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Ok I'm not a expert at this so don't kil me ha, well I had 4 gauge running from my batt to a distribution block then to 2 dd m1's , the fuse between the battery and distribution block kept melting and the wire slightly burning, so I got a deal on some knu 0 gauge and ran that to the distribution block with 4 gauge to the amps and 4 gauge as grounds , the fuse ain't melting anymore , wires not getting hot , grounds are good , it worked good for like two days , noticed the power diff, but now my lights are dimming bad , headlights even shut off ? What do you think will help ? Never happens with the 4 gauge or any other systems I've had
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Ok I'm not a expert at this so don't kil me ha, well I had 4 gauge running from my batt to a distribution block then to 2 dd m1's , the fuse between the battery and distribution block kept melting and the wire slightly burning, so I got a deal on some knu 0 gauge and ran that to the distribution block with 4 gauge to the amps and 4 gauge as grounds , the fuse ain't melting anymore , wires not getting hot , grounds are good , it worked good for like two days , noticed the power diff, but now my lights are dimming bad , headlights even shut off ? What do you think will help ? Never happens with the 4 gauge or any other systems I've had
becuase befor your current draw was more then the 4 gauge could handle you stepped up to zero so now your system pulls more amps try doing the big 3 as a first if that doesnt help then add a extra battery in the back (after the big 3 ) if you still have a pretty bad voltage drop then you need a high output alternator make sure your gains are set correctly because clipping could use more power then clean signals ..
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With the big 3? You replace the battery ground ? Alternator ground ? And alternator to Batt? , do you know how much feet of 0 gauge you used to do it ? Trying to get the whole picture , I'm not a pro , is it hard to do ? Usually don't trust shops in my area as there prices are crazy high so I do most on my own ?
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depends what car u have bro
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Do the big 3 and report back with your findings.
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What car do you have?
Triple and quadrouple check your connections.
Do the big 3.
Get voltage readings.



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I have a 2000 dodge ram , connections all look good , I don't know how to do the big 3? Any help ? How much wire ?
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I have a 2000 dodge ram , connections all look good , I don't know how to do the big 3? Any help ? How much wire ?

it depends, i dont know how much wire for u, but i used like 6 feet or so? (i drive a cavalier lol) bur u run one wire (1/0 or bigger is usually recommended) from ur alternator to the positive on ur battery, then one from the negative on ur battery to ur frame then another ground from ur battery to your engine block. hope this helps (i am no pro lol but thats how i did mine)
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Also, you don't replace the battery's ground. Just add on to it. The more wire the better. You'll be surprised the gain you get from this. I say get 10' of 1/0 and some type of wire loom or techflex just to dress it up a bit and to protect the wire from extreme heat from the engine.
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Check this out: BIG 3 Upgrade for 96 Dodge Ram - YouTube. You can search youtube for more.
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