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    speaker wire & battery help?

    I just got a focus zx3. I'm gonna be running a concept 1200rms amp. Probly won't be using the whole 1200 right now. Do I need a bigger battery? Am I gonna need an ho alt? And will 10 gauge speaker wire be enough? I wanna do it right the 1st time. I don't know what amp alt is has now. Thanks for ur help







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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

    Quote Originally Posted by babsuhl81 View Post
    I just got a focus zx3. I'm gonna be running a concept 1200rms amp. Probly won't be using the whole 1200 right now. Do I need a bigger battery? Am I gonna need an ho alt? And will 10 gauge speaker wire be enough? I wanna do it right the 1st time. I don't know what amp alt is has now. Thanks for ur help
    What year is the focus? What subs are you going to be hooking up and what size installation kit? 10 ga should be alright for the actual speakers but not the amp! Your stock battery and alt will be just fine on that. Don't play it will the car off if you like your battery though!





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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

    How much can 10ga handle?




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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

    2000 focus. I have 0 ga to run. Right now I'm gonna have 2-10s running about 700rms. I'm probly gonna get a single or pair of 12s in the future




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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

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    How much can 10ga handle?
    Enough for your speaker wire I am not sure on actual numbers its just the current you are worried about. It looks to me that it has three 40 amp fuses thats alot of current for a 10 ga wire. I would buy a nice little 4 ga installation kit and only use the 10 ga for sub to box terminal and box terminal to amp.





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    Quote Originally Posted by babsuhl81 View Post
    2000 focus. I have 0 ga to run. Right now I'm gonna have 2-10s running about 700rms. I'm probly gonna get a single or pair of 12s in the future
    Well thats even better run the 0 ga for power and ground. How are you wiring your subs? and how many voicecoils are they





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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

    The most 1 wire will see is about 600 rms. What do people recommend: inline fuse or circuit breaker? Never had a breaker but I like the idea of no fuse




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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

    Right now series parallel. They r 2ohm dvc. And the amp has 4x40 amp fuses




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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

    When I do the big 3 can I just add 4ga or do I need 2 replace the stock wire?




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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

    Quote Originally Posted by babsuhl81 View Post
    The most 1 wire will see is about 600 rms. What do people recommend: inline fuse or circuit breaker? Never had a breaker but I like the idea of no fuse
    I live by inline fuses. I would never buy a breaker! Whay are you running series parallel? So you have one of the voice coil on one sub going from positive to negative on the other voicecoil on the other sub? 1 wire of what? 10 ga wire?? If so that is from speakers your amp is not drawing watts from the battery it is pulling amperage. Do you know .1 amp can kill you if it passes through your heart? Basically one hand to the other? I do not want some 10 ga wire carrying at least 40 amps maybe that is just me though

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    When I do the big 3 can I just add 4ga or do I need 2 replace the stock wire?
    DO NOT replace the stock wire just add the 4 ga wire!





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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

    The subs r dvc. Each sub is wired series. Then both subs r parallel. Its a 2.8 ohm load




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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

    Quote Originally Posted by babsuhl81 View Post
    The subs r dvc. Each sub is wired series. Then both subs r parallel. Its a 2.8 ohm load
    Sounds good so you are only getting maybe 300 watts a sub. sounds like you have it under control





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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

    What about the big3? I've never done it before




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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

    Ok thanks for the help. I won't be able 2 do any of the install til I get some work done 2 the car. Hopefully about this time next week I can get started




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    Re: speaker wire & battery help?

    Just do the big 3, and do 0 gauge power wire and you'll be fine. 10 gauge is definitely enough for 5-600 watts each sub.



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