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Its pretty small ( 9-3/16"W x 2-7/16"H x 9-9/16"D ) so I would hope to hide it away as much as possible. It looks like there is plenty of room under the front passenger seat but I would like a location that is a little less exposed.
I'm trying to figure out how i can squeeze it into the rear compartment without sacrificing my spare. Any ideas?
If the under seat location is best, does anyone have any hints on how to protect it a bit better?
I have a single 10" in a small sealed box in my xA. Yeah under the front seats is def an option. I mounted mine to the reaer of the sub box. I have my box facing the hatch so the amp is between the rear seat and the back of the box. Not visible and I ensured I left a little slack so I can still access the spare tire.
2005 Indigo Ink Pearl xA
Mountain Dew Injected
I guess I should have also mentioned one of my goals is to be able to fold the seat down and still have the full cargo area (what little there is!). I have a seperate sub box I can simply remove it as desired, but I didnt want to have exposed wiring, etc from a removed amp.
OK I guess your options then are somewhat limited. Under the front seat sound like the best plan of attack. I never fold the seats, well almost never.
Does the xA have a small storage area next to the spare tire area? Funny I own a xA and never have looked. I heard the xB does and people have used that to some degree. Maybe we'll get lucky and find something new.
2005 Indigo Ink Pearl xA
Mountain Dew Injected
It does have the area but its a bit smaller from the looks of it.
I was checking it out last night and I think it may just fit.
1) Put the tools on the other side or the tire.
2) Remove the 2 bolts and plastic well
3) Cut just a bit of the plastic that covers the wheel well.
#3 is iffy - I have to look a bit closer tonight. I think the plastic covering the wheel well protrudes an inch extra from the metal of the well. If i cut a small rectangle out of the bottom for the amp, it should give me just the bit of extra clearance i need.
Wheel well with plastic removed and right panel cut:
Close up of work/mounting area:
You can see in the above picture I didnt cut all the way back to the end of the side panel plastic. I left a "leg" for support of the above plastic and because I didnt absolutely need the extra inch at the top. I did however cut a channel for a few wires to get through. Here is a close up of the area:
Next I installed a wooden mount plate made from cheapy plywood. I cut the wood a little long on the side that goes toward the passenger side panel so I wouldn't put to much force on the wires that will be housed there. I then cut 5 holes: 4 for bolts coming up form the bottom to mount the amp and one to mount the plate to the flooring using the stock plastic hole that was already there:
And the final product:
Certainly not the cleanest or most professional install, but it gets the job done nicely and is 100% stealth while loosing none of the functionality of the trunk space. Also, if I ever need to go back to stock, I can easily reinstall the plastic bucket in its orginal location and none of the cuts I made would be visible
here is what i did with the amp i just had it slanted on my box with the two subs many people at shows says it looks great and asked me were i had it done but i did it my self took about 3 hours to build the box and like 16 hours for paint to be done properly along with all the silcon and sealing of the box
Looks nice, I contemplated doing something similar but as my previous posts pointed out, I wanted something I could detach w/out exposed wiring (I suppose someone must make some sort of quick release connection...)
Can you still fit the stock cargo area cover/screen over the top without it bulging? That was one of the other considerations I took into account when going with the setup I did. I went with a truck box lying on its back ( http://www.crutchfield.com/S-46SVOpm...0&I=044T1012SS ) and an Infinity Kappa Perfect 12.1D - You can't really tell its not stock from the outside
Also, if i have something dirty that I dont want to carry on my rear seats, I can also detach the sub box and re-attach it in the back seat sitting upright. Cargo + Bass ;)