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Another possible stupid question. I am doing my homework now, to save time during installation. Here goes. Can an aftermarket amp, be installed upside down? I am going to try and fit it under the rear seat, but may not have enough room. If it won't fit, I plan to hang it in the trunk, under the rear shelf. This way it doesn't take up any floor space. Thanks in advance.

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Make sure there is space to vent as these amps due distribute heat, under the seat might not be enough space. The side of the trunk depending on the size of the amp might work, but the deck is a pretty common place.
 

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terrible one said:
I don't see why not. I frequently see them mounted sideways, etc...
Thank you for your reply. I will try and mount it right side up, but upside down, may be the way I have to go.

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Dadillac said:
Thank you for your reply. I will try and mount it right side up, but upside down, may be the way I have to go.

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BHoth gave information that I did not consider. He is right. Not sure if you could fry an amp that way, but it will run hotter, that's for sure. Is there no way that you can just mount it right side up under the seat? As in on the floor?

Also I think sideways in the trunk would be a good idea. You have room for that?
 

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terrible one said:
BHoth gave information that I did not consider. He is right. Not sure if you could fry an amp that way, but it will run hotter, that's for sure. Is there no way that you can just mount it right side up under the seat? As in on the floor?

Also I think sideways in the trunk would be a good idea. You have room for that?
If there is enough room under the seat, it will be mounted right side up. But, I think that there isn't the room required under there. That will leave the trunk. I could mount it on the floor, but do not want to take up any more floor space (my cd changer already occupies enough space). So I figured I would fabricate some brackets, and hang it from the rear deck. Since the mounting holes on the amp, will be at the "bottom" of it's case, that may necessitate hanging it upside down. I was just wondering about any internal components that may be finicky about this type of mounting. Another venture would be to make a shelf out of some sheetmetal that I have laying around, and mount the amp to that, and then mount the sheetmetal shelf, to the deck.

One last question. Considering that the amp will get hot, to some degree, how much space should I leave between the upper trunk carpeting, and the amp? Will about an inch be enough? Thanks

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yea its no prob to mount them upside down as for coolin if its by the subs the air the subs push will cool down the amp and keep air circulating
 

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You don't need any space between the amp and the carpeting. Doesn't really make a difference. Heat rises.

Cool point about the subs CadillacETC
 

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CadillacETC1997 said:
yea its no prob to mount them upside down as for coolin if its by the subs the air the subs push will cool down the amp and keep air circulating
Excellent. Thank you.

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