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Platform/amp mounting box

I've finally got the 'rough draft' so to speak of my platform that I'm using to hide my amps. It was built with scrap wood I had hanging around the house and a jigsaw of all things. (Really wish I had Dad's table saw for this one.... maybe for round two if it ever happens.) It's the height of a 2x4 and four feet wide with a depth of 12" front to back, thought the top is about 6-7" longer.
I mounted a computer fan in each side (all I could fit at this point) to pull hotter air out. I'll keep a check on it from time to time to see how warm things get. Holes were drilled in the back to pull some air through and across the amps.
Setup consists of my old 4ch alpine (been in 2 other cars) and my recent acquisition of a 2ch Power acoustik lt480 (or something like that) to push the subs (2 8" Audiobahns) My first choice of course was to have two Punch stage1 8's and a punch or MTX amp to push them, but I just couldn't pass up the deal on these.

I haven't really had time to do a full out test and tune yet, but the subs hit pretty good in the box I got with them. They will eventually be shoe-horned into the bottoms of the rear doors in fiberglass enclosures. This should keep the cargo area looking nice and neat. (I'll do stealth before flash any day.)






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not too shabby!
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you might want to put some vents and some 12v fans in there to keep them puppies cool....
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I mounted a computer fan in each side (all I could fit at this point) to pull hotter air out. I'll keep a check on it from time to time to see how warm things get. Holes were drilled in the back to pull some air through and across the amps.

Got it!

Yeah, I thought about it as I was building it and was planning for two, but ran out of space. If I redo it, I will go for the second in each. Either that or drop the bottoms of and mount to the floor leaving more space for air to circulate.

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AutoMeter makes an amp temp gauge, might want to look into that also...
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i did something like that in my bmw. and the amps kept getting over heated i put 3 fans 2 pushing out and 1 pulling in and the amps went to crap after that. they were kenwood excelons. the amps got really screwed up after i ran them that way a few days. i guess i partially fried them.
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I just got back from a 1-2 hour drive and had the music slamming the whole way home as a test. When I got home, the air coming out of both boxes was cool, as was the top of the amp itself. Guess the design worked! :) I'll keep monitoring it from time to time just to be on the safe side. My normal drive each day is less than 30 minutes anyway, just to be on the safe side....

Can't wait to get it painted and carpeted so it'll match. Then comes the door enclosures... (that oughta be fun)

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looks sweet.
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Thanks all!
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Looks really close to what I did before the damn thieves trashed it. Good work!
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