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Questions for anyone with amps in sidepanels

Discussion in 'Audio' started by FL84K5, Jan 28, 2002.

  1. FL84K5

    FL84K5 1/2 ton status

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    I have a four channel amp running my front speakers and sub. I would like to put the amp in the side panels like some people have done here so I can run without the top. My only concern is overheating. I asked the local stereo shop and they said the there is nowhere to "hide" the amp. Have you had any problems with your amp overheating? I'm not running a huge, 1000 watt system, just one amp pushing a single 12 inch sub and front speakers. How did you attach the amp in the side panel? What did you do with your sub to make it harder to see? Sorry for all the questions. I really want to take the top off but don't want my stuff out in the open. Thanks

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  2. DUKE

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    Mine is under the passenger seat can't be seen and can't get hurt. I think what the audio guys ment was that, you cant hide an amp from someone who really wants it. There are plenty of out of site places under seats, inside of seats, sidewalls, center consoles.

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  3. Greg72

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    FL84K5,

    I've got two amps in the side panels and 1 under each seat. No overheating problems.....

    My amps were short enough that I was able to reinstall the "stock" trim panels in the sides.

    One of the things that you might be forgetting is that the interior of that area is all metal, so it WILL help act like a big "heat sink" and dissipate whatever heat is in that area.....especially if you bolt the amp directly to the metal in there.

    I suppose you could get an amp hot enough where it might go into thermal shut down.....but I'm pushing 1600 Watts with mine, and have had NO problems. Just a data point for you to think about.....I'd say try it, and the worst that happens is you may have to figure out a way to slightly "ventilate" that area.

    Just my $.02


    Oh, yes.....and once the "galleries" are working again....you can see LOTS of photos of how I did the stereo stuff by clicking the URL in my .sig below!!! [​IMG]


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  4. ChrisM72beast

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    My truck is a bit older so the set-up is a little different but I have three amps on the side mounted to the steel. I'm building a custom side panel where the heatsinks will show only. Then I will put a very thin material over the tops of the amps so it won't be seen when parked. It will be fastened by velcro. When it's done, i'll have some pictures up here on the site.

    Good luck,

    Chris M

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  5. ChrisM72beast

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    My truck is a bit older so the set-up is a little different but I have three amps on the side mounted to the steel. I'm building a custom side panel where the heatsinks will show only. Then I will put a very thin material over the tops of the amps so it won't be seen when parked. It will be fastened by velcro. When it's done, i'll have some pictures up here on the site.

    Good luck,

    Chris M

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