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Start By Removing the Trunk interior Panels

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to start, lift the (trunk opening scuff plate) black plastic where the trunk latch is up towards the sky it will pop out fairly easily, next unscrew every sticking out plastic tab on the sides near the tail lights and the trunk net hooks now take a grommet removal tool and pry on every flat body panel grommet (some are very difficult to remove fully) you will also need to fold down the rear seats to access 2 grommets,

 

next step door sill plate... you will need to lift up the door sill plate firmly they are very difficult

 

now grab your power wire and find out which grommet in the firewall you want to pass it through, this is entirely your decision but everyone has chosen a different route (the one i used is not recommended and won't be mentioned in this post :rofl: ) the best route is located just below the drivers side wiper :dribble:

 

if you own an older model amplifier that requires a remote turn on 12 volt positive signal, under the steering wheel well above the brake pedal (way up in there) you will find a fuse box thats not easily accessible by anyone taller than 4'6 and a body contortionist ex upside down pole dancer, in your manual you will find a mini fuse labeled "delayed accessory fuse" this is where you will be adding a tap-a-fuse, add-a-circuit connector thing. run your remote wire to this :naughty:, for added safety i also added another low amperage inline fuse closer to the amp (do not use any fuses with more than 10 amps with any tap-a-fuse type of connector)

 

 

now to grab that audio signal...

don't touch anything here its hopeless :rofl:

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you will need to pull down on the liner covering the subs in the trunk, just pull down firmly, you will find velcro and a few useless body clips keeping it in place, take any line converter the best choice would be an Audiocontrol LC2i, i went with a Scosche 2 channe LOC80 rebranded as E2 at canadian tire which handles 80 watts per channel, wrapspeaker wire on the terminals of the factory subwoofers (this allows you to keep factory bass going, no neeed to splice any factory wire) now twist the other end of the speaker wire to the line converter wire and wrap with electrical tape or shrinkwrap (soldering would be awesome) now grab some 2 way adhevsive sticky tape and stick your line conveter somewhere onto the side (probably close to the tail light access flap screws so you can make adjustments down the road)

 

now to find a grounding location for that negative wire this is entirely up to you, some people sand a random metal spot and bolt it or if you were me, attach it to the grounding plate where the factory amp was :naughty:

 

 

now perform a quick test with everything wired properly don't forget you must have a fuse close to the battery on the positive side of the main power wire, please use the proper wire gauge for power do not use anything smaller than 8 gauge for whatever reason as it may result in a fire.

 

everything run fine? tuck the wire in the door sills reconnect the panels and tune to your ears content :dribble:

 

congrats you now have king kong in your trunk

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Tools you will need:

 

Electricians Pliers

Wire Cutters

Sharp Scissors

Digital Multimeter

Panel Removal Tool

10mm wrench

 

 

More Pictures ASAP i was too busy driving around :rofl:

 

couldn't believe i spent most of my time checking the voltage of every connector/fuse/light socket just to find a 12 volt remote signal :rofl:

 

thank god for having an event tent it was 32c today :sun:

 

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EDIT: UPDATE MORE PICS

this is the fuse panel below the steering column where the add-a-circuit or tap a fuse is located

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to give you a better idea the red wire with the blue connector is the add-a-circuit

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you may want to add another ground point for the battery to chassis connection

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although the rear grounding plate works well just for added safety i added another ground point using an M8 bolt with washer and nut you will need to sand down some paint for a proper ground.

you can also see the location of the line converter

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the line converter was added by twisting on wire to the factory speaker terminals (no splicing to any factory wiring was necessary)

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Thanks for the fantastic write up UD!

 

I'm sure the community, and those that may undertake this mod, will find their project much easier as a result of your contributions!

 

I rated your thread and also added much valued rep points to your EB account.

 

When more audio write ups are completed, I'll be sure to create a sticky thread and attach this write up to it accordingly! :thumb:

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I picked up a line-out converter at a local audio shop for $20 and ordered a add-a-circuit from Summit last night for $4. Anxious to get started on this. My biggest hold is figuring out how I want to lay it all out so that I don't sacrifice trunk space. Likely involve building a custom box or two. I've got a Kenwood 800w amp and an Alpine Type-R 12" that would work duckily. :)

 

Back in the day in my Thunderbird, I had the same amp and sub, along with a full air bag setup completely hidden in my trunk. I'm kinda OCD like that. :)

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I picked up a line-out converter at a local audio shop for $20 and ordered a add-a-circuit from Summit last night for $4. Anxious to get started on this. My biggest hold is figuring out how I want to lay it all out so that I don't sacrifice trunk space. Likely involve building a custom box or two. I've got a Kenwood 800w amp and an Alpine Type-R 12" that would work duckily. :)

 

Back in the day in my Thunderbird, I had the same amp and sub, along with a full air bag setup completely hidden in my trunk. I'm kinda OCD like that. :)

 

Fullfill your OCD, Check out the first video. You may wish to return your converter for the $20 and put it towards a ReQ. ;)

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Looking for other opinions/thoughts...

 

I crawled into the trunk last night, literally, and I have to admit, it's the most comfortable trunk I've ever been in. :) That being said, I started to visualize how I want to lay things out. And I have a few concerns...

 

One, being amp mounting. I notice my amp would fit perfect under the rear deck between the two stock 6x9's. I've also heard a lot of negativity of mounting amps upside-down due to heat soaking. My amp does, however, have a small cooling fan on it already, and the heat sinks appear to be located on the ends (I've yet to open it up and see how it is internally constructed).

 

Two, moutning the sub. I think I want to do a custom enclosure and mount the sub on the left side of the trunk. I could do this pretty easily as is, but I could gain a good bit more room by moving/relocating the factory stereo amp. I don't see any issues with this as long as it is still grounded. If I leave the factory amp in place, would there be any issues with my sub sitting directly in front of it. The Type-R magnet is pretty beefy...I just don't know how its magnet would affect an amp being so close to it.

 

Thoughts? :)

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Unless you have the cover off the amp and the sub magnet physically touching components, you'll be fine. :P

I think the only issue (highly unlikely, IMO) with your sub being close to your amp would be bass causing the amp to vibrate and possibly damaging internal components. Most powered subs have amplifiers internally mounted and I've seen many home brewed boxes with amps mounted on the box itself (not recommended), thumping fine with zero issues.

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I've got an alpine type R 12" in 2.25 cuft ported box with a Rockford t500.2 pushing it. I went with the audio control lc2i. It slams down low but still having issues getting the lc2i to compensate for the roll off. Driving me nuts. Too much bass down low drowns out the music and it's flat when I crank it and want to slam. Still working on all the final touches to finish the trim panels.

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Thanks!

 

It's a Bazooka 12" and the amp is a 1000 Watt Kenwood at 4 ohms (bridged). There is also a 1 Farad capacitor tied in to prevent lights dimming. It's mounted in the spare tire well.

 

Bulldog, Have you tried to see how the tube works mounted sideways between the rear seat? I know that facing a rear corner is optimal in most cases. But curiosity has me wondering. And do you still have the 6x9s working?

 

I wish work has not been hogging up my free time plus being a father. I want to start toying with the stereo so bad..

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Bulldog, Have you tried to see how the tube works mounted sideways between the rear seat? I know that facing a rear corner is optimal in most cases. But curiosity has me wondering. And do you still have the 6x9s working?

 

I wish work has not been hogging up my free time plus being a father. I want to start toying with the stereo so bad..

 

Hi Wildosvt:

 

Between the seats is a pain to mount because the antenna for the FOB is located right there in the middle under the carpet. Yes, the 6x9's are still intact. I just used the high inputs off the rear door speakers for the amp. Since this is such a low frequency (95 Hz set), the input whether high or low does not make a difference (you won't hear it anyway). I'm also wired at 4 ohms to the amp.

 

Sorry it took so long to respond, been away on business......

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Ahh yes, that was the biggest pain in the A$$!!

 

If you remove the wipers and cowl, and look down on the drivers side, you'll see a large rubber boot. I went in there and then down by the SJB (Smart Junction Box) under the dash. Or, look at the meth injection thread that Mike started and there's an area to drill through around the steering linkage against the firewall.

 

Good luck!

 

Brian

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