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Barmanvarn 05-13-2013 04:06 PM

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?

Barmanvarn 05-13-2013 05:40 PM

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.

10Anvil 05-13-2013 05:59 PM

How would it get wet under the seat? If you built an amp rack with lips it should stay dry.

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Barmanvarn 05-13-2013 06:47 PM

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.

10Anvil 05-13-2013 09:07 PM

Can you post up a picture of where you are mounting that?

Barmanvarn 05-13-2013 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by 10Anvil (Post 3752622)
Can you post up a picture of where you are mounting that?

You mean the place behind the dash that I mentioned?

woansleftpeg 05-13-2013 09:13 PM

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.

Barmanvarn 05-13-2013 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by woansleftpeg (Post 3752659)
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.

Barmanvarn 05-13-2013 09:16 PM

Speaking of, anyone know what that removable metal plate is that under the steering column? Doesn't appear to serve any purpose.

Barmanvarn 05-17-2013 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Barmanvarn (Post 3752689)
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

Barmanvarn 05-17-2013 03:43 PM

Found it.


http://rftech.custhelp.com/app/answe...dging-addendum

woansleftpeg 05-17-2013 11:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Barmanvarn (Post 3752689)
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?

http://i.imgur.com/T2mcXEv.jpg

If so, it's what the factory amp is bolted to. I'm planning to re-use it when my new amp arrives.

Mattk11 05-18-2013 06:05 AM

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Originally Posted by woansleftpeg (Post 3767569)

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.

Barmanvarn 05-18-2013 08:12 AM

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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.



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Barmanvarn 05-18-2013 10:22 AM

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.

10Anvil 05-18-2013 11:21 AM

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.

Barmanvarn 05-21-2013 06:43 PM

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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.


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GRUMPHF 05-26-2013 06:40 PM

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.


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