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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:35 am    Post subject:  Best places to mount aftermarket amps Reply with quote

I currently have my mono amp mounted on the back of the subwoofer enclosure. I plan on getting a 4 channel to run the speakers but do not want to mount that amp on the enclosure. I would like to have both amps off the box and mounted elsewhere. I have seen setups with the amps mounted on the back of the rear seats - how is this done? I did it on my last car but I dont see/feel any screw-friendly material on the back of these seats to secure an amp to.

I am open to all options & opinions and wont mind building amp rack(s) if need be Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:45 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i have my mono amp on the back of my rear seat.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:47 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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i have my mono amp on the back of my rear seat.


How did you mount it to the seat? I am considering that but im not sure how good the back of the seats would be for wire management/hiding

Edit: saw your cardomain pics, looks good!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

screw it to the back of the seat Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Edit: saw your cardomain pics, looks good!


thank you. I am adding a 4 channel amp to my setup to go to my front speakers. I am undecided where to mount that amp because it doesnt fit on the other back seat. Most likely will move with amps to a custom amp racks on the side of my woofers.

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screw it to the back of the seat Very Happy

this.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:41 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote



That is my sub setup so there wouldnt be much trunk space left if I built an amp rack, or one per amp. Although I might, maybe one at an angle at each side of the box. Either that or remove the spare and build a hidden rack under the cover.
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The spare actually helps in a rear end collision. I was going to remove it, but then i read here that it was also for rear end collision safety.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:52 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Get a smaller box for those 10s. Could even put the subs closer together, and amp on each side (custom box)

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The spare actually helps in a rear end collision. I was going to remove it, but then i read here that it was also for rear end collision safety.


I didnt know that. Good to know I will leave it there.

I dont plan on getting rid of this box. The box itself was made to JL Audio specs, the front of the box just makes it look bigger because it forms to the trunk. I know my mono amp would fit on the front next to one of the subs, I will find out soon enough if the 4 channel will fit next to the other - it will be here wednesday.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:52 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I know it's not an Impala but with my Monte I mounted the amps to the sub-box complete with a drop down door to hide all the wiring. I did it like that so I can unplug the pos+, neg-, and the pro-outs which allows me to remove the whole box and amps if I need access to my trunk, if the car goes for service / track / ect... It would only take about 10 mins




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I know it's not an Impala but with my Monte I mounted the amps to the sub-box complete with a drop down door to hide all the wiring. I did it like that so I can unplug the pos+, neg-, and the pro-outs which allows me to remove the whole box and amps if I need access to my trunk, if the car goes for service / track / ect... It would only take about 10 mins


That is the one benefit I have right now having the mono amp on the sub box. I picked up an engine lift last year and had the box and amp out of the car in 10 minutes or so. I may just mount the 4 channel on the box. I plan on using the factory amp harness to tap into the speakers so that might be the best way.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:17 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Many people mount to the box because its easy. I do it myself. Never had any issues with it, one amp on top and one on the back.

Some say vibrations will cause issues over time, but not for me.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:52 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

rc10mike wrote:
Many people mount to the box because its easy. I do it myself. Never had any issues with it, one amp on top and one on the back.

Some say vibrations will cause issues over time, but not for me.


I think I will end up mounting them to the back of the seats. Maybe get some 1/2" MDF and put it under the layer of carpet on the seat so there is something secure to screw into. Second choice is just mounting them right on the box which would probably make things a lot easier as far as removing the whole system quickly if I need the trunk space.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:35 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

there is already wood under the seats. there is a square frame that i drilled into and hold my mono amp fine. Putting mdf under it isnt worth it

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gg05impala wrote:
there is already wood under the seats. there is a square frame that i drilled into and hold my mono amp fine. Putting mdf under it isnt worth it


Perfect that's where they are going then. Thanks everyone
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