Originally Posted by woansleftpeg
I ran long RCAs down beneath the driver's side trim, then under the carpet in the rear footwell and out at the hole for the seat post, up the seat post and into the rear of the amp. Turn-on goes the same route. Power goes out the front, straight into the ridge of the tub in front of the passenger seat, along to the passengers door trim and through to the battery via the cowl tunnel. Speaker wire goes out from the front, along the seat post and then routes up the passenger side seat belt trim to the soundbar, or under the carpet to the dash (to keep it clear of the power cable).
I finally tackled this over the weekend. Performed the following changes:
- Mounted JeepedJeep bracket under passenger seat
- Mounted amp to bracket
- Installed amp kit
- installed sub
- installed new front speakers
I did something pretty similar to what you described with the wiring. The power wire went through the hole in the door frame. I pushed it through that foam fill. I mounted the fuse block to the plastic wall next to the battery. Ground wire is attached to the seat frame (confirmed ground with DMM). RCA's are on the left of the tranny hump.
I replaced my front speakers. The Polks were hurting my ears even with the tweeter set to -3 db and the EQ set to -4 on several of the high end EQ bands. I found them tiring to listen to, and they made my right ear ring after short periods of moderate level listening. I installed some Alpine SPR-610C's instead. This required some trimming of the tweeter tombstones, but they look stock. I'll post a picture later. The sound is much nicer to me now. They seem to have more definition, but are not harsh. Tweeters are currently set to -0db attenuation, and my EQ is flat.
I took the Polk db651s out of the sound bar a few weeks ago when I was having problems with the fatigue of listening. It seemed to make it easier to listen to if I heavily attentuated/faded them out. So I put the stock speakers back in to see how that felt. They need some help, but the overall sound is how I'd like it to be. I'm going to look for some full range speakers for the sound bar. Right now they are running off of the head unit, but I'll come back to this.
After much research, I decided not to get the Pioneer sub I had been planning on. I didn't like the idea that only 2 subs can fit in that enclosure. I really wanted an enclosure that was able to be used with a variety of components in case I wanted to make changes in the future. So I continued my research for an 8" focused on quality and not volume. One sub that kept coming up over and over again in my research was the JBL GTO804. I put this in the Sound Ordinance BB8-35S sealed box from Crutchfield. I like it. I can get a good amount of bump when I want it, but it's tight and not boomy.
My DMM is giving me some really weird results when testing output from the amp to set my gains. I still need to work out my gain settings, so I'm keeping them low for now.
I had one significant problem
during the installation. I was not able to locate the sound bar speaker wires
in the bundle that runs along the door frame. At the speakers themself, the wiring is as follows:
Dark Green -
Light Blue +
Light Green -
I didn't see any matching wires in the door frame. I checked the bundle under the door, and the one that runs up the pillar to the sound bar. It's almost like they change colors at some point up there. Once I figure this out, I can wire the sound bar into the amp.