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How to ship a XXX

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:53 pm
by 95Honda
I am on my way to Germany as I speak and had all my gear shipped there by a moving company. I decided to build packaging for all my H/T gear including my pair of XBL2 XXX18s RE had custom built for my H/T system. Most people know how easily these get destroyed in shipping, so I went bulletproof for the packaging. The walls were made of 11/16" OSB and all joints were lined with 1.25" x 1.25" fir strips I milled up from 2x4s from Home Depot. All was assembled with polyurethane glue and brad nailed except for the top, that was attached last with 1.5" sheetrock screws. I used polystryrene insulting foam for the packing, 3" of it below the motor with an additional 3" for lateral support, and 2" on the top with an additional piece of OSB and 1/2" foam laminated together for lateral support of the basket. They fit together killer and didn't cost too much. I built a pair of these for the XXX18s, a pair for the sub cabs, a pair for my mains and one for my home built amp. The total cost was just under $200 for everything with Home Depot's 10% off military discount and me haagling them down a few bucks on a few of the insulation sheets that were nicked on the corners....

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:07 pm
by X-OvrDistortion
Dude, those are so going to be destroyed going to Germany, but MN, they might make it. :D


Have a safe move.

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:13 pm
by DevilDriver
Have fun in Germany. I hope to be going there for a semester or two in the not-to-distant future.

Looks pretty well packed. With the exception of the OSB, the XJ-15 I received from Kyle (though I think it might have come directly from DIYCable) was packed as well as that, perhaps even better. It's always better to over-pack and avoid the hassles that come from a damage claim.

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:20 pm
by fbi90909
10 bucks say at least 1 of them will break. imo you should make a mounting baffle in the box. and a tight support for the motor to sit on. cause if that things on a long trip and just sitting on the foam i'm sure that foam will just flatten with vibrations or such and allow the sub to move freely.

though great packaging. good luck!

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:29 pm
by 95Honda
If you mount them to a baffle, that is how they get destroyed.... Biggest mistake people make.... You have to support the motor with most of the force, any other way and you are asking for trouble.... The 12 spoke frame was never meant for that motor.... LOL.. They make it just fine.....

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:31 pm
by 95Honda
DevilDriver wrote:Have fun in Germany. I hope to be going there for a semester or two in the not-to-distant future.

Looks pretty well packed. With the exception of the OSB, the XJ-15 I received from Kyle (though I think it might have come directly from DIYCable) was packed as well as that, perhaps even better. It's always better to over-pack and avoid the hassles that come from a damage claim.


Look me up when you get there, I hope to get into audio right away, I think I will be able to get in with the locals when it comes to that part.... Also, I'll be the only American in my shop, mostly younger German, Dutch, French and Belgian guys... I'm sure they will be able to ppoint me in the right direction.....

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:10 pm
by X-OvrDistortion
95Honda wrote: I'm sure they will be able to ppoint me in the right direction.....


To the gay bar. :cwm11:

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:42 pm
by DevilDriver
95Honda wrote:Look me up when you get there, I hope to get into audio right away, I think I will be able to get in with the locals when it comes to that part.... Also, I'll be the only American in my shop, mostly younger German, Dutch, French and Belgian guys... I'm sure they will be able to ppoint me in the right direction.....


Where in Germany specifically will you be headed? One of my first orders of business when I get there is to meet with Dr. Klippel and his team. I would love to meet you (not in the Derek way, though).

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:20 pm
by 93CougarXR7SE
Ya, foam tends to flatten, and magnets tend to break. I HATE FedEx! Check the foam below:
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Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:31 pm
by flak_monkey
My heart aches every time I think about that.
Ouch.
93CougarXR7SE wrote:Ya, foam tends to flatten, and magnets tend to break. I HATE FedEx! Check the foam below:
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