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Old 05-19-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Amp in Dash with Pics!

I finally got around to installing my Sony XM-1S under the dash of my TJ. I got the idea from julietkilo off of JeepForum but did a few things differently. I wanted to post it here with measurements so that others could take advantage of this great amp location with less hassle.

Here is what I did. This is just .5" MDF I had laying around. I used a large L bracket and a bolt to mount it under the dash.



You will be able to mount the amp perfectly on top of it.



Once in there, you will see the mounting locations. You will remove the nut that you can see in this pic and slide the L bracket onto it. I also used this as the amp's ground and tightened the nut back down.





You can barely see the bolt/washer/nut in this pic but it's the best I could do. I got back there with a ratcheting wrench no problem.



It is very solid and secure and still allows the amp enough room to breath from underneath.



Wired up.

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Damn that is a great location!! Nice post.

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Thanks! Yeah, I am not sure if there is any other amp that would fit this well under there. And it is plenty for the Kicker 10" I have in the back. Sounds great actually.

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Thanks for the pics, that is a huge help!
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:56 PM   #5
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VERY nice job on mounting your amp, & a great writeup too. I struggled finding a good location for the amp in my previous TJ & ended up mounting it to the back of a large aluminum gear box that replaced the back seat... a so-so location. Yours is about the best job and location I've seen, nice job coming up with that!
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I'm going to run the Rockford fosgate pbr300.1 and use your write up.
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Where was your write up when I needed it?? Lol


I fabricated my own too to go under steering column.
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VERY nice job on mounting your amp, & a great writeup too. I struggled finding a good location for the amp in my previous TJ & ended up mounting it to the back of a large aluminum gear box that replaced the back seat... a so-so location. Yours is about the best job and location I've seen, nice job coming up with that!
Appreciate it!
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What sub box is that and where did you find it? I currently have one that mounts to the tailgate that I do not like at all.
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What sub box is that and where did you find it? I currently have one that mounts to the tailgate that I do not like at all.
I built it. Unfortunately, I don't have a write up on that. I can post some more pics up later though.
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That is an excellent location, I wanted to put mine under the steering wheel too. I couldn't figure out how to mount it though.
Fantastic Job! Thank you for sharing!!!!!
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Here are a couple more pictures of the sub setup. Not the prettiest carpet job but you get the idea.
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Excellent post. Great alternative to under the rear seat. Thanks for the idea.
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Very slick
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Does the steering wheel still tilt?
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Does the steering wheel still tilt?
If it does I think I'll be doing this too
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If it does I think I'll be doing this too
No tilt on my Wrangler...
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I made that same sub box for mine, made it just like a insta trunk and put a 10" kicker solobaric in there sounds awesome and its secure big time






I found the write up on the net for it on Jeep forums I think. and I spray on bed linered it after
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Now I need to put my amp where this guy did hell ya!!!
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That is very nice, wish i had the go getter attitude to move mine now
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:11 AM   #22
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Wow good job.
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any problems with heat? that would be my only concern
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any problems with heat? that would be my only concern
In my opinion, it see's plenty of airflow from under the dash. No heat issues...and I'm in Phoenix, AZ.
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Another example

I was able to do a similar setup using two 'L' brackets and skipping the center screw. The two steering column bolts are 15mm apart.
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I'm glad this thread came back to life...great write up. As everyone tries to improve on others designs, is there any reason why someone couldn't do this with 1/8" aluminum plate vs. the wood or MDF? A couple advantages in my eyes unless I'm missing something.

First, you can save an additional 3/8" of space. Second, aluminum won't swell, warp, rot, or degrade over time. Lastly, you can drill several holes in the aluminum to allow for even better airflow and act as a heatsink.

Thoughts?
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i think using a conductor as a base may be a bad idea where vibrations are common. could you imagine if your + lead rubbed the base and eventually wore through the insulation?
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Im with hosejockey61 on that though ironhead as the amp isnt wiggling and so long as you run something over the cable to protect it , Then it will likely never ever rub at all.

most Power Wire have super thick shielding also as it is.

you are more likely to have it rub when mounted along the running boards etc than in a stationary position in a location that has no physical contact.

but most system builders run those cables along the door jams etc all the time.
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i guess i pictured some doing the least amount of effort install, just cutting a piece of metal and bolting it in without zip tieing off any wires or rounding the sharp edges of the base. not saying any of you guys would do that.
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i guess i pictured some doing the least amount of effort install, just cutting a piece of metal and bolting it in without zip tieing off any wires or rounding the sharp edges of the base. not saying any of you guys would do that.
Yeah I can definitely see that happening if people get to lazy or just want to get it installed. You could even put a loom over it for additional protection. The other thing, with the way these things bounce around, loc-tite or locking nuts would be ideal to keep it from coming loose.

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