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Hey guys, thanks for checking this out and thanks for helping me in advance. I am going to install my amp and subs tomorrow, and after looking and my car and searching numerous threads, I still cannot figure out where to run my power cable through. I have installed many stereos for my friends, but it has never been this hard (for me at least) to find a place to run the wire through. If someone can tell me where to run it through, I would reallllly appreciate it. Thanks!
P.S. Plase don't flame me if this info is somewhere in altimas.net; I searched for 2 hours and came up with nothing!:)
 

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Depending on the size of the power cable you're running, you may have to drill a hole. The favorable location in most imports is right above and behind the pedals. Just be sure you run all power/remote leads down one side and speaker and RCA's down the opposite side.
 

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one thing to be careful of...just dont punch through when drilling with full force. your master cylinder and brake lines, which are very fragile, sit right behind there. And if it's in the same place as 1st gens, so is your fuel filter. Two things you dont wanna damage. But the perfect place to run a power cable. You can also get grommets at Lowes to fill the hole once its drilled.
 

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Ok, here we go........... and I'm NOT kidding.. I have ran 4 gage wire from battery to trunk, so if there's any questions, PM me or reply here.

For ease - Jack up the right front. Remove the fenderwell piece (If I remember correctly 4 screws and 5 snap-in plugs). the hood release cable is running through the fenderwell. To the right is a large rubber grommet with a wiring harness going through it. Begin at the battery and run the wire like this:

Around the airbox, down the side of the fender, running toward the front. Just behind the headlight there is a space between the engine compartment and the fender, run the cable into there.

You are now in the fenderwell. Use cable ties to attach the wire to the outside of the cable. Then poke a hole in the grommet and run the wire through there.

You are now inside the car. Remove the kick panel, and step sills. If you look underneath the dash, the wire will be to the upper left. Then run the wire wherever you're going to put the amp, distribution block, or capacitor.

Like I said, reply here or PM me if you have any other questions.


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drilling is not fun
 

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Thank you sooooooo much!!!!!!! i just finished installing my wires a couple of minutes ago, and using the hood release cable gromet was a great idea!!!! That just saved me a decent amount of money that I can spend elsewhere!!! Have a good weekend!!
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My subs (2 12" Kicker Competitions in custom built, sealed box):)
the box is almost 4 1/2 years old, so I am going to build my own custom sealed 3/4" plexi-glass box (2 of them, 1 for each sub). That way, if i get tired of having so much bass, I can take one out and still have a good deal of thump!!!, and when I need that extra vibration, I can always put the second one back in!!!!:D
 

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It is possible, what questions do you have??
That is awesome news. I even brought to to a local Audio specialist, and they told me they would have to yank the head unit and start over if I wanted Subs. Questions, hmmm....

What *EXTRA* parts will I need besides the sub/ amp/ amp kit to hook into the Bose system? Are there any special arrangements that a beginner like me should be aware of? Perhaps one of you who has done this could do a right up for up with details... a FAQ on...

"How to intall a separate amp and subwoofer to your Bose system"

I wish I had something more specific to ask, but until I attempt to install something, I don't know really what to ask, and because I gave up on trying after the professionals told me it was impossible, I haven't tried anything. Here's a quote in the FAQ from Bose... http://www.bose.com/products/auto/faq.html

1. Can I change my Bose music system?
C) Can I add a subwoofer?

No. As noted above, each Bose automotive music system is completely integrated, with every element engineered to work together as a whole. That’s why the music sounds so lifelike. If you add a subwoofer to the system, its output will most likely not be proportionate with that of the speakers already in place. In those cases, the sound quality will not be enhanced at all -- certainly not at every volume level.
 

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Wiring diagram

blk023.5se : Do you know which wires I need to splice into off the Bose's amp in the trunk to add my Amp. I know I need to get the in-line convertor(aka: High/low converter) but I don't know where to splice into. I want to do it BEFORE the Bose amp so if anyone can please tell me the color wires to splice into that would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

-Matrix
 

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Answering both of your questions.........

1. I do not have a color code for the wires associated with the Bose system.

2. To add just an amp and subs, the best person would be blk023.5se. He maintained the stock H/U and used line level converters (splices into existing wires and converts them from wire to RCA's).

3. I have replaced the stock H/U with a Kenwood and added a crossover, 1 farad capacitor, distribution block, 3 10's and 2 amps while still using all the stock speakers. So I'm more geared toward the sub, amp, H/U installation.

4. Any other questions, just ask. You have the two best people in this thread with the most knowledge.
 

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Hey guys... It is actually very easy to hook up an amp and subs to your Bose system. You will need (obviously) the amp, subs, wires, an RCA adapter, and things called "Wire taps." There are other ways of splicing into the Stock bose wires, but I find that this is the easiest and cleanest.

Basically, the way I installed mine is: Ran the Power cable through my fender and to the back as Boominstereo suggested earlier in this thread. I grounded the amp to a bolt underneath my back seat. For the remote lead, I wired it into my fuse box. Now, this part was actually pretty easy. I used my wire taps to gain my High level output by tapping into the rear 6 x 9's wires (the positive wire is the one with the blue mark (you can see the blue mark on the clip on the actual 6x9), the negative is the one without.) These wires were then attached to my RCA adapter, which I picked up for $20 at radio shack. Then you just plug your RCA wires into the RCA adapter, and there you go. You now have your system wired!!!!! I will try to post some pics in a few minutes. (You can see the rca adapter in some of the pictures I already posted, and the red "wire taps" attached to my rear 6 x 9 wires) Any questions, please post a reply. I hope I have helped.

Whatever you do, do not let any audio installation shop screw you into ripping out your Bose stereo. There is not one part of the Bose that I had to remove!!!!!!! :D ;)

Matrix.... I chose to splice into the wires after the amp (as you can see in my pics below). Other than that, I am sorry. I do not know which wires to splice into B-4 the amp:( I hope what I have written helps you out though. Good luck.

P.S. From what I have heard from other people on this forum is that the Bose 6x9's are crossed over at 80hz, and I believe this is done inside the amp. This way, if you only want bass coming out of the subs, you can save money on a crossover by tapping into the wires AFTER the amp.:) ;)
 
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