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Thread: Best way to connect 8 gauge wire to 12-16 gauge wire?

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    Best way to connect 8 gauge wire to 12-16 gauge wire?

    Finally have all my car audio and power parts in (amp, sub, amp install kit). Back seats and paneling have been removed from my car. Have a remote audio video switcher, as well as an inverter and other goodies. Anyway, just a few quick questions:

    I will have 4 gauge power cable from battery to to trunk distro block, at which point it will branch off into 3x8 gauge cables to feed an inverter and and amplifiers. These lead back to another ground distro block.

    I need some smaller 12 volt power lines to power a Sirius tuner, the amplified video switchbox, and maybe a rear view camera. Whats' the best way to get 12-16 gauge cable from the above setup? It's kinda unwieldy to wire crimp the 8 gauge and 16 cables together. I'm thinking I could solder one end of the 12 gauge cable to one end of the 8 gauge cable and then put that entire assembly into the distro block connector.

    Suggestions?

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    8 gauge is a little big but.....

    you might be able to find something along these lines:
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    or this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    or this:
    You're just showing off now...j/k - you're setup is tight.

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    Cool, where do I get something like that?

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    ghetto style - twist and electric tape

    whatever you want to do man it will work just make sure its a nice tight seal especialy if its coming from ur battery.... why dont u wire the smaller stuff like camera to a fuse under ur dash or something its easier and u can choose if u want it to turn on when u turn the key or alwayz be on... have fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by hd54321
    You're just showing off now...j/k - you're setup is tight.
    lol - thanks

    you can get stuff like that at any home depot, lowes, electrical supply store, etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by xdjxklusivex
    ghetto style - twist and electric tape

    whatever you want to do man it will work just make sure its a nice tight seal especialy if its coming from ur battery.... why dont u wire the smaller stuff like camera to a fuse under ur dash or something its easier and u can choose if u want it to turn on when u turn the key or alwayz be on... have fun
    this is about the most unprofessional way you could do it. it's not secure, and it's far from pretty, not to mention unsafe...

    but the fuse thing makes sense

    lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    this is about the most unprofessional way you could do it. it's not secure, and it's far from pretty, not to mention unsafe...

    but the fuse thing makes sense

    lol
    it may not be the best method but it works, it works especially well if you solder the wires then tape them up. i find connections where whe wires are only twisted and taped to hold up to abuse much better than any of the crimp style connectors commonly used
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    Anyone used these things for splicing in?
    http://cpc.farnell.com/jsp/endecaSea...CBA-560B&N=401
    Could be ok for low power things

    And red, i have to second that - you are such a show-off But i am being jealous - wish i had the time, money and skills to make something that nice.

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