Just because something is wheel hub unit mean it’s a good ground. And you will want to. For these fins to operate properly, they need a few inches of air space around them at all times. On a budget? Buy speakers first. You’ll see cooling fins on an amp. Be careful, though, because if you are planning on adding several high power amplifiers you may need to upgrade your car’s electrical system with upgraded capacitors, battery, and-lastly-alternator. With more power you’ll achieve a cleaner, more dynamic sound at higher volumes. They need to be specially installed, usually in a box designed specifically for them. Also, try to keep them vertical. You can upgrade it later. Ground your amp directly to areas of heavy chassis metal only, not to a piece of metal that’s merely attached to the chassis.
Article written by Adger Chase.
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Never mount amps or other components directly to the metal of your car. This is close to your head unit, so you’ll be able to use shorter cables to both the head unit and the speakers, but larger amps won’t work here. Use ground wire run-lengths of 18″-24″ maximum.
Better yet, mount your amp in your trunk, where it will have plenty of room to breathe, which is important because
Amps produce a lot of heat. Some head units have amplifiers built in (in which case you must make sure your speakers are efficient enough to play loudly with the relatively small amount of power in most head units – See the Power Up! section. And because more power is a good thing, an amplifier might be the next thing on your list. One thing to keep in mind: make sure the head unit has pre-amp outputs when you buy it. Better speakers can make your stock head unit sound really good. And before you drill holes to mount anything, hook the component up and give it a test run in your chosen location. (That’s just asking for noise problems. (And if you’re really on a budget, plan on a head unit and a set of speakers now, and worry about amps and processors later.).. How smug will you feel after finding that noise problem can be fixed simply by moving your amp to a new location before you’ve drilled?
Amps are sensitive to electrical and motor noise, and they can interfere with your radio reception.Head Unit
The head unit is the tuner, cassette deck, or CD player that sends the signal to the rest of your car audio system. Your speakers determine how your whole system will sound. They radiate that heat into the surrounding air to help cool the amp.)
Subwoofers are the speakers that deliver the lower frequencies of the audio spectrum. They demand more power to play at acceptable levels without distortion, which brings us to. Amps should not be mounted with the fins facing downward (because heat will radiate back up into the amp). But installing an amp yourself can be tricky.) Instead, use screws with rubber isolators when you have to mount to metal, or mount the component to a non-conductive board and then mount the board to your car’s body.
Mount an amp on the passenger side firewall; you won’t have to remove the seat, but again only a very small amp will fit. They should be mounted at least 3 feet away from your head unit. You can mount an amp under a front seat. No equalizer, amplifier, or processor can compensate for poor (or poorly installed) speakers. You’ll need them when you’re ready to add amplifiers later..
An amplifier boosts your signal power, resulting in a cleaner sound and more volume. Even if you’re on a budget, you should plan on spending the bulk of your allotted expenses on your speakers. Be sure to plan your install carefully.