You could throw you amp under the seat front or rear and it could get wet, the rear is like a blanket on larger amps and causes heat issues. under the front seat is probably one of the better areas but even if its mounted off the floor its going to see the elements or get splashed if the door is off and you wheel your jeep.
I have the best place I have found with some research on here and being a car audio guy for 13 years I had to do something about the crappy stuff in our Jeeps.
Looks like it will fit. The amp is the only sony amp I would buy, all others I have owned except the old school ES series amps, are walmart quality. Not that that is bad but its just entry level. These XM-1S amps have me astounded. They dont get hot, they are super small, and they are super cheap. I got mine from 6aveelectronics.com for 88 bucks! Wait 500-600 watts RMS for 88? No longer need to spend a buck a watt like the old school days. These are great amps, had em on the bench and I will hit up on that more later.
Here are the dimensions of the board, the one single 1 inch bolt with a lag on it for it to stop spinning when tightening and make sure your holes you drill are tight and snug, use a washer to keep the bolt from going through the hole in the steering column.
Steering wheel in the lowest position no issues.
This amp is too good to be true but it is true and the settings are on the top to allow easy setup in this position.
There is tons of room for a bit larger amp but the board would need to be modified and broght back towards the right to clear the brake pedal. There is a ton of room under here.
I could have used 4 gauge here but I chose 8 for the simple fact the batter is just a few feet away. When figuring for power wire requirements a long long run would need more thickness to create less resistance. This is a short run and I had more 8 gauge than 4 gauge laying around. Lights dont dim and sub hits hard enough to shake my eye sockets. Love this stuff.
I chose a stealthy Ipod/Alpine setup. When it comes to car audio Alpine has always lead the way in my book, even there entry level stuff is awesome. I bought a 4 channel amp and mounted it behind the HVAC controls on this Jeep. The KTP-445 has 45 watts RMS and had a ton of power for the doors and top off audio. I also installed 4" Type S speakers in the pods in the dash and 5.25" Type S speakers in the roll bar pods. An all Alpine System sounds incredible. The subwoofer is a DB Audio 12 but this thread is not about all this stuff, back to the amp.
You would have to know where to find the amp, get a small wrench in behind the steering column, after you get all the wires hacked and still would have trouble getting it out with the board still attached. HAHA
NOW a lot of you, like myself, would rather have aluminum or steel plate and welded in this location. I have a welder and could have fabbed up something real nice but then who would copy it. And there is a company that can sell you one for 50 bucks. But I got excited to do this in a whip cause I figured the average guy on here could do this. It cost me a bolt and a piece of wood from my shop, FREE. You could do this for less than a dollar!!!!
Tell me your thoughts good or bad. I have been installing for 13ish years and most amp racks are made of MDF or some type of wood/fiberglass. This is no diff and now its even safe from the rain, unless its a bad bad rain.