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Myster
04-15-2006, 09:14 PM
Finally got around to building the tempalte and need some final advice. This will be my first amp rack build EVAR!!!!
Question I have are:
What is the best wood to use for the base, and to mount the amps to?
To mount the amps at an angle what is the method and material (L-brackets?)


Thanks.
-sean

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h158/Myster480/DSCN0367.jpg

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h158/Myster480/DSCN0368.jpg

joeldirt
04-15-2006, 09:20 PM
mdf, particle board, plywood, no matter what ever you got. It will be coverd by carpet... it is going to be covered right? Are you going to fiberglass? or do it in wood exactly like you have shown. method and material could be a mitered piece of wood with accurately matching angled pieces of wood as braces from behind. Probably easiest and simplest

Wowimzz
04-15-2006, 09:20 PM
alot of ppl use .5" or .25" mdf for thier false floors. the way that you want those to mount: get an angle finder, and place it on the carbord piece that you have using as a brace for it right now. What you could do is take an L bracket and bend it to that angle on the top, where the piece of mdf would sit. leave everything else alone on it, and it will sit at that angle. repeat for the next brackets.

Wowimzz
04-15-2006, 09:22 PM
have you thought about other ways to mount them? you could do a stair type of effect. IE, mount 1 base at 2" high, and then mount the other 4" high. You could use part of the first base as the mounting spot for one of your legs for the next amp.

Myster
04-15-2006, 09:23 PM
**** that was quick!

The setup with be mounted in the spare tire well. I was worried about moisture build up and thought MDF would not be suitable for that. So I would be safe to use MDF for everything?

Yes I am covering everything in suede/vinyl (this is the wifes car) so whatever she wants :rolleyes:

thanks again!

Myster
04-15-2006, 09:26 PM
have you thought about other ways to mount them? you could do a stair type of effect. IE, mount 1 base at 2" high, and then mount the other 4" high. You could use part of the first base as the mounting spot for one of your legs for the next amp.

I was thinking about that but I am using I/S series US Amps and could not figure a way to mount them and still be able to have access to the controls.

These are the other two options I was thinking about, maybe these are a better way?

http://www.streeteffectz.com/jordantl/images/IMG_0550.jpg

http://www.edesignaudio.com/installs/images/amplifiers/960.jpg

joeldirt
04-15-2006, 09:26 PM
alot of ppl use .5" or .25" mdf for thier false floors. the way that you want those to mount: get an angle finder, and place it on the carbord piece that you have using as a brace for it right now. What you could do is take an L bracket and bend it to that angle on the top, where the piece of mdf would sit. leave everything else alone on it, and it will sit at that angle. repeat for the next brackets.

He could do that, but maybe "L" brackets may cause amps to vibrate more shaking the tiny pieces in the amp, or "L" bracket can get bent, having him to restraighten it out. If that happens often, the "L" bracket could fatigue and eventually break, or cause rack to sag causing him to have to replace them later on. And he would have to buy "L" brackets when an angled piece of wood he could just cut from scrap and won't ever have to replace it. I would try to keep th amp rack as solid as possible.

Myster
04-15-2006, 09:34 PM
So maybe the "stair" type setup would be best? How much space is needed between amps (1"?)?

joeldirt
04-15-2006, 09:36 PM
So maybe the "stair" type setup would be best? How much space is needed between amps (1"?)?

enought for good air flow. I'd give 2" if possible.

Expy2K
04-15-2006, 10:03 PM
I was thinking about that but I am using I/S series US Amps and could not figure a way to mount them and still be able to have access to the controls.

These are the other two options I was thinking about, maybe these are a better way?

http://www.streeteffectz.com/jordantl/images/IMG_0550.jpg

http://www.edesignaudio.com/installs/images/amplifiers/960.jpg


Dude you know whats **** creepy is I have had both those **** setups at one point or another..



:)

Wowimzz
04-15-2006, 10:05 PM
here is an example, i just did it real quick on paint, but you should get the idea.

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/7274/amprack7op.th.png (http://img100.imageshack.us/my.php?image=amprack7op.png)

err, the back legs are 4.25" lol

Myster
04-15-2006, 10:07 PM
Edit: did not see the above post.

The amps I am using are the older US Amp I/S series (they are 2.5" tall)

With the top amp, where do those front legs attach to?
Would it be better to get a 2x4, cut to length and mount the top amp that way?

Wowimzz
04-15-2006, 10:08 PM
the top amp would mount wherever you mount the bottom to.
the front legs of the top base mount to the top of the bottom base

Wowimzz
04-15-2006, 10:16 PM
if the amps are 2.5" tall, add that to your lengths. so the front legs of the top mount would be 4.5", and the back would be 6.75"

Wowimzz
04-15-2006, 10:18 PM
Edit: did not see the above post.

The amps I am using are the older US Amp I/S series (they are 2.5" tall)

With the top amp, where do those front legs attach to?
Would it be better to get a 2x4, cut to length and mount the top amp that way?
If you were to use a 2x4, then you would have to subtract the heighth of the 2x4 from the length of the mounts

Myster
04-15-2006, 10:25 PM
I'm sorry I'm such a newb! lol

If you guys had to pick one of the set-ups I posted, which would you choose? And how would you build it upon the base template in my first post?
I have about 9" of depth in the wheel well to work with (if I make a 2" hole in the center for a provision for the old tie down support).

thanks again for all the help! So many install possibilities, I am running short of time with the wife and need help!
-sean


found an interesting install on ED's website. Any idea of what kind of metal supports they might be using? If I could stagger them and use similar supports we might have a winner!

http://www.edesignaudio.com/installs/images/vehicles/112.jpg
http://www.edesignaudio.com/installs/images/vehicles/113.jpg