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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-09-2003, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Space under dash

Does anyone have any experience "hiding" anything behind the dashboard? I have a remote siren amp that I tried mounting in the trunk, but the length of the wires required caused an excessive drop in current. When I hit the button for the airhorn sound, it is deeper and quieter than it should be. Has anyone tried to hide a box that is 2 3/8" H x 4 3/8" W x 5 3/8? Thanks for your help.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-09-2003, 08:21 PM
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Have you tried mounting this into your glove box, or possibly inside your center console?
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The center console is where I had it in my Impala. The Intrepid console is MUCH smaller than the Impala's, so it didn't fit as well. Also, there are no holes in the Intrepid console to pass the wires through. The console *may* be an option, but I have a lot of crap in there. Thanks for the ideas.

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Yeah no problem, Mike. How about we fun a few more ideas across ya. What LH vehicle trim, model and engine do you have?

I know that if you had a cone filter setup in your vehicle, or if you had a second generation intrepid,. you could remove the resonator box.. which is almost exactly the size your looking for. You could custom mount it right there.
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It's a 2004 Intrepid SE. The unit can't be mounted in the engine compartment (although I would love to put it there) because it is not water/dust/heat proof.
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There might be enough room under the holder in the dash beneath the radio. If you take of your shifter bezel, look toward the engine compartment.
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Why don't you just run larger guage wire to the amplifier to prevent the votage drop. Then you don't have to worry about hiding it under the dash, you can leave it in the trunk...
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I had experience hidding a CB radio in the dash!

Sorry since that didnt help you any! There is lots of room under the steering wheel area though.


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Run higher voltage wire like db suggests. That's your best bet.
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Well, if I run higher gauge wire, then I run into the problem of the wires fitting into the terminals of the amp (I had trouble getting 14ga wire in there). The idea of mounting it under the steering wheel is what I was looking for. I thought of that area, but I haven't had time to try and rip it apart and verify that there was room there.
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You could always mount it to the inside roof ceiling.. Hang a disco ball from it.

I know you responded to the center console idea that I had mentioned, but what about your glove box? That should fit something around that size I believe?
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The glove box might work. I am going to have to poke around this weekend. Thanks for the help.

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Well, I poked around, and I am right back where I was. The amp is just barely too big to fit in the glovebox (and still be able to use it for storage). I took off the shifter bexel, and there is no room there. I measured the voltage in the trunk, and it is the same as at the fuse block. So now it is a question of current. I haven't been able to measure the current. I think my multi-meter is screwed up.
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Measure the voltage with siren on. If there is too much current being drawn, then the voltage will drop. What kind of terminals are on the amp? What size of fuse does it have???
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The terminals are the kind that you stick the wire into and then tighten a screw down on top of it. I tried using heavier wire in the pas (14 gauge) and it was almost too big to fit in there. I am using the "recomended" 16 gauge now. Thanks for the help.

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