I cant wait to see pictures of this. Im going to have a very high power system running through my baby(1000W min) so I dont anticipate being able to run anything smaller than a 2 gauge wire, which is a bitch and a half to get through any hole in the firewall itself. (ive tried before!)vaBooM said:Hmm... I have always ran my LOCs stereo. Why? So you can still balance different sounds that are independant to each side. Not such a big deal for music.. but geared towards movies and such.
I plan to run 1/0 gauge power... so I gotta wrap it in flam-retardant film and run it under the car.
$65 for an amp install is typical.
What all did you have installed and hows it sound?
VaBoom - Why are you running 1/0 awg power wire? What kind of amp is that powering? It better be a few 1,000's of watts or it is pretty pointless. 4 awg can do up to 1600watts and 8 awg can do 1000 watts no problem. It would be much easier to run the smaller guage wire if aren't running a 3000 watt amp. Also, I don't think that 0/1 awg wire would burst into flames. If you are using an inline fuse, which you should be, you are never going to run too much current on that line. Also lower guage wire have higher current capacity and lower resistance, so there should be no reason lower guage wire will "burst into flames". 1/0 awg just seems overkill and much harder to work with.vaBooM said:There is 2 ways Ive done it:
1st - At the bottom of the spare tire wheel (removed of course) I drill a hole, usually 1.5" and use that plastic stuff (also comes in chrome or gold... for those bling-blingers) that runs along the door edge, protecting your doors from damaging another. I put super glue inside the lining and run it all the way around the edge of the hole. Why 1.5"? Ive had nitrous in all my other cars... good for upgrades
2nd - run the 1/0 gauge back into a distribution block under the car. Instead of 1x 1.5" hole.. i do 2x 1" holes (or more...) for 4 gauge to go to the amps. One BIG advantage to this is: replace fuses quickly. Quick disadvantage: Where will it be mounted? On my Jetta, I removed the spare tire well and replaced it with a flat sheet of metal.
It is not wise at all to run any wire larger than 4 gauge inside the cab. If anything were to happen to the power wire... it will burst into flames. If your running 4 gauge or bigger, that means your main fuse (near battery) will be over 100 amps. That kind of power will FRY...
Im going to be running a Phoenix Gold Octane 8:4.0 and a Cadence A7HC. The Phoenix puts out 125x4, and the Cadence dishes out 1400wx1. Both amps run 80amp fuses.