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1) Power wire for the Amps
a) What size power wire from battery back to amps? 1/0 or 2 gauge?
That is over kill. 2AWG is fine.
b) Any particular power distribution block to split at the amps?
Preferrably a fuzed power block. You can run a simple 2awg in, with dual 4 awg out, or if you can find one that has dual in, dual out you can add a capacitor to the fuze block point.c)
What size wire from block to amps? 4 gauge ok?
Yes, 4 awg is fine
2) Amp ground
a) Best place to run ground to?
Frame. Try to keep your ground less than 3'
b) Best wire and size to use for ground?
Match the power wire that was used for the amps. 4 awg needs to have 4 awg ground, 2 awg--2awg, etc.
c) Run a distribution block for ground too?
You can but you dont have to. You can ground everything at on epoint on the frame just place them in order of amperage first. In other words your largest amp grounded first, then the second largest amp, then your x-over or whatever. They sell ground blocks that you can tap in to the frame to make this job a lott easier.
3) Speaker Wires
a) Best size wire to support a decent set of components
16AWG is plenty, 14 if you really want to. ANyting more is stupid. On the subs 12 awg is fine.
b) X-overs need to be mounted by speakers? can they be by the amps?
They can be mounted anywhere where they wont get wet or overly dirty. People typically run mount them as close to the speaker as possible to avoid running two long sets of wire to each speaker.
Too many people get hung up on AWG size when they should be worried about quality. 1.0 welding wire wont do any better than 2awg DC power wire. Keep that in mind. Same goes for speaker wire.
PM me if you need help. I used to be an MECP certified installer before I went to college to become an engineer. I can answer any question you have regarding installation. Im happy to help.