Let's face it: Not everybody wants, or can afford, to give up their short-cab interior to a fully fiberglass custom entertainment unit. But that doesn't mean they don't want to enjoy some good music; it's just their trucks may need to be more functional. So with the idea of carving a blow-through sub box out of the equation, how do you bring dynamic sound to your short cab? Pioneer, that's how!

Pioneer has a thin line of subs that are 12 inches in diameter yet only 4 inches deep. This makes it much easier to find a cubbyhole to mount them in. Yeah, well, what about the cubic feet needed to run a 12-inch speaker, you ask? Well, these new-style 'woofers only require 0.8 ci of air suspension to run efficiently. We took on the challenge of making a set of the streamlined subs fit in a standard-cab truck, along with two pairs of 6-1/2-inch separates and 1,480 watts to power it.

We talked to a lot of shops, only to find that most of the off-the-shelf enclosures were going to eat up one or two notches in the seat adjustment. Plus, the seat would lose a substantial amount of room to lay it back. We inquired about a custom sub box, only to find out that the going price for a box that size was in the $700 range. Oh! Did we mention they also wanted about 80 bucks to mount each amp, and an additional 50 bucks to mount one set of the separates in the doors?

We talked about putting a set of the separates behind the seat, and at least two of the shops said it would be a big hassle and they would need to work off an hourly rate at that time. Thank god we already installed our head unit! The shop needed more than $1,000 to make the system work, and that didn't even include the price of the equipment itself.

We knew we could pull it off - a trip to Lowe's, Radio Shack, and some odds and ends from the local stereo shop, and we were in business for $210. Here's how we installed the goods in our '01 Chevy truck.