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    Are distribution blocks bi-directional?

    I know its a strange question. Here is what I want to do. I have 4 ga running from battery and was looking at a block that has 1-4 ga in and 4-8 ga out. One of the 8's would go to the OPUS. I am hoping to take 2 additional 8's and run backwards through another block to get back to 4 ga for the amp. Will this work?

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    I am not quite sure what you are talking about (probably some kind of language barrier) but it seems to me like you are trying to invent... a perpetum mobile!

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    Yes it would work, but i would recommend it, it is definatly not the best method. why dont you just look for a block that has 4 gauge outs or run 8 gauge to the amp, what is the power rating of the amp?
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    Yes.

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    The amp is rated 4 x 80 RMS @ 4 ohms. Running 8 ga to the amp may be enough but why starve the amp if I can get additional power from the dist block with another 8 ga feed. I would assume that the reverse dist block idea would be safer than stuffing two 8 ga feeds into the amps input or trying to stuff 4 ga output into the dist block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ficklerx
    The amp is rated 4 x 80 RMS @ 4 ohms. Running 8 ga to the amp may be enough but why starve the amp if I can get additional power from the dist block with another 8 ga feed. I would assume that the reverse dist block idea would be safer than stuffing two 8 ga feeds into the amps input or trying to stuff 4 ga output into the dist block.
    You will not starve an amp that has that much power. 1 8 ga wire is perfect.
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    Make sure you can actually fit a 4 gauge wire in the terminal on the amp. I know my amp was rated saying it only needed 8 gauge, and I wanted to run 4. So I mounted the amp, ran all the 4 gauge, and came to find out that 4 gauge wouldn't even fit in the + terminal of the amp.

    And I agree with lgbr... 8 gauge for that amp will not even come close to starving it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx
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    If you keep the 8 gauge under 7 feet long after the distro block, it will allow for the same amount of power as the 4 gauge wire brings to the distrobution block.

    Your way would work too I guess, but I wouldnt recommend it.

    Dont forget to fuse after the distrobution block! (unless you have a fancy one with fuses already in )

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