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Karpe 06-24-2009 04:25 PM

"The Big 3" Anyone done it?
 
Along with my upcoming Audio install, i figure I need to upgrade the big 3 as well as replace the battery terminals. I was hoping someone here has pics from doin git on a GC and could give me approximate lengths I would need. Were there any complications that I should know about before going at it?

Appreciate the help guys/gals!

Andy K

LTrainGC 06-24-2009 04:30 PM

Re: "The Big 3" Anyone done it?
 
How big of a system are you putting in? Might not even need to do it....

Matt 06-24-2009 04:59 PM

Re: "The Big 3" Anyone done it?
 
Haven't done it Andy, sorry. Remember to keep the existing wiring in place, just add the new 4 gauge (or bigger) wire. Whenever I get around to doing a new stereo I'm going to go ahead and do this as well as replace the batt terminals.

TimmyB 06-24-2009 05:02 PM

Re: "The Big 3" Anyone done it?
 
I might end up doing this as well, waiting to get my system up and running to find out if its needed.

Karpe 06-24-2009 07:09 PM

Re: "The Big 3" Anyone done it?
 
my system will be less than 1000watts, but I guess my main concern is that if I am changing out the way that the current connections attach to the battery, might as well just upgrade the wiring. If I'm to keep the existing wiring in place...I'm not sure how I will do this all then.

Hey Matt,
I bought my Distro block today, and my wiring yesterday. Next weds I will be buying the deadening materials.

My list is down to:
RCA's 15' - 17' for 2 amps
Techflex and Shrink
MDF for the false floor and Box
New mounting hardware for the 9887, and radio adapter

I think that's it. though I'm sure there's more.

Matt 06-24-2009 07:32 PM

Re: "The Big 3" Anyone done it?
 
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Originally Posted by Karpe (Post 21919)
my system will be less than 1000watts, but I guess my main concern is that if I am changing out the way that the current connections attach to the battery, might as well just upgrade the wiring. If I'm to keep the existing wiring in place...I'm not sure how I will do this all then.

Yeah, I'm at about 1,000 watts as well and I have no electrical issues. I still want to do it, I'm just am lazy, hehe. But it can only help and it's cheap as hell to do. Plus, it will look all pretty under the hood with that techflex and whatnot. :p


Quote:

Originally Posted by Karpe (Post 21919)
Hey Matt,
I bought my Distro block today, and my wiring yesterday. Next weds I will be buying the deadening materials.

My list is down to:
RCA's 15' - 17' for 2 amps
Techflex and Shrink
MDF for the false floor and Box
New mounting hardware for the 9887, and radio adapter

I think that's it. though I'm sure there's more.

Very nice Andy!

Make sure to figure out how much techflex and heat shrink you want... then multiply it by two!!!! Seriously, I think I used twice as much as I originally calculated. It's very cheap (use "furryletters" from eBay for the expandable sleeving! - very cool dude) and you'll want more down the road. Also get zip ties, you'll use a shit load of them. Labels and clear heat shrink (if you plan to label). Any baffle material you'll need + hardware.

since you are going to be running active (and most likely going to swap out drivers down the road) I'd suggest doing what I did and making speaker wire harnesses that run from the amp to the front footwells. This is good for two reasons; as pointed out, if you are switching out drivers and maybe changing locations, it's good to be able to make short runs from the driver location to the end of the terminal in the footwell. Also if you decinde to change the location of the amplifier, you won't need to re-run wire or solder onto the existing run.


Labeled speaker wire harnesses

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...2/IMG_0339.jpg


Labeled wiring for terminal block >> front drivers

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...2/IMG_0343.jpg


Labeled wiring for terminal block >> amplifier

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...2/IMG_0356.jpg



Expandable sleeving + heat shrink + zip ties FTMFW!!!


Before..

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...2/IMG_3693.jpg

After...

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...2/IMG_3695.jpg


LOL

LTrainGC 06-24-2009 07:49 PM

Re: "The Big 3" Anyone done it?
 
Dammit Matt!!! Your install is SO CLEAN. I thought mine was clean, but yours is over the top.

Matt 06-24-2009 07:52 PM

Re: "The Big 3" Anyone done it?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by LTrainGC (Post 21957)
Dammit Matt!!! Your install is SO CLEAN. I thought mine was clean, but yours is over the top.

Installs over on DIYMA got me hooked on going overboard with the wiring, LOL. Thanks though, much appreciated!

08Hemi 06-24-2009 07:52 PM

Re: "The Big 3" Anyone done it?
 
Seriously...I have a good friend that is an electrician and I have done a lot of work with him over the years in homes and cars and he would approve of this for sure :)

Matt 06-24-2009 07:58 PM

Re: "The Big 3" Anyone done it?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 08Hemi (Post 21961)
Seriously...I have a good friend that is an electrician and I have done a lot of work with him over the years in homes and cars and he would approve of this for sure :)

Thanks my man! This was actually my first time working with any wiring/materials (i.e. expandable sleeving, heat shrink, terminal blocks, labeling, etc.) - I just took my time and luckily everything came out right, haha.

Karpe 06-24-2009 09:41 PM

Re: "The Big 3" Anyone done it?
 
Where would you recommend picking up those speaker wire terminals? Local or online?
Thanks for the Ebay guys name too.

I'm trying to keep this as stealth as possible so I'm considering aiming the sub at the back of the seats instead of towards the rear hatch. Think I'd lose a lot of sound or quality?

scjeep4.7HO 06-24-2009 09:44 PM

Re: "The Big 3" Anyone done it?
 
I am running 3 amps at 1200 watts RMS with no issues.


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