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    Protecting amp hookups?

    I've recently finished my first ever amp install. Well, it's not exactly finished because I haven't mounted it anywhere -- it's more or less wedged in the footwell behind the passenger front seat.

    While I was trying to figure out exactly how to mount it, I became concerned about the proximity between the power and ground hookups on the amp. I have a kenwood kac-8402 and the power and ground are right next to each other, separated only by a thin vertical piece of ABS-like material. I'm confident that the cables aren't going to move but it seems likely that a foreign object might create a short between the two screws that hold down connectors. It probably wouldn't happen very often, but it seems like a screw rolling around in the trunk, or a loose staple, or an empty bag of chips or something could create a short. I could coat the screw and connector in caulk or silicone but that would make adjusting the cables difficult.

    This has to be a problem that other people run into: How do you protect the power and ground hookups to prevent shorts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustanglou View Post
    I've recently finished my first ever amp install. Well, it's not exactly finished because I haven't mounted it anywhere -- it's more or less wedged in the footwell behind the passenger front seat.

    While I was trying to figure out exactly how to mount it, I became concerned about the proximity between the power and ground hookups on the amp. I have a kenwood kac-8402 and the power and ground are right next to each other, separated only by a thin vertical piece of ABS-like material. I'm confident that the cables aren't going to move but it seems likely that a foreign object might create a short between the two screws that hold down connectors. It probably wouldn't happen very often, but it seems like a screw rolling around in the trunk, or a loose staple, or an empty bag of chips or something could create a short. I could coat the screw and connector in caulk or silicone but that would make adjusting the cables difficult.

    This has to be a problem that other people run into: How do you protect the power and ground hookups to prevent shorts?
    Honestly, in the like 10 years I have had and amp in my car, this has never been a problem, and I have had like 7 or 8 different amps, in various combinations. Once I had three amps install at once. What does seem to happen is the screws kind of get loose over time. So I just make sure I tighten everything everyonce in a while.
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    This is just not something people worry about. What amp do you have that the power and ground have exposed contacts? They aren't at least well recessed or anything?? Either way, You should be careful of any subs if you have those not to be struck by a foreign object, but the amps shorting? Not likely. Even in the event that a wrench flys up and lands perfectly across the terminal and shorts, replace the fuse and hope that lightning doesn't strike twice.
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