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Old 08-18-2013, 04:12 AM   #1
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Sub/amp situation

I have inherited 2 10" kicker subs along with a kicker amp from my brothers truck which we are selling. If like to try the setup in my jeep, but I can't for the life of me figure out the wiring. The subs are daisy chained into the mono amp. The subs wire from one to the other and then into the amp. I'm assuming blue is red because the wires are blue and black. Then there's a ground wire and a set of wires that go to the head unit. In there there's another ground that goes to the battery, a set that runs into a 80 watt x 4 converter with two gray and two white wires on the other end, and a green wire. I tried hooking up the wires to each of their colors but had no luck. Anyone out there with some experience would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:18 AM   #2
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Your white and gray go to the rear speaker wires out of the back of the head unit, just make sure you have a solid ground and it should work fine I'm not a fan of those converter boxes I usually just put out the 100$ for a head unit with preamp output to skip all that and run the audio cables direct

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Old 08-18-2013, 04:19 AM   #3
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Also make sure your inline fuse is in good shape as the fuses in the amp are solid as well
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:21 AM   #4
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Your white and gray go to the rear speaker wires out of the back of the head unit, just make sure you have a solid ground and it should work fine I'm not a fan of those converter boxes I usually just put out the 100$ for a head unit with preamp output to skip all that and run the audio cables direct
I tried that as well because I have a pioneer head unit with preamp output. I think my issue might be my ground. Or maybe the amps bad, it hasn't been used in awhile. Also, what's the deal with the green wire?
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:27 AM   #5
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Green is your remote wire, it's the blue wire that comes out of the headunit that engages the amp and basically turns it on
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:28 AM   #6
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A quick way to check to make sure it works is to just have everything else plugged in and ready and tap the green wire to your power terminal on the amp it'll click the amp on
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:09 PM   #7
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I just wired an amp and two subs in my jeep the other day, bought a scoshe amp wiring kit at wally world for 35 bucks, trash that old wiring who knows if there's kinks, shorts in it or a tiny cut in the insulation that can cause a fire one day....with all that power running from the battery, not something I'd want to deal with. I just used one of the bolts from the rear seat floor mount bracket to ground the amp to, drilled a hole in the passenger side firewall just below the battery and ran the power wire (leaving the fuse housing in the engine compartment), ran the RCA and amp turn on wires on the drivers side to the head unit, and that was it. Pretty easy to do. Proper wiring is the key, dont rush even though its a PITA. Zip ties, and a few cold beers are your friend here.
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I just wired an amp and two subs in my jeep the other day, bought a scoshe amp wiring kit at wally world for 35 bucks, trash that old wiring who knows if there's kinks, shorts in it or a tiny cut in the insulation that can cause a fire one day....with all that power running from the battery, not something I'd want to deal with. I just used one of the bolts from the rear seat floor mount bracket to ground the amp to, drilled a hole in the passenger side firewall just below the battery and ran the power wire (leaving the fuse housing in the engine compartment), ran the RCA and amp turn on wires on the drivers side to the head unit, and that was it. Pretty easy to do. Proper wiring is the key, dont rush even though its a PITA. Zip ties, and a few cold beers are your friend here.
Sounds good. I'll work on it in the next couple days. Thanks for your wisdom
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Your white and gray go to the rear speaker wires out of the back of the head unit, just make sure you have a solid ground and it should work fine I'm not a fan of those converter boxes I usually just put out the 100$ for a head unit with preamp output to skip all that and run the audio cables direct
Actually the white and gray are for the front speakers. The purple and green are for the rear. The reason for using the front speakers is to eliminate sub feedback in a car with speakers in the rear deck. That happens when the sub note hits it will push on the the rear speaker causing it to send a signal to the sub thus creating a feedback loop. Using the front speakers works because the sub won't push on those. However being a jeep who the hell cares what speaker gets used so go ahead and use the rears if ya want. Lol.
Also when installing an amp to a pioneer you must ground the amp, and make sure the radio is grounded before plugging in the RCAs to the pre outs. If you turn on the radio when the RCA is pugged in and the amp isn't grounded the amp will "search" for a ground which is the outside RCA prong then thru the radio. It can damage the radios outputs.

X2 on getting a new power kit for the amp. I rec bench prepping the amp which means wire the Amp and make it pretty then choose your mount location. There several bolts to mount to in the tub make sure you scrape the paint where you ground the wire to get good conductivity. Run your wires under the carpet or along the harness that's already there. Run the RCAs along with the power (some may disagree but the bass signal won't get interference IMHO and its a cleaner install) run the power wire thru the firewall (there are plenty of grommets to pick from) make sure the wire doesn't rub or hit any of the hot things in the engine bay and then hook up your power wire directly to the battery terminal. Keep the fuse out of the holder until you are all done JIC something gets messed up along the way. Now connect your remote wire to the blue wire with the white stripe if no white stripe then to the solid blue. Plug the RCAs in, put in your fuse, and don't turn it on. That's right don't turn it on until you set your amp to the correct settings. Now you can turn it on, lol.
Also with the subs wiring. If you have two normal 4ohm subs and a standard Mono block amp run your pos and neg from the sub to the port on both sides. Then use a jumper wire from the port 1 to port 2 pos to pos neg to neg then hook another wire from one of the ports to the terminal on the amp. If your amp has 2 terminals you can run one to one port and one to the other. In theory its still the same hookup. --Good luck!

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