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Shaker 500 - JL Audio Stealthbox install instructions

So I got my install posted up. I figured with all the google searching it took me to get the wiring right I should share with others.

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nicely done, the clear photos make this a top notch how to. how much did you spend total if you dont mind?


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Holy ziptie batman! What horrible placement for the input converter and amp... absolutely horrible!!!

I used 3M double sided tape and put the line converter in the metal carriage that he strapped the zip ties through, so that I could still adjust gains and have the wires/converter hidden and not prone to snagging of trunk objects.

Also, an amp held with ZIP TIES!? Come on. What are you thinking? Not only is that bad for the internal components of the amp, it could cause a random trunk item to snag a power wire and short, scratch the amp and worst of all possibly create noise when a person hits a big bump.

Here is where I placed my amp, and it worked EXTREMELY well:






But he does do one thing extremely well. Documenting the whole process and running his wires. Props for the great instructions of running wires, grommet placements and how to achieve a clean look (minus the zip-tie catastrophe).

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Holy ziptie batman! What horrible placement for the input converter and amp... absolutely horrible!!! ...
...(minus the zip-tie catastrophe).

I guess you missed the part where he clearly states:
"This is meant to be a temporary mounting solution until I get a bracket to mount the amp to."


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nicely done, the clear photos make this a top notch how to. how much did you spend total if you dont mind?

Box was $629
Amp was $399
LC2 was $150
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Holy ziptie batman! What horrible placement for the input converter and amp... absolutely horrible!!!

I used 3M double sided tape and put the line converter in the metal carriage that he strapped the zip ties through, so that I could still adjust gains and have the wires/converter hidden and not prone to snagging of trunk objects.

Also, an amp held with ZIP TIES!? Come on. What are you thinking? Not only is that bad for the internal components of the amp, it could cause a random trunk item to snag a power wire and short, scratch the amp and worst of all possibly create noise when a person hits a big bump.

Here is where I placed my amp, and it worked EXTREMELY well:






But he does do one thing extremely well. Documenting the whole process and running his wires. Props for the great instructions of running wires, grommet placements and how to achieve a clean look (minus the zip-tie catastrophe).

I disagree with the location being a horrible place. The way that the rear deck is concave, it tucks the amp and LC up out of the way. When I build my bracket, I will be mounting it there. I know of multiple cars, including my Cobra, that came with amps mounted under the rear deck from the factory. Your location lacks air flow and makes it difficult for tuning since you need to remove the carpet panel to access it.

As for the internal components of the amp being damaged, Iím not sure what the means? I donít know if you have ever taken an amp apart but the components are very stable. No matter what, they need to be considering any mounting location within a vehicle is subject to harsh vibrations. It is not full of glass tubes and loose metal balls.

Believe it or not, the tie straps are holding the amp very stable. It hardly moves when pushed on and does not bounce. As for the random wire snags, Iím not concerned about that considering how tucked away I have the wires and they are also zip tied to the rear deck.

As for tie straps, I would pick a quality thick tie strap over double stick tape any day. Double stick tape in my climate would not last one day.

Honestly, the other reason I mounted it temporarily was because I wasnít sure on what components would work best. I originally had installed a different amp and an Epicenter Plus. Iím happy I didnít take the time to mount those components because I would just have extra screw holes. Now that I have the components figured out, I have a friend that is fabricating a metal bracket to mount both components to. I just wanted to share my instructions with people interested in how I wired it since I was unable to find anything that helped me.
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Well tonight I was inspired to replace the tie straps.

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Old thread I know, but anyone have any feedback on how this sounds? Are the rest of the factory speakers sufficient after installing this monster?

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