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I am planning on installing this amp, along with a new head unit and speakers, ithis weekend. I have virtually no hands on experience installing any sort of electronics, so please bare with me

I have a few questions/concerns before I get started and was hoping that you guys could help me out and steer me in the right direction. Below I have listed the hardware that I have purchased.

The power wire that connects the amp to the battery terminal has a hole to fit over the battery terminal. This hole is WAY too small to fit over the battery terminal. How do I address this issue?

Grounding the amp is essential. In order to get a good ground I am planning on using a dremel to get rid of paint have have good contact. Do I just screw in a bolt to secure it? The amp will be located in the trunk. Where is a good place to ground it?

I may have some more questions, but this is all I can think of for now. If you have any overall installation suggestions/hints I would appreciate that very much.

Thanks again!


Amp: http://www.mtx.com/caraudio/products...ers/TC6004.cfm
Installation Kit: http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...CK44.html#tabs
Speakers (front):http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...dio-db651.html
Speakers (rear): http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...dio-db691.html
Headunit (Model One): RetroSoundUSA.com - Classic Style Radio Systems
 

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Since our bottom of our trunks is the gas tank, you would probably mount it to the right or the left side. I would bolt and nut the ground down as you don't want a screw to just back out. You can ground it to anyplace in there, it's up to you.
 

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I am planning on installing this amp, along with a new head unit and speakers, ithis weekend. I have virtually no hands on experience installing any sort of electronics, so please bare with me

I would normally tell you to go have a shop install this for you, but we all have to start somewhere right?

I have a few questions/concerns before I get started and was hoping that you guys could help me out and steer me in the right direction. Below I have listed the hardware that I have purchased.

The power wire that connects the amp to the battery terminal has a hole to fit over the battery terminal. This hole is WAY too small to fit over the battery terminal. How do I address this issue?

Go get a new battery terminal that fits over the battery post. You can get a fancy one that accepts multiple inputs like this:

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQoNKcXKvfYpUKMTxAJvLH20w0h1myy6nGkYV3P0q3peY0C4BS4rw

Or you can go down to NAPA and get one like this:

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSZUIgAAuQJWX3q7dWWch-kpjRKJACmGxFFZ_j-3khyuqzOO7F4_Q

With the second one you just get a copper wire lug and use the smaller hold down bolts to secure it, simmilar to this:

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQQZ4-nIn3fXUA2-69jb87PGQVC5pE6ly8w2_FL_CSF4GyA1RWVAg

Do a Google Image search for "car audio battery terminal" and it should give you an idea of what's required. Place your main power wire fuse as close to the battery as you can. You want as little wire between the terminal and fuse as possible, 10 inches max. As a side note, this should be the very last connection you make. Don't hook your power to the battery until you are sure everything else is secure.

Grounding the amp is essential. In order to get a good ground I am planning on using a dremel to get rid of paint have have good contact. Do I just screw in a bolt to secure it? The amp will be located in the trunk. Where is a good place to ground it?

You have the right idea. You can drill a hole (not into the gas tank) or find an existing hole. I would find one that you can access from the rear. That way you can use a bolt and a nut, instead of relying on a screw. Or find an existing bolt that you can slip your wire lug under. Scrape the paint away from around the hole. You also want to keep your ground wire short, so plan where you want the amp, then find a grounding location.

I may have some more questions, but this is all I can think of for now. If you have any overall installation suggestions/hints I would appreciate that very much.

Thanks again!
 

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Great info. Thank you so much. I will let you guys know how it goes this weekend!
 
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