View Full Version : Anyone do a motorized amp rack?
12-02-2007, 11:48 AM
I got a question on how many Actuators you need?
Depends on how strong the actuators are :)
12-02-2007, 12:08 PM
Well I wanna be able to have it raise up enough to be able to look under it to the back side of my speaker box where there's plexi windows so you can seee the sub, so I want to be able to lift it from one sidee, not the middle, but if I got a decent sized one and just made a track for it to slide up on the other side, or do you think I should get another one for the other side, or maybe use a small gas shock to help raise it, but would it effect the lowring?
12-03-2007, 06:26 PM
Besides the strength of the actuator, you'll have to make the amp rack you're lifting more rigid so it doesn't flex when it's being lifted from one side. More rigid = more weight usually. I'd go with 2 actuators if possible. I know they're not cheap though.
12-04-2007, 10:55 AM
I figured that I'd have to make it stronger, but I was just wondering if I got like a slide for a kitchen drawer or even a ball bearing sllde, kinda like the ones used on your tool boxxes. You think that would help?
12-08-2007, 10:22 AM
02-15-2008, 02:16 PM
How is your motorized amp rack project coming along. I am trying to do the same with my install. Have you finalized where you will be getting your linear actuator from?
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02-15-2008, 03:44 PM
that was not cheap...
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02-15-2008, 10:13 PM
zierbox THAT IS SOME CRAZY WORK MAN!
I am trying to an amp exactly like the one that you did in the White Mustang (trying to guess from the lights) Where do you buy you linear actuators from. (trying to find the cheapest spot that I can find) Do you also mind laying out everything that was needed to make that amp rack work? Where do you have the amp rack connecting to the rack itself? Are there rail guides on the top and bottom of the rack?
Please forgive the barage of questions I am just really trying to get this project finished.
Thanks in advance, and again that is some awesome work!
02-16-2008, 11:44 AM
The set up in the Mustang is just like a Kitchen drawer
I used 20” Roller Ball Bearing Drawer slides (you can get these at most any hardware stores: Home depot, other)
The Drawer slides are on each side (the drawer slide out in-between the two sides with the three Amplifiers mounted to it)
I have three fan holes underneath for air flow on each Amplifier, when the drawer is closed
The Actuator is an 18” Acme drive (I have one mounted in the middle of the Rack; under the large center Amplifier)
The entire Assembly is bolted to the rear deck (need to make allows for noise and rattles)
The final trick is wire movement ! ! !
Select have some mounting brackets as well for the Actuators and other stuff like Controllers, Switches
02-19-2008, 01:23 AM
Thanks again for the information and photos zierbox.
After making some measurements, I discovered that I only have 14" of length to work with in the area where I will be mounting the linear actuator. I also needed an actuator that had at least a 10" stroke length so I decided to go with the Motion Systems (http://www.motionsystem.com) 85615 ball drive actuator.
The other pretty cool thing about this actuator is that it only needs a double
pole, double throw, center off momentary switch, so there is no extra controller to work. I will be placing my order tomorrow.
I did get a chance to look at the Select Products automation video and will most likely make my drawer the same way.