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Do car amps get hot?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by cleanbluesky, 14 Jan 2006.

  1. cleanbluesky

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    Any reason not to mount it in the boot? Its a Blaupunkt TA280, only little... also, whats the best way to fix it
     
  2. Human Torch

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    mount it in the boot, it will be fine, dont mount it upside down tho, or past a 45deg angle if you can help it. If its small, think about an under seat installation so that its not taking up space in your boot!
     
  3. cleanbluesky

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    I was gona mount it vertically, pressed against the back of the boot - attached via velcro straps maybe
     
  4. rxmac

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    Yes amps get hot and they do need a small amount of air space around them to convect heat away, i would seriously suggest you do not mount it using velcro, should the unthinkable happen and you have an accident it will most likely become dislodged from wherever it's mounted and you don't want a couple of kilos of metal flying about inside the car unnecessarily.

    Screwed to the floor under the seats is an excellent idea and have mounted amps there myself, the only downside to that position is they may get kicked by passangers so i now mount in the boot usually attached to the back of the back seat.
     
  5. Vanilla

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    Some get so hot they can hurt when you touch them, nothing to worry about. Boot is the best place for it.

    As already said, dount mount it upside down, don't put anything on top of it, etc.
     
  6. cleanbluesky

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    What about luggage if I boot-mount it? What if I were to put a plastic bag in there?
     
  7. Vanilla

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    Will be fine. As long as it's not for many hours!

    If it is then don't crank it up.
     
  8. Dandle

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    Mount it that way but not with velcro. Its hardly a perfomance amp that will get red hot and shouldnt be a problem like that.
     
  9. One More Solo

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    I put my standard sized amp under the passenger seat with no real problems.
     
  10. xcessive

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    I used to have my amp velcro'd onto the top of my sub box. It was ok, it didnt get very hot even though i would crack it up to the max all the time.
    The velcro stuff i got was from Homebase, really good strong stuff but damn expensive, i think it was about a tenner for 1 meter of heavy duty velcro.
    However, i wouldnt bother velcro'ing it vertically to the back of your boot, i think it wont be strong enough to hold it in place.

    Now my amp is mounted to the back of my rear seats. I've screwed it in place and it doesnt move at all.
     
  11. cleanbluesky

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    MX5 people - I don't have many options...
     
  12. Human Torch

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    under seat then tbh
     
  13. cleanbluesky

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    Its a possibility, any disadvantages to this?
     
  14. Morba

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    not really, aslong as it has some air space above the heatsinks it would be ok.
    its a common place for people to put amps.
     
  15. Brynn

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    My amp occasionally cuts out when I crank the volume up, usually when I go over 105dB it cuts out after a while, probably due to overheating as it is mounted upside down, on the bottom of my sub box :p
     
  16. Morba

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    so under your box? or is your box suspended?
     
  17. rxmac

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    Underseat would be perfect then mate assuming there is sufficient room, no rear passangers to kick it, sorted. :D