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Orion Man
01-11-2007, 12:17 AM
I am rewiring my system and want to know what the best size wire will be for me...

See my sig for the list of my components. I am either looking for 12awg or 14awg, but not sure. F & R have 60rms going to them, and the sub has 300rms.

Thanks!

geowick07
01-11-2007, 12:39 AM
12 or 14 will be fine. People even use 16 sometimes, but 12-14 will be fine.

elementxero
01-11-2007, 12:43 AM
use -500 gauge wiring, that should be best.

This is the rule of thumb:

Use wiring bigger than your torso and that is best.

YW

UndercoverPunk
01-11-2007, 01:04 AM
use -500 gauge wiring, that should be best.

This is the rule of thumb:

Use wiring bigger than your torso and that is best.

YW

go die, stupid joke.

14 would be good, I'm partial to 12 myself.

Jboy2
01-11-2007, 01:06 AM
8 gauge man..

teylix
01-11-2007, 04:30 AM
for components you could easily run 16 AWG for that power without a problem..

for 300rms to a sub.. 12awg imo

enzowho
01-11-2007, 04:54 AM
for components you could easily run 16 AWG for that power without a problem..for 300rms to a sub.. 12awg imo
I would agree

brendan_121212
01-11-2007, 05:03 AM
I use 1000 MCM wire myself. Its a ***** to solder to the factory harness, though.

ultimate157
01-11-2007, 08:10 AM
That amount of power anything 16 or smaller. you'll be fine.

Orion Man
01-11-2007, 12:55 PM
Thanks guys, I just wanted to be sure b4 I tore into everything.

Frankensuby
01-11-2007, 07:49 PM
I'm running 70 RMS through speaker wire, and by summer to be 125 RMS or more through it.

16 gauge: ~8.7 amperes
8 ohms - <600 watts
6 ohms - <450 watts
4 ohms - <300 watts
3 ohms - <225 watts
2 ohms - <150 watts
1 ohm - <75 watts

And these specs are at 20 feet. If you throw the amp under your passenger seat, the furthest run you'll be throwing will be >5 feet. My furthest from the trunk is 7 feet. Mind you this is speaker wire, and not power wire (whatever the difference is, probably strand count.)