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post #1 of 10 Old 10-23-2002, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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AMP under hood?

I am putting in a K&N come filer and therefore wont need my stock air filter box. I have a small amp i want to use to power my sub...anf thought for theft reasons no one will look under the hood for it. If i was to mount it in the stock fiter box w/ no cap- would i get enough cool air?

has anyone ever done this...Id really like to avoid putting it under the rear seat if i could.

I have the sub on trailer plugs so i can pull it out in seconds...that way w/ the sub out there would be no equipment in the cab...any ideas suggestions????

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-23-2002, 10:04 AM
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Id be real cautious about doing this, water can get in that air box easily, especially cuz it sits low, if you wheel in water or even drive in rain water can get in through the front of the box, if you could seal it somehow and still get airflow it would be a good idea. But water is the biggest hinderance.

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post #3 of 10 Old 10-23-2002, 09:28 PM
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Yeah...agreed water is the big problem. That and the heat from the engine - your amp isn't designed to be run around other equipment that is that hot. Plus, things tend to get dusty/oily under the hood - not a good idea if you're looking for a reliable amplifier. If it's got a fan, then it's definitely a bad idea. If it doesn't, then you're mainly looking at the connectors and potentiometers corroding. Either way, not the best of conditions. If it's small enough - perhaps you could mount it somewhere inside the vehicle say back under the dash or something? That will all depend upon your amp size of course. Otherwise look around under the plastic paneling for space.

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post #4 of 10 Old 10-23-2002, 09:57 PM
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I have to agree with the general consensus here. Very not good idea. Have you considered a center console mount? That is a possibility depending on the physical size of the amp.

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post #5 of 10 Old 10-24-2002, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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Not really- I dont have a center console.

I ws most concerned with the heat in the engine compartment. I can prety much seal the enlosere- but iwas worried about the lack of air and heat- and if those would have a big impact.

Its a precision power amp- not really air cooled and never really ran too hot.

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Even if it never ran hot before, it will if your runnin the speakers wires from the hood to the back. Mount it under the dash, BUT DO NOT mount it upsidown..

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post #7 of 10 Old 10-24-2002, 05:12 PM
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mount ti under the driver's seat. thats what i did. its gets enough air to stay cool and is protected by the seat.

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i put an alpine 3522 about 10 inch long by 6 wide 1 thick i mounted mine under the drivers side of the dash with plumbers tape near the stearing shaft food fot thought

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-28-2002, 01:35 PM
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I mounted mine right underneath the rear seat. Put carriage bolts thru the tub with lock nuts underneath. If they want the amp, they'll have to spend some time underneath it.


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post #10 of 10 Old 11-01-2002, 11:30 PM
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i would have to say they are all right about the haet thing. i got a jensen 400 watt amp i i thought about putting it in the glove box with a couple of fans one to push the air in and one to pull it trough the other side but my amp is too big and j.c. whinety does not sell a larger glove box. but you can make one out of sheet mental and it does not take all that long . i had to mount mine on the wheel well and it is screwed in with some long screws that are made for a camper with a square head insert so if they do not hada that type of driver they will not get it
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