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Recommend a dual amp kit

I need a kit or something for my system. It's going to be Boston Acoustics Pro 60 components running bi-amped off a JL 300/4 amp. I'm also going to have a JLW3V3 subwoofer running off of a JL 250/1 amp. Finally, I've got a 160W DC-DC power supply for my carputer.

I'd like to know what gauge I'd need and if there are any particular brands I should look at. I know alot of people like knukonceptz and I like the stuff (and the prices!) I see on their website. What sorts of things should I look for in a kit? Distribution block? Fuse holders (and amperage?)? Ground lug? I'm thinking I'd probably need 4 gauge power wire... but what should I look for when it comes to amp-subwoofer wire or amp-speaker wire?

I'm new to this stuff but I'd like to do as much of it as I can. Probably I will have a shop install the components, but I want to do as much of the rest on my own. Thanks so much for the help!
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do it right

go find the Kicker 1/0 kit on ebay, come with the main stuff you need to power the amps on

it also uses 1/0 wire

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Kicker-PKD1-...QQcmdZViewItem
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A hundred bucks for an amp kit? Is that overkill?
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nope its not. knukonceptz has a very nice kit as well.
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^^ Knukonceptz is coming out with some nice stuff... i think JL makes one, don't they?
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Which kit should I be looking at from knukoncepts? I see a 4ga 4 channel kit, but no dual-amp kits? Or would I just have to get 2 kits?
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i really recommend their 1/0 guage wire, then go from there.
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So put together my own kit?
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yeah why not? you put together a car comp, system, etc... it works out better that way.
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you need all the same for a second one, but if you have anything left over from the first intall you can just get another set of RCA's
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I guess you're right! I'd want to make sure i had the right stuff for all of it though.

-1/0 power cable... how much? does this run only to a distro block? Does the distro block go closer to the battery or closer to the amps? what size wire should I run from the distro block?
-Fuse holder? should I get a fused distro block? If I do, do I still need a fuse near the battery? what rating fuse? Should I get seperate fuses for each amp and for the computer?
-RCAs - what do I need as far as these?

The 1/0 wire is $2.25/ft! And the single amp 1/0 kit is $80. It seems if I'm going to do 1/0 wire the kicker one is a better price.
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nope its not. knukonceptz has a very nice kit as well.
Dude, I loved my knu wires...I replaced em though b/c they were too small (4 gauge)

Just go welding wire, it's cheap as hell...or get knukonceptz.com wires...they are AWESOME!!!
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Dude, I loved my knu wires...I replaced em though b/c they were too small (4 gauge)

Just go welding wire, it's cheap as hell...or get knukonceptz.com wires...they are AWESOME!!!
Would 4 ga be too small for my application?
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Would 4 ga be too small for my application?
I would go bigger, just for the added piece of mind. I always go 2 sizes bigger than reccomended (it's a rule a master installer friend of mine told me a LONG time ago, I just stick to it).

I would go at 0 awg. No bigger, you don't need it, and it won't fit right in your door sills.

1/0 (pronounced 1 ought) is very large. I ran 2/0 in my truck for 1000RMS and that was WAY overkill.
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do a fuse holder under the hood, to a distro block, then 4 guage to the amps. also get 2-3 feet of 1/0 guage ground to a distro block, then 4guage out. very well worth it an available for accessories and upgrades later.
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Yeah I know that 1/0 is huge... that's why I was kind of wondering. I'll have to see what I can find that has 0 ga. and see what other sorts of things I would need.

Do I need to run 0 ga. to each amp? Or do I run that to a distro block and then maybe run 4ga. to the amps from there? I'm not very keen on this whole deal and I'd really appreciate some help!
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you only need to run 0 ga. to the dis. block then run what ever ga. each amp calls for to them.
same goes for the ground dis. block.

Chad
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So I'll wire it up something like this?

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Or should I put that distrobution block inside the cab? Would it be easier to drill 3 4ga holes or 1 0ga hole?
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run the dis. block in the cab, they are not water tight. here is how I did mine.
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buy that kit that was posted earlier, run the 1/0 into the cab to a distribution block. Then take the 4 gauge wire to the amps that should be plenty. The other distibution block will be used for the ground. That kit should have most everything you need.
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Damn that looks snazzy. Should I get a distro block with fuses?
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Thanks.

I would, I like the looks of them and they provide more protection.

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What size fuses should I run? That kicker kit comes with a 300 amp ANL fuse... but I think that's a little high since I've got ~700-750 watts RMS. If I run approx. 720w at 14 volts that's like... 50.2 amps or something like that. So would a 60 amp fuse work alright for me?

Oh and Chad, do you have some pictures of how your sub box mounts to the cab? My box looks very similar and I'd like to make sure it's bolted down and secured well to prevent theft.
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I am running about the same rms,But I can not remember what mine are fused at if you want I can check tommrow and pm you.

I will get some pics tommrow for you.

Chad
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I am running about the same rms,But I can not remember what mine are fused at if you want I can check tommrow and pm you.

I will get some pics tommrow for you.

Chad
Thanks a ton man! I appreciate your help.
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