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Old 07-26-2013, 11:02 PM
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Some time ago I installed a Jvc nav head unit (kwnt3hd) in my 09 crew without the alpine system. I also upgraded all 6 speakers and installed a backup camera.

However I feel the 20w rms is clipping quite often and it could use more power. I believe the factory speaker wiring also has to go as the gauge really isn't sufficient for aftermarket systems.

I'm comfortable installing head units but I've never tackled an amp or rewiring the doors.

Has anyone posted any notes/videos on this type of installation? Basically I need tips on placing the amp, running the wires and also replacing the wiring in the doors and the dash. I would like to tackle this myself.

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You don't need to replace any of the wiring in the dash or doors. Depending on the size of the amp, it can be installed on the back wall, or under the rear seats. Hopefully you've done the "fold rear seat back down" mod.

1. Run power from battery to amp. Make sure to fuse near battery.
2. Ground the amp at chassis ground (I used a bolt on the back wall - scrape paint to make sure you have bare metal).
3. Run RCAs from your JVC back to your amp.
4. Run speaker wire from amp to factory speaker sire somewhere. Either disconnect from the back of your JVC HU, or cut/tap into facto wiring before it goes into the doors or up into the dash. I assume your system does not have a factory amp.

There are many generic "how-tos" online. If you've never done it, you may want to solicit someone who has, or pay someone the first time. What kind of speakers to you have, and what kind of amp do you plan on buying? I'd personally keep the dash speakers on deck power, and power the front doors, and a sub with a 3-4 channel amp.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:16 AM
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You don't need to replace any of the wiring in the dash or doors. Depending on the size of the amp, it can be installed on the back wall, or under the rear seats. Hopefully you've done the "fold rear seat back down" mod.

1. Run power from battery to amp. Make sure to fuse near battery.
2. Ground the amp at chassis ground (I used a bolt on the back wall - scrape paint to make sure you have bare metal).
3. Run RCAs from your JVC back to your amp.
4. Run speaker wire from amp to factory speaker sire somewhere. Either disconnect from the back of your JVC HU, or cut/tap into facto wiring before it goes into the doors or up into the dash. I assume your system does not have a factory amp.

There are many generic "how-tos" online. If you've never done it, you may want to solicit someone who has, or pay someone the first time. What kind of speakers to you have, and what kind of amp do you plan on buying? I'd personally keep the dash speakers on deck power, and power the front doors, and a sub with a 3-4 channel amp.
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Thanks. I haven't decided on an amp yet, but was wondering why it couldn't be mounted under the drivers seat?

The factory speaker wire is pretty thin, is that really sufficient for an amp pushing out over 50w rms?

Speakers are infinity kappas and Sony 6x9s.

Anyone have any pictures or other direct tips for the ram install?

Thanks.
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