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Hello friendly CACO members, I am pretty new to car audio and I have done a ton of reading and I have a question for you very helpful people.

I have just ordered myself a christmas present, an FLI Audio FL900S-F2
and I am also using a Kenwood KAC-8105D for my sub.

I have 1 True 4 gauge wire running to the Kenwood amp and I am curious what would be the cheapest, efficient way to go about powering these 2 amps... should I run a 0ga wire the 5 feet into my truck and then get a power distro block to split it into 2 4ga wires?

Also can anyone recommend a good place to get the wire? I'm also thinking I should do a big 3 upgrade so that will be coming when I get my tax returns as I am currently unemployed and in high school, what would be recommended for this?

Many thanks to anyone who helps.
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honestly doubt you need a 0 gauge split to 2 4 gauge's with those amps; you arent making much power. id say just mount the amps close together, and use a distro to split your 4, into 2 short 8 gauge runs to the amps. them being short increases the amount of current they can carry. You CAN go ahead and upgrade to 0 and split it to 4 if you think you may be doing upgrades in the future (we all do) and overkill is never a bad thing. Also, there are plenty of good wire brands: knukonceptz, shok, kicker, memphis, just to name a few. for the big 3, you should just go ahead and splurge and do those wires in 0 gauge wiring. again, the brands i mentioned would do you well.
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Taylor is spot on. For the Big 3 wires, keep an eye on the wiring classified here. A lot of times you can get great deals on shorter runs of 0/1, some with the terminals crimped/soldered on already.
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Hello friendly CACO members, I am pretty new to car audio and I have done a ton of reading and I have a question for you very helpful people.

I have just ordered myself a christmas present, an FLI Audio FL900S-F2
and I am also using a Kenwood KAC-8105D for my sub.

I have 1 True 4 gauge wire running to the Kenwood amp and I am curious what would be the cheapest, efficient way to go about powering these 2 amps... should I run a 0ga wire the 5 feet into my truck and then get a power distro block to split it into 2 4ga wires?

Also can anyone recommend a good place to get the wire? I'm also thinking I should do a big 3 upgrade so that will be coming when I get my tax returns as I am currently unemployed and in high school, what would be recommended for this?

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thanks a lot for the help guys... about how long can my 8ga runs be? couls i have 1 be 2 feet and another be a foot and a half?
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not to intrude or risk stepping on toes....nuy 1/0 welding wire is typically $2-3 per foot, as opposed to the name brand stuff that might be true to size, and is like $4-5 per foot...welding wire is true to size due to what its designed for. (one can argue "its for welding, not for cars") well if thats someones argument, think...a welder taked large doses of amperage without doing high voltage.
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thanks a lot for the help guys... about how long can my 8ga runs be? couls i have 1 be 2 feet and another be a foot and a half?
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not to intrude or risk stepping on toes....nuy 1/0 welding wire is typically $2-3 per foot, as opposed to the name brand stuff that might be true to size, and is like $4-5 per foot...welding wire is true to size due to what its designed for. (one can argue "its for welding, not for cars") well if thats someones argument, think...a welder taked large doses of amperage without doing high voltage.
you're very right. i actually use 2/0 welding cable in my car for my main amp cables. OP if you can find some mildly flexible welding cable like flexoprene, or royal excelene, that works just as good at likely a lower cost plus its alllllllllll copper
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Awesome guys, many thanks! I'm definitely not gonna be any of the wire at my local audio stores, 8AWG wire is $2 a foot! such BS!
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