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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Jul 15th, 18, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Amp Location?

I am having a little trouble finding a place to mount my amp, I have seen them mounted in rear package tray. Is there a reason not too? I have been told not to because of theft and also told not to worry about the heat because the amp will generate more heat than the sun would heat it so that is not an issue.

So can I mount it like this?

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old Jul 15th, 18, 07:29 PM
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If you dont mind looking at it there, why not? Itwill bake to some degree on the right day. What year is your car? Is the wiring original? Whats the current draw of the amp? Where are you tapping the power?

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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old Jul 15th, 18, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Amp Location?

Sorry about that it's a 68 SS, the wiring is a new AAW kit, I am not sure about the amp draw but I have the supporting installation wiring kit to go with it and I think it is using a 6ga power supply wire. I will be pulling power from the battery.
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I have a 69 and put my Amp behind the ash tray https://www.camaros.net/forums/31-con...o-install.html But I think 68s have less room back there then 69s!

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I have one of mine bolted to the trunk side of the seat back panel. I would rather see you keep it from baking in the sun - they get hot enough on their own!

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Re: Amp Location?

I think it would be pretty simple to mount under the package tray out of site, or on the seat back in the trunk area. I don't think I've seen one in that location on any car, If I did I would wonder WTH was the installer was thinking, was he just lazy?

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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 18, 07:54 AM
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I have my sub box in the trunk. It is mounted between the upper rear shock attachments and sits directly below the speaker holes that are in the package tray. The 12" fires facing the back of the back seat. I mounted my amp to the sub box on the opposite side of the box, facing the truck. Out of sight, out out of the way, plenty of air for cooling.

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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 18, 09:05 AM
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i'd mount in trunk on seat back frame or bottom of package tray. i have one mounted on bottom of package tray to power infinity 6x9's and another mounted directly to sub box powering the sub woofer. the one on the bottom of the package tray is a bit of a pain to service if you're ever messing with speakers and such. i pretty much have to get in the trunk laying on my back to get to everything. if i had to do it again i would mount on the seat back. i was trying to be cute keeping it hidden, but then later i added the sub box and all disguise was lost.
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Isn't this what trunks are for?

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Well to answer WTH was I thinking is crawling around in the trunk is a PITA so I am NOT lazy and I have owned it since 1985 (yes my high school hot rod) I have spent the last 12 years putting this car back together.

The seat back does not have an area for all 4 mounting points and I don't want to hang it by just 2, yes I can make a bracket for the other 2 mounting points but again it is PITA to crawl around weld anything in the trunk. As far as mounting it under the package tray I have bee told to NEVER mount an amp upside down due to the way they exchange heat and mounting it upside down will cause failure. And before you ask about the flat upper area in the trunk floor that is not an option due to a mini tub kit and the cross member support that runs across it.

I have seen amps mounted in this location but it seams like the heat would be an issue, but I have also been told that the amp creates so much heat that any heat from the rear window is insignificant in comparison. I found that hard to believe so I am reaching out the experts and fellow Camaro enthusiasts.
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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 18, 05:42 PM
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Aric, do you have a quadralink in there?

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post #12 of 22 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 18, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Detroit speed mini tub kit, so there is a cross member and support that run across the upper part of the floor for the shock mounts. If I can upload the pic I will show you.
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Well to answer WTH was I thinking is crawling around in the trunk is a PITA so I am NOT lazy and I have owned it since 1985 (yes my high school hot rod) I have spent the last 12 years putting this car back together.

The seat back does not have an area for all 4 mounting points and I don't want to hang it by just 2, yes I can make a bracket for the other 2 mounting points but again it is PITA to crawl around weld anything in the trunk. As far as mounting it under the package tray I have bee told to NEVER mount an amp upside down due to the way they exchange heat and mounting it upside down will cause failure. And before you ask about the flat upper area in the trunk floor that is not an option due to a mini tub kit and the cross member support that runs across it.

I have seen amps mounted in this location but it seams like the heat would be an issue, but I have also been told that the amp creates so much heat that any heat from the rear window is insignificant in comparison. I found that hard to believe so I am reaching out the experts and fellow Camaro enthusiasts.
What I have done is reach into a trunk with a tape measure and see how tall and wide of a board I can cut to attach to the existing metal on the car and when doing this have this board larger than the footprint of the amplifier.

Now I put those measurements onto a piece of 1/2" or 3/4" plywood and cut it to the dimensions I need.

I then reach into the trunk and put the board up against the metal and see where I can drill through it to where I can have 4 or more screws holding the board to the metal behind the seat.

I then take the board out and drill the 4 or more board mounting through holes into the board to allow the screws to pass through them and push through these holes.

I then take the board out of the car and lay the amp on the board and mark and predrill holes for screws to mount the amp to the board but do not attach it as yet as some of the screws to attach the board to the car may be covered.

To give the board and install a more finished looking, I sand the edges of the board and paint it.

Once it's dry then I climb into the trunk to hold the board where it needs to be and then attach the board with screws to the metal behind the seat. Depending on the screws, I might have to mark and predill holes in the metal or may be able to use self tap screws to make their own holes.

Once the board is mounted, I make all of the electrical connections to the amp as well as setting the gains or any switches on it to the proper spot and then place the amp in position to allow me to put in the four screws into the predrilled holes in the board to hold the amp solidly to the board.

Once this is done, I grab some wire ties and detail the wiring and cover it with split loom tubing to finish it off.

I have also, in some installations, taken a board larger than the footprint of the amplifier and actually found a decently flat spot on a trunk floor or on the back inside cab wall of a truck for example and then attached the board with liquid nail and let it dry a few days and then mount my amp to it. If later the game plan changes I can pry the board off, remove the glue and not have to worry about holes in the metal surface.

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Can you mount it vertically on top of the crossmember? I have a quadralink and put my electric up there. Managed to only get in the trunk once. Getting in was easy......................

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