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Hey all! Finally got a Soul recently! Very happy with purchase.
For the time being, the only thing I'm not thrilled with is the supposed premium Harmon Kardon system.

The sound is fine, but the subwoofer is lacking.

And before i made this thread, i looked around at various threads here for research, but with me being a newbie with car audio in general, and spotty info on the included amplifier of the car and its wiring, I thought I'd make a new thread.


If I were to get a sub with a built in amp, is it as simple as hooking it up to the car battery (or the power port in the trunk) and then routing the cables from the new sub to the built in amp?

Or if I were to get a passive subwoofer, i know i need to get one that makes sense with the included amp (I'm not really wanting to replace the amp the car came with).
What ohm and/or wattage am i looking to stick to?

For reference, this is the amp inside the Soul

I was looking into this powered sub: JBL BassPro Nano Compact powered subwoofer with 6"x8" sub and 100-watt amp at Crutchfield
Or this passive one: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/kicker-compc-loaded-enclosures-single-voice-coil-2-ohm-subwoofer-black-carpet/6254110.p?skuId=6254110

Thanks for any help!
 

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Congrats on the new Soul first off. Your first question asking about running the power cable from the car battery or power port. I would definitely run it from the car battery using an amp wire kit, 8 gauge should work. That is the same amp that is in my Kia Soul. In my opinion I would tap into the existing subwoofer wires coming out of the existing amp to run back to the new powered sub or new amp and speaker.

As far as the two speakers you have listed. It depends on how much bass you want and money you want to spend. The JBL is nice and would be easier and cheaper, but less bass. The 12" Kicker will give you lots of bass, but you'll have to buy an external amp to reach it's full potential. The JBL will save you room, the Kicker will take up more room. For either of these you'll want to buy a Line Output Converter (LOC) for the RCA cable hook up from the existing amp to run to a new external amp or the powered sub.

If you decide to go with the 12" Kicker you'll need to get an amp that is 2 ohm stable since the speaker is 2 ohms. 2 ohms is good, it creates a lot of power.

I would recommend buying from Crutchfield if you are not to knowledgeable on any of this. They have good support. But with the interwebs you can figure anything out with enough research, that's how I learned. I'm still by far an expert, I'd say a little above novice.
 

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Thanks for the response!
I actually ordered the JBL and it should arrive tomorrow to try things out.

As for tapping into the sub wiring, should i pull out the wiring that goes into the Kias amp for the sub cables, and just insert the one for the JBL? Or do as you suggested with the LOC regardless?

And even then, use the inserts for the amp, or just tap into the cable itself (and doing this would still be sending signal the the stock woofer, correct?)

And yeah, i've looked up other vids on tapping into cables and such as well. I'll prolly bother you 1 or 2 more times this week, if you don't mind, hah.

Thanks!
 

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If your kia amp wiring is the same as mine, which I believe it is, this should be easy. Connector A (white) is the output to your speakers. Connector B (black) is the input, you'll only use wire 6 on it. On the white connector pins 5,6,11 and 12 are your existing subwoofer wires that I would recommend. That's the wires I tapped into the second time. The first time I tapped into the rear left and right and my subs were getting to much high freq and it sounded horrible. Your JBL has RCA inputs and a high input power connector (HIPC). To avoid buying an LOC you could hook up your JBL using the HIPC. For the splicing into the kia amp wires I would recommend using the solderless quick splice snap wire connectors. You can buy these at Walmart. I'm hoping your connector wires are the same as mine. I take no responsibility if this burns your JBL up.

From you JBL you'll run the HIPC speaker wires and ground wire to the kia amp, depending on where it is, mine was located under the front passenger seat. I unbolted the seat and leaned it back to make it easier to get to the kia amp. Run the HIPC +12V (red) wire to your battery and hook it up to the red terminal, making sure the 15A fuse is in line. Back to the kia amp, wire the Ground (black) wire to the chassis some how. I unbolted one of the kia amp bolts and wired the ground onto it. Now wire the Remote (blue) to wires 6 (ACC) on the B connector (Black). The only wires left on the HIPC cable should be the two lefts -+ and the two rights -+. I'd wire the left - to wire 12 (Subwoofer 1-), left + to wire 6 (subwoofer 1+), Right - to wire 11 (Subwoofer 2-) and Right + to wire 5 (Subwoofer 2 +) on the A connector (white).

I hope this helps. Let me know how the JBL sounds. My next upgrade will be the front and back left and right speakers.

Heres the link for the kia amp components. Kia Soul: External Amplifier Components - Audio - Body Electrical System
 

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I tried the sub today out, but not on the Kia. My dad was helping, and we used one of his cars that already had an easily accessibly after-market radio to connect to (had RCA sub out).

I think it sounds good, but it was a quick and dirty test. The wiring setup wasn't long enough to really test how it would sound placed under a seat or trunk, but I imagine it will sound great once there.

Now, as my dad is better with this stuff, i showed him the link you gave with the wiring, and he noticed it doesn't look the same as what i have in my car (or maybe we're just looking at it wrong).
The link in my first post is the same, but here's a closer pic of the connectors.
So the 4 red cables are 1 thru 4 (?)), and then there's 4 different colored cables next to it (the wiring diagram shows 6 slots on top and bottom).

Just not wanting to mess up the wiring if this is indeed not the right one (but the link you showed DOES say 2014-2019 models..)
Thanks again!

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Sorry for the late reply. I’m hope you figured it out by now. That picture of your amp there is different from mine. I looked around on the internet and I couldn’t find a wire diagram for it. It is strange that yours is different than what the online owners manual shows.
 
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