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4 AWG amp wire

I have hooked up everything and the system works great. 2 PA 12's and a 2400W PA amp with a 2 farad cap. everything works great but the 4 awg wire is hot in the engine compartment. from the batter to the fuse and then a little on past the fuse. The jeep was left overnight and when looked at this morning... the wire was still hot after the engine compartment was cool. Any Suggestions?

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For that amplifier you need to be running 0 gauge wire . Also check your ground to make sure you have the best connection possible.

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