How to Wire Speakers to an Amp

by Tyson Simmons

Wiring new speakers can sometimes seem like a huge feat, whereas it is usually just connecting a few wires. By using the right tools, you can wire the speakers to an amp, and have a connection that will last for years. This process, though simple, can be complicated unless done in the correct way.

Locate where the amp is in the vehicle. It is usually placed under a seat, or in the trunk if it is a larger amp.

Make sure your speakers are very secure and bolted down tightly. If the included bolt holes aren't doing the job, use zip-ties to better secure the speakers.

Wrap one end of the audio wiring around the connection ends on the speakers. You may have to use a wire stripper to remove an additional portion of the wire insulation so that you will have enough open wiring to wrap around the connection mount. Lay down a large bead of copper solder over the connection mount and the wrapped wiring. Make sure that the solder heats enough to completely wrap around the wiring.

Run the audio wiring through the vehicle to the amp. Keep the wire under the carpeting and out of sight.

Use electrical tape to secure the wiring every 6 inches. This will help prevent unintended shorts in the connection.

Trim the other ends of the wiring so they are only about 1 foot longer than they need to be. Then, strip the ends of the wiring, and wrap them tightly around the connection mount on the amp. Lay a bead of solder over them. Make sure that the wiring is completely enclosed. Otherwise, it may be hard to get a very good connection.

Tip

  • check Practice laying down a bead of solder before you try to solder any kind of wiring.

Warning

  • close Always use caution when working around possible live electrical ends.

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About the Author

Tyson Simmons started writing professionally in 2005 and has worked for multiple media firms and publications, including "EQ Automotive" and various websites. He mainly covers the automotive and technical fields. Simmons has an English writing certification from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and is also A+ computer repair certified. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English writing at Utah State University.

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