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Old 05-28-2008, 02:05 PM   #1
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Question Running an Amp kit in a 2008 Taco

Where is the best way to route an amp kit in a 2008 tacoma access cab 2wd? similarly where is the best place to ground said amp kit?
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:32 PM   #2
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I fed the rear speaker leads through a low-to-high impedance converter and then an RCA Y-splitter into a 4-channel amp. From there I ran the amplifier outputs back to the rear doors and into the speakers. It's all controlled from the stock head unit so I still have the steering wheel controls. I have an overhead switch to manually turn the amp on and off as I don't always need the bass.

As for speaker placement, I hacked the hell out of a set of Xtreme Kreations sub boxes to make them work with my cage.

Each panel has a sealed 1 cubic foot box for the 10" sub that slides into the slightly-modified door.


As Xtreme Kreations meant for them to look:


How they look in my truck after I free-hand jig-sawed the fiberglass, flipped the mounts, and re-glassed everything so the speakers were recessed instead of raised up:


The panels don't rattle at all and the Pioneer subs hit hard.
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:35 PM   #3
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Oh yeah, I picked up power straight off a block I installed under the hood. It's essentially right off the battery, which isn't a bad thing if you're running crazy wattage.

As for grounding, use massive gauge wire and a short run directly to the frame if you can. Engine noise through an amplifier is annoying as hell.
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Talking Amp kit install

Thanx mjp2,

Putting a 10in sub and 6.5in speaker in the rear doors, sick mod. That is actually something that I was thinking of myself down the road, however where did u actually ground your amp kit? I have a leased truck and drilling too many holes in it might make the boys @ toyota alittle pissed @ me, lol.
However, I was digging around in the storage compartments under the rear seats when I discovered that on the passengerside the bolt for the backseat hinge is accessable if the compartment tub is removed, do u think that this would be a suitable place to ground my kit?



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Old 05-29-2008, 01:19 PM   #5
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Thanx mjp2,

Putting a 10in sub and 6.5in speaker in the rear doors, sick mod. That is actually something that I was thinking of myself down the road, however where did u actually ground your amp kit? I have a leased truck and drilling too many holes in it might make the boys @ toyota alittle pissed @ me, lol.
However, I was digging around in the storage compartments under the rear seats when I discovered that on the passengerside the bolt for the backseat hinge is accessable if the compartment tub is removed, do u think that this would be a suitable place to ground my kit?



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That would work. Also consider the bolts holding the front seats down if you run the wires under the carpet.

How much of a stereo are you looking to install in a leased vehicle? I'd think that would hamper your plans considerably!
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Talking Thanx

The dealer where I got my truck dosen't really care what I install in/onto my truck as long as it can be removed if I ever trade it in. Which is doubtful I love my truck.
As for the stereo, I currently have installed a Pioneer DDIN CD/DVD deck w 6.5in touch screen, I have (but have yet to install) a pair of inifnity 6022i 6.5in speakers, as well as a matching component set for the front on order from future shop, as well as a 12in infinity kappa perfect sub, with 300Wat poineer amp, plus the amp kit that I am installing this weekend.
As a Grad gift my parents ordered my a Westin Bullbar for the front of my truck (Black), and a buddy of mine is gonna staff me a set of ASA AR1 18x8in wheel and tire package as a gift as well. Being a university grad has its perks I guess, lol
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:20 PM   #7
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Very nice!! I'm a little jealous.

Make sure you post pictures when you're done!
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