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how to hook up sub/amp w/o changing radio??

This is a discussion on how to hook up sub/amp w/o changing radio?? within the Stereo and Electronics forums, part of the General Help category; i really like the cd player that comes w Z. i want to add 1 sub amp how do i ...

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    how to hook up sub/amp w/o changing radio??

    i really like the cd player that comes w Z. i want to add 1 sub amp how do i install/wire the radio converter?? is it really hard to do or just let a audio store do it

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    Haaha i never say take it to a place... They do a crap job! Im not sure how hard it is in a camaro since ive never installed or can walk you through it, but i will be doing mine shortly. Its really quite easy, but I build police cars and do alot of wireing so.... I bet someone on here already has a write up for one and good luck.

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    If someone doesnt have a write up i guess you can wait a few weeks and ill write one up when im doing mine.

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    hey that sounds pretty cool what ever you can do and take ur time my Z is in hibernation for the winter. thanks

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    Im not a big fan of changing the head unit out unless the system really requires it... Mainly because of theft reasons. What kind of box where you looking to buy/make. Im going to fiberglass one up. Or if your buying i know some cool sites let me know. What kind of subs do you want to install?

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    it's simple..have you ever done wiring like this before? If not, i'll try to break it down.

    amp needs a few things, power, remote turn-on, ground, an input RCA converter and output lines. You will have to remove various interior panels to run all of the wires.

    position the amp where you want it.

    ground the amp to any metal bolt that goes through the body [the bigger the bolt, the better]

    run the power wire to your battery.

    run the remote wire [normally blue] to your fuse box next to the steering wheel. basically expose some of the wire and stick it into a fuse. MAKE SURE THE AMP SHUTS OFF WHEN YOUR CAR IS OFF. Just keep testing fuses until you find one that shuts the amp of permenantly.

    you're half way done.

    the cars have "subs" located in the back seats. you will need to tap those wires from one speaker of the car to get an input signal. I can't remember which colors are what, check the wireing diagrams that are stickied, all you need is the + and - to connect to an RCA converter.

    plug in the rca converter, then run your output wires to your sub.

    should take about 3 hours if you haven't done this before

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    dude your the man, but i i always seen the converter behind the radio deck. but thatnks for the good start theat im going to get going on

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    glad i can help. You should be able to just let the rca converter float freely near the amp, it doesn't have to be hidden

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    mjolnir. well i have a 3' box w a square L5 in in w a kicker 800 watt amp but im just going to use the amp and put mtx 8000 with a small Q logic single box qhich will fit preetty good i think

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    Ok when are you going to be wiring it up? This site makes awsome boxes for camaros and birds for a reasonable price in case you were intrested..

    http://www.subthump.com/acamaro.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post
    it's simple..have you ever done wiring like this before? If not, i'll try to break it down.

    amp needs a few things, power, remote turn-on, ground, an input RCA converter and output lines. You will have to remove various interior panels to run all of the wires.

    position the amp where you want it.

    ground the amp to any metal bolt that goes through the body [the bigger the bolt, the better]

    run the power wire to your battery.

    run the remote wire [normally blue] to your fuse box next to the steering wheel. basically expose some of the wire and stick it into a fuse. MAKE SURE THE AMP SHUTS OFF WHEN YOUR CAR IS OFF. Just keep testing fuses until you find one that shuts the amp of permenantly.

    you're half way done.

    the cars have "subs" located in the back seats. you will need to tap those wires from one speaker of the car to get an input signal. I can't remember which colors are what, check the wireing diagrams that are stickied, all you need is the + and - to connect to an RCA converter.

    plug in the rca converter, then run your output wires to your sub.

    should take about 3 hours if you haven't done this before

    im actually in the process of installing my subs, im stuck at where can i run the power wire from the battery to the amp. i cant really find an opening to run the wire threw.

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    I havent looked yet but you can always drill a hole threw the firewall and put a gromit on it.

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    wooow im really impresed. that is the smoothes box ive ever seen , looks like im getting that one but need to buy another sub.

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    yea i was going to fiberglass a box but i found that site and its pretty amazing haha, expecialy for the price. Matches the car PERFECT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NiteRiderWs6 View Post
    im actually in the process of installing my subs, im stuck at where can i run the power wire from the battery to the amp. i cant really find an opening to run the wire threw.
    DO NOT PUT A HOLE IN THE FIREWALL!

    take it along the passenger side, follow the fender just below the hood [you dont' want the hood to smash it when closed] and as you near the door, start to feed it through. A little bit of wire will be exposed in the door jam when it's open, but that's it. Remove the plastic piece that holds the carpet to the door's baseboard, it's like a 3 ft long, 2" wide plastic part with 6 screws in it: run the wires in that so they are hidden.

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    Whats wrong with going threw the firewall?

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    Nevermind, he doesnt need help.
    Last edited by jmhvenom; 03-14-2007 at 06:03 AM.

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    Yea its a firewall thats where all the wires go threw.... theres already plenty of holes in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mjolnir View Post
    Yea its a firewall thats where all the wires go threw.... theres already plenty of holes in it.
    Ok fine, go ahead and do it...

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    stupid morons, go get your 1$ instalation or do it right, i have experence and i know what im talking about, ho ahead and do your amature way threw the fender and threw the door, jesus.

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