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  • Few questions on M4-ATX

    I am going to use 8 gauge wire for the 12v and ground. Does the ACC wire have to be 8 gauge? Has anyone built a plug like adapter to disconnect easily? Did anyone put a fuse(s) inline? What size? I see the M4 has a 25 amp on it.

    what type of enclosure is anyone using? I want to install in my dell and is there an easy way to install?

    Sorry for all the questions but I am anxious to get things started.Thank U.

  • #2
    Originally posted by flyerman View Post
    I am going to use 8 gauge wire for the 12v and ground. Does the ACC wire have to be 8 gauge?
    No.

    Has anyone built a plug like adapter to disconnect easily?
    Yes.

    Did anyone put a fuse(s) inline?
    Yes. Definitely put on on the constant 12v line. The debate is out whether it's needed on the ignition-controlled ACC line.

    What size? I see the M4 has a 25 amp on it.
    A 25A or 30A fuse WITHIN 18 INCHES OF tHE BATTERY would be sufficient.
    Remember that the fuse is to protect the wiring, not hte equipment.

    what type of enclosure is anyone using? I want to install in my dell and is there an easy way to install?
    Do you really need an enclosure?
    And you're going to have to get to fabricating. There's no easy means of installing.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      thank you for the quick and informative response.

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      • #4
        Has anyone built a plug like adapter to disconnect easily?

        Yes.

        Can you please elaborate?

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        • #5
          I don't have a quick disconnect, but I'm sure you could use anything that would accept an 8 gauge wire.
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          • #6
            I just connected my wiring to the terminal posts: each connection is a possible failure point and can add resistance. I'm just a nOOb at this stuff, but I've been doing cars, bikes and computers (separately!) for years.

            As for cases- I did put my psu in a project case from Radio Shack. Not a major process, and it does allow me to have a dedicated fan forcing airflow over the board while reducing the chance of something shorting out.

            Of course, my whole computer is in... well, more than a single case.

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            • #7
              Here is a picture of it inside a PSU enclosure.

              Have you found the "everything you need to know about your M4" FAQ yet?
              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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