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    Wow, thanks a lot. I forgot to mention, I did check Best Buy and a&b Sound as well. I don't think they had them, I'll try again today.
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    Nobody has high amp fuses. I have to try my luck at small install shops this week but I did pick up a 4 gauge amp kit from Cash Converters today as well as a new distribution block, and the install kit came with an inline fuse so that's one less to worry about. So now......lacking the fuses, here's what I'll do.

    1. 4 gauge power wire from battery to distribution block.
    2. Stock inline fuse in 4 gauge wire, whatever it is. 80 amps I think.
    3. Distribution block with no fuses (no sound, I know)
    4. 8 gauge wire from distribution block to subwoofer amp
    5. 8 gauge wire from distribution block to speaker amp
    6. remote lead wire from computer to sub amp
    7. remove lead wire from computer to speaker amp
    8. 3 amps, subwoofer, distribution block and computer mounted in trunk

    Then when I get the fuses I pop them in and I'm ready to go.
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    Sounds good

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    Ya, I might have to buy online, sucks to have to wait for shipping.
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    I got everything and started installing today. After snaking the 4 gauge wire around everything and hiding it, I ended up using the full 18 feet of wire, but I have a new question. Can I ground the 2 amps on 8 gauge wire? Since they both have 8 gauge going to them from the distribution block, I can ground them on 8 gauge right? And there's a 40 amp fuse in one and a 25 amp fuse in the other amp, and the 8 gauge wire can hold a max of 52 amps, so it should be fine right?
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    Good rule of thumb is ground using same or bigger awg wire. You should be fine.

    I I hope you mean ground each amp with 8awg wire, not sharing 1 8awg wire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    Good rule of thumb is ground using same or bigger awg wire. You should be fine.

    I I hope you mean ground each amp with 8awg wire, not sharing 1 8awg wire.
    haha ya, each amp to the same bolt with 2 different 8 gauge wires. I realized today the MTX amp only accepts 8 gauge, I didn't even clue in when someone told me that a week ago.
    By the way, I'm having a hell of a time crimping the ring terminal on the 4 gauge wire!
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