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Old 03-19-2015, 02:58 PM   #1
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Default Need to find a spot to run a power line for a Subwoofer.

The title says it all. I'd like to avoid drilling a hole in the firewall.. Is there any known spot that I can safely run a power line from the battery, through the firewall to the back of the trunk? Some cars have spots that can fit a power line through. I am hoping some of you more advanced members can help me out.

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Old 03-19-2015, 10:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Need to find a spot to run a power line for a Subwoofer.

If you have an automatic do like everyone else has and cut a hole in the clutch master cylinder grommet.

If you have a manual do do like everyone else has and cut a hole in the grommet with the PCM wires near the brake booster.

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Old 03-20-2015, 11:46 AM   #3
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Default Re: Need to find a spot to run a power line for a Subwoofer.

I ran mine through the rubber boot with the main wire loom by the brake booster. I will take pictures to post Monday if you're unsure what I'm referring to exactly.

As for running it after that though, I'd imagine running it up the driver's side, under the door trim all the way to the trunk is the easiest way to go, as it is in nearly every other vehicle ever made. I have a 10" low-profile sub in the back seat, so I ran mine under the center console.

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Old 03-20-2015, 11:54 AM   #4
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Default Re: Need to find a spot to run a power line for a Subwoofer.

I ran mine through the rubber boot with the main wire loom by the brake booster. I will take pictures to post Monday if you're unsure what I'm referring to exactly.

As for running it after that though; I'd imagine running it up the driver's side, under the door trim all the way to the trunk is the easiest way to go, as it is in nearly every other vehicle ever made. I have a 10" low-profile sub in the back seat, so I ran mine under the center console.

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Old 03-20-2015, 04:55 PM   #5
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Default Re: Need to find a spot to run a power line for a Subwoofer.

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I ran mine through the rubber boot with the main wire loom by the brake booster. I will take pictures to post Monday if you're unsure what I'm referring to exactly.

As for running it after that though; I'd imagine running it up the driver's side, under the door trim all the way to the trunk is the easiest way to go, as it is in nearly every other vehicle ever made. I have a 10" low-profile sub in the back seat, so I ran mine under the center console.

Yes please do provide some pictures! I really appreciate the help and replies from both of you!

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Old 03-20-2015, 09:12 PM   #6
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Default Re: Need to find a spot to run a power line for a Subwoofer.

I ran mine through that main grommet also. You you can use a long screwdriver and poke a small enough hole through it that the power wire fits snugly. Then run it back under all the door trim all the way back to the trunk.

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Old 03-24-2015, 11:22 AM   #7
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Default Re: Need to find a spot to run a power line for a Subwoofer.

Okay, so here's a quick snap through of what I did.

I didn't buy a battery tap, I used the power terminal off the UHJB, was much easier and there was plenty of room without modifying anything.

You see 2 wires because I ran a dedicated lead for my head unit as well as the subwoofer. Every connection in the wiring here is soldered, wrapped in heat shrink, and in many cases, electrical tape on top of it.





I put my wiring through this main boot here, next to the wire loom for just about everything in the car. Maybe you want to go a little farther away from the main loom when you push through here.

I cut a wire coat hanger down and duct taped the power cable to it. Works like a charm.





Here you can see from the driver's foot well how I ran mine. There's plenty of room to run the wire up through a gap in the metal frame here to keep it out of the way. It doesn't interfere with anything while I'm driving or when I am using the ODBII port.



There's a bit of insulation etc, to contend with when you have to find the wire hanger you push through. You might end up hitting the insulation and not coming through cleanly next to the wire loom that's already in place. Just follow it to the root and fish around next to it with your fingers, you'll find what you pushed through.


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Great photos, will be very helpful to me, thanks!

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Old 03-26-2015, 09:45 AM   #9
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Great photos, will be very helpful to me, thanks!
Glad I could help!

If you're installing (or have already installed) an aftermarket CD player/head unit, seriously consider taking the stereo's constant power off the F5 circuit. Running a 14-16 gauge fused wire when you install the subwoofer takes like... 5 extra minutes and will take some load off the circuit that runs your fuel pump.

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