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Kicker Solo-Baric L5 08S12L54

12" Dual 4 ohm Subwoofer (S12L5, S12L54)

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The Kicker Solo-Baric L5 woofers inherit all the same patented technology as the dominant L7 square woofers at a more affordable price target. The 08/09 series offers a hot new look and improved design, specifically with the new SoloKon technology and heating disbursement. The patented square design allows for 18% more cone area, which translates to more sound compared to competing round subs. The SoloKon one-piece, injection-molded cone offers full-coverage back bracing that pushes more air and creates louder bass than ever before.

The Santoprene rubber surround of the L5 handles the power of the motor and cone, and a rear foam gasket secures the stamped-steel basket to any given baffle. The logo-bearing steel basket with spring-loaded terminals, a stout magnet, and the logo-bearing protective front gasket also allow the L5 to take on power like never before.

Key Features:

  • 12" Solo-Baric L5 Series Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 1200 watts
    • RMS: 600 watts
  • Titanium deposit impregnated cone woofer with rolled outer edge
  • Santoprene rubber surround
  • Stamped steel basket
  • Vented 360° back bracing
  • Rear foam gasket
  • Spring loaded terminals
  • Poly-cotton semi-progressive spider
  • Heat-dispersing, solid pole piece
  • Spiralead™ tinsel leads
  • High-temperature dual 4 ohm voice coils
  • Frequency response: 20-100 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB
  • Other search terms: S12L5, S12L54, 12L5, 12L54, 08S12L54
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Product History:

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Kicker S12L54 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kicker Solo-Baric L5 08S12L54)
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(previous model, replaced by Kicker 06S12L54 Solo-Baric L5 Series)

Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
12"
Peak Power Handling
Peak power handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle during a brief musical burst. The RMS power range figure is a much more reliable rating for determining the speaker's power requirements. The Peak power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
1200 watts
RMS Power Handling
The RMS power is the amount of power the speaker requires to operate safely and properly. RMS Power Handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle on a continuous basis. We recommend powering your speakers or subwoofer with 80%-120% of its recommended RMS rating. The RMS power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
600 watts
Voice Coil(s)
Dual voice coil subs have more wiring flexibility than single voice coils subs; however, single voice coil subwoofers provide easier hookup options for wiring multiple subwoofers in parallel or series. You may also run a dual voice coil (DVC) sub in parallel, series, or combination. A quad voice coil has four voice coils and is equal to two dual voice coil subwoofers as far as wiring goes.
Dual
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
The load value (in ohms) that the speakers present to the amplifier per voice coil - the amount of resistance to the current flow. This is a key specification as subs wired in parallel or low impedances can create problems with your amplifier and potentially void all warranties. We encourage you to ask our support department prior to purchase if you do not understand which impedance level will suit your application best.
4 ohms
Voice Coil Diameter
Diameter of voice coil, usually measured in inches.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 100 Hz
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
87 dB
Subwoofer Design
This is the design of the subwoofer or the opening of the subwoofer enclosure. Each design has it's own benefits, whether it is a square, circle, or oval.

Round/Circle: This is the typical and common subwoofer design. They have a round cone and are a circle in design.

Square: These woofers are able to achieve a greater cone area in a smaller space. Because of the greater surface area, some square subwoofers will be louder than a round subwoofer of the same size.

Square
Main Cone Color
This is the color of the speaker's or subwoofer's cone.
Black
Woofer Composition
Lightweight woofer cone materials are essential for efficient operation. Poly cones produce exceptional sound and are sturdy against various changes in temperature. Paper cones are very efficient, and when treated for moisture resistance, will perform at a high level. Poly refers to polypropylene, which is thermoplastic or fibers that are polymers of propylene. IMPP refers to injection molded polypropylene, a commonly used process and material in speakers.
Titanium Deposit Impregnated Cone w/ Rolled Outer Edge
Woofer Surround
A speakers surround is part of the suspension system. The surround protects the cone and prevents it from being displaced as it flexes out from the basket. It is usually made of a durable material like treated foam or rubber in order to withstand the strenuous job of producing bass frequencies.
Santoprene Rubber
Magnet Structure
Defines the overall structure of the subwoofers magnet.
Subwoofer Grille
Most subwoofers are able to accommodate a universal grille; however, some subs include a grille and others have a specific, optional grille available for purchase separately. If "yes", then the subwoofer includes a grille. If "optional (sold separately)" the matching grille will need to be purchased in addition to the sub.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
Re-Cone Kit Available
Some higher end subwoofers have replaceable cone assemblies. In case of a blown woofer, a recone kit allows for a simple replacement, as opposed to purchasing an entire new subwoofer.
No

Recommended Enclosure Specifications

Recommended Enclosure Type
This is the recommended type of enclosure that the subwoofer should be installed into. Some subwoofers are specially designed for particular enclosures.

Sealed: These enclosures completely enclose the air inside the box. These boxes produce a tight bass.

Ported/Vented: These enclosures have a slot of air to escape from the box. The result is a sound that has more "boom".

Bandpass: These are a combination of both sealed and ported enclosures. They can be very efficient, but require tuning for the best response.

Ported / Vented
Sealed
Minimum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the minimum sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
.88 cubic feet
Optimum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the ideal sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
Maximum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the maximum sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
2.00 cubic feet
Minimum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the minimum ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
1.75 cubic feet
Optimum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the ideal ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
Maximum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the maximum ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
3.25 cubic feet
Top-Mount Depth
The depth when installed on top of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the bottom of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
6-13/16"
Cutout Diameter
The actual diameter of the hole you will need to cut out if you are creating a new mounting location for this speaker, or if you are mounting a subwoofer in a box.
11-1/16" x 11-1/16"
Shallow Mount Installation
This means that the subwoofer/speaker is designed to be installed in areas that do not have a lot of space. Shallow mount subwoofers are typically found under a seat or behind the seat in some trucks.

Shallow mount speakers will typically have a mounting depth of 2" or less, while shallow mount subwoofers will typically have a mounting depth of 3" or less.

No

Electromechanical Parameters

Free-Air Resonance (Fs)
The free-air resonance frequency of the subwoofer, measured in Hz. At this frequency the weight of the moving parts is perfectly balanced with the subwoofers suspension system.
Equivalent Compliance (Vas)
This is the amount of air that has the same stiffness as the subwoofers suspension. The greater the rating, the lower the stiffness and larger recommended enclosure. It is measured in Liters.
Total Speaker Q Value (Qts)
This is the subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including all dimensionless losses. Essentially, a high Qts value (closer to 1.0) means the subwoofer is great for sealed enclosures and a low Qts value (closer to 0) means the woofer is great in vented enclosures. A Qts of around 0.45 means the woofer will work decently in either enclosure type.
Electrical Q Value (Qes)
The subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including electrical losses. Also called the mechanical damping of the subwoofer. The unitless measurement usually varies from 0.5 – 10.
Electrical Resistance of Voice Coil (Re)
Amount of DC resistance of the subwoofer when measured with an ohm meter. Typically, this will read less than the impedance rating of the subwoofer.
Mechanical Q Value (Qms)
This is the subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including mechanical losses. Also called the mechanical damping of the subwoofer. This unitless measurement usually varies from 0.5 – 10.
Efficiency Bandwidth Product (EBP)
This number represents the trade off between having an efficient woofer and one with a wide bandwidth. To calculate this number, take the Fs and divide it by the Qes. If the number is below 50, the woofer is designed for a sealed enclosure only. If it's between 50-100 it can be used in either. Lastly, if it's greater than 100 it's designed for vented enclosures.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
78%
4 Star
22%
3 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.6
Value
4.6
Features
4.6
Design
4.8
Usability
4.7
Christopher

Katy, TX

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Truly an amazing subwoofer

October 28, 2010

I have installed over 50 audio systems in vehicles and have put together systems for friends and family for many years. I had read about and always wanted to try a Solobaric and finally got my chance to install one in my wife's Camry. I had to keep the cost down on this one so I went with the L5 and 4ohm to bridge down to 2ohm. I designed and built the box at 2.0 cubic feet for the SQ type sound and picked up a Fosgate Prime 500 to keep things on the economic side. The sub is very efficient and butter smooth. The lower freq's just flow out like butter without that rough, vibrating sound. I doubt that I am pushing more than 200 watts RMS through it and it makes my wife wiggle around while the rear view mirror is useless and this is with only one speaker. So, this is one truly awesome sub and by far, the best that I have ever installed. The unit's build quality is very good. I can only imagine the sound if I hooked it up to my Fosgate Power BD500. From this point forward, it will be Solobaric's for me.

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JesusFreak

Psl, Florida

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Livin' Loud with Kicker L5

October 14, 2012

I bought a used 2 ohm version of this sub and have not been let down yet! I have it wired in series at 4 ohms on a Kicker KX600.1. Since the sub is wired at 4ohms it is only getting 300rms from the amp. I built a custom sealed box because the kicker sealed box was useless. This sub is in the back of a extended cab Isuzu Hombre and it gets stupid loud! I've been installing systems for years and this is hands down the loudest 12" I've heard on half of it's rms rating. Kicker has yet to let me down!

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Pat

Wichita Falls, TX

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Great Sub

July 19, 2011

I bought this sub almost 2 years ago and its still going great. I have it powered by a Kicker 500.1 (actually rated at 609 watts RMS). I first had it in a 2 cu.ft. sealed box that I built using the proper materials and it sounded failrly good. Response could have been better, volume could have been better, and high notes could have been better, but it hit low end notes really well. So I decided to put it in a 1 cu.ft. box, which I also built and did everything but the size the same. Everything improved (except volume). SQ is great, response is great, it hits really hard, and it has good range. However, if I were to buy this sub again I would port it right away. I'm very pleased that I bought it, but I think a ported box would really show off its SPL potential. If you're going to have a sealed box for response and SQ, you might be better off going with a different sub, and probably not a square one.

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Mike G

Killa, Cali

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WOW L5 hits so CLEAN

May 8, 2011

I have 2 12in L5's in a sealed box 1.3 per sub in my single cab Chevy. With Rockford Fosgate P1000.1bd amp wired down to 1ohm. They hit so hard and clean I had to buy better speakers because the bass was hitting so much louder with only half the volume up. Did I mention they hit very clean with the proper box. These are the best subs I have ever had and heard plenty. Wish I would have bought these sooner!!!

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Farrukh

Golden Valley, MN

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In a slot ported box, BANGS!

February 13, 2011

I am only running a 300 watt amp to this for now because 1, its winter(freezing temps) cuz I don't wanna over work it and blow it cuz everything is so cold, and 2) its fairly new so I wanna break everything in for the first 6 months but shoot! This thing bangs so hard already I don't even know if I wanna upgrade my amp to the ZX750. This is plenty for me... Acura RSX 05 base.

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luis

BEWYN, IL

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Good sub

February 9, 2011

I bought one of these subs from here about 2 months ago sounds good. I would recommend it!!!

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greg

enfield ct

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L5 alll dayyy

December 19, 2010

I have 1 L5 paired with a Alpine MRP-650 at 2 ohms and it bannngs...I really was blown away. I allways went with Alpine everything and had every generation Type R and I had a Type X. This sub I can vouge for and its louder than my type r for sure. Kicker made my freakin day.

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MJ

Waycross, Ga

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Great buy

September 28, 2010

I just ordered one of these guys and I'm very happy with it. I can't wait to order the second one and I am thinking about adding a third. Great choice for anybody that's trying to beat down the block!

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Droncy

miami, Florida

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AWESOME

September 12, 2010

I have three of these in 3 separate ported boxes with 3 kicker 750w to each one. They slammed so hard in my Tahoe the sunroof was flexing! AWESOME DEAL

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andrew

sacramento, CA

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They are loud and take serious abuse

September 7, 2010

I have 2000 watts rms going to two of these in a ported box I custom built to kicker spl (big ported box) specs. When I turn the bass all the way up for about 30 seconds I can start to smell the subs from the ports. When I play it for more than 45 seconds, I can start to smell them from the front seat. This is only when I am playing it at full volume on very low frequencies. I have done this quite a few times and they still play like new. Keep in mind, I am running these at almost double their rated power and they are still kicking after a full year of this kind of abuse. Remember this is at full volume, which is when nobody including me can even stay in the car for more than 10 seconds. When it is all the way up my vision blurs and breathing becomes a challenge. I have heard many cars with the same amount of power and none have been equal including a soundstream sponsored truck with more power. So far I broke the back wiper off the back of my suv and made the rearview mirror fall. When I played it in the garage some boxes fell 10 feet away and drywall dust fell from the roof. I have the doors moving about a 1/4" with the windows up or down. When I pulled up behind my friend at a stoplight, he knew exactly who it was instantly. I bought mine for $300 for both so these are cheap at $130 each. I highly recommend these subs.

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Christopher

Kissimmee, FL

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Lots of Boom with some decent SQ

June 16, 2010

This subwoofer is a great buy for a lot of "boom" listening. In my ported enclosure, I am pushing around 130db @ 30hz with only 400 watts. The thing has excellent SQ to when placed into the proper sealed enclosure, as well. I use it for both some Rap, and Hardcore Rock. Overall another good product provided by the Kicker team. Cons: The one downside to this woofer is the short Xmax, but if you can design an appropriate enclosure to work around this, you can gets lots of boom with this woofer.

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ED

north las vegas, NV

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AMAZING!!!

March 21, 2010

This sub hits really hard. I have it hooked up with an mtx amp 1200 watts. I have the amp turned all the way down and this sub hits hard enough in my ranger to make my window flex at half volume on my deck. way worth the money!!

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C. Burton

Owensboro, KY

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BEEAST!!

December 16, 2009

This sub is amazing! before i had 2 12" kicker CVRs and just one of these slams harder than both. i have 1000 watts running to it and it holds its own with it. looking to add another very soon. bunch of people say it has no sq. its so clean and they don't know what they're talking about. buy one, you wont regret it

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shavas

Canada

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awesome buy...

September 21, 2009

this product is living up to my expectation so far ......it's an awesome buy....it was ship over to Canada so if it had any defect u could only imagine the hassle!!

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lm

Canada

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good sq

June 24, 2009

someone said that this sub has no SQ but they are wrong i have a bass worx SQ ported enclosure with a hifonics brutus running at 2ohms 1100w rms but the key is to run the bass eq a little higher but dont crank the gain. and im running the frequency at 100 on the amp, the sub hits every note thats thrown at it.

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Hunter

Atlanta, GA

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Great Value!

May 11, 2009

Great product. Its being pushed 500 watts and it thumps hard. Loudest ive heard out all the systems ive seen. Great looks as well!

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Matthew

Sunnyvale, CA

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Amazing

March 8, 2009

This sub is amazing I have 2 of them in the back of my 05 jeep Cherokee and they kick so hard. I have a 2400 watt SPL amp going to both of them and I still think they can take more. The only problem I can see with these subs is that they might be too strong; they cause EVERYTHING in my car to vibrate.

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Vadim

Concord, CA

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Pretty good sub

July 11, 2008

I had this baby hooked up to a MTX ta5601 @ 2 ohms in a 2foot box tuned to 32hz and it was loud. If you want SQ i'd buy something else but if your going for raw power and loud-ness by this or if you have some extra cash an L7.

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

NVX 25 ft. of True Spec 12 Gauge Speaker Wire

100% OFC wire with EnvyFlex metallic jacket insulates and protects against damage from extreme conditions.

Your Price $39.99

20 Ft. of Kicker 12 Gauge Speaker Wire

Get true gauge Kicker speaker wire to match your Kicker subwoofer!

Your Price $34.95

Belva 23 ft. of 12 Gauge Speaker Wire

Ultra-flexible PVC blended jacket for easy installation.

Your Price $14.99

20 Square Feet of Sound Dampening Material

NVX Sound dampening is thicker than competitors, eliminates rattles and gives you bigger bass!

Your Price $59.99

Dynamat Sound Dampening Trunk Kit

Did you know sound dampening will reduce those annoying rattles and even increase your SPL?

Your Price $109.95

Stinger Sound Dampening Trunk Kit

Stinger's Roadkill sound dampening series is sure to kill unwanted road noise and rattles! Enough sound dampening for your whole trunk!

Your Price $69.99

12 oz. Can of Adhesive Spray

Spray adhesive used for adhering carpet to subwoofer boxes without bubbles.

Your Price $6.99

Spring Post Terminal Cup

Makes adding a spring post terminal to an enclosure simple! Banana clip ready!

Your Price $3.99

40" x 15 Ft Piece of Premium Un-Backed Automotive Trim Carpet

Durable design for long life-span, available in many colors and shades.

Your Price $39.99

Gold Plated Dual Terminal Banana Plug Connector

Enables an expandable, secure connection accepting up to 8 gauge wire.

Your Price $1.99

Car Stereo and Speaker Installation Tool Kit

Includes Test Light, Crimp/Splice Tool, Multi-bit Screwdriver and more.

Your Price $12.99

Xscorpion 9-Piece Nylon Plastic Pry and Chisel Tool Set

Easily removes dash/trims, door clips, panels and pins, rubber grommets and vehicle emblems.

Your Price $14.99

Cordless Multi-Functional Heat Tool Soldering Iron Kit

Continuous working lock allows you to work without holding down trigger.

Your Price $79.99

4 Ft of 1/4" Thick Black Heat Shrink Tubing

Provides abrasion resistance and added protection for your cables.

Your Price $3.99

2" Universal, Professional Heavy Duty Roller for Sound Damping/Dampening

Universal rubber roller to make it easy to install sound dampening.

Your Price $7.99

1mm All Purpose Solder

Solder is all purpose for use on most projects where solder is needed.

Your Price $8.99

Kicker 08GL712

12" Speaker Grille for Kicker Subwoofers

Your Price $32.95

Scosche SPL Meter

Monitor the noise level of your new car audio system with this SPL meter measuring from 60-135 dB.

Your Price $21.99

Impedance Meter / Signal Generator

Easy to locate tuning frequencies of passive radiators and ported enclosures

Your Price $299.99

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

08S12L54

UPC

713034041535

Weight

22.00lbs

Internal SKU

08s12l54

Internal Product ID

11355

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Kicker Solo-Baric L5 08S12L54