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Old 08-05-2010, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Possible Amp locations

I have ordered a JL Audio XD600/1 to run a 10W3v3 in a custom fiberglass enclosure for the driver's side wheel arch. I have searched and read the posts regarding amp location, but I am not happy with the results. I don't have to worry about deep water crossings so I could mount it under the seat. That seems so unoriginal to me. I don't want to mount it on the back of the seat and I don't want to conceal it behind a panel for heat reasons.
I have made a template (a little larger than true size) and have been playing around. I really liked the location behind the center console. The only problem I see is that if I drop the rear seat flat- it might hit the amp. If I do mount it under the seat, I would probably fabricate an elevated mounting plate and route the wires nicely through the board.
Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Possible Amp locations

There is hardly any space behind that center console when you fold the seats down. I'm kinda in the same boat....I was considering making a mount for the rear door....but slamming it isn't so hot for the amp IMO. So I'll probably mount it on my existing side rack above the wheel wells
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Re: Possible Amp locations

After getting stuck in some deep mud and water creeping through the doors, mounting my amps under the seat was out of the question.

My solution consists of an Mpac side rack coupled with particle board that I cut out to match the dimensions of my Fosgate amps. It's extremely sturdy, as they are essentially mounted to the body, and I don't have to worry about them during trail runs.

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Wow! Those Fosgate amps are huge. Hopefully I can take advantage of the extremely small footprint of my amp and put them somewhere hidden. I did some more searching and I found some install examples. It seems amps are either under the seat or are so huge they are mounted in the back.
I love the FJ but it is definitely limited on install possibilities.
Thanks for the input.
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The pictures link in this thread are no longer there but if you read NorthshoreVooDoo's write up, you will get the idea. He spent almost $10k on this set-up and I was absolutely amazed at what he accomplished. You may be able to follow his lead.
When the pictures were there, it looked wicked. Unfortunately, he hasn't been on here since Dec. '07 but you might be able to send him an email through his profile and ask for pictures. Good luck.
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I did see the pics of the amps mounted in the ceiling. The install was a little over the top for me. I can appreciate the craftsmanship but I am looking for a more modest installation.
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Re: Possible Amp locations

Well, I guess you said it earlier then. There are not that many places to mount amps in the FJ.....
*Under front seat
*On the back of the rear seats
*Over the rear wheel wells
*In the headliner
*Custom box for the cargo floor

I mounted mine under the passenger seat. I just used 2 strips of 3/4 inch wood to lift the amp off the floor for air circulation.
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Thanks Mike. I'm thinking the under the seat is going to be the best for what I am looking for. Thanks for suggesting the riser. Why did you choose the passenger seat? Was there anything underneath to worry about hitting? I was considering the drivers side since my enclosure is for that side and the battery is also on that side.
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