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  # 1212833 12-Jan-2015 22:51
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Here is a great buy here for anyone wanting an amp. I run 2 of these (1 to power components, 1 bridged to run single 8"). Comparable amps new today start at around $130.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/car-stereos/amplifiers/2-channel/auction-831740949.htm

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/car-stereos/amplifiers/2-channel/auction-831624849.htm






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  # 1212872 13-Jan-2015 00:58
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I got a couple of those clarion amps from te warewhare when they were clearing them out. Had the small stereo one in the old lantis on some 5x7s in the doors. Made them much punchier and the high pass stopped the distortion from trying to do what they couldn't.

If you can get it for a few bucks do it. Don't buy wiring kits off trademe tho. Many dodgey sellers taking the Mickey with cable gauge and rubbish brittle terminals etc.




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  # 1212970 13-Jan-2015 09:29
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richms: I got a couple of those clarion amps from te warewhare when they were clearing them out. Had the small stereo one in the old lantis on some 5x7s in the doors. Made them much punchier and the high pass stopped the distortion from trying to do what they couldn't.

If you can get it for a few bucks do it. Don't buy wiring kits off trademe tho. Many dodgey sellers taking the Mickey with cable gauge and rubbish brittle terminals etc.


 

I use Surplustronics in Auckland for all my terminal and wiring supplies. Great prices and you can just order everything in one place.

I picked up my 2 Clarion APX2121 for $60 ($30 each) brand new. I believe Warehouse were clearing them out at $99. 

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  # 1212987 13-Jan-2015 09:52
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Or do something like this and turn your car into an anechoic chamberlaughing.

 




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  # 1213355 13-Jan-2015 19:22
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again all replies appreciated shall have a peek at those amps....im not really up with the play on them how ever,,,,so my basic understanding is amp plugs into head unit...makes speakers go louder..... amp needs a power supply?




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  # 1213356 13-Jan-2015 19:23
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also the mongoose door stuff...would that make better sound on its own or does it need all the other stuff as well




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  # 1213369 13-Jan-2015 20:01
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What sort of car is it? Google the model and factory speaker size.
I'd pull out the old speakers first. Might not be quite 6" (might look it on the outside, but the hole could be smaller) and make sure to measure the depth.
I love seeing installs where the window doesn't wind all the way down due to the speakers being an inch deeper than the original :) 

 
 
 
 




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  # 1213370 13-Jan-2015 20:06
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great tip there lol...shall do that its my work truck.....mitsi challenger 1996




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  # 1213371 13-Jan-2015 20:07
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Amps require dedicated, large sized wiring and fuses as well as RCA connectors for signal and a control wire from the headunit to turn them on and off. Something like the amps listed probably requires a run of 4AWG (thumb thickness roughly) which is then split into 2 8AWG (pinky thickness roughly) runs to the amps then the amps earth to the chassis.
If you want basic sound, buy decent speakers, buy a couple of sheets of the Q-Mat for less road noise and seal up the doors as best as possible. Skip amps and just run them off the headunit unless you are really keen on getting in to car audio. Even just a simple setup with some extra preparation like q-mat etc will give far better results than a factory setup and can sound better than a guy who has just whacked aftermarket speakers and amps into the car with no prep. 




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  # 1213372 13-Jan-2015 20:10
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cheers paul..thinking that's more what ill do....amps maybe another time ....




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  # 1213374 13-Jan-2015 20:14
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One site is telling me 5.25" and another is telling 6.75" (based on it being called a "Montero" in the US).
Best to pull and look I'd imagine.



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  # 1213377 13-Jan-2015 20:17
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I think I had them measured at 150mm but will recheck again this weekend...




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  # 1213378 13-Jan-2015 20:18
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foxy38: I think I had them measured at 150mm but will recheck again this weekend...

Measure the hole they go in, not the outside.



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  # 1213381 13-Jan-2015 20:24
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so I have probly measured wrong size....so I need to measure the width of the hole they fit in....duh ! ty...glad I posted here....




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  # 1213382 13-Jan-2015 20:32
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foxy38: so I have probly measured wrong size....so I need to measure the width of the hole they fit in....duh ! ty...glad I posted here....

You measured right, but not all factory speakers are equal. They might be 6" diameter, but only have a 5.25" sized hole (only a 5.25" replacement will go in) . Safer to measure both. :)

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