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Old 12-14-2010, 12:49 PM   #1
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I'm looking into getting a sub and amp for my car, what is the best way to hook up, wire and place everything so it doesnt move around if i corner quick? How should i run my wires so you couldnt tell they are there? Any tips.. The sub i found is a pro bass and the amp it would come with i dont know the maker but its 800w
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I'm looking into getting a sub and amp for my car, what is the best way to hook up, wire and place everything so it doesnt move around if i corner quick? How should i run my wires so you couldnt tell they are there? Any tips.. The sub i found is a pro bass and the amp it would come with i dont know the maker but its 800w
We're actually working on some tech docs, tutorials, and information regarding car audio around here to make it easier for people to get the information they need, because there'* a lot that goes into this.

The best way to do it is to get a sheet of plywood or MDF cut, carpeted, and bolted to your car somewhere. You then screw the amp into that board. You can run the power wire from the engine bay underneath the carpet edge cover, and under the carpet all the way to the trunk. You can run the ground wire anywhere in the trunk on a sanded off surface that'* bolted down securely.

Never heard of pro bass. What'* your budget for amp, sub, and wiring? Is this on a factory head unit? Where are you located? I happen to have a Kicker 450W amp and an Alpin R12 sub that I'm trying to sell.
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This is what I aimed after as well. Being a noob, I asked a lot of questions and got some good input.

I chose to not take up the trunk space and used the space between the wheel well and tail light on one side.
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Put the amp up under the rear deck to keep from having things visible. Most don't ever see it.
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Wiring went under the carpet etc, I had everything out so this was easy, but you can really tuck it under anywhere if you have good cabling.
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Ok, im in monroe michigan, its just above toledo ohio and about 30minutes from detroit. The amp bass I found from a dealer in gibralter trade center offered that combo for 160 sub amp and custom box included.
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and no, there is a boss stereo in it so it has the radio fitting in the factory spot so it fits snug like it is stock.
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If you can get us the specs and/or model numbers of what that dealer is trying to sell, we can let you know if its even worth the money.

In order to run the amp, it will either need to have a high level input so you can splice the speaker wires directly into the amp for the signal, or you'll need a high to low level converter that will convert the spliced speaker wire signal into low level RCA'* that you can then plug into your amp.
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I honestly dont know what your saying.
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ok, the sub was called powerbass not probass, and like i said it was out of gibralter trade center so the amp could be some generic make.
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ok, the sub was called powerbass not probass, and like i said it was out of gibralter trade center so the amp could be some generic make.
Sub sounds like junk to be honest with you, and without knowing the brand of the amp, I wouldn't even think about it.

The sub and amp that I have are better by a very large margin and would cost marginally more than those.

But to answer your question before, here'* how it works.

Amps need a few things to run. They need power, they need a power signal wire (to tell it when to turn on and off), and they need the audio signal to tell it what to play through the sub. There are two ways to get that audio signal, either from RCA type connections in the back of an aftermarket head unit, or through high level inputs. RCA connections are low level inputs, because they have a low power level. High level inputs are basically taking your existing speaker wire, splicing it, and connecting it to the amp, if it supports a high level input. That way, the amp will take the signal from the speakers you currently have, convert it automatically to a low level signal, and amplify it through the sub. If that amp does not support a high level input, you need to get a converter box that will convert the signal from a high level input to a low level RCA output. Those can be had for $15-$20.

The following amp only has a low level RCA input:


The white and red connections are the RCA'* for low level input.

You would need one of these in order to use it:


Or, you could get an amp like this. This amp has two high level inputs and two low level inputs because its a 4 channel amp. It would be used to power front and rear left and right speakers.


The high and low level inputs are labeled. These amps come with connectors to plug into the high level input ports with wires to connect to your existing speaker wire to pull the signal from.

Make sense?
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yeah it does
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