A power amplifier's performance is only as good as its installation. Proper installation will maximize the system's overall performance. It is recommended to have the unit professionally installed. However, if you decide to install it yourself, please carefully read the supplied product manual and take your time to perform a quality installation. Here are some main pre-installation precautions to follow:
Before making any connections:
Disconnect the vehicle's battery until installation is completed to avoid any possible damage to the system or vehicle's electrical system.
Fuse the amplifiers power wire at the battery:
Be sure to fuse the amplifiers power wire within 12" of the vehicle's battery. This will protect the vehicle's battery in case of a short circuit between the amplifier and the battery. This is a MUST, the amplifiers built-in fuse will only protect the amplifier and not the vehicle's battery!
Use only high grade wire connectors:
To ensure maximum power transfer and secure safe connections it is strongly recommended to use high grade barrier spades for connections to the amplifier and terminal rings for connections at the battery (connectors and wiring not included)
Do NOT run any wires underneath the vehicle:
Exposed wires have a chance of being cut or damaged. It is best to run all wires through under the carpet and/or side panels. This provides a cleaner installation and less risk of damage.
Use caution when mounting the amplifier:
Keep in mind that there are many electrical wires, gas lines, vacuum lines, brake lines as well as a gas tank. Make sure you know where they are when mounting the amplifier to avoid puncturing lines, shorting wires or drilling holes into the gas tank.
Run signal wires away from electrical wires:
To avoid the possibility of induced noise from the vehicle's electrical system like "popping noises" or engine noise, run wires as far away from the vehicle's electrical wiring as possible.
Make all ground wires as short as possible and at the same point:
In order to reduce the chance of ground loops that cause engine noise through the speakers, make the ground wire as short as possible to reduce the wires resistance. Also, when using multiple components, make sure all units are grounded at the same point.
Avoid sharp edges when running wires:
To avoid the possibility of power, signal or speaker shorts, be careful not to allow the amplifiers wire(s) to come in contact with sharp edges. Use a grommet to protect the wire(s) when running through the vehicle's firewall.