Suggestions for amp placement? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > General Tech Forums > Communications and Electronics

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 05-13-2013, 04:06 PM   #1
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Barmanvarn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sherwood, AR
Posts: 4,147
Suggestions for amp placement?

I had the bright idea of mounting my amp inside the rear storage space (where I have the tuffy lid thinking it would keep the amp from being stolen) to the inside of the lid. Idiot me didn't think about airflow so the amp is getting pretty hot.

I'd like to put the amp somewhere its not easily visible. I'm avoiding under the seat as I want to keep it away from water.

Amp measures 8x9x2

Any idea where I should mount this thing?

__________________
-Brian
2012 Cherry Red JK
TF 2.5 Coils w/ Billstein 5100 Shocks
17x8 Black Rock D-Window Alloys
315/70/17 GY Duratracs
4:56 Gears w/ LSD
TF HD Diff Covers
Barmanvarn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2013, 05:40 PM   #2
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Barmanvarn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sherwood, AR
Posts: 4,147
Figured out the answer on my own. Going to use the void behind the dash under the steering column. Ordered a new amp that will fit back there with plenty of room to spare, as my existing old amp was just a bit to big to fit.

__________________
-Brian
2012 Cherry Red JK
TF 2.5 Coils w/ Billstein 5100 Shocks
17x8 Black Rock D-Window Alloys
315/70/17 GY Duratracs
4:56 Gears w/ LSD
TF HD Diff Covers
Barmanvarn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2013, 05:59 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 136
How would it get wet under the seat? If you built an amp rack with lips it should stay dry.

|___________|
__________________
2004 IBM GTO (600rwhp) SOLD
2003 10th Anniversary KB Cobra (620rwhp) SOLD
2011 Harley Davidson FLHXSE2 SOLD
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP! Trade in...I'm sick
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 10th Anniversary
10Anvil is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2013, 06:47 PM   #4
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Barmanvarn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sherwood, AR
Posts: 4,147
Well, it's highly likely that at some point in the future I'll be driving through water deep enough to soak anything under the seats, regardless of whether or not is on some sort of rack.

Some people, like myself, prefer to plan ahead.
__________________
-Brian
2012 Cherry Red JK
TF 2.5 Coils w/ Billstein 5100 Shocks
17x8 Black Rock D-Window Alloys
315/70/17 GY Duratracs
4:56 Gears w/ LSD
TF HD Diff Covers
Barmanvarn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2013, 09:07 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 136
Can you post up a picture of where you are mounting that?
__________________
2004 IBM GTO (600rwhp) SOLD
2003 10th Anniversary KB Cobra (620rwhp) SOLD
2011 Harley Davidson FLHXSE2 SOLD
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP! Trade in...I'm sick
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 10th Anniversary
10Anvil is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2013, 09:09 PM   #6
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Barmanvarn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sherwood, AR
Posts: 4,147
Quote:
Originally Posted by 10Anvil View Post
Can you post up a picture of where you are mounting that?
You mean the place behind the dash that I mentioned?
__________________
-Brian
2012 Cherry Red JK
TF 2.5 Coils w/ Billstein 5100 Shocks
17x8 Black Rock D-Window Alloys
315/70/17 GY Duratracs
4:56 Gears w/ LSD
TF HD Diff Covers
Barmanvarn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2013, 09:13 PM   #7
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
woansleftpeg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1,332
That's where the factory amp goes. If you have a small enough amp, I think it's definitely the best location. I'm toying with the idea of getting a different amp just so I can put it there, I was going to put my behemoth of an amp on the tailgate but it seems like a real ballache to run that much new wiring.
__________________
Hold my beer and watch this.......
woansleftpeg is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2013, 09:15 PM   #8
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Barmanvarn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sherwood, AR
Posts: 4,147
Quote:
Originally Posted by woansleftpeg View Post
That's where the factory amp goes. If you have a small enough amp, I think it's definitely the best location. I'm toying with the idea of getting a different amp just so I can put it there, I was going to put my behemoth of an amp on the tailgate but it seems like a real ballache to run that much new wiring.
I ran wiring all the way back. Not tough as you have to run the speaker wire anyways. I just decided I wanted something more stealthy. Found a great Rockford punch series that is pretty small. Will bridge it at 300W.

For now my old amp is ziptied to the gate until the new amp arrives.
__________________
-Brian
2012 Cherry Red JK
TF 2.5 Coils w/ Billstein 5100 Shocks
17x8 Black Rock D-Window Alloys
315/70/17 GY Duratracs
4:56 Gears w/ LSD
TF HD Diff Covers
Barmanvarn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-13-2013, 09:16 PM   #9
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Barmanvarn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sherwood, AR
Posts: 4,147
Speaking of, anyone know what that removable metal plate is that under the steering column? Doesn't appear to serve any purpose.
__________________
-Brian
2012 Cherry Red JK
TF 2.5 Coils w/ Billstein 5100 Shocks
17x8 Black Rock D-Window Alloys
315/70/17 GY Duratracs
4:56 Gears w/ LSD
TF HD Diff Covers
Barmanvarn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-17-2013, 03:41 PM   #10
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Barmanvarn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sherwood, AR
Posts: 4,147
Quote:
Originally Posted by Barmanvarn View Post
Speaking of, anyone know what that removable metal plate is that under the steering column? Doesn't appear to serve any purpose.
Too funny. The manual doesn't specify how to bridge this amp. Called up crutchfield and even they were stumped. They're calling Rockford and will call me back.

This is a first for me. LOL
__________________
-Brian
2012 Cherry Red JK
TF 2.5 Coils w/ Billstein 5100 Shocks
17x8 Black Rock D-Window Alloys
315/70/17 GY Duratracs
4:56 Gears w/ LSD
TF HD Diff Covers
Barmanvarn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-17-2013, 03:43 PM   #11
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Barmanvarn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sherwood, AR
Posts: 4,147
__________________
-Brian
2012 Cherry Red JK
TF 2.5 Coils w/ Billstein 5100 Shocks
17x8 Black Rock D-Window Alloys
315/70/17 GY Duratracs
4:56 Gears w/ LSD
TF HD Diff Covers
Barmanvarn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-17-2013, 11:55 PM   #12
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
woansleftpeg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1,332
Quote:
Originally Posted by Barmanvarn View Post
Speaking of, anyone know what that removable metal plate is that under the steering column? Doesn't appear to serve any purpose.
You mean this one?



If so, it's what the factory amp is bolted to. I'm planning to re-use it when my new amp arrives.
__________________
Hold my beer and watch this.......
woansleftpeg is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-18-2013, 06:05 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by woansleftpeg View Post

You mean this one?

If so, it's what the factory amp is bolted to. I'm planning to re-use it when my new amp arrives.
That's the factory amp plate.
Mattk11 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-18-2013, 08:12 AM   #14
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Barmanvarn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sherwood, AR
Posts: 4,147
Nah. It's a different plate. I don't have an amp so there is no amp plate. This the the plate directly behind the plastic cover below the steering column.



Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2692012868.jpg
Views:	88
Size:	143.0 KB
ID:	250484
__________________
-Brian
2012 Cherry Red JK
TF 2.5 Coils w/ Billstein 5100 Shocks
17x8 Black Rock D-Window Alloys
315/70/17 GY Duratracs
4:56 Gears w/ LSD
TF HD Diff Covers
Barmanvarn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-18-2013, 10:22 AM   #15
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Barmanvarn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sherwood, AR
Posts: 4,147
I'm gonna hijack this thread and ask about sub placement. I've ordered a box with a slightly different shape to allow it to better fit in my rear tuffy enclosure.

And I'm going to have extra speaker wire so I can easily move the box out of the way to get into the cubby hole.

That being said I don't like having to move the box to get into the cubby whole. Am trying to think of a good way to attach the box to the gate so it swings out when I open the gate.

The sub and the box isn't light so I need a way to secure it to the gate that won't cause it to rip off.

I'm thinking some kind of large L-shaped bracket the width of the box so it has plenty of attachment point to the gate.

I'm open to other suggestions.
__________________
-Brian
2012 Cherry Red JK
TF 2.5 Coils w/ Billstein 5100 Shocks
17x8 Black Rock D-Window Alloys
315/70/17 GY Duratracs
4:56 Gears w/ LSD
TF HD Diff Covers
Barmanvarn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-18-2013, 11:21 AM   #16
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 136
I'm having a box made that will look like a shelf up against the rear seats. The sub will be down firing so it won't be visible at all. It is also going to be fit well against the sides of the trunk (form fitted). Also going to be removeable and not cover the cubby storage area in the trunk. I pick it up today and will post pictures.

I used two amps for my setup.

JL XD600/1
JL XD 200/2

Installers were worried about heat in the dash and room so they mounted them under the front seats. They said that is the most common location on Jeep builds so I was fine with it. They are mounted on boards up off of the floor to avoid minor water puddle. If I get into anything serious I'll need to consider moving them, but at this point I have no plans of driving through a monsoon with the top down or through a lake.
__________________
2004 IBM GTO (600rwhp) SOLD
2003 10th Anniversary KB Cobra (620rwhp) SOLD
2011 Harley Davidson FLHXSE2 SOLD
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP! Trade in...I'm sick
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 10th Anniversary
10Anvil is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-21-2013, 06:43 PM   #17
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Barmanvarn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sherwood, AR
Posts: 4,147
Mounted the amp under the steering wheel. It was getting really hot but the addition of a 4" fan seems to have solved that issue.


Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2538200510.jpg
Views:	115
Size:	162.7 KB
ID:	252039
__________________
-Brian
2012 Cherry Red JK
TF 2.5 Coils w/ Billstein 5100 Shocks
17x8 Black Rock D-Window Alloys
315/70/17 GY Duratracs
4:56 Gears w/ LSD
TF HD Diff Covers
Barmanvarn is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-26-2013, 06:40 PM   #18
Jeeper
 
GRUMPHF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Gulf Coast, MS
Posts: 70
I'm going to mount mine on the back of the driver's seat and build a fiberglass shell to go over/hide it. Still in the planning stages.

GRUMPHF is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:20 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC