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    What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    I am going to run two 0 gauge wires (a positive and a negative) from my battery to my amps in the back of an Explorer.

    What's wrong with running the wires under the vehicle along the framerail? Could it be safe as long as the wire doesn't contact any sharp edges and remains securely fastened to the frame?








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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    it shouldnt be a problem, i would wrap it in something, or have some kind of weather/heat proof sleeve. Just keep it away from your exhaust pipe

    I would recommend just finding a good ground in the back of the explorer though, there are plenty of them.



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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    Just make sure that the wire has some kind of protectant around it not around exhaust or anything hot and nothing to cut it as you stated or short it out.




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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    water/freezing water may pose a problem






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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    The route I plan to take is plenty far from the exhaust, and I was thinking of covering it with plastic wire loom or probably a length of rubber heater hose.




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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    Its only a problem when you don't take the necessary precautions that most people ignore. That is why it is not generally recommended.



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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    rubber hose should work really well, maybe even put wire loom over top of the rubber hose. make sure you secure it every 8" or less. if one or two of your zip ties breaks, you don't want to have wire dragging the ground.



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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    What year Explorer is it?

    In my old '95 and my '02 Explorer I have now, both had a cable channel right beneath the door sill. It ran from the kickpanel all the way to behind the second row seats. It just seems like it would be much easier to run the cables in there, opposed to running under the truck.



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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    Buy liquid tite (sp?) flex conduit.





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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    i saw what you did there




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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    i have run mine under my truck with no protection (they are fused of course), and they have been fine for almost 6 months now. however, i am in FL so i dont have to worry about freezing or really bad roads.



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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by bball09124 View Post
    i have run mine under my truck with no protection (they are fused of course), and they have been fine for almost 6 months now. however, i am in FL so i dont have to worry about freezing or really bad roads.
    Hopefully that wire never comes into contact with something hazardous and grounds out to the body of your car.




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    Quote Originally Posted by kbkid View Post
    What year Explorer is it?

    In my old '95 and my '02 Explorer I have now, both had a cable channel right beneath the door sill.
    It's a '97. I know I have a cable channel on the passenger side, but I'm not sure about the driver side.



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    Buy liquid tite (sp?) flex conduit.
    Is that gray conduit in the picture the stuff that has a metal spiral core covered with a gray rubber/plastic... or is it just rubber/plastic without a metal core?





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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by negative_camber View Post
    Is that gray conduit in the picture the stuff that has a metal spiral core covered with a gray rubber/plastic... or is it just rubber/plastic without a metal core?
    There isn't any metal in it. You can find it in the Lowe's (probably Home Depot too) electrical department. I believe that it's 3/4". If you have trouble getting 1/0 through it use some liquid soap, it works wonders




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    Re: What's wrong with running power wire under a vehicle?

    i run it in the inside of the frame well. 8 runs of 1/0 in now....

    i had 4 runs in for a year. pulled that out and it was still in very good condition besides it getting dirty.



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