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Power wire question??

 

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Username: Jaackdeth

Burnett, WI United States

Post Number: 104
Registered: Sep-04
Does anyone have a link to a chart that will show the various thickness of gauge wire, for example how thick is 4 gauge, and if I go to 0/1, how much thicker is it? Thanks!
 

Silver Member
Username: Jaackdeth

Burnett, WI United States

Post Number: 105
Registered: Sep-04
hmmmm no one?
 

Bronze Member
Username: Dr_sharp

USA

Post Number: 37
Registered: Jun-05
is it really that difficult to search google for "wire gauge"??? seriously.

http://www.powerstream.com/Wire_Size.htm
 

Silver Member
Username: Jaackdeth

Burnett, WI United States

Post Number: 107
Registered: Sep-04
Dude, I did that, I guess what I was looking for was a picture of size for the wire, so I could compare, as I don't live near a audio store where I can go check it out!!!
 

Bronze Member
Username: Msx

Post Number: 15
Registered: Jul-05
How about trying an electical store, they might be able to help you.
 

Bronze Member
Username: Dr_sharp

USA

Post Number: 39
Registered: Jun-05
hmm.. thats a bit different i guess. Just grab a ruler and go down the column of diameters.
 

Bronze Member
Username: Dr_sharp

USA

Post Number: 40
Registered: Jun-05
here is the closest thing I could find man...
http://www.howardwire.com/wire_gauges.html

this is pretty close too
http://www.dave-cushman.net/elect/wiregauge.html

if its really important you may be able to find a book at a library with a diagram like that.
 

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Username: Jaackdeth

Burnett, WI United States

Post Number: 108
Registered: Sep-04
Thanks for the help!
 

Silver Member
Username: Scubasteve

Annapolis, MD

Post Number: 113
Registered: May-05
that second link doesn't seem right. Since when is 16 AGW wire as thick as a pencil?
 

Silver Member
Username: Jaackdeth

Burnett, WI United States

Post Number: 109
Registered: Sep-04
No it doesn't, but I guess I got enough info, I'm just wondering how I am going to run that thick of a cable~
 

Silver Member
Username: Scubasteve

Annapolis, MD

Post Number: 117
Registered: May-05
what do you mean? through the firewall or through the car's interior to get the the amps?
 

Silver Member
Username: Jaackdeth

Burnett, WI United States

Post Number: 110
Registered: Sep-04
Running it through the interior and firewall, I have a 90 caddy, and you can barely get your fingertips in anywhere!. Everything I am running is in the trunk!
 

Bronze Member
Username: Dr_sharp

USA

Post Number: 42
Registered: Jun-05
No I don't believe the second link is to scale.

Getting through the firewall is probably the toughest part of the install. You may have to drill a hole.
 

Silver Member
Username: Jaackdeth

Burnett, WI United States

Post Number: 111
Registered: Sep-04
Where do you guys usally run the power cable in the inside of vehicle?
 

Bronze Member
Username: Karam

Post Number: 85
Registered: May-05
yes always, i first ran a 8guage then ended up needing a 4guage!! but second time was much quicker and faster:-)
 

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Username: Scubasteve

Annapolis, MD

Post Number: 124
Registered: May-05
You can try to follow the wires already running into the interior of the car or you can just pick a path and run the wire under the carpet.
 

Bronze Member
Username: Dr_sharp

USA

Post Number: 45
Registered: Jun-05
Be sure to keep the power wires away from the rca cables... i think a minimum of 6inches is the general rule but it is recommended to run them on opposite sides of the car.
 

Silver Member
Username: Geekbike

Post Number: 315
Registered: Dec-04
This is in response to the first post, as the topic has gone a bit off the topic since then. For every 6 gauges you increase in wire size, the wire diameter doubles. For every 3 gauges increase, the area of the cable doubles.
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