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I am in the process of running my wiring for the amp/sub that I have. I took some time to figure out where I could drill and get the power for the amp without going through something I did not want to.
I decided on through the firewall near the brake booster. It was tough as the long drill bits that I was using kept "walking" and scratched the hell out of the finish in there. It will be hidden but now maybe I should paint the scratched areas to prevent corrosion. The hole is in an ok spot that should be easily hidden under the insulation and carpeting.

My question is where is your power routed? Please post pics if you have it documented.

Thanks

A link to my install in progress is near the last of the pics here... http://smckenzie.smugmug.com/gallery/932200
 

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I ran mine through the side of the firewall behind the glove box so I would not have to drill through anything...I just put a hole through the grommet and my 0 gauge fits right through
 

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Power cable's down the side... Ran the power wire through underneath the steering column grommet.

RCA Cables and remote wires are down the other side.
 

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Do you think there will be any problem with running the power cable so close to that harness down the drivers side? Is there a rear speaker wire running down that? Maybe some hum?
 

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I run mine there as well, if you search, I will posting some pics of my complete install soon. There is no problem running it there, i actually have new speaker wire run there too, no noise or anything. I used the grommet on the drivers side that you can see if you lay on your back and look next to the steering column. I cut a small hole and ran it there.
 

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I completed my install. Pics start on page 7 and go on from there. Here is a link if you want to check them out. Shows how the dash comes apart for anyone that has not pulled it off yet.
http://smckenzie.smugmug.com/gallery/932200/7

Sounds good...Adds just the right amount of low end to have clear bass.
My setup is pretty inexpensive as well.

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a lot of REAL close up pics... i'm not sure i could tell where everything was run exactly...
 

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I will add coments to the pictures when I get a little more time. I read where a dude was ganked by Best Buy and they drilled in the brake booster. That sucks. I spent quite a bit of time figuring out where to drill and I went from the engine bay to the interior. Scary thing to do but worked out ok. Take lots of measurments. The engine bay pics are from farther away then a little closer and so on...so you can get an idea of the location. Inside pics are tough and I need to take some time to get some that are in focus. Need to use the macro setting but tough when under there and holding that insulation out of the way...that stuff is pretty tough.
 

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I ran my 4ga power wire under the carpet along the driver's side. RCA's and Remote on the passenger side with the wire already in place.
 

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Originally posted by EddieMoney@Jan 2 2006, 02:37 PM
I run mine there as well, if you search, I will posting some pics of my complete install soon. There is no problem running it there, i actually have new speaker wire run there too, no noise or anything. I used the grommet on the drivers side that you can see if you lay on your back and look next to the steering column. I cut a small hole and ran it there.
Do you think you could fit zero gauge through the driver side hole? I am running zero for my setup and I want to know if it is going to fit or is the passenger side grommet my best bet?
 

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Ok, i would suggest two batteries minimum if you are running 0 guage in which case I wouldn't think you would need to run 0 guage through the firewall as the batteries would have to be relocated to the hatch.

Edit: To clarify, If you upgrade to need 0-AWG you will need a couple of optimas to avoid draining.
 

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yeah I have a yellow top optima and my local shop said it should be plenty... I will not be using 4000 watts by any means but more around the 1500 watt range... 1300 for woofers and the rest for components and 3 ways.

all RMS too!


The reason for 0 gauge is because also of the length that I have to run the power cable...for how long I have to run it 4 gauge would be cutting it pretty close for my setup so I decided to not take a chance and go 0 gauge
 

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another thing too...if I am going to the drive in here in a couple of days with my new system...I wanted to know if I turn the bass down will it still drain my battery considerably? I do not want to have to start my car every 30 minutes to keep the battery charged....or from what I am gathering watts are watts and wether I use them or not...blah blah blah

I also have a capacitor so would that help any?
 

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If you have it turned down its obvious it won't drain as much power. Im running 600 rms to a sub, and 40 rms to 4 speakers off of 4 guage and I don't have any problems. If you are driving your alternator should have no problem keeping the battery charged, but don't be surprised (if you run decent volume a lot) that you will need a new alternator in a year or two. Alternators don't like working overtime to keep a battery charged.
 
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