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Old 05-07-2006, 12:29 PM
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what gauge wire

im installing my 1st system in my truck today and im wondering what gauge wire should i be running from my amp to my box? and what gauge wire should i be running from the sub to the connecter cup on the inside of the box?

the wireing kit i got for the sub is 8 gauge do i run that from the amp to the sub or just regular speaker wire? and do i run 8 gauge in the box or regular speaker wire?
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Old 05-07-2006, 12:47 PM
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Run the same size wire in the box as you would run between your amp and box.
This 8 gauge kit, more then likely has an 8 gauge power wire and a 14-16 gauge speaker wire. 8 gauge speaker wire would be kind of massive.



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im installing my 1st system in my truck today and im wondering what gauge wire should i be running from my amp to my box? and what gauge wire should i be running from the sub to the connecter cup on the inside of the box?

the wireing kit i got for the sub is 8 gauge do i run that from the amp to the sub or just regular speaker wire? and do i run 8 gauge in the box or regular speaker wire?
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Old 05-07-2006, 01:52 PM
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Yeah, 8 awg is very big for speaker wire, but if you have it, use it. otherwise, 14 awg always seems to be a good size for speaker wires particularly subs in normal(non spl) systems.
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one thing though, are you sure your amp kit is large enough to supply the amp with the power it needs? this wasn't mentioned, (power rating for amp) so I would also make sure that is sufficient asd well.

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Old 05-08-2006, 03:42 PM
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the guy at the store sold me the amp sub and wireing kit so it should be the right one, iv been looking around and all i can find is 16G wire! iv looked at a number of stores too.
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Old 05-08-2006, 04:32 PM
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home depot, radio shack, rona, wal mart, canadian tire and just about any car audio or electronics shop should have at least 14 awg.
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Old 05-08-2006, 11:16 PM
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12 or 10 is what I have allways used.
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Old 05-09-2006, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by veeman
Yeah, 8 awg is very big for speaker wire, but if you have it, use it. otherwise, 14 awg always seems to be a good size for speaker wires particularly subs in normal (non spl) systems.


we use 8 guage for speaker wire.....is that wrong....is there such thing as over kill......should i take a few batteries out....lol....just kidding.....i feel funny hearing guys say that 8 guage is over kill. i wish i could do thicker. but seriously. 12 guage or 14 is ok for a normal system. we are overkill but there are those that use 8 guage for extreme installs.


most speakers will not accept 8 gauge anyways....and it takes a particular speaker to accept 8 gauge. it is better to use what is intended for the speaker you have.
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Old 09-19-2007, 02:10 PM
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i dont know anything about this stuff but i saw it on ebay and its hell of alot cheaper than what shops charge most shops want about 1.00/ foot

http://cgi.ebay.ca/12-Gauge-TWISTED-Speaker-Wire-FAST-SHIPPING_W0QQitemZ270165665319QQihZ017QQcategoryZ1 4980QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

or this one is good too:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Speaker-wire-16-Guage-Twisted-Pair-150-Ft_W0QQitemZ270166502944QQihZ017QQcategoryZ32811QQ ssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem



i am considering picking up the 12guage stuff and doin my car with it.
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:12 AM
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i acquired regular 14awg wire from my dads shop. its not speaker wire but its good quality wire. is there a difference in the shielding between regular wire and speaker wire? i haven't installed my front components yet but i want to know if i should be going out and buying actual speaker wire instead. thanks in advance.
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