels is a tricky thing. That powered subwoofer can take a speaker-level input as high as 10 volts RMS, which translates to about 25 watts for a normal speaker. Your vehicle has a factory amplifier of unknown output level - possibly over 25 watts - so using a line output converter (LOC) for your sub's input makes sense.
  • Jazmine from Louisville

    Posted on 1/21/2022

    So I lost the power cord when I got into a wreck and took out the sub. Would anyone know a way to get a new one or make it able to work ? Or can I possibly still sell it ?

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    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 1/21/2022

    Jazmine, If you purchased your sub from Crutchfield, you can call for free tech assistance for replacing a lost power cord. Otherwise, reach out to JBL for a replacement.
  • Juan P from henderson

    Posted on 6/3/2021

    What other wires and kits will I need to purchase for this install?

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    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 6/3/2021

    Juan, You'll need a 10-gauge amp power wiring kit, plus either RCA cables for your aftermarket receiver or speaker wires for connecting the sub's inputs to a factory radio. Give us a call so an Advisor can help you get everything you need.
  • Remando from Johannesburg

    Posted on 4/21/2021

    Would the sub function without the remote connected? Such as disconnecting the remote after installation and tuning has been completed

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    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 4/22/2021

    Remando, The remote controller of the BassPro Hub features some important adjustment controls, like gain and boost, so I don't think the sub would work correctly without it.
  • Jesse J. Carruthers from Indianapolis

    Posted on 8/1/2020

    When I turn my truck off, the remote and sub stays on. How / where can I turn off at night?

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    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 8/3/2020

    Jessee, It sounds like the sub amp's remote turn-on lead was wired incorrectly. It should go to a 12-volt circuit that turns off when the vehicle's turned off.
  • Jeff from Wichita

    Posted on 7/7/2020

    I installed the jbl basspro hub and it sounded great! The other day as I went to work it stopped putting out as much bass as before. It's still putting out bass but not as much. What would cause it to do this and what might I check? Any help is appreciated!

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    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 7/8/2020

    Jeff, Maybe a wire got loose - check all connections. If you bought your sub from Crutchfield, you could call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. Their toll-free number is on your invoice. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Click on this link for details.
  • John Akibs from Richardson,TX 75081

    Posted on 5/16/2020

    Will it fit a 2009 Mazda3?

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    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 5/19/2020

    John, The BassPro Hub is about 6-7/16" high and 14-1/4" wide. You'll have to measure the inside of your spare tire hub yourself to see if the sub will fit in or not.
  • Jason Hill from High Springs

    Posted on 5/11/2020

    I bought this and am happy with it. You will most likely have some install adjustments to make. It is not plug and play but still fairly easy to install with basic install knowledge. I had to flip spare over, relocate jack tool and use the supplied threaded screw so I could use their wingnuts. I placed a folded towel between sub and spare tire as both are made of metal and it will rattle without something in between. Sounds good for the price and no one knows it's there.

  • Eric Penn from Detroit

    Posted on 2/28/2020

    what gauge speaker wire and which splice tap do you recommend to connect this to a 2018 Ford Fiesta ST speaker-level outputs

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    Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    on 2/29/2020

    Eric, I'd go with 16-gauge wire and Posi-Tap connectors.

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