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    Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    How would you go about doing this? I am going to be installing two amps-one for lows, one for highs. Right now I already have the high amp hooked up, but the power wire is connected to the fuse box under the hood... I was unaware of this at the time of installation, I didn't install it, but everything I've read says I need to connect it to the battery. Is this correct?

    But besides that, how would you connect two amps to one battery without a distro block? Would you run one wire and use a wire splitter (essentially a distro block...), or two separate power wires? Thanks for any replies.



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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    yes direct to the battery ,and you can run a separate wire for the second amp if its easier for you .




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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

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    yes direct to the battery ,and you can run a separate wire for the second amp if its easier for you .
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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    If you want you can have 1 run of 0 gauge wire to a dist block in the car. The have 2 runs of 4 gauge wire coming off the dist block, one for mids and one for subs.




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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    The highs amp is 4x100 but I'm only using 2 channels. Is it possible to bridge it to get more power to my component speakers?

    The low amp is 200 @ 4 ohm. So the whole system will only be seeing ~300-400 total watts.

    Should I: Run one 4 gauge power wire and then split it or run two power wires- one 8 gauge and one 4 gauge. 8 is what is already connected to the highs amp...

    Do I need to worry about any inline fuses?



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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mills561 View Post
    The highs amp is 4x100 but I'm only using 2 channels. Is it possible to bridge it to get more power to my component speakers?

    The low amp is 200 @ 4 ohm. So the whole system will only be seeing ~300-400 total watts.

    Should I: Run one 4 gauge power wire and then split it or run two power wires- one 8 gauge and one 4 gauge. 8 is what is already connected to the highs amp...

    Do I need to worry about any inline fuses?
    actually, 4 ga is almost 2x as big as 8ga. You would run 2ga or 4ga back to a distro block and 8 ga to the amps(or the largest they accept). And yes, a fuse within a foot of the battery is essential. Figure up what both amps require and fuse accordingly. Then you will have to fuse again between the distro block and amp(unless the distro has fuses) using the appropriate fuse for that amp.


    so, are you saying you have a 400w 4ch amp wired to a fuse panel and no inline fuse?? I have seen a few jake leg installs, but not one like that in 20 years..lucky your car has not burned slap to the ground....saw that happen about 20 yrs ago to a guy who wired up using 8ga wired to the battery and no fuse..the wire shorted under the carpet and caught the car on fire.




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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mills561 View Post
    The highs amp is 4x100 but I'm only using 2 channels. Is it possible to bridge it to get more power to my component speakers?

    The low amp is 200 @ 4 ohm. So the whole system will only be seeing ~300-400 total watts.

    Should I: Run one 4 gauge power wire and then split it or run two power wires- one 8 gauge and one 4 gauge. 8 is what is already connected to the highs amp...

    Do I need to worry about any inline fuses?
    A single 4 gauge run to a Fused dist block is fine for ur application.. And you can get a 1-4 gauge in, and 2-8 gauge out block for cheap..Fuse to spec



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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    Quote Originally Posted by quackhead View Post
    actually, 4 ga is almost 2x as big as 8ga. You would run 2ga or 4ga back to a distro block and 8 ga to the amps(or the largest they accept). And yes, a fuse within a foot of the battery is essential. Figure up what both amps require and fuse accordingly. Then you will have to fuse again between the distro block and amp(unless the distro has fuses) using the appropriate fuse for that amp.


    so, are you saying you have a 400w 4ch amp wired to a fuse panel and no inline fuse?? I have seen a few jake leg installs, but not one like that in 20 years..lucky your car has not burned slap to the ground....saw that happen about 20 yrs ago to a guy who wired up using 8ga wired to the battery and no fuse..the wire shorted under the carpet and caught the car on fire.
    lol... fuse or lose. Why gamble, right?



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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    Quote Originally Posted by quackhead View Post

    so, are you saying you have a 400w 4ch amp wired to a fuse panel and no inline fuse?? I have seen a few jake leg installs, but not one like that in 20 years..lucky your car has not burned slap to the ground....saw that happen about 20 yrs ago to a guy who wired up using 8ga wired to the battery and no fuse..the wire shorted under the carpet and caught the car on fire.
    Wow. That is disturbing news. Right now it's only pushing 50 watts at 2 channels- so 100 total... but wow. Going to hook that wire to the battery asap!



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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    Make sure you install a fuse when you do!

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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mills561 View Post
    How would you go about doing this? I am going to be installing two amps-one for lows, one for highs. Right now I already have the high amp hooked up, but the power wire is connected to the fuse box under the hood... I was unaware of this at the time of installation, I didn't install it, but everything I've read says I need to connect it to the battery. Is this correct?

    But besides that, how would you connect two amps to one battery without a distro block? Would you run one wire and use a wire splitter (essentially a distro block...), or two separate power wires? Thanks for any replies.
    you can connect 2 amps to 1 batt by using ring terminals for the wires



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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    Quote Originally Posted by bgowdy31 View Post
    you can connect 2 amps to 1 batt by using ring terminals for the wires
    Thanks for the reply. This is what I was really wondering but I appreciate all the other replies trying to help out. Would I use one terminal or two?

    EDIT: Stupid question... two, obviously.



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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

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    Make sure you install a fuse when you do!

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    But I was confused about how to properly use it. I have some 4 gauge KnuKonceptz wire that fit perfectly into the 4 gauge terminal... but the other 1/0 I have was a little too small for the bigger terminals. So I basically said **** it, and want to run separate wires.

    Would I be able to use that distro block for the ground wires?



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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    The 1/0 should fit in there. Did you pull an extra 1/8-1/4 through and fold it over before screwing it back in?

    You can also use it as a ground distro you just need a fuse in it to make a completed connection



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    Re: Installing two amps without a distibution block?

    Quote Originally Posted by OmegaBunny View Post
    The 1/0 should fit in there. Did you pull an extra 1/8-1/4 through and fold it over before screwing it back in?

    You can also use it as a ground distro you just need a fuse in it to make a completed connection
    I have no idea how to use it... I took off the plastic casing and took out the screws with a hex key but that's about as far as I got. Is there more to it? It doesn't seem like there is anyway to fully secure the wire. What am I doing wrong?



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