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Old 02-10-2004, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default What's the easiest way to run cables?

I'm putting a 4-ch amp under the seat and a subwoofer in the trunk, and I wonder what would be the best way to run the wiring to the components? How do you get under the carpet...or should you go under the carpet?
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Old 02-10-2004, 05:09 PM   #2
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i ran mine up the center console
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Old 02-10-2004, 05:41 PM   #3
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Under the carpets is fine; just don't run your power & ground cables right next to the signal wires from the preamp output.
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Old 02-10-2004, 05:51 PM   #4
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What's the easiest way to get under the carpet?
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Old 02-10-2004, 07:15 PM   #5
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i still think running the rca's up underneath your center console is the easiest. only about 4 screws need to be undone and is right underneath the headunit. then when you run them down the hump in the console to under the seat you can just pop them out the ac vents
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thanks lettucemanatee...i'll check it out. i wanted two locations so I could seperate my interconnects from my power lines though.
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Old 02-10-2004, 08:42 PM   #7
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i ran my rcas up the right side and power/remote up left side
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Old 02-10-2004, 09:54 PM   #8
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I run power and remote down one side of the tunnel and RCAs down the other. Seriously though, you get far more noise issues from bad grounding than with RCAs picking up noise from power wires.
Since I was going to rewire the doors the sill trims had to come off anyway, so it was pretty easy to run the speaker wire next to the door sill under the carpet there and up behind the kickpanels. You may want to run wires through the holes in the stiffening brace across the front of the seat. Make sure to use some plastic conduit or cable armor there to protect them. Drag wire from the handbrake area to under the seat with a wire snake or some bits of coat hanger. There are holes in the carpet under the seats already, much easier to poke from there up to the handbrake than vice-versa.

To be honest though, I wish I'd just had the whole carpet out the first time. If you really want to enjoy your system you need to cut the road noise from the floorpan anyway. Rip the front seats, console and carpet out, put a 1/2" of carpet underlay down, wiring is a snap now, reinstall the interior and enjoy. Soundprofing is easily worth a bigger amp. It's a bit more work than fishing around with the wire snake, but more worthwhile and less frustrating.

Last tip. Cut a simple rack from a piece of MDF to fit under the seat and screw your amp onto that. Either use a terminal block at one edge of the rack or use some wire clamps to anchor the wires to the rack. Leave yourself about 18" of slack in the wiring so you can pull the amp out from under the seat for tuning and fiddling without straining anything. A couple of squares of velcro under the rack will stop it sliding around, though if it's the right size it won't move anyway.
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i ran my rcas up the right side and power/remote up left side

RCA's, power remote up the right side. Power wire up the left side. Speaker wire on either side.
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muchos gracias guys for all the tips...I guess I'll just run it down the center console.

also thanks for the tip about the mdf.
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