Amplifier racks provide multiple benefits in a customised car stereo system. In addition to providing a secure location for amplifier placement, you can place secondary stereo equipment such as crossovers and capacitors onto the amplifier rack to clean up your stereo install. Building an amplifier rack is a simple affair that can be done with basic hand tools and glue.
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Things you need
- Drill with various drill bits
- Jigsaw or hacksaw (optional)
- Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
- Automotive carpet (black or any colour of your choice)
- Wood screws
- Staple gun
- Carpet adhesive
- Velcro (optional)
- Tape measure
- Scissors and razor
Measure out the space available where you wish to mount your amplifier, using a tape measure. Good locations include the side panels in your boot, or against the back seats. MDF comes in many precut sizes. You can purchase a piece that is close to the size you have measured out, or use a jigsaw or hacksaw to cut your MDF to fit your desired measurements.
Place your MDF panel on a table and use carpet glue to cover the panel in automotive carpeting. Use a staple gun to fold over the edges and secure the carpeting on the nonvisible side of the amplifier rack. Let the board sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the adhesive to cure.
Place your amplifier and other equipment on the board in the position you wish to mount, then mark mounting holes for the components. Use a drill to start a small pilot hole, then use wood screws to secure the amplifier to the carpeted MDF board.
Mount the amp rack into your vehicle. You can do this using screws to mount the rack into location. You also can use heavy duty double-sided Velcro to hold the amp in place, or use adhesives. Thick sections of Velcro will hold even heavy racks securely if the rack is placed flat. Using a Velcro fastener has the advantage of being removable. If you are mounting the rack against the back seat, open the upholstery and find the metal frame brackets on the back seat. Drill a small pilot hole and use metal screws to secure the amp to the frame. Do not simply screw the rack into the padding.
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