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Couple of amp/speaker wiring questions

Lining everything up for some stereo upgrades. Have a couple questions. Some of them have been asked before, but wanted to put it out there again to make sure.

Power Wire:
The Amp I'm putting in (JL Audio HD900/5), uses a max power wire and ground wire size of 4AWG. Am I ok running 4AWG all the way from the battery to the amp, or would it be a good idea to run 2AWG from the battery back to a distribution block, and then 4AWG from the block to the amp?

Speaker Wires for Components:
Going to be running a set of Hertz HSK165XL components. Whats best wire size and type for:

Amp to Crossovers
Crossovers to speakers

Also curious where everyone is mounting their crossovers. I went with the JL 900/5 because I like the compactness of it and don't really want a whole mess of stuff mounted under the seat. So let me know where you are mounting crossover, pics would be great.

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your fine to run 4awg from battery to amp, thats how my system is. you prolly have one but just to make sure to have an inline fuse.

16awg will be fine for the door speakers, but if you want to, 12awg would be great. wouldnt notice a big difference between the two

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What about crossovers? Everyone just mounting them on the door?

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Michael Hughes (SPL2K) had these from a set of Hertz Components he installed in a Superduty:








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Well after looking all around and individual parts I decided just to buy a kit and make it easy. This is the kit I bought:

JL Audio Mobile - XD-PCS2-2B

Except I found a deal on EBAY for about 1/2 the price:

NEW! JL Audio XD-PCS2-2B Car 2 Gauge Dual Amplifier Kit - eBay (item 390288202246 end time Apr-11-11 13:32:22 PDT)



Comes with:

* Frosted-Blue 2 AWG Tinned Power Wire (with one Power Ring) - 20 ft.
* Frosted Blue 4 AWG Tinned Power Wire - 8 ft.
* Clear 4 AWG Ground Wire - 8 ft.
* Blue 18 AWG Remote Turn-On Wire - 20 ft.
* ANL Master Fuse Block (XB-MFBU) - 150A Fuse Included
* Master ground lug for a high-integrity ground (XB-MGLU)
* Two-Way Fused Power Distribution Block (MAXI fuses sold separately) - XD-FDBU-2
* Master Ground Lug - XB-MGLU
* Four Phillips 3mm Stainless Steel Screws
* Firewall Grommet for 2 AWG Wire
* Black Nylon Cable Ties
* 4mm Hex Wrench
* 6mm Hex Wrench

This is the first time I have ever really spent the time/money doing it right and I wasnt expecting the size and weight of the box when the FedEx guy showed up today, pictures are deceiving lol.

Snapped a few pics after I unboxed it:





Here is one with a $20 bill for size reference:


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I also found a deal on a set of 18' JL Audio 2-channel RCA's and a set of 18' JL Audio 4-channel RCA's:


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Michael Hughes (SPL2K) had these from a set of Hertz Components he installed in a Superduty:







Where is everyone mounting there tweeter ? (Besides in the door like this)
I was thinking of the A piller for the front and the C post for the rear

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Where is everyone mounting there tweeter ? (Besides in the door like this)
I was thinking of the A piller for the front and the C post for the rear

A lot of guys mount them here:


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