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Amplifier Wiring

Just needed to find out something here. I am wondering which gauge power and ground wire is better to run for my system. Total rms will be around 1300 rms.
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Re: Amplifier Wiring

[quote author=belizeandevil link=topic=180795.msg3825918#msg3825918 date=1286924647]
Just needed to find out something here. I am wondering which gauge power and ground wire is better to run for my system. Total rms will be around 1300 rms.
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4ga or bigger, 2ga is your best bet.

Don't forget to re-ground your battery, as the stock body to battery cable is smaller than this.


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Gauge Current Capacity (amps)
1/0 350
2 225
4 150
8 100
10 60
12 40
14 25
16 15

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Re: Amplifier Wiring

I ran 1/0 wire. I was running 2000 rms and I figured I wanted as much current as I could get, and the price was right. My plan was to run a 1/0 ground to a distribution block also. Of course my amps took a shit after 6-7 years of hard work so I've got a little 600 watt JBL in there now. Not quite the same.
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1/0 gauge for sure.

Might want to consider upgrade all three of your engine wires - not just the battery ground. This means you should run *at least* 4ga. wire (i used 1/0) from your alternator to battery positive, your engine to ground, and your ground to battery negative.

This should defeat any voltage drops which will cause dimming of lights and will help keep your amp from going into protect mode if you are running it at a lower impedance (1ohm).

As a side note to the chart posted above, the issue with the numbers stated is that not all audio cable is manufactured using the same materials so not all wires (though the same size) will carry the same current. For an example, i am using KnuKonceptz 1/0 KLMX cable which has a current capacity of 250 amps. They have a FLEX cable which is the same size but 3x the price that has a current capacity of 350 amps.

With your amp putting out only 1300w you should be fine with any 1/0 wire though.

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Re: Amplifier Wiring

Thanks for the quick replies guys. KnuKonceptz wiring i was looking to order. So i guess 1/0 gauge is the best way to go then.
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[quote author=Canadian_LX link=topic=180795.msg3826212#msg3826212 date=1286942731]
Might want to consider upgrade all three of your engine wires - not just the battery ground. This means you should run *at least* 4ga. wire (i used 1/0) from your alternator to battery positive, your engine to ground, and your ground to battery negative.
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I would highly recommend this too.
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So if i use 4 gauge wiring, that would be ok since the amps accepts up to 4 gauge wiring. then upgrade everything with 4 gauge.
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[quote author=belizeandevil link=topic=180795.msg3827478#msg3827478 date=1287028447]
So if i use 4 gauge wiring, that would be ok since the amps accepts up to 4 gauge wiring. then upgrade everything with 4 gauge.
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Only one amp? Then yep, use the size the amp allows.

Otherwise, run a 1/0 to a distribution block then 4ga from that to muliple amps

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[quote author=belizeandevil link=topic=180795.msg3827478#msg3827478 date=1287028447]
So if i use 4 gauge wiring, that would be ok since the amps accepts up to 4 gauge wiring. then upgrade everything with 4 gauge.
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What amp is this? 1300w and only 4 gauge wiring doesn't sound right.
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[quote author=Canadian_LX link=topic=180795.msg3827572#msg3827572 date=1287051085]
[quote author=belizeandevil link=topic=180795.msg3827478#msg3827478 date=1287028447]
So if i use 4 gauge wiring, that would be ok since the amps accepts up to 4 gauge wiring. then upgrade everything with 4 gauge.
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What amp is this? 1300w and only 4 gauge wiring doesn't sound right.
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1300w is 120 amps max (at 11-18 volts). 4 gauge is certified for 150 amps.

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