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99durango5.9L
04-12-2008, 11:41 AM
.....i don't see people run big wires to the subs....is there a reason why....i saw on one of steve meades builds it looks like he had 4 guage some something....it was a good sized wire to the subs....why would someone do that?....whats the advantage?

Telegon80
04-12-2008, 11:44 AM
I have 4 gauge also with huge banana clips. It was available to me so i used it.

I think bigger wire has less resistance, also looks gangster as fawk having a huge ROPE coming out of the box.

craigzter
04-12-2008, 11:48 AM
lol...

he is prolly using such thick guaged wire because of the amps he is using...thicker wire allows more current flow than smaller wire.

but...i used 12ga monster cable hw2 wire on my subs, but anywhere from a 10ga to 14-16ga is good for a normal speaker in a typical sq setup.

99durango5.9L
04-12-2008, 12:02 PM
lol...

he is prolly using such thick guaged wire because of the amps he is using...thicker wire allows more current flow than smaller wire.

but...i used 12ga monster cable hw2 wire on my subs, but anywhere from a 10ga to 14-16ga is good for a normal speaker in a typical sq setup.

im just looking for spl....i think mine are 14

lilmaniac2
04-12-2008, 12:07 PM
we tested spl differences from 16-8 guage and saw no improvement in spl with ~ 4kw

skydeaner
04-12-2008, 12:10 PM
we tested spl differences from 16-8 guage and saw no improvement in spl with ~ 4kw

lol there ya have it. i am running 1200wrm and using 16g... I laught at people that use 8g wires or bigger... what a waste of money.

99durango5.9L
04-12-2008, 12:29 PM
we tested spl differences from 16-8 guage and saw no improvement in spl with ~ 4kw


lol there ya have it. i am running 1200wrm and using 16g... I laught at people that use 8g wires or bigger... what a waste of money.

thats what i wanted to know

SethPhillips
04-12-2008, 12:31 PM
ive been running 10 ga to my sub's... overkill! i love it..

dman4486
04-12-2008, 12:33 PM
ive been running 10 ga to my sub's... overkill! i love it..

hah....i am running 12gauge to the rsd's with 230 watts:p:

Goindef154
04-12-2008, 12:38 PM
I run 8 gauge to my subs, makes me feel cool :D

lil_italy773
04-12-2008, 12:40 PM
yeah that is 4awg that steve meades uses. im still only using 8awg. i use the needle type pin reducers

SethPhillips
04-12-2008, 12:46 PM
hah....i am running 12gauge to the rsd's with 230 watts:p:

now that's what im talkin bout.. nice;)

dman4486
04-12-2008, 12:46 PM
now that's what im talkin bout.. nice;)

:laugh:

donpisto
04-12-2008, 12:55 PM
I'm using 16 awg with 4k goin to the sub. The sub plays fine, thats all that matters. Even if you were to use thicker or larger gauge wire, I highly doubt anyone will notice an audible difference. If you want to be cool, by all means go for it, but I prefer to have my wires hidden for a clean looking install. If you are into strictly SPL to the point where you are a hardcore competitor and if you do see a gain, then use it...otherwise, no need to.

ultimate157
04-12-2008, 02:47 PM
we tested spl differences from 16-8 guage and saw no improvement in spl with ~ 4kw

Burping? How long?

lilmaniac2
04-12-2008, 02:48 PM
3 sec burps, about 10 of em...

and i had 8gauge on my subs :)

Random1010
04-12-2008, 03:12 PM
i use 8 gauge because its what i have laying around..