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    Multiple Amp & Distribution Question

    In my new car, I am going to be running two amps (not at first) plus the carputer.

    I will be running two Alpine amps: 4 channel amp + sub amp. Both amps require 8 gauge power and ground.

    In trying to hook everything up, I was looking to run 4 gauge power directly from an yellowtop Optima battery into a distribution block (which one?)

    and then from there split it three ways to the amps and pc

    As I said before the amps will be bought in stages, so far now I want to lay the foundation for everything and do it right from the beginning.
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    I think this is what I need for two amps and the PC:
    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-WD3ZZyr...15&I=211CBR44A

    Would this work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbrain
    I think this is what I need for two amps and the PC:
    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-WD3ZZyr...15&I=211CBR44A

    Would this work?
    Why not look on ebay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    Why not look on ebay?
    Would any of thise blocks work? I wasi thinking the other product because it would make grounded the amps and the PC to the same point easy.
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    Don't use a block on the ground. You want to use a star ground. Bad grounding methods are the cause of 90% of noise in systems.

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    why can't you use a block? ... if I'm not mistaken, connecting all grounds together and then a single cable from that point to the chasis is one form of star grounding ... with this method using a non fused distro block establishes just that.

    I certainly wouldn't recommend using a fused block for ground ... but I don't see any problem with using a non fused block.
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    Don't waste your money on a fancy distro block. Head down to your local electronics shop (in australia we have something like jaycar.com.au) and grab a 3 or 4 way fused distro block. Just make sure it is 4ag in and 8ag out. Chuck in fuses appropriate to the equipment and you're all set.

    Probably a waste at 80bucks (US!) for something that is just a chunk of metal with some fuse holders and a bit of insulation.

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    I gave the crutchfield link only becuase they have large pics and detailed info about their products. I have a distro block for power, but I don't use one for the ground. I just have them all bolted in one place...

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    If your looking for a cheap way out just get a 3 way 4 gauge block,And yes using a solid block for the ground is a very good idea.
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