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Rockford Fosgate P8002 probs

 

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Username: Alex711

Post Number: 1
Registered: Oct-04
I have a Rockford Fosgate P8002.Thought it was a good amp to get.anyway i have it pushing just 2 12" HU's briged but the amp keeps cutting off when i listen to it for awhile.Is there anyway of keeping it from doing that.Is it just getting to hot.I have a 4 gauge power wire with no fuse,i figured that was the problem.when i bought the wires they gave me a fuse holder without a fuse so i figured i would just leave off the fuse holder.If anyone has any suggestions i'd really appreciate it.
 

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Username: Pat_l

Tucson, AZ USA

Post Number: 633
Registered: Apr-04
Well you need a fuse, make sure you put one in your power wire (it will protect everything). Make sure you add the fuse and holder about 1 to 1.5 ft from the battery. So make sure you put one in there. Also check you ground, dont just look at it. Make sure it is very, very tight. Lastly, which way is the amp mounted? Air flow and operation will be better if the AMP is mounted Vertically, not horizontaly- like flat.
 

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Username: Alex711

Post Number: 2
Registered: Oct-04
ok i'll try that thanx..o and by the way what size fuse should i use...120??appreciate it.
 

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Username: Pat_l

Tucson, AZ USA

Post Number: 639
Registered: Apr-04
Use a 120, that should do it
 

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Username: Jonathan_f

GA USA

Post Number: 2034
Registered: May-04
You need a fuse, but it's obviously not the problem in this case, b/c the amps fuses would have blown if it was drawing too much current. The fuse is to protect the car's electrical system, not the amp. What impedance are the subs and how do you have them wired? That amp requires a 150 amp fuse at the battery, by the way.
 

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Username: Alex711

Post Number: 3
Registered: Oct-04
o ok the manual just said 120 watt but i'll look for a 150.i have 2 Rockford Fosgate 12" Hu's briged i believe they r 800 watt..i'm not even sure if the amp is getting enough power either cuz the fosgate symbol doesn't get real bright and blinks when it hits all my other fosgate amps have always had a continious bright light.but iono..preciate all the help though
 

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Username: Jonathan_f

GA USA

Post Number: 2053
Registered: May-04
If the manual says 120 use 120, I got 150A from the website. Sounds like you have a current delivery problem, and that can definately cause the amp to overheat because the voltage rails will "sag", basically it leads the amp into clipping prematurely.
 

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Username: Alex711

Post Number: 4
Registered: Oct-04
so should the fuse stop the amp from cutting off all the time??
 

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Username: Pat_l

Tucson, AZ USA

Post Number: 644
Registered: Apr-04
Try it and see, it wont hurt to put a fuse in the line.
 

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Username: Alex711

Post Number: 5
Registered: Oct-04
yeah i was gonna do it all along i was suppose to get a fuse when i bought the amp kit but it didn't come with one i just wasn't sure if it was gonna solve the cutting off problem or not..
 

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Username: Jonathan_f

GA USA

Post Number: 2109
Registered: May-04
I doubt it. A fuse is a fuse, it's either blown or not. It has no function other than to blow on an overload. You still need a fuse for protection, though, but it's not the source of your problems. What impedance are your subs and how are they wired?
 

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Username: Alex711

Post Number: 6
Registered: Oct-04
4 ohms x 2/2 ohms x 2 and i have them briged.
 

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Username: Jonathan_f

GA USA

Post Number: 2132
Registered: May-04
How did you wire them to the amp? series, parallel? Also, how'd you wire the voice coils?
 

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Username: Fishy

Tamarac, FL USA

Post Number: 382
Registered: Sep-04
If you have a multimeter I'd check the voltage to the amps at zero volume with the car running(the logo is dim then right?) If you've got close to 14 volts there's probably nothing you can do to increase the "steady" brightness level.

At the moment a cap might help with the blinking, but you'd probably be better off investing in a higher output alternator(if you can't keep 13-14 volts up) and that may solve both problems. If not you could get a cap afterwards to help with the blinking.

-Fishy
 

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Username: Alex711

Post Number: 8
Registered: Oct-04
i have them hooked up parallel i believe i can't remember.and ight fishy i'll check that out.
 

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Username: Fishy

Tamarac, FL USA

Post Number: 407
Registered: Sep-04
Are there any head units that have built in voltage gauges?

These days they have so many ridiculous bells and whistles like stupid graphics such. They oughta add something PRACTICAL like this.

-Fishy
 

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Username: Jonathan_f

GA USA

Post Number: 2167
Registered: May-04
I encourage any potential future head unit designer to make me an EXTREMELY simple head unit :-). Here goes: Volume(analog) Power that turns on and off when I push the volume button, track change, preset change for FM/AM, and source change. That's it. K grade 24 bit DACs, 96khz sampling rate. Zapco 16V Symbilink preout (1). Copper chassis. DC/DC converter leading power to it. Black faceplate that actually blends in cosmetically to a car interior. No motorized crap, no flip down faceplate. CD slot. No fancy displays either, a simple backlight in yellow and black numbers will do, and all that they read are either the station, or track number of CD and elapsed time. Is that so much to ask? :-)
 

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Username: Jonathan_f

GA USA

Post Number: 2173
Registered: May-04
Oh yeah, Fishy, I know the Premier DEX-P9 has a voltage readout. Not exactly a cheap head unit, though.
 

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Username: Fishy

Tamarac, FL USA

Post Number: 418
Registered: Sep-04
A clock.

The clock that came in my Explorer was in the stock h/u.

-Fishy
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