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Running Wires for amp

I just ordered parts to install amp, new cd deck, and subs. I was wondering were should I run the power wire thru the firewall? Also where should I run the RCA jacks? I haven't really started looking around Jeep for what the best route would be. Any suggestions or pictures would be great. I have stock 06 3.7L. Thanks
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I put a couple power wires through the firewall with the main wire-harness bundle, right by the steering column. Wrapped everything in shrink tubing and followed the factory wires all the way to the battery. I'd post a picture, but it looks so OEM that you couldn't see the wires anyways!
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I too am looking for some suggestions on this topic. I'd like to run a small amp and sub without any major modifications Is there any room under any of the seats? Can anyone post pics of their installs. Thanks in advance.

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I too am looking for some suggestions on this topic. I'd like to run a small amp and sub without any major modifications Is there any room under any of the seats? Can anyone post pics of their installs. Thanks in advance.
Other than the front two seats, there isn't much room for electronics stowage. I attached a pic of the space under the second row, where I added a NAV module.
https://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/...3&d=1257577008
Like I said, not much room. But if you don't have rear A/C there is copious space inside the rear trim by the driver's side 3rd row- just pop out the cracker caddy and peek inside! I ran my wires from the firewall, under the door trim, and up through this space. I would think it would make a nice home for a small amp.
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Well Im finnaly finished and I ended up running amp wire thru firewall on passengers side. I ran both the power wire and aux cords down passenger side below the kick steps. I ended up with 2 12" square subs with a 1200 watt amp mounted on back of box. I lost alot of room in back cause I didnt want to take out 3rd row. I went with a Alpine iDA-X303 and it works great with Iphone (yea who uses CD's any more). I original bought a wire harness from ebay for $8 but little did I know that would not work because CAN-bus. So I ended buying PAC C2R-CHY4 radio replacement interface for $100 (as shown). I also had to purchase antena adapter for $10. I was not hard to install at all, radio turns on and off just like factory, didnt get back up radio turn off working cause I was running out of daylight but will work on it shortly.

I will post more pictures tomorrow when its light out. Im very happy with set-up but just not happy about the 100 dollar wire harness.
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I just ordered up my gear. I was able to find the PAC C2R-CHY4 for $80 online. Can you post some pictures of your box and amp? I'm still debating if I want to add a sub and lose space in the back.

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Just took the pictures today.. I lost alot of room but I'm single and I have plenty for the stuff I haul.
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Pictures of deck..

Pros: I can play and Charge Iphone yep charge it
It automatically sinc's with Iphone or Ipod
Lots of features

Cons: Cant select songs on Iphone, have to search with deck
Didnt fit with my dash plate as shown
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I bet those subs pound pretty good with the size of that box. In case you aren't aware, Scosche does make a direct fit adapter for the dash. Here's a link...

http://www.scosche.com/products/productID/21

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Hello,

I am planning in the near future to run a 15' length of 4 ga wire from battery\ fuse into the firewall and underneath seats with a distribution block for powering 2 amps.

I wondered if anyone had tried this on a 2005 or similar Tribute yet?
My experience with 4 ga wiring in the past is that it can be very challenging to get through a firewall opening, depending on the vehicle.

I am looking for a clean install running along the driver side plastic channel where the carpet meets the bottom of the door threshold, or down the middle column between the seats.
My goal is to keep the power as far away from the RCA signal cables as possible to reduce interference noise and alternator whine.

Any Thoughs?
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