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Old    trigx5            04-08-2003, 12:03 PM Reply   
I am trying to figure out the best to wire my amp as far as the ground is concerned. Here's the problem. The amp needs to go in the front of the boat to stay dry but the battery is all the way in the back, about 12-15 away. I thought I would have to ground to the battery but that seems way to far...any suggestions?
Old    salty87 (salty87)      Join Date: Jul 2002       04-08-2003, 12:50 PM Reply   
not ideal but the battery is grounded to the engine block. on mine, there is a bolt on the water pump (or the alternator bracket, i can't remember w/o looking) that also grounds the negative from the battery.

can you move the battery up front?
Old    Sandy Vandebult (sandbag)      Join Date: May 2002       04-08-2003, 2:14 PM Reply   
A second battery up front is also a good idea if you don't already have two batteries.
In my boat I have a lot of electronics associated
with the engine so I had to run 0awg ground wire between the batteries as well as to the amp to get rid of engine noise.
Old    Jeff (jroyal)      Join Date: Jan 2003       04-08-2003, 2:37 PM Reply   
So, is grounding to your battery as good as grounding to the engine block? (I'm currently wiring my amps and would like to know.)

Thanks.
Old    xtigeman            04-08-2003, 2:54 PM Reply   
Ground to battery.
Old    Lee Tudor (leetudor)      Join Date: Oct 2001       04-08-2003, 6:18 PM Reply   
You need to get your power and ground from the battery.
Old    trigx5            04-08-2003, 7:03 PM Reply   
isn't the ground wire not supposed to exceed 3ft or so?
Old    Bob (bob)      Join Date: Feb 2001       04-08-2003, 9:19 PM Reply   
not if you use the right size wire
http://www.boatus.com/boattech/cable.htm
Old    mbsteve            05-19-2003, 4:46 PM Reply   
I RUN TWO AMPS,BOTH WITH 17FEET OF 8 GAUGE GROUND WIRE TO THE BATTERY,WORKS GREAT.

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