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Answer these questions and I will try to help you out:

  1. What power output is the amp and what make is it
  2. How many channels does it have, is it new or second hand
  3. Do you have a fitting kit eg Remote Cable, Power Cable, Earth Cable, Fuse Block, Fuses, RCA Cable/s, crimp connectors + Tools
  4. Are all the cables long enough to go from the amp to the headunit plus some spare length
  5. Where are you installing the amp
  6. How many speakers is the amp going to run
A lot to think about eh? all relevant questions though, if you get it wrong you might blow your amp or even start a fire.

Posted on Oct 12, 2008

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