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Old 06-11-2013, 02:08 AM   #1
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Maximum Amplifier size to put under JKU seat...

I see many JKU owners are opting for these tiny amplifiers... I'm just wondering if there is a problem for space under there, thus the tiny amps. What is the largest amp you can put under the seat, approximately.

I was looking at an amp that is 13.2 x 7.7 x 2.2". Just wondering if a medium or large amp will fit under there.

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Old 06-11-2013, 06:57 AM   #3
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I see many JKU owners are opting for these tiny amplifiers... I'm just wondering if there is a problem for space under there, thus the tiny amps. What is the largest amp you can put under the seat, approximately.

I was looking at an amp that is 13.2 x 7.7 x 2.2". Just wondering if a medium or large amp will fit under there.
That size should be OK, just bear in mind where your wires connect - if they're on the end rather than the long side, they might run the risk of being kicked by a rear seat passenger.

To give you an idea of size, this is my amp installed underneath the passenger seat (it's actually mounted on a jeepedjeep underseat bracket to keep it off the floor, but that shouldn't make any difference to size) - my amp measures 10 5/8" x 9" x 2 1/4", so it's shorter and a little wider than yours:

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That size should be OK, just bear in mind where your wires connect - if they're on the end rather than the long side, they might run the risk of being kicked by a rear seat passenger.

To give you an idea of size, this is my amp installed underneath the passenger seat (it's actually mounted on a jeepedjeep underseat bracket to keep it off the floor, but that shouldn't make any difference to size) - my amp measures 10 5/8" x 9" x 2 1/4", so it's shorter and a little wider than yours
Sounds like there is ample room there. Thanks.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:07 AM   #5
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Sounds like there is ample room there. Thanks.
I would say so. My tip would be to remove the passenger seat to do the install - it's a bit more work but will make your job much easier. Don't take out the frames bolted to the tub, there are six bolts that hold the seat runner to the frames. They're easy to find and remove. Then you'll just need to unbolt the bracket that holds the seat wiring, it will be obvious when you do it. You don't need to remove the seatbelt mount, I just flipped the passenger seat onto the back seat and left the seatbelt connected.
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Thanks, we'll figure it out. I have a seasoned car audio guy that will help me. Still waiting on the sale of my new soft top to fund the expense.

Plan on doing it right, rip everything out, new stuff in. Undecided about adding a subwoofer (base system) as I don't really want to limit the space in the back like I did with previous vehicles. I don't have the built in subwoofer compartment in the premium system either. Also unsure about the tweeters as I really want to rip them out and put something better in there.
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:29 AM   #7
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Woan did you opt to mount under the passenger seat for any specific reason? I currently just have mine sitting under my drivers seat since it wouldn't fit behind the dash. Also did you make that mount or is that something that can be purchased. I am still tossing around the idea of selling this amp and finding something that will fit in the dash as I originally wanted, but if i can get this mounted somewhat securely then may keep it.
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Woan did you opt to mount under the passenger seat for any specific reason? I currently just have mine sitting under my drivers seat since it wouldn't fit behind the dash. Also did you make that mount or is that something that can be purchased. I am still tossing around the idea of selling this amp and finding something that will fit in the dash as I originally wanted, but if i can get this mounted somewhat securely then may keep it.
I mounted under the passenger seat because I already had the Bestop lockbox under the driver's seat. No reason not to install under the driver's seat; the only advantage of the passenger seat is that the power cable run is shorter because it's the same side as the battery, and if you're tapping into the existing speaker wiring then you're right next to it.

The bracket is made by a WF member called jeepedjeep, and I can't recommend it enough; it's made from a single piece of aluminium, and I'm confident enough in the security of the install to leave my roof and doors off overnight without worry. To get the amp out you'd need to either remove the seat, or go at it with a series of powered cutting tools.
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advantage of the passenger seat is that the power cable run is shorter because it's the same side as the battery, and if you're tapping into the existing speaker wiring then you're right next to it.
Sounds like the Passenger seat may be a better location due to the shorter cable run and proximity to the speaker wiring...
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Sounds like the Passenger seat may be a better location due to the shorter cable run and proximity to the speaker wiring...
It doesn't really matter if you have a compelling reason to want to install under the driver's seat, and given alaska_av8r's amp is already in that location he has presumably already run the cables there anyway. As long as you keep the power cable away from the speaker and RCA bundles then you're good - there's a factory grounding post on both sides as well.
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That size should be OK, just bear in mind where your wires connect - if they're on the end rather than the long side, they might run the risk of being kicked by a rear seat passenger.

To give you an idea of size, this is my amp installed underneath the passenger seat (it's actually mounted on a jeepedjeep underseat bracket to keep it off the floor, but that shouldn't make any difference to size) - my amp measures 10 5/8" x 9" x 2 1/4", so it's shorter and a little wider than yours:
I'm hoping industrial strength Velcro will hold my sound ordinance sub/amp under my drivers seat..
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I hope it does too for your sake, but if you must do it like that I'd more inclined to trust to zip ties than velcro.
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I would say so. My tip would be to remove the passenger seat to do the install - it's a bit more work but will make your job much easier. Don't take out the frames bolted to the tub, there are six bolts that hold the seat runner to the frames. They're easy to find and remove. Then you'll just need to unbolt the bracket that holds the seat wiring, it will be obvious when you do it. You don't need to remove the seatbelt mount, I just flipped the passenger seat onto the back seat and left the seatbelt connected.
It doesn't seem like you would be able to move the seat too far even after removing the bracket with the wires. I am about to do this same amp install with the bracket but haven't got to the seat removal. I was concerned about disconnecting the wires because of issues with the air bags I've read about. Any additional info you can shed on whether you disconnected the wires from the seat or left them attached?

I was doing the power run on the passenger floor side. The speaker wires I was going to run from the passenger side soundbar across to the drivers side then down to the floor and across to passenger side. Can the remote and output rca's run along with the speakers or should I run those up the center or something?

Thanks for some great info!
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I don't like the back seat because if you take it out, it exposes the amp, and you have to be careful about putting things on it. You definitely don't want to put something like an Ice Cooler on top of it. Then, you also have to worry about ventilation, putting anything on it, because they have to breathe. Luckily, I got the Alpine PDX-V9, and it has a great under the dash Skinny Pedal mount.

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