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Hey all,

 

Prepping the rig for a fairly big audio upgrade.

Bought subs already, got the kayhan audio icc (mainly for its RCA outputs and awesome snr, thd values). 

Will be getting alpine type r speakers all round, amps still tbd as I'm negotiating price deals on them.

 

Anyway, that's not the point of this thread. I am looking into getting some wire for the install, specifically 2 gauge and 4 gauge OFC wire. Really struggling to source this wire from aus at decent prices. Wondering if anyone here can help out or know of any place to get power wire from? 

Pls do not mention jaycar, I know they sell it but its not the best and the price is a little steep.

 

Cheers all!

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have never bought Oxygen-Free-Copper cables; so I wouldn't be able to help, specifically... but if you're not going to be running a ridiculous amount of amps for a long period of time (e.g. the heat factor etc in the wiring), I don't think it's worth purchasing it at all, over conventional amp power wires. I think 2 gauge is more than enough and hard enough to install, let alone 0 gauge which I've installed a couple of times, too... my sound system is already too loud in my car for reasonably long periods of listening (more than 6min) and it's only on 4 gauge power wiring :)

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two amps, will be running around 1500W combined output. 

I've done many installs for car systems and I get pretty pedantic about it. They've all been family and friends cars with relatively low budget builds. So buying the "amp wiring kits" was always fine. Mine however is gonna be a bit different and I want to it right. 

 

I've done the calculations, and you're right. 4 gauge in theory would work for my system but its on the edge. To be safe I'm going 2 or 1 gauge wire to a Power Distribution block and splitting it from there in the boot area to 4 gauge for each amp. Got a main fuse going in the engine bay, and 2 more fuses for each amp.

 

Being fairly high end amps, the power to them needs to be "clean". OFC wire for this is the way to go.

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Getting there!!

 

I've found the 0 Gauge wires in my research but not been able to find the 2 Gauge. For my setup 0 gauge wire is way overkill, not to mention an

b$@tch to install

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Be careful Big difference in cable material. You want tinned copper not CCA. 2G from Jaycar $17. Just buy that at least you know its the correct stuff. Its only about $100

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6 hours ago, Rab said:

 

Ran these kits on my focal system but in 2 gauge power to distribution block but I was running AAAALOT more than 1500wrms 

 

4gauge for a 1500watt system is totally fine so I’m not sure why you are stressing about that so much and if you are going constant power you should be running a cap. 

 

In my my truck I run 4gauge the whole way and that system is 3000wrms constant (same knuconcept kit as above on both amps also) 

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13 hours ago, MBAF said:

if you are going constant power you should be running a cap

Ah yes, the fad of the car audio industry 😉

 

Capacitors' main functions are buffers, aiding in filtering and what not.

 

They are not current sources, instead they are voltage sources (to put it simply). The only thing a capacitor will do in these is stop headlights from dimming if you have a bad battery.

 

Basically. Get a better battery instead of a capacitor lol. 

 

 

Cheers for all the help!

 

Got some things to consider and think about for my build. 👌

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