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Old 03-04-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Default How did you mount your amps?

I'm more interested in under seat ideas, but post your amp mount ideas and pictures please.

I have 2 amps and a capacitor that I need to mount under my seats. I refuse to run screws through the floor pan. Not really feeling the velcro idea either. My only current idea is to pull the carpet up, glue wood panels underneath to the floor board, and screw the amps to it.

I'd love to hear your ideas and see some pics!

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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Velcro. It works and you won't see it, why are you opposed to it?
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:47 PM   #3
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Velcro works great, and get rid of your capacitor.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:57 PM   #4
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I used velcro to hold mine in place, but my setup is semi-temporary. This is how it currently sits with one amp under each seat:




As soon as my toy budget allows, I'll probably go back to a JL Audio HD900/5, an outboard processor of some kind, and a double-din head unit. I'm leaning towards the Rockford Fosgate 3Sixty.3, but could easily be swayed to look into the Audison, Brax, Helix, Mosconi, or Zapco offerings. I'm still not sold on the MS-8 though...
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:37 PM   #5
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Velcro works great, and get rid of your capacitor.
Why???
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:44 PM   #6
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I drilled two holes into the floor boards on either side. I sealed them up underneath too. Works perfect.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:08 PM   #7
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remove spare tire, place second floor. paint and drill amp into it.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:25 PM   #8
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remove spare tire, place second floor. paint and drill amp into it.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:32 PM   #9
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any particular reason for the under seat method?
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:39 PM   #10
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Saves space and you get to keep your spare?
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:58 PM   #11
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^ What he said. Why in the world would someone give up their spare tire,jack,ect?
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:52 PM   #12
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any particular reason for the under seat method?
I didn't want to run wires all over the car as I have done in the past. Also, I didn't want to take up any additional trunk space since I refuse to mount my amplifiers to the subwoofer enclosure.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:03 PM   #13
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mounting an amp to the enclosure looks so cheesy. +1 for velcro
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:47 PM   #14
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I've got my 4-channel and a distro block under the passenger seat, both mounted with velcro. They haven't moved or rattled or anything in the 5 months they've been there and I'm quite confident that they aren't about to.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:00 PM   #15
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^ What he said. Why in the world would someone give up their spare tire,jack,ect?
Because the spare is completely useless. Its not full size so if you get a flat you call a flat bed.... If it was a full sized spare than it would be a valid point. Since it's not, it's a complete waste of space.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:40 PM   #16
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Because the spare is completely useless. Its not full size so if you get a flat you call a flat bed.... If it was a full sized spare than it would be a valid point. Since it's not, it's a complete waste of space.
I routinely drive a 200 mile stretch of highway (Four Corners) where I'd be lucky to have cell service. Even if I did, I'm on Indian Reservation. (Not typically friendly to white folks)

I'm aware that running the oem spare is not good for differentials, but I'll be damned if I'm calling for a tow truck on Indian Reservation.
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:43 PM   #17
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To keep space from being an issue in my wagon, I mount my sub amp right on my sub enclosure. My enclosure has scratchy side velcro on it, which holds it well in place to the car's interior.
For extra space, I use these Anderson connectors. They are rated for 120 amps continuous, so they will be plentiful for all but the most extreme setups.


I also have a small male/female bananna plug on the remote line. It takes me under 30 seconds to completely disconnect/remove the subs, tuck the wires away, and be ready to go. As an added bonus I have put anderson connectors on other devices like power inverters, jumper cables, etc... I find it really convenient to have a modular high current 12v source in the rear of the car.

And I can still get to my spare!
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:17 PM   #18
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I did end up losing a bit of trunk space with my setup, but the amp rack doubles as a nice barrier to help keep my extra oil, water/meth, washer fluid, etc. from sliding all over the trunk space.




And I have the capacitor mounted on the back of the box. Caps really don't do any good for those who listen to constant bass because they tend to discharge quickly and can't keep up. For me, I don't listen very loud (sound quality is more important to me than getting a back massage from a blaring sub) so the cap does it's job for the once in a while hard bass hits. The amp will draw from the cap before drawing from the battery / alternator. However, my "Big 3" upgrade does far more than the cap does.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:46 PM   #19
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^ What he said. Why in the world would someone give up their spare tire,jack,ect?
AAA Platinum Member, extra weight, spare tire horrible on diff, jack sucks had a friend almost lose a limb from it collapsing.... did i mention extra weight? because racecar!
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:16 PM   #20
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Default Under Seat Sub Install

This is the install I did for my 13' WRX. The sub/amp is the Sound Ordinance mounted under the driver's side seat. It's mounted with two strips of Velcro.

Pros:
Sounds Great
Out of the Way
No usable space lost
Sub controls easily accessible when seat forward / protected when seat in normal position
Hidden from common thieves

Cons:
Must block floor heater vents
Passnger's ass vibrates during some songs (could be pro depending on passenger)


Power wire for the sub routed through the firewall:



Sub under rear seat (seat all the way up -it's hidden when the seat is pushed back as it normally is):



Sub remote control:



View from the front. In this photo the seat is removed. The loomed wire is for the airbag which I didn't disturb:


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Old 03-06-2013, 03:44 PM   #21
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both of my amps are underneath my seat. Get rid of the useless capacitor....I have a 800watts rms kicker amp and 400 watts rms 4 channel kicker amp. 1200rms just to run my system and my lights do not dim at all. Im still running my stock battery.

BTW: I screwed my down to the chasis since i road race the car as well.
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:40 PM   #22
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Caps shouldn't be used for maintaining system voltage. They aren't completely usless though. They filter the main power line so that your amps don't see any noise coming from alternator.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:13 AM   #23
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Caps shouldn't be used for maintaining system voltage. They aren't completely usless though. They filter the main power line so that your amps don't see any noise coming from alternator.
Exactly. All they do is store minimal amounts of power. That way on a hard bass hit (where the amp has a quick draw), it will help prevent that fluctuation and maintains a 'clean' power signal.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:58 AM   #24
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^^^ Not what I meant at all actually lol. I'm talking about Power line "noise", not amp draw. You will most likely not hear it if the only amp you are running is for a sub. This will come more into play when you are using an amp for components.

When I say noise, I mean that static sound that you hear when your system is on with no music playing. Now if you car is running you can sometime hear your alternator through your speakers. Rev the engine and listen to the noise pitch change. Putting a cap in between your amps and battery/alternator helps filter this stuff out. Sometimes it can be so bad that you can hear the alternator whine while music is playing.

Is a cap necessary? No. It's really just for the SQ buff's so that they can filter their power signals so that they can get the cleanest power to their amps.

Hope that helps

Oh and to stay on topic here is an old picture of my amp rack. Battery isn't on the driver's side anymore cleaned that stuff up lol.

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Old 03-07-2013, 02:04 PM   #25
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I don't agree with this fully. Alternator wine is rarely (in my experience as in installer for the past 10+ years) caused by a 'dirty' power signal. It is more often caused by an improperly shielded RCA cable or a poor ground signal (essentially creating a ground loop). Yes it is possible to get alternator wine from a 'dirty' power signal, but it's very rare. But either way, this thread isn't the place to discuss caps.

Let's see some more amp mounting!
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