I love this install and I have been planning on doing it for a long time and I finally have everything to do it thanks to Santa.
I am currently doing this mod and I am posting here because I am fairly new with this stuff and WILL NEED HELP! I will have more specific questions when I reach certain points in the install.
Things I have:
8" pioneer sub
Rockford Fosgate P300-1 Amp
Punch Equalizer Remote to adjust the sub output that I plan on installing into one of the blanks in the dash.
PAC SNI-35 Adjustable line output converter
Sound quest amplifier wiring kit SQ600XS
Build sub box for underseat storage
Paint sub box
Dremel a blank and install amp power level dial
Read instructions for wiring
most daunting task remaining:
Alright so there's two parts I know I need help with now.
1. How to wire the amp to a sound source.
2. How to get the power cable from inside the cab to the battery.
I'm worried I'm really gonna screw something up if I don't ask.
I'll post pictures of the box and the switch when I get home.
For the amp to battery, run the cable from the amp, down the battery(left) side of the truck through the interior panels, they should just pop off except for the panels with seat belts which have to be unbolted, then run the cable through the firewall (I carefully cut a hole in the rubber grommet with the wires coming in through the wall) and run it to your battery. Also, what do you mean by amp to a sound source? Head unit or sub?
To get the sound to the amp, you could use the speaker wires coming from the back of the HU. You could also grab the acc wire for the amp turn on. I have the colors on my work computer if you need them, but they are readily available on line.
nps3928 is right about the power wire, although I would not worry about removing all the panels. You can usually just push the wire under them without removing.
Run the power wire from the battery, through the firewall at the rubber pass thru. You can mount the fuse on the side wall of the engine compartment or I've seen a few guys just stick it on top of the main fuse box.
On the bottom of the pass thru is a small rubber nipple. It's empty, so you can cut the tip of it off and pass the power wire through there.
And a mounting location for the fuse. Again, some guys have just mounted it to the main fuse box lid. The power wire is wrapped with tech-flex for protection.
The power wire will come through right above the brake pedal. From there you'll feed it down the drivers side channel underneath the door sills to the rear or where ever your amp is.
I'd recommend running at least 4awg wire, or bigger. That will also help future proof any upgrades.
The Following User Says Thank You to Jumbo Jet For This Useful Post:
Success! Can't tell you how happy I am that this all went smooth because it was done the correct way with the help of everyone on here! Thanks Tundratalk!
Here are some of the pictures I took during the process.
Wired the converter to the rear speakers. I actually paid someone $30 to wire it up because I could not find ANYTHING that explained which wires are which back behind the stereo. But they did a good job and it works great. 2013-01-10_15-39-13_652.jpg
Getting the power wire through to the engine compartment was a pain. I used that same spot mentioned by Jumbo Jet earlier. It worked out but it was tough to move around in that tight space. Also took off all the panels to run the wires through including the door sills, front panel under the dash, and Both seatbelts panels. 2013-01-10_15-39-55_317.jpg
Decided to put the amp under the other seat. I may move it later but it's fine for now. It is not comepletely wired up in this picture. 2013-01-10_15-40-10_936.jpg
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