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Old 04-19-2014, 10:39 AM
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amp install with stock wiring

installing a 150 watt amp and sub in a 2012 F250. Can I use the wiring from the stock amp for constant power and enable/clip or should I use all new wiring? I know I "should" use new wiring, but will the stock wiring work?
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You need to run a new power wire from the battery with fuse in it. I replied to your question on the my thread with more details.
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My aftermatket amp suggests at least an 8-gauge wire for power so I would assume the power wire to the stock amp would not suffice. The also requires a 12v wire that "turns on" the amp when the radio turns on. The stock amp has the same wire but it's only 6V. So I think I will run a new 8 gauge wire and connect it to the headunit's "12V accessory" wire.
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My aftermatket amp suggests at least an 8-gauge wire for power so I would assume the power wire to the stock amp would not suffice. The also requires a 12v wire that "turns on" the amp when the radio turns on. The stock amp has the same wire but it's only 6V. So I think I will run a new 8 gauge wire and connect it to the headunit's "12V accessory" wire.
8 gauge wire is way overkill for a remote wire. Use 16-18 gauge wire for remote.
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I actually suggest sticking with the factory wire. The OEM amp is around 120watts and your aftermarket amp is probably around the same (Amps x Volts).

The OEM wire is going to be a higher quality copper than many aftermarket cheap cables and I believe it is 8 or 10awg.

Actually, before I put my foot in mouth, what AMP did you buy? model?

Its also cheaper and easier to simply wire in a SPST relay to your 6Vt lead to bump it up to 12vts for your amp remote lead. The relay go for about $2ea on amazon and about $5 at Radioshack.... and you only need 1
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