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Guys, I just picked up a ed nine.2x and a nine.4. I taked to the factory and they said a single run of 4 gauge will be ok. Then I can go 8 gauge to each amp. I already have 16 feet of soundquest 4 ga power and ground. I was searching on the net and found a 2 ga install kit on millionbuy.com its a power ack. one for like 35 bucks. Would it be better to get that kit than to run my 4 ga and split it off to 8 gauge.
 

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I agree with BCAE1 being your basic first step in this hobby, but also keep in mind the brand of wire and the cost. Some cheap brands are really smaller gauge wire with a big plastic sheath taking up the space.

I've had good luck with the highly discounter Kicker kits from Amazon, the Kollosus Fleks stuff from Knukonceptz, and lately really good luck with Phoenix Gold kits on sale on eBay CHEAP. IMO, wire is wire, until you have a cheating brand.
 

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all 3 of those might be garbage. The metra kit might be the best of them.

You have some 4 awg already right?

Think of all the peices you actually need and maybe buy those instead of a kit.

Like 18 feet of 0 awg, a ground distro and a fused power distro, then a couple of crimp ring terminals.

Darvex.com has good deals on stinger stuff.
 

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Asking a question about wire size....ain't no ****ing Tutorial :(

Just think how hard it'll get when it comes to the right colors :rolleyes:
 

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Also, pay close attention to what he "rants" about on OFC. Most people assume copper wire is copper wire. BUT, if steps in the manufacturing are not taken to keep the wire oxy free you will get oxidiation in places you don't want it.

Also as a side note, most amps will use UP TO a certain size wire, if you go thorugh all that read and are still not sure just go with the larges AWG it will accomadate and the appropriate sized fuse it calls for as this will eliminate any kind of overheating issues as the article goes over.

One last side note (I know I've given a few). Cosider the fact that your in a high vibration envirnoment and realize that just because you CAN get a smaller AWG conductor doesn't mean you should. In a situation with lots of vibration that can cause things that normally wouldn't tear apart to tear apart. That is to say the wire's internally could start to break at different bends if you go to thin.
 

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Basic Car Audio Electronics - you should read that entire site ! all threads like this can be answered with a link to that site (so maybe the thread wouldn't have been started if you knew about that site!)

Enjoy!

The problem with that calculator is it's assuming CONTINUOUS draw. It's telling me I need a 2 gauge min lead to feed 3 Arc Minis with a 175A fuse. Riiiiiiiiight.
 

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Also, pay close attention to what he "rants" about on OFC. Most people assume copper wire is copper wire. BUT, if steps in the manufacturing are not taken to keep the wire oxy free you will get oxidiation in places you don't want it.

Also as a side note, most amps will use UP TO a certain size wire, if you go thorugh all that read and are still not sure just go with the larges AWG it will accomadate and the appropriate sized fuse it calls for as this will eliminate any kind of overheating issues as the article goes over.

One last side note (I know I've given a few). Cosider the fact that your in a high vibration envirnoment and realize that just because you CAN get a smaller AWG conductor doesn't mean you should. In a situation with lots of vibration that can cause things that normally wouldn't tear apart to tear apart. That is to say the wire's internally could start to break at different bends if you go to thin.
The only wires I could see you ever having a problem with would be speaker wires in the door jamb or the connections right a the amp and then only if the nothing was bolted down and the wires was run on top of the carpet.

Look at OEM wiring for example. It's WAY small, is just laying in place making all knds of funky bends and that stuff usually outlasts the car.
 

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The only wires I could see you ever having a problem with would be speaker wires in the door jamb or the connections right a the amp and then only if the nothing was bolted down and the wires was run on top of the carpet.

Look at OEM wiring for example. It's WAY small, is just laying in place making all knds of funky bends and that stuff usually outlasts the car.
This true, however, it is also in a protective sheeth which helps with that not to mention the amount of power being carried thorugh factory speaker wire is very minimal.
 

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Not to drag this too far off topic but most cars will have some fabric tape at best to keep the wires from being a mess but rarely is everything completely wrapped up and protected.

And your point had nothing to do with how much power was being carried. You said that the vibration would cause the wire to break internally. Untrue.
 

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Not to drag this too far off topic but most cars will have some fabric tape at best to keep the wires from being a mess but rarely is everything completely wrapped up and protected.

And your point had nothing to do with how much power was being carried. You said that the vibration would cause the wire to break internally. Untrue.
What I was trying to say does relate to power. A power wire's diameter relates to it's ability to carry power which is a function of P=A*V or P = I ^2 * R and realistically the wire's resistance could be calculated by it's most narrow point. It is very likely that it could internally break even a small amount will change the resistance value of a wire. The thicker the wire the lower the likely hood of a wire breaking simply because of how massive the wire is. On the other hand the smaller it is the more likely it is to have these internal breaks from bends or the vibrations esp. if there is one in the engine compartment. If you choose not to believe that it "could" happen well I apologize but it can happen.

And also some people prefer to figure out which power wire over what distance would be the cheapest which is not necessarily a bad thing, however, anyone on the design side of any field will tell you they always beef up the design by some percentage, mechanical side is usually 10% depending on the company, as to avoid small problems. Not to mention as the ramble he put about OFC states that as the wire degrades, and it will no matter the location simply because plastic is porous and will breath I don't care if it's under carpet or not, so does the amount of power it will and can handle as it degrades. So by going with this if you plan on having the wire for a long period of time It would be prudent to buy whatever the amp can handle max diameter as this will ensure it functions for as long as you have the amp in(hopefully longer).
 

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What I was trying to say does relate to power. A power wire's diameter relates to it's ability to carry power which is a function of P=A*V or P = I ^2 * R and realistically the wire's resistance could be calculated by it's most narrow point.
I'm gonna stop you right there. We're not dealing with hollow pipe here. When you bend a solid wire it's not going to bend inward on the inner radius like a crimp bent exhaust will. The diameter of the wire will remail constant through out the bend.

It is very likely that it could internally break even a small amount will change the resistance value of a wire. The thicker the wire the lower the likely hood of a wire breaking simply because of how massive the wire is. On the other hand the smaller it is the more likely it is to have these internal breaks from bends or the vibrations esp. if there is one in the engine compartment. If you choose not to believe that it "could" happen well I apologize but it can happen.
If you think this is a possibility I hope you've upgraded every wire on your car because this is simply ludicrous. With constand flexion and tension on a wire it will eventually break, yes. How much do you think an average wire in a car moves?

And also some people prefer to figure out which power wire over what distance would be the cheapest which is not necessarily a bad thing, however, anyone on the design side of any field will tell you they always beef up the design by some percentage, mechanical side is usually 10% depending on the company, as to avoid small problems. Not to mention as the ramble he put about OFC states that as the wire degrades, and it will no matter the location simply because plastic is porous and will breath I don't care if it's under carpet or not, so does the amount of power it will and can handle as it degrades. So by going with this if you plan on having the wire for a long period of time It would be prudent to buy whatever the amp can handle max diameter as this will ensure it functions for as long as you have the amp in(hopefully longer).
Going above and beyond is fine, but you're still thinking like we're running power in a house. Your amps are NOT a constant draw. Ok, they are, but not a constant heavy draw. In fact, most people with large amps never even come close to ever pulling anything near the max that the amp can put out. On the very rare occassion they do it's for short bursts. This makes it perfectly safe to use a smaller wire with NO issues.
 

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Wow, this got into a serious sidetrack.

Bottom line:

If you are pushing around 1000W or so, you can use 4 gauge.

More than that, might want to consider 1/0 gauge.
 

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My apologiezes, just trying to get all the reasons and such you really need to look for in a good quality power wire and it's size.
 

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Probably because each amp is different. One is 6 gauge (so 4 gauge would be about right), and one is 2 gauge (so either 2 or perhaps 1/0 gauge instead.)

Of course, that seems a little weird that the distro would be smaller!

Spec out your numbers, let me re-run them.
 
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