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Old 02-03-2013, 08:37 AM   #1
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Looking to spur up some design ideas for an amp rack. Will do some CAD renderings and the ideas come in.
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The sky is the limit.

If you have ideas, pictures or links, please post!

Any input is appreciated.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:19 PM   #2
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I think you're going to need a bit more info to get any useful answers.

-What amp? Dimensions/mounting points/connection points/cooling paths, etc.
-What's the overall look you're going for? Do you want a stealth mount, something showy, movable, modular...
-Where is the amp going in the car?

Google is going to be your best answer to get ideas. Without knowing anything about your system and goals it's impossible to give constructive ideas.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:04 PM   #3
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More so looking for design and orientation ideas than dimensional which I can easily change in a CAD model to fit any amp.
Looking for wisdom/preferences from ppl who have a setup in their vehicle already.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:40 AM   #4
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hey jonow6;

thanks for all the pm's but i am actually looking for some ideas. designs and such.

there doesnt seem to have many people who use metal for a compelete amp rack. im not sure why.
i would like to see more myself.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:54 PM   #5
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I'll see if I can do up some models and post some renderings. Do you have a rough amp size and preferred placement in the vehicle that I can design from?
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:01 PM   #6
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No problem.
I agree, personally I would prefer metal as opposed to MDF or other wood products. Mainly because of weight savings, compact design and that fact that you can make some pretty sweet designs with sheet metal.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:18 PM   #7
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Here is an example of a top mounting rack that I quickly made up (cheesy I know). There are so many different options.... its really a matter of personal preference as to the design and mounting.

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thats a cool pic.

i am actually leaning away from that look. a few others have created that design.
maybe something even more minimalist.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:55 PM   #9
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there have been discussion about amps installed upside down. whats your take on this?
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:15 PM   #10
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Well if you're going for the minimalist approach, your best be would probably be to (like you said) mount it upside down and make up a mounting plate as opposed to a bracket or craddle.
The amp would screw into the plate which is mounted to some surface in the vehicle. This way you would see very little of what the amp is mounted too.
Personally, I think the more open the better (from a practical point of view) for the sake of air circulation and heat transfer from the amp heatsink/fins.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:17 PM   #11
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i have seen some people argue about the heat issue when mounting an amp upside down.

im not sure which way to take this.

here is what i have read.
amps are designed to be right side up. with the fins upwards. as heat rises it will go into the fins and cool.

the opposite.
i have also seen amps installed sideways or even upside down to show the insides of the amps. (some amps have a clear bottom to have the inners show with a plexiglass. i have one as well). but i have not seen them afterwards with reviews. if an amp is to get damaged this way it may take a little while. so no updates, so nothing concrete.
also basic knowledge would lead to think that as long as its in open air space and not confined metal should still trasfer fairly evenly all over the metal casing, therefore still reaching the fins even if it is upside down.

but im no expert so i dont know for sure which way. the upside down installation would make the install very clean looking. thats why i would even consider it in the first place.

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