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Old 11-11-2013, 01:45 AM   #1
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2012 SE Sport Amplifier Install Question

Been a fan of this forum for quite a while, an extreme wealth of knowledge for our cars. I'm going to be installing a sound system in mine pretty soon, (2012 6 speaker/non-sony) and had a question about where I'll be installing my amp.

My current plan was to install it on the roof of the trunk, however I never liked the idea much as it makes for a more difficult wiring job and takes up some room. I had previously fathomed the idea of installing it in the foam under the carpet in the trunk, exactly like this attached picture (that I nabbed from a different thread here). My only concern is the amp will overheat and shut down (1800 watt, 5 channel amp running 50rmsx4@4ohms and 420x1@2ohms) if installed in this location.

Another thing to keep in mind is the amp is 20"x10"x2.4", so the top mounted install would be relatively large, yet again making me hope that I can get away with the hidden installation. I also live in Phoenix, AZ, so it does get (extremely) hot here for a few months a year.

Any thoughts or input on this from anyone who has installed an amp in either location? Thanks in advance!


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Old 11-11-2013, 06:27 AM   #2
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My amp is a little bigger in size.. I wound up mounting it on the back seat... I have a sedan.. I don't use the pass thru. I added a little longer wires on it, so I can fold the seat down to make any adjustments so the amp. Here Is a link to my setup, also my rear seat isnt a split folding type, it folds as one piece.

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My amp is a little bigger in size.. I wound up mounting it on the back seat... I have a sedan.. I don't use the pass thru. I added a little longer wires on it, so I can fold the seat down to make any adjustments so the amp. Here Is a link to my setup, also my rear seat isnt a split folding type, it folds as one piece.

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You've actually got the exact same AMP as I have. Any thoughts on it before I unpackage it and install or was it good to go? How hot does it get after running the load for a while?

I've thought about mounting it on the seatback, but I don't want it to ever be in the way if I ever had to use the pass through, and my subs will pretty much sit flush against the seatback as well.
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The sub box doesn't go flat it hits the top... but thays ok. Because the amp gets hot... has cut off twice but I did have it cranked up quite a bit.
The amp does soum d good. Probably sounds better when I use the converters and the rca inputs.. right t now I'm using the high inputs..

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Mine fit under the passenger seat very nicely. It's out of the way and still gets enough air to run cool.

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Make a false floor 4" deep. I did.
I was going to do that, still afraid that the heat would be too much without vents.

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I looked into that, the 5 channel amp is just too damned big.

I wound up mounting it to the roof of the trunk, upside down. Called the company and they said it's all good to do it like that so I went for it. It sits a lot more flush than I thought it would so I'm pretty happy.
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I've read on some posts line level from your speakers not strong enough to run signal to the amp for the rear out Is this correct I have an amp and six speaker package like you but want all channels to work if I install will I get sound for my rear speakers pls let me know ill be spending a lot of time wireing starting tomorrow
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Its is there but it is not strong. I have everthing running off of the front line levels... rears are just too low.

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