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Wire gauge what gauge power cable should i use.

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For this amp, 10 gauge would be large enough. Install a 30 amp fuse in series with the 10g wire where it connects to the battery.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Performance teqneck 3000 watts cut out when volume turn up


needs more power, or how your wired impedance is too low.

1.upgrade your power cable
2.buy a second battery not a capacitor
3. run power cable to the second battery from the + of the from battery the battery from the front
4. run at minimum of 4 gauge power wire
5. run 4 gauge wire from the alt to the main battery
6 run 4 gauge from the negative of the battery to the ground chassis
7. run 4 gauge + to the rear battery
8 run 4 gauge ground near your amp
9. turn down the gain and bass boost, set it a moderate level where you wont hear distortion
10. set the bass level from your stereo deck at a moderate level also.

find your impedance.
look at your woofers and find have a number like 1,2,4 ohm.
find out what your amplifier minimum needs to operate in OHM's.
look here.
http://www.the12volt.com/caraudio/boxcalcs.asp

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Inverter negative cable smokes


Make sure the connections to the batteries are clean and tight and cables are clamped adequately. Also make sure the wire is of adequate gauge to handle 100 amps minimum. If you are using only 12 gauge wire for any distance, that is too small for 12 volts.

The current being drawn at 900 Watts is 75 amps on 12 volts not counting the draw for the inverter operation.

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How to wire the tuner and amp what wires do i need to get it to work


In most cases, you need a pair of Red/White RCA cables. Connect one set of ends (1 red + 1 white) to the external tuner's output and the other (white + red) to the input on the Amp.

Then you need double stranded wire to connect the speakers to the amp. one x double stranded wire for each speaker. You can use electrical cord from the hardware store (e.g. 18 gauge wire) or you can buy some speaker wire (16 to 20 gauge - use lower number wire (thicker) for higher power amp). 16 to 18 gauge wire for a 100 watt per channel amp if your speakers are less than 15 feet from the amp (wires are less than 15 feet long). If longer than 15 feet, use the 16 gauge wire. You can use 18 gauge for most anything else.

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I have jvc ks-ar8001d 800w max. connected to 2 jvc cs-gd4300 but the level of the amplifier reach the 12 o clock the amplifier clips, the bass boost is min.what will i do because i want the feel the strong...


The amp you have is more than powerful enough to drive your 2 12" jvc's. The only thing a capacitor will do is help dampen the effects of a large bass hit, which otherwise may drain power temporarily from your vehicle (headlights dimming with the beat). The most likely problem is that your power wire is too small to supply the required power to the amp. You will need AT LEAST a 6 AWG (American Wire Gauge) wire, but you may want to go for a 4 AWG wire if you are having power supply issues (wire gauge ratings are lower for thicker wires which can pass more power through, and higher for smaller wires, which can't pass as much power through). Getting a lower gauge wire will not hurt your amp or any other components. Having too small of a wire (with a higher gauge rating than 6 AWG), however, can starve your amp of power, which is probably what is happening.

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How do you connect the amp with the stereo


  • Choose where to put your new amp. If you are installing subwoofers it's usually best to put the amplifier in the trunk next to or attached to your subwoofer enclosure. If you are going to power your main car speakers with the amplifier then it may be better to put the amp under the passenger's seat.

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    Purchase the following wiring for the amp: A thick power cable (the thickness required depends on the total wattage of your amp, ask a sales rep or consult your amplifier's manual for the proper gauge) that will have to reach from your battery to the amp (the power cable should also have an inline fuse to protect the amplifier); 3 feet of ground cable of equal thickness as the power cable; an RCA signal cable to carry the left and right signals from your head unit to the amp; a "remote on" wire which can be any thin wire (20 to 24 gauge) that will also run from the head unit to the amp; speaker wire (if you are powering subwoofers you should only need about 3 feet of 12-gauge wire per sub, if you're going to power your main speakers you will need enough 16-gauge wire to reach each speaker from the amp, 12 feet per speaker is usually safe).

  • 3

    Gather the following tools: Screwdrivers, wire cutters, wire strippers, pliers, a utility knife, sandpaper, masking tape with a pen for labeling, 2 crimp-on o-ring ends for the power and ground cables. If you're hooking the amp to your speakers, you'll also need 2 crimp-on female spade connectors for each speaker.

  • 4

    Find a manual with instructions on taking off the dash of your car (not the whole dash--just the head unit, in order to hook wires to the back), and also to get at your car's speakers if you are hooking the amp to them.
    The Installation

  • 1

    Disconnect the ground (negative) cable from your battery. Never work on the electrical system of your car with this connected.

  • 2

    Attach the side with the fuse of the thick positive (+/red) power cable to the connector on the positive terminal of your battery; the o-ring can be sandwiched in the bolt on the connector that connects your car to the battery. Now put the fuse in the fuse holder.

  • 3

    Run the power cable through the firewall of your car (there is usually an opening on the driver's side) and to your amplifier. If your amp is in the back it is usually best to run this wire under the plastic molding that goes along the bottom edge of your car. Be careful where you run the wire because the power cables should never be near the signal or speaker wires.

  • 4

    Find a metal bolt or screw on the metal of your car near the amp to connect the ground cable to. This should be as close to the amp as possible, never more than 3 feet. Unscrew it and clean the metal surface with sandpaper. Attach the ground to it with the o-ring and screw it back down firmly.

  • 5

    Remove your head unit and run the signal and remote on wires from behind the head unit to your amp. Connect the RCA connectors and the remote on wire to the back of your head unit.

  • 6

    (If you are installing subwoofers and not running your normal speakers off the amplifier skip to step 7.) Run the 16-gauge wire from each one of your speakers to the amplifier. On the amp side use the masking tape to label each wire so you know which speaker it is. On the speaker end-strip a 1/4 inch off the ends of the wires and crimp on the female spade connectors with your pliers. Connect the spade connectors to your speakers making sure to match the positive (+/red or white) with the positive terminal and the negative (-/black) with the negative one.

  • 7

    Connect everything to your amplifier. Only strip off as much as you need off the end of each wire to make a solid connection, you don't want any exposed wire hanging out. If you have subs, attach them to the amp with the 12-gauge speaker wire.

  • 8

    Secure your amp to something. If it is in the back you can screw it directly to your subwoofer enclosure. If it is under a seat you may just want to get some straps that hold it down.

  • 9

    Reconnect your car's negative cable to the battery. Test your system and make sure everything works, going around to see that every speaker is on before you put everything back together

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    Jensen CD-510K hooking a 200 watt amp to it.Need to know what wires need to use to hook it up


    rca cables for audio and a remote wire. just plug the rca cables into the plugs in the back of the deck and the remote wire (i suggest buying a thicker (speaker wire size) gauge wire since it allows you to get more power out of the amp) to the blue remote wire coming from the deck. you will also need an 8 gauge power wire (12 inches to 12 feet depending on where the battery and amp are) and an 8 gauge ground wire (no longer than 24 inches).

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    Hi there,

    The lower the gauge, the thicker the wire.
    You want multi-strand, not solid. This has better conductivity and less resistance over distance.

    10 to 8 gauge will be able to handle anything that particular amp needs.

    Remember an in-line fuse on the power cable as close to the battery as possible.

    The speaker wire doesn't really need to be anything special

    Sound good? Pun intended

    Best regards
    Mike

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    Battery wire fabrication


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    If this is a head unit, you'll need the adapter harness to plug your existing stereo harnesses into the new head unit. It makes it simple - the wires on the new head unit are color-coded for what they do, and the adapter harness is identically coded. Match the colors, then plug it in. You may also need an antenna wire adapter (some cars require this).

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