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Old 09-12-2013, 12:22 PM   #31
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Ah, I didn't look there. The cable seemed to run down the left and deep into the dash. I couldn't get my hand back in there. I may investigate it again next time I have it out for RCA cabling.
Here's a pic of the uconnect module. Not the clearest picture but it shows the location. If you are looking at the module the USB port is on the bottom left. The wire is kinda tight, but it runs down from the module and through the console.

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Old 09-25-2013, 10:02 AM   #32
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A plug and a few nuts, it's easy. You're taking the seat frame off the floor brackets, you're not taking the floor brackets off the tub. The amp bracket is a breeze to fit and to mount your amp to as well.

I'm not going to tell you that putting the seat back on once you've got the amp installed is easy, though. In truth, putting the front nut on the centre console side back on is a massive pain in the ass. My biggest recommendation would be to make sure you have a very small ratchet, and you might still end up having to do it the hard way with a wrench.
I've not done this yet, but intend to do so any weekend now. What has slowed me is that I had planned to do the bracket/amp/wiring as seperate steps as timer permitted, and I've not had alot of time. When I looked at it, it appeared I might need to do it all at once.

Is there ample space to get at the connections and amp settings once the seat is remounted?

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Old 09-25-2013, 10:07 AM   #33
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Here's a pic of the uconnect module. Not the clearest picture but it shows the location. If you are looking at the module the USB port is on the bottom left. The wire is kinda tight, but it runs down from the module and through the console.
Thanks! That's really helpful. Now I'll need to decide if I want to make this change or not. I'm kinda liking plugging my flash drive into the plug directly under the head unit, and powering my phone off of the one in the center console.

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Old 09-26-2013, 12:51 PM   #34
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I've not done this yet, but intend to do so any weekend now. What has slowed me is that I had planned to do the bracket/amp/wiring as seperate steps as timer permitted, and I've not had alot of time. When I looked at it, it appeared I might need to do it all at once.

Is there ample space to get at the connections and amp settings once the seat is remounted?
It can be done, but it would be much easier to do in one go. How easy access will be after you re-install the seat will depend upon the size of the amp and how you install it.

I thought through this process before installation and elected to install mine with the amp central to the bracket, and the RCA connectors towards the rear. You're more likely to get feet or something being shoved under the seat from the rear and RCAs are easier to disconnect and reconnect than speaker wires, especially when access to screws is from the top. I wouldn't try to connect it all up with the seat in place, though. It will be a royal pain in the arse.
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:56 PM   #35
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...will depend upon the size of the amp and how you install it.

I... elected to install mine with the amp central to the bracket... RCA connectors towards the rear. ...RCAs are easier to disconnect and reconnect than speaker wires, especially when access to screws is from the top. I wouldn't try to connect it all up with the seat in place, though. It will be a royal pain in the arse.
Amp is the MRX-V70

I like the arrangement in your pic. I was thinking I'd run the RCA's down the left side of the tranny hump. Front speaker wires up the right side of the tranny hump. Power wire down the passenger door trim to front of seat. Rear speakers to door trim at back of seat and plan to splice into factory wiring to soundbar. Sub wiring along passenger side to cargo (but don't have sub yet). The head unit I have won't require the bass knob. When sub is enabled, it's 1 button press to adjust sub levels.

I'm uncomfortable with the passenger door trim. I've been looking around under the seat and dash at the carpets and trim, and I'm just not seeing how it all comes together/apart. I have a coworker who is experienced with this and was going to look at it for me, but that has not worked out this week. It's just been too hectic up here. I'm off tomorrow, so we won't get a chance to look at it together.

This is why I was hoping I could mount the bracket/amp this weekend, and revisit the wiring next weekend. I may just have to start carefully pulling on it and see what happens.
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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).

Removing the trim is easy, but you just have to trust me on this. Pull it hard, and when you think it's going to break, pull it harder. It's held in with those plastic bolts with splines on, so it's just an exercise in pulling hard. It does feel like it's going to break, but mine hasn't.
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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:

Rear Left:
Black/White +
Dark Green -

Rear Right:
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.
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