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    Carnetix p1900 6 pin harness extension

    Hello,

    I am installing a mac mini and I would like to put my carnetix power adapter in my dash, but keep the mac mini underneath a seat. The problem is the 6 pin input harness connecting to the back of the mac mini is too short to go from underneath a seat to behind the dash. Is it possible to by a male to female extension cable that I can put between the carnetix p1900 and the cable that plugs into the back of the mac mini?

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    Just make one. Use a larger gauge wire like 8 gauge and run it to the battery. You can use a distribution block for the connection between the 8 gauge and the P1900 harness. Get one that is fused for extra safety.
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    Bugbyte,

    Thanks for the quick reply. I am new to car stereo work (as you probably guessed). With my limited intro ee classwork I am not really sure where to start with wiring harnesses. Do you know of any tutorials online off the top of your head. If not, I will do some google searching.

    It sounds like you are basically saying I can get some 8ga wire and just go out of the 8 pin harness (I said 6 pin earlier, but I meant 8 pin) connected to my mac and then go into the carnetix converter as long as I don't mix up the wires, right?

    Sounds like a poor mans wire harness. Can I buy the plastic ends that go together or do I need to do it with just wires?

    Thanks.

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    Looks like I misunderstood you. You want to extend the cable from the output side of the Carnetix to the back of the Mac Mini. I was thinking you were trying to extend the cable on the input side to the Carnetix.

    Extending the Carnetix cable can be done. I believe the type of cable connectors you are looking for are called Molex. You want one end to be male and one end to be female. Try Digikey or Mouser for parts or perhaps they have extension cables.

    The other option is to cut the Carnetix cable and splice in extension wires. If you solder them and use and heat shrink tubing for insulation (all parts available at Radio Shack), it is a relatively simple operation. If you are in EE classes and don't know how to solder, now is the time. Look it up on Youtube for tutorials. It's easy.
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    Since you don't seem to be comfortable with this kind of stuff, you might try talking to Mike at CarNetix. Let him know what you are trying to do (and the length you need) and he might be willing to make you up a special length cable (for a price of course). Otherwise, he might at least give you the specific Molex part info so you don't have to try and guess to find the right one.

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    Thanks guys, I will look up Molex and see what I find. I am comfortable with soldering, just not familiar the components used with car stereos and audio. I will certainly contact Mike if I run into problems. I have about a week before my amp arrives at my house, so I should have plenty of time to burn things and screw things up.

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    On the mp3car store site the listing for the cable says that it SHOULD be able to be extended but that it voids the warranty if you do.

    Which, for me is more a a throwdown challenge than a warning. Everything I've done with my car PC has voided the warranty. What's one more thing?!
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