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Basically my whole experiment or purpose behind my install is improve the sound while maintaining the cargo space afforded me by the Variant. Probably not too different from the desires of most folks in forum. Well let it be known that I can never leave well enough alone.

This all started with changing a blown stock speaker on my 03 passat. It ended up as a complete overhaul of the sonic components in the car. It has taken me 2 months to get as far as I have and I am still not finished. I just wanted to share my amp location, I chose for the 2 amp I needed to "hide".

This is one install where size mattered. Amps that had a large footprint, I could not find a location in the rear of the car I was happy with. This led me to explore a 2 smaller amps solution. I ended up with 2 Alpine amps.

MRP-F240 - 4 channel - footprint: 9-1/2” x 2-5/16” x 10-1/2”
MRP-M350 - Mono - footprint: 8-1/2” x 2-5/16” x 10-1/2”

Here is picture showing where I placed them: (sorry pics are BIG)

http://www.mistartoast.com/images/passat/110_1080.JPG

Picture with the door closed:

http://www.mistartoast.com/images/passat/110_1083.JPG

Rear of the car:

http://www.mistartoast.com/images/passat/110_1082.JPG

Some things to note:

It is not finished yet. The sheet metal / blue tape are going to serve as mock templates for more permanent brackets in the future. I plan to redo the outer door of the compartment as well (got a little carried away with the drill). The sub box is to be removed in the future and replaced with a custom StLB5 enclosure along the passenger side of the car. I hope. :)

Does it work? Yes it does. I have had it operational for about a week now with no cut-outs due to heat so far. I also don't have any dimming lights when the bass hits which is also a relief.

Thanks for looking.
 
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