Makes sense, I appreciate your reply. About the sub not having the output I'm after in that small of a box, I'm actually not after a whole lot. My car came with clarion mids and an 8" Rockford. I wanted more treble so I got some coax's and components (had factory tweeter so required no mounting or anything, just replaced) and it didn't give me the improvement I was after. I read about how the factory amp is mediocre so I replaced it with the Kappa-FIVE and it made an amazing difference. The sub had way more kick to it too which was a bonus, I was completely happy until it stopped sounding good, that's when I realized I blew out the surround around the sub so the box no longer had a seal. I'm in no way looking for something to break records with, I'm just after the best option I have that utilizes the factory box so I can retain my trunk space.
That long story is basically it, I'm really just trying to get my bass back and in the process get as much SPL as I can while utilizing the factory box. This car isn't my primary vehicle, I use it for autocross and the occasional night out and building a box will just add more weight and I like that the factory box is already secure. Sorry about the long post, I just wanted to make sure you understood what I was after. I also appreciate the info on how the DVC subs work. It makes total sense once you point that stuff out, I'm going to order up the D4 version today. I am better off porting in .50 vs sealed @ .40 right? If I leave my box unmodified I'll have .4 after woofer displacement so that's an option. The factory box is plastic, it's definitely sturdy (has to be at least 1/4", maybe 3/8"), I hope that isn't a problem.
hey man its all about what you want. i would say to go ahead and just try it sealed first before you try it with a port. a good sealed enclosure can get plenty loud and seeing how that one fits the sundown 8 on airspace id say give it a try. that way you dont cut and port it for nothing. the plastic box shouldnt be a problen as long as its thick enough but you may find that the sundown gives it a little to much of a beating wich may cause it to vibrate alot wich will lead to a loss in output and make it sound crappy in a hatchback or with the trunk open. that sundown should definately blow the rockford out the water no matter wich box you decide to go with. and no need to apologize for the long post. id rather have all the info to help than hardly any.