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I have never built this type of sub, but I just recently acquired a heavy duty mailing tube, 12 " internal diameter, with 3/8" walls. If my math is right, I will have 3 cu ft to work with. I know it's not ideal for LLT, but what drivers do you guys think would be a candidate. I would assume with the 12" diameter, I will be looking at 10" subs. Thanks for any ideas.
 

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To get 3cf, it would have to be almost 46" long.

Yes, a 10" sub would work. But I would use a base plate like SVS and make that a little larger than 12" just to give you more stability.

Driver choices, look at the 10" versions of the usual suspects. Dayton (PE), Exodus Audio, Fi Car Audio, etc. all have 10" models. If you really want to go high powered, there are some Lightning Audio 10's on Ebay with the high excursion baskets.

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The CSS SDX10 looks good in 2.8. cu.ft. Tuned to 20 hz with a 4 inch flared port the air speed is under 26 m/s with 300 watts input. A Bash 300 with a high pass filter at 18 hz would keep the excursion in check. SPL would be 105 db at 20 hz, plus room gain.

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I've measured and there is more than enough material. The outer caps usually have a larger diamter than the tube so they will be at least 12.5" in diamter. With a 9" hole for the driver that leaves almost 1.75" of MDF/wood on the driver end.

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Using a 10" driver in a 12" tube....very little material in the bottom cap. Maybe mount it sideways with a wooden, arched stand?
The cutout would be about 8 inches allowing 2 inches of material around the sub. I've built 12 inch Shivas in 14 inch tubes with no problems at all.
 
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