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Old 9th October 2009, 12:10 AM   #11
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A circuit breaker is as bad if not worse than the fuse.
If it ain't broke Don't fix it
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Old 9th October 2009, 12:25 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Glowbug View Post
The best thing to do would get the proper size cable for your current draw

Techflex. But leave the 16awg for other uses...
agree x 100% do it right the first time, in anyevent, cutting corners just causes 100000x more pain later down road

WIRE is not that expencive, just buy a kit,
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Old 9th October 2009, 12:40 AM   #13
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I don't know about suppliers over there, but Knukonceptz is recommended a lot here for a mid-priced wiring kit: http://www.knukonceptz.com/productDe...prodID=KLM-AK0

I've used their wire before, it's not the best but it'll do the job safely and securely.

The best I've used is the Kicker Hyperflex kit, but it's about twice the price Worth it if you ask me, though...something that can burn your vehicle to the ground if done improperly isn't the place to skimp, IMO.
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Old 9th October 2009, 02:33 AM   #14
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Unless you can find some welding cable.
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Good company also.!
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Old 9th October 2009, 09:34 PM   #16
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How much current are you going to pull over that "cable" ? A 16AWG (if am right that would be 1,5mm² in those "metric system" countries --> hey thats where they call a quarter pounder a "royal cheese"....) Will aprox. withstand 50-100 amps for a few seconds. So i agree with the already posted opinions. to make sure your car does not go up in smoke you should use more smaller fuses for at least a couple of those small wires. the "main" fuse placed next to the battery is not supposed to protect your amplifiers, it´s supposed to protect the battery and the wires in case of a short. the problem is , that a 40A fuse will not blow while 40A current are flowing over it. The fuses will withstand much more current until they blow, now keeping that in mind you need to consider which goes first, the fuse ore the wire !

Either make sure the wires cannot fail (that means spending money on a very good isolation material/ hose) or use smaller but suffiicent fuses. You would have probably been better of with using 3x 10mm² and a 100A fuse or a 140A curcuit breaker.

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