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Old 01-29-2004, 03:38 PM   #1
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Unhappy need help wiring my amp, Im a car audio n00b :(

I have a Kenwood head unit, the amp, and all the necessary wiring, but I dont know what to do with the wiring. hahaha I'm just wondering how do people run the power wire inside the car. I read on another board that theres a grommet by the clutch & brake pedals, and the windshield washer fluid reservoir must be pulled out. does anyone have theirs wired this way, or differently? also, what's the best way to pull up the plastic trim around the doors without breaking anything? I tell you, this car is NOTHING like my mustang, where I would just find a spot on the trim that my fingers could get underneath and just pull.

I'm really considering just taking the car to circuit city and having them install the amp, but I'm afraid of them forcing me to use one of their wiring kits, when I spent bunches of money on my own wiring kit, which unfortunately has already been opened

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Old 01-29-2004, 04:07 PM   #2
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all right, I think I figured out how to get the trim off, and I think I can route the power cable with no worries as long as I pull off the windshield washer fluid reservoir, which doesnt look like it'll be hard. I'm gunna give it another go, but if anyone has any pointers, I'd love to hear them
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Old 01-29-2004, 04:25 PM   #3
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there's a grommet behind the intercooler that you can run the wiring through....you shouldn't have to remove anything. definitely do a search for "firewall" or "grommet" if you haven't already...plenty of info available. good luck.
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Old 01-29-2004, 04:29 PM   #4
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Wow. This is way to vauge and unpromising as far as listening to a verbal description. Go to Crutchfield.....you'll find everything you need. Good luck.
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Old 01-29-2004, 04:41 PM   #5
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Wow. This is way to vauge and unpromising as far as listening to a verbal description. Go to Crutchfield.....you'll find everything you need. Good luck.

I found Crutchfield's how-to rather vague.

I was wondering the best way to run the power cable from the engine compartment to the inside of the car, as well as the best way to get all the trim pieces off without breaking anything, which I done figured out I think ... it's not nearly as straightforward as pulling apart the inside of my mustang was, where you just found a spot and yanked and it all came off.

this is the same person btw .. decided on a name change. haha


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Old 01-30-2004, 03:21 AM   #6
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ok get to where you can see the top of the brake pedal this will get you in the generel area then look on the firewall (i assume you know what the firewall is) you will see a little black rubber grommet at the top of the carpet this is where you will put the power wire through to the inside of the car. Poke a hole in the center of it big enough for your guage wire and feed it through. Next you will need to run the rca's and the remote turn on wires. Get the deckout of the dash and find a place to get the wires from the padal area to the back of the deck, use a wire coat hanger if you need to(you shouldn't tho) now as you bring them across the pedal area tie them up in place with some zip ties so they won't interfere with any pedal or foot movement. now carefully start to remove kick panels. the corner one will need the plastic screw out first then pull nicely on the rest of them and they will pop up then just slide the wires under the carpet. When you get to the back seat it is possible to get them through without taking out the seat however the bottom half of your back seat should come out very easy of you feel more cofortable seeing where the wires are gonna go them pull them through and tada done now just find a spot to ground if you took the seat out it should be really easy to do now put panels back in witout bending the tabs on the back(you should hear a snap for each tab)

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Old 01-30-2004, 04:07 AM   #7
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ok get to where you can see the top of the brake pedal this will get you in the generel area then look on the firewall (i assume you know what the firewall is) you will see a little black rubber grommet at the top of the carpet this is where you will put the power wire through to the inside of the car. Poke a hole in the center of it big enough for your guage wire and feed it through. Next you will need to run the rca's and the remote turn on wires. Get the deckout of the dash and find a place to get the wires from the padal area to the back of the deck, use a wire coat hanger if you need to(you shouldn't tho) now as you bring them across the pedal area tie them up in place with some zip ties so they won't interfere with any pedal or foot movement. now carefully start to remove kick panels. the corner one will need the plastic screw out first then pull nicely on the rest of them and they will pop up then just slide the wires under the carpet. When you get to the back seat it is possible to get them through without taking out the seat however the bottom half of your back seat should come out very easy of you feel more cofortable seeing where the wires are gonna go them pull them through and tada done now just find a spot to ground if you took the seat out it should be really easy to do now put panels back in witout bending the tabs on the back(you should hear a snap for each tab)

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That is a good description, one more thing though. Run the power and signal wires down opposite sides of the car. This will help reduce the chance of any "NOISE" and will give the amplifier a cleaner signal.
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Old 01-31-2004, 02:49 AM   #8
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good point but if you don't buy flea-market crap you shouldn't have any problems with noise i have never done that and i have never had problems using decent components that is, and if so i still find it easier to stick a noise filter just before the amp rather than tearing apart both sides of the car but if time isn't an issue it wouldn't hurt to do it that way.

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good point but if you don't buy flea-market crap you shouldn't have any problems with noise i have never done that and i have never had problems using decent components that is, and if so i still find it easier to stick a noise filter just before the amp rather than tearing apart both sides of the car but if time isn't an issue it wouldn't hurt to do it that way.

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I originally was using streetwires RCA's out of a kit, but they seemed kind of cheezy so I splurged a bit on some good monster cable RCA's, and no noise whatsoever.

Now my biggest problem is figuring out why my stereo wont remember presets for bass, treble, etc...
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Old 01-31-2004, 11:19 AM   #10
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Here is a link with some good instructions (and pictures) on how to deal with the front doors: http://users.sisna.com/ignatius/subaru/mods/index.html

The amp wiring is not hard at all be sure to take your time and begin with plenty of wire. You would be well-advised to purchase a kit like this: http://www.knukonceptz.com/productDe...?prodID=KOLAK8

It will simplify your life, and probably save you some money. Start at the battery end. Be sure to install the fuse close to the battery end. Then, carefully route your wiring as you move towards the steering rack. There is a grommet on the firewall in this area. You will see it if you look up under the driver-side footwell, above the brake peddle. As you go, secure the wire to other wires or any available mounting point with small zip-ties.

When you get through the grommet, where you go will depend on where your amp is located. Most are in the trunk. The easiest route to the trunk is along the driver-side sill, at the base of the door. You will need to remove the kick panel under the driver-side dash, and then the drivers side (front and rear) sills, and the B-post plastic cover. There is a small “trough” along this route that the wire will lie in very easily.

Take out the rear seat, and slip the wire up under the C-post plastic trip (you probably don’t need to even remove it. And then push it through to the trunk at the corner. Replace everything and your are done (you will want to route the speaker wire before you replace everything if you are going to amp your fronts and/or rears).

It sounds daunting, but it is really easy and basic stuff that can be done with very rudimentary hand tools. Just take your time and work slowly and deliberately.
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