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Old 01-17-2013, 12:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do you have your amp mounted under the passenger seat or in the trunk. I'm just wondering because I purchased an alpine amp and am planning how to install it. Thanks, John
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't put it under the seat. Most amps have a few adjustable knobs you'll want to get to in order to fine tune the sound. If it's under the seat, that might suck.
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I've run lots of amps under the seat in my dd cars...just depends on the carpet/bottom of the seat height.

If you want to put it there, just put it a little forward, that way when you need to adjust the amps, you can slide your seat back and make the adjustment without having to put your hand all the way underneath. You won't/shouldn't make that many adjustments after you get it set.

My last car I took out the spare tire (sunken in for donut spare) and installed everything there. Really liked it b/c it was all hidden. You can run a cabled-remote gain for the sub and mount that next to the seat/glove box, wherever and still get most of the functionality.

My plan for this car is behind the rear interior quarter panels (did this in my Accord), but it will be a while before I get to that point and start really thinking about it. Usually lots of room between the sheet metal and the bracing. I will run a remote gain and I am planning to mount it in the storage compartment of the console or on the side of the console, down low by the seat. I don't want knobs all over the place visually.

If you haven't bought amps yet, just keep in mind the dimensions of the amp and where you want to place it. I ran a dead head in my last car, a 4 channel amp for the fronts and rear and a 2 channel amp (wired mono) for the sub. Couldn't see any of it...wish I would have thought to take some pics.

Is this going in a coupe or Fastback? Makes a difference b/c of the package tray...another nice place to bolt amps up and out of the way, easy access for adjustments and you can design something to keep them somewhat hidden at first glance...long face plate, speaker cloth frame...something.
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Just remember amps get hot, so when you put them under the seat there isn't alot of air flowing to keep them cool. It'll likely shorten the life of your amp if you put them there. My vote is for the trunk area.
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Always good to be cautious with anything custom...but I have never killed an amp...no matter where I put it. I did put 4 spacers between the amp and the carpet so air could circulate under the amp as well.

Listened to them way too loud for way too long...10 hour road trips, never had a problem. Most of my stuff was Fosgate/Soundstream, so other installs with other equipment could have different results.

Good luck with the install no matter where you put them.

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Reading the post again its likely a smaller Alpine amp that will push regular speakers and not subs, so yeah it'll likely not have issues under the seat in this case.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I put it in the trunk.

Am I the only one with a TINY amount of space under the seat (Probably less than an inch, but I'd have to check) and not much room between the seat rails?? I just don't know how you would fit an amp under there.
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Thanks for the replies- it's going into a convertible. I know the sound won't be great but I won't cut any part of the car up. It's a 64.5 and I've never had the seats (front) out so I wasn't sure on the space. It is a smaller 2/3/4 channel 350w amp and I was planning on using 2 channels for kick panel speakers (polk) and bridging 2 channels to a single sub in the trunk. Maybe it would just be easier to mount it all in the trunk, at least thats the way Im leaning. John
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I just drilled mine into the back of the rear seat. Fits great and don't have to worry about it falling down.
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Prefer to put it in the trunk as it allows better cooling and access. The only hard part was building a cover for all of the wiring.
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I built a very small box for a 10" sub in the trunk. Its installed off to the side, recessed into the rear quarter panel, so its out of the way. The alpine amp is mounted to the box. I didn't think there was much space under the seats, either.
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On my first '66 back in the day I had a box for 2 10" subs, mounted all the equipment on the box, facing the seat (subs faced the rear). Just pulled off the top of the rear seat when I wanted to make adjustments or swap out equipment.
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Prefer to put it in the trunk as it allows better cooling and access. The only hard part was building a cover for all of the wiring.
Do you have any more pics? That looks clean and neat.
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Do you have any more pics? That looks clean and neat.
What he said. That looks sharp!
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