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Old 08-24-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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I have two amps (4ch and a mono for the sub) that I'm trying to find a place to hide. I pulled the hatch floor board out and one would fit on both sides of the spare tire.

The only problems i see with this are ventilation issues, possible water issues in the winter, and the fact that the car chasis in the spare tire compartment is not flat.

Does anyone have any advice as to how to go about this? My thoughts were make stand offs with MDF or some kind of material and mounting the amps to this?
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:15 PM   #2
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Have you considered under the front seats.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:48 AM   #3
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i've considered it, but during the winter i go snowboarding a lot and usually there's a least one person in the back seats so the amps are bound to come in contact with water in that case
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:42 AM   #4
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Yeah, that would not be good.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:34 AM   #5
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bump for creative ideas
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:24 AM   #6
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Just a thought but how about under the front seats but build a plexiglass or some sort of barrier that sits behind the amp to prevent people from kicking it or touching it. It'll seal it off from most moisture unless someone is bringing in a mop of a foot into the back seat...
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:10 PM   #7
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Raise the amps off the floor with 3/4 mdf, and mount the connections away from feet. That configuration under my seats has handled hundreds of snowboarding trips with friends + Vermont/Colorado winters.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:16 PM   #8
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hmmm I'm soon going to have the same issue with amp placement, I can't screw into my sub since it's molded into the corner
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:57 PM   #9
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It's only an issue if you let it. Subaru gives you the best location possible, under the seats! Shorter cable length, hidden, easy axcess, easy to install, clean look. As for water issues it's a car audio amp. They are built to handle moisture/vibration. I've installed non-marine amps in boats with no weather failures. I've also seen aftermarket audio systems in flood cars come out better then the OEM electrical components. But a water damaged amp under a seat, never.
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:58 PM   #10
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I just ran into this problem on my '11. there really is no good place in the hatch. went with under the seat. the virtues have already been extolled....plenty of room, shorter wires, easy install, and very hidden. i mounted mine sideways under the passenger seat. grounded to a pre-existing hole under the center console. its very easy to bring the remote wire and rca cables from the HU, under the center console, and out under the carpet as there are already cut outs in the carpet under the seat. you can also pretty easily run speaker wires.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:12 PM   #11
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Of course if your amp is small enough, and the cables are on the ends to go side to side, and not mounted where the cables go front to back; you'll have no issue putting them under seat...
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:42 PM   #12
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wow this got a lot of attention, one of the amps i have actually says "marine certified" (polk audio pa d4000.4) and that one fits under the seat. i bought 3/4" rubber stand offs for it and it'll most likely go under the passenger seat.

unfortunately, my subwoofer amp (sundown SAZ-1000D) does not fit under the seat. I have the weather tech floor mats and there's an overlap with the mat and the amp.

So i'm still up for ideas on the sub amp placement
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:42 PM   #13
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Screw them to the back of the rear seats? That's probably what Ill end up doing this weekend when I do my audio project. I dont know the whole under the seat thing just seems like they would be more likely to over heat. Just my two cents, I know most car put them there but I'd rather not chance ruining decent amps with my luck. Good luck man let me know where you decide!
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:45 PM   #14
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I thought about that, but then i'd sacrifice both fold down seats (other is taken by my sub box). I'm seriously considering taking out the spare tire. that'd solve all of my problems.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:31 PM   #15
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Sacrifice them to what? Your just mounting them on the back of them. Make your wires long enough so you can fold them up and down as you please. If your putting subs in the trunk then your losing the space the fold seats are ment to give you anyway. Good luck man I'm still debating on my new tweeter placement. Damn things are too big for factory set up :/
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:54 AM   #16
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Well my thought was that I could lose the extra space of the 40 fold down seat for the sub box, and keep the larger fold down for when i have to move anything long and not have it resting on my amps.

My image dynamic tweeters have the same issue, i'm just going to grind down some plastic in the factory location and seal it in with some caulk. then add a little weather stripping to make sure it doesn't have room to move/vibrate. good luck with the tweeters
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:07 AM   #17
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so i figured out where i'm guna stash my 4 ch amp, i put down deadener and dampener in the hatch and realized it would fit shoved in the rear most corner that's normally taken up by styrofoam. solution: cut up the styrofoam since that piece literally doesn't hold anything. it's on an angle and just shoved in there, but the deadener and dampener are more than enough to cushion it. plus it surprisingly has a decent amount of room for heat sink.

glad i bought extra speaker wire though, the runs are LONG. still no clever place to put the sub amp though.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:30 AM   #18
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I'm a total noob to all of this but just throwing out ideas.

-What if you cut into the back of the rear seats and mounted your amp flush with the back of the seat? (I'm assuming the foam would overheat and their would be metal springs within the seats as well?)

-In the hatch itself? (Wiring would be an issue but you could hide it behind the plastic cover)

- On the roof under the headliner (more wiring and weight higher up generally isn't good but it would be concealed lol).
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:03 PM   #19
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i've considered it, but during the winter i go snowboarding a lot and usually there's a least one person in the back seats so the amps are bound to come in contact with water in that case
you are worried about this?

I owned my GC coupe for 5 years. I had 2 amps under the rear seats. I would store my snowboards in the back seat basically on top of the amps. The snow would melt, drip and generally soak the amps. In my 300+ times of doing this I only had a fuse blow once and it was because the amp was basically sitting in a puddle.

I'm not saying its a great idea just that you be a little overly cautious. Any area in the car could potentially get wet.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:31 AM   #20
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true, i usually try to be more cautious than i need to. plus right now you don't even know i have an amp cause its hidden, which i like.
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