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Kicker KS80 Owner's Manual
Substation Enclosure Systems
Congratulations! You have just purchased the latest in high performance enclosures technology to carry the famous KICKER name. Your KICKER speakers were
designed and engineered by the same team which created many other international award winning KICKER components like the Solo-Baric, Comp VR, and
Resolution drivers. They contain a number of cutting-edge features to give you
outstanding performance and dependability. Thanks for buying KICKER. Enjoy!
General Installation Information
Since these enclosures are designed with the driver on one end and the
port on the opposite end, different tuning options are available.
In a truck the boundary loading effect is provided by the corners of the
cargo area.
In a hatchback or sedan the boundary effect is provided by the corners of
the cargo area. See diagram below.
Your musical preference will determine which tuning is best for you.
For Pop, Rock, and Universal applications:
The most efficient and versatile application of KS-Series Enclosures is with
the Bass Contour Adaptors out and the ported end of the boxes facing into
the corner of the vehicle.
For Rap, Industrial and hard-hitting music:
The best performance for this type of music is achieved by leaving the
Bass Contour Adaptors out and facing the woofer end of the boxes into the
corners of the vehicle.
For Jazz, R&B and classical music:
The most extended low frequency response is obtained by leaving the
Bass Contour Adaptor in place and mounting the boxes with the ported end
facing the corners of the vehicle.
At Least 4 "
At Least 4 "
At Least 4 "
At Least 4 "
Mounting Options
After determining the location for your KS-Series Subwoofer Enclosure by trial fitting, find the best placement for the mounting brackets. Each bracket must be positioned so that the rounded end protrudes from under the cabinets firmly to the vehicle. See diagram below. In a truck application the KS-Series Enclosure can mount with
the flat side towards the back of the cab to allow room for two brackets on the top
edge and one bracket on each end.
Larger Screw
Attaches To Vehicle
Smaller Screws
Attaches To Enclosure
If the enclosed brackets are not applicable to your installation, some other means
must be utilized to secure the speakers to the vehicle.
For optimum sound quality the KICKER KS-Series Enclosure should be used with
some form of low pass crossover. This can be a passive crossover or an electronic
crossover used before a dedicated subwoofer amplifier. We recommend using a KX
Series amplifier with a fully variable subwoofer crossover built-in.
When wiring the Substations to your amplifier, connect the positive output from
one channel to the red input terminal of one speaker, then connect the negative output from that channel to the black input terminal of the speaker. Repeat this procedure for the other Substation.
The wiring configuration can vary depending on the Impedance capability of your
source. For wiring suggestions other than those described above, please consult the
manufacturer of your amplifier.
Amplifier Power
100 Watts RMS
150 Watts RMS
∗Assumes typical music program with minimal amplifier clipping.
N 80
Grill Installation
Stillwater Designs warrants this product to be free from defects in material and workmanship under
normal use for a period of one (1) year from date of original purchase from an Authorized
Kicker Dealer, unless this product is labeled “B Stock”, in which case it is warranted for ninety (90) days
from date of purchase. Should service be necessary under this warranty for any reason due to manufacturing defect or malfunction during the warranty period, Stillwater Designs will replace or repair (at its
discretion) the defective merchandise with equivalent merchandise at no charge. Warranty replacements
on “B-Stock” may have cosmetic scratches and blemishes. Discontinued products may be replaced with
equivalent products.
This warranty is valid only for the original purchaser and is not extended to owners of the product
subsequent to the original purchaser. Any applicable implied warranties are limited in duration to a period
of the express warranty as provided herein beginning with the date of the original purchase at retail, and
no warranties, whether express or implied, shall apply to this product thereafter. Some states do not
allow limitations on implied warranties, therefore these exclusions may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights; however you may have other rights that vary from state to
Defective merchandise must be returned to your local Authorized Stillwater Designs (Kicker) Dealer for
warranty. Assistance in locating an Authorized Dealer can be obtained by writing or calling Stillwater
Designs direct. You can confirm that a dealer is authorized by asking to see a current authorized dealer
window decal.
If it becomes necessary for you to return defective merchandise, call the Kicker Customer Service
Department at (405)624-8510 for a Return Authorization (RA) number. Package all defective items in the
original container or in a package that will prevent shipping damage, and return to
Stillwater Designs, 5021 North Perkins Road, Stillwater, OK 74075
The RA number must be clearly marked on the outside of the package. Return only defective components. Return of entire cabinets, system packs, pairs, etc. increases your return freight charges. Nondefective items received will be returned freight collect.
Include a dated proof-of-purchase from an Authorized Dealer. Warranty expiration on items
returned without proof-of-purchase will be determined from the manufacturing date code. Coverage
may be invalidated if this date is greater than 18 months previous to the date item is sent in. Freight
must be prepaid; items received freight collect will be refused.
Failure to follow these steps may void your warranty. Any questions can be directed to the Kicker
Customer Service Department at (405)624-8510.
This warranty is valid only if the product is used for the purpose for which it was designed.
It does not cover:
• Items previously repaired by any
• Install slips (screwdriver holes)
unauthorized repair facility.
• Damage caused by exposure to water
• Items returned from unauthorized
and/or excessive heat.
individuals or dealers.
• Damage through negligence, misuse, or
• Return shipping on non-defective items.
• Speakers damaged due to amplifier
• Items physically damaged due to abuse.
clipping or distortion.
• Freight damage.
• Speakers with silicon caulk used for gasket
• The cost of shipping product to Stillwater
Designs Service.
Stillwater Designs maintains a goal of 24-hour service for all returns. Delays may be
incurred if lack of replacement inventory or parts is encountered.
Contact your International Stillwater Designs dealer or distributor concerning specific
procedures for your country’s warranty policies.
P.O. Box 459 • Stillwater, Oklahoma 74076 • U.S.A. • 405 624-8510
KICKER drivers are capable of producing sound levels that can permanently
damage your hearing! Turning up a system to a level that has audible distortion is more damaging to your ears than listening to an undistorted system at
the same volume level. The threshold of pain is always an indicator that the
sound level is too loud and may permanently damage your hearing.
Pleaase use common sense when controlling volume!!
February 2002
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