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Thread: connecting amp to speaker wires in OEM harness

  1. #1
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    Jul 2008

    connecting amp to speaker wires in OEM harness

    i wanted some opinions on connecting my speakers to the amp. Are the wires connecting the speakers to the OEM wiring harness big enough to be able to connect them to the amp for the audio? I am trying to avoid running speaker wire from the amp to each speaker, so if the factory wires are good enough, i was thinking i could just tap into those right at the dash and be done with it. Opinions and criticism wanted, i'm still learning and planning.

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    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
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    Apr 2004
    Factory speaker wire is good enough for low-power factory speakers connected to a low-power factory headunit.

    You can use the factory wiring and connect your amp to it. You may or may not notice poor sound quality as a result.
    If you're going to be running power wires and RCA cables anyway, you might as well run new speaker wire since the car is torn apart.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?

    Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

  3. #3
    Low Bitrate
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Houston, Tx
    The wires will be good enough if you have a moderate 4 channel amp. On my setup I wanted to run new wires but my speakers are in the doors and I couldn't get the wire through the grommet thingy that goes between the door and the body of the car (spent two days trying to get them to go through). Instead I just tapped into the harness of the radio. I have a 50wX4 amp and its holding up just fine.

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    Jul 2008
    i am planning on putting the computer and the amp in a custom box between my 2 front seats (crew cab F-250), so i was not planning on taking the whole truck apart. Tying into the factory wires would make my life a lot easier. I am using a 60wx4 amp so I should be ok then right Squadfer?

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    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Falls Church, VA
    Thats fine.
    Take my advice: Do not try to build a system that includes EVERY feature. Start with the basics, build it to a bug free state, and THEN add on.

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