Need Feedback On Wiring Thoughts
Okay, I'm moving along on my Car PC - and I'm confident I could do the wiring myself - just so long as I know what I'm doing is the right way. I'm new to this, I've done household wiring, replaced the factory stereo, simple stuff.
I appreciate any and all feedback/thoughts on this, and by all means if I'm under the wrong impression or have suggested something that is just down right stupid, PLEASE tell me :lol:
Okay, my planned setup is:
I added everything up and I'll be pulling 50W/40Amps - which according to the chart means I'll need to use 10 guage wire for a 10' run. I'm thinking I'll bump that to 8 guage wire for the 10' run just to be on the safe side, and in case I add any devices down the road I wouldn't have to necessarily rerun this wire. I'll need to put a 50AMP fuse within about a foot of the battery for the 8 gauge wire.
Now, I'm thinking of replacing the terminals that are on my battery currently with the positive and negative Metra ones from the MP3.com Store. I have an open accessory plug in my fuse box.
Tonight I'm going to look for an opening in my firewall that leads into the engine area of my car. Hopefully I can find one, else I have to find a place and drill/grommet the hole - which I would not be particularly fond of.
I'm thinking of shielding the cables when they're done with some sort of snake skin type wrap just to keep all the cables I'm running together, pretty, and secure. This wouldn't necessarily be needed, but would be nice.
I'd like to run the positive/negative leads into a distribution block. This one from the MP3.com store looks decent. This would let me run wires then from the distribution into the LCD, computer, and any other devices.
Now, as an aside - I believe I would need a ground distribution block. I took a quick glance through the store but I didn't see one, any advice on that part as well?
So then the M4-ATX goes into the distro, the LCD goes into the distro, and any other devices as needed (up to 4) into the distros.
I thought I read somewhere that I need a resistor, but I can't seem to find that again.
I appreciate any and all feedback on this!