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    hey guys do you need to run a distribution block for more then 2 amps? or can u hook them straight to the battery?

    how about for the remote wires from the HU do you need a distribution block for them?

    one last question can i ground both amps to the same point on the car? or do they have to be separate?

    thanks guys

  • #2
    No.
    No.
    Yes.

    You haven't said anything about your PC.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      sorry darque just to confirm... so i can terminate both +tive wires at battery and it will be fine?

      i am not running a PC yet.. i just got a new set of components + amp and just trying to figure out how to wire it up with a AMP + sub already installed

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      • #4
        You don't need a distribution block unless you are...well...needing to distribute power to multiple locations.

        You can connect direct to your battery if you want, but you didn't mention adding a fuse inline. You'll want to do that close to the battery so if the wire accidentally grounds against, say, the firewall where it passes into the cabin, you won't have a direct short from battery to ground.

        At that point, the wire becomes the fuse and if conditions are right, it will heat up until either the insulation catches fire or something nearby does. If you fuse it near the battery, the fuse will blow and nothing will happen.
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        • #5
          sorry buy i do have a inline fuse ready to go on the wire.
          well i am distributing power to 2 amps so i guess that does qualify?

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          • #6
            Holy crap! I misread your post. I thought you were asking if you needed to use a distro block if you were running more than 2 amps of *electricity*. Not two amplifiers!

            You don't have to have a distro block for 2 amplifiers but make sure you have an inline fuse on both wires no more than a foot from the battery. That will protect the wire. I presume the amps themselves have fuses on them to protect the amplifier.
            Originally posted by ghettocruzer
            I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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            • #7
              Still haven't read anything about your PC, krayzie...
              Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
              How about the Wiki?



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              • #8
                DP he said he wasn't running one yet.
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                • #9
                  the main reason for distro blocks is consolidation-- it is a pain to run wire from the front to the back of the car, whereas, with a distro block, you can run just 1 wire..as long as the power you need is taken into consideration.

                  it is usually recommended to try to ground multiple amps to the same spot, though, it is also usually recommended that you try to ground a amp within 12in, so the 2 will not always go hand-in-hand..
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                  • #10
                    yeah DP sorry i havent gotten around to my PC yet im just trying to get the audio down first,

                    i have 2 x 200W RMS amps to 1 sub 12inch kenwood DB+ and the other to JL c2 600 splits

                    do you think i can run an 8 gauge to dist block then to 2 8 gauge?

                    or should it be 4 dist block 8 - 8'


                    thanks again!

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                    • #11
                      You want a larger wire going into the distro block and splitting off to smaller wires.
                      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                      How about the Wiki?



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                      • #12
                        actually, depending on the size of the amps you might not have to use an actual amp wiring harness. I currently have a 400watt 2/3/4 channel Jensen amp in my blazer and I'm powering it off of 14 gauge wire with a 20amp inline fuse right at the amp.
                        my distro block is a simple 8 way terminal strip with a 8 way jumper split to allow a main positive and negative with 7 additional connections for each.
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                        • #13
                          Hi id run a oawg cable to the distribution block and then either split to 4awg or 8awg but whatever awg u use for the main feed u need to use for your earth as well.If connecting more than 1 amp to the remote turn on lead i would use a relay something like a 30 amp single pole double throw relay or (spdt) for short next to the pins it will have numbers and the following should be connected like so.
                          num 87 12+
                          num 86 main remote turn on lead
                          num 85 Ground
                          num 30 the accessories u want to run e.g amps,neons etc

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                          • #14
                            Hello,

                            Maybe someone here can help me (plz). I just bought a car Seat Ibiza of 2000. i have a big problem right now. im in the car and switch off the radio and in max 5 min turns on automatically. The same when i close turn off the car to leave, automatically turns on in 5 min. the risk is that the radio working overnight i run off in battery the next day.

                            Pls if enyone of you have any idea how to solve it, will be a great help.

                            Thanks in advance.

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