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Old     (wakesk8er2)      Join Date: Mar 2002       02-23-2010, 8:00 PM Reply   
I've got an '04 X2 and I'm having to redo my sub box because I didn't waterproof the last one good enough. I was in there last night getting the box out and noticed that my amp is wired with what looks to be about 8 gauge wire. The amp is a JL M4500 that was dealer/factory installed. I can't find a manual or anything on line for this thing and I'm wondering if I'm messing the amp up or maybe not utilizing it to it's full potential. Should I get some heavier gauge wire?
Old     (denystaucd)      Join Date: Feb 2003       02-23-2010, 9:34 PM Reply

Old     (calvolson)      Join Date: Mar 2009       02-23-2010, 9:39 PM Reply   
Well I don't know how far that 8 gauge wire is run, but unless it's around a foot yes you should have a thicker wire. If it was mine I'd replace it even at a short distance. The difference it will actually make may or may not be too apparent. I would replace it more for safety then anything. If it's a long wire run though I'd bet you do notice a difference.

(Message edited by calvolson on February 23, 2010)
Old     (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       02-24-2010, 4:46 AM Reply   
That amp looks to have a potential of up to a 50A draw. 8ga will handle that load up to 5ft.
Old     (wakesk8er2)      Join Date: Mar 2002       02-24-2010, 12:46 PM Reply   
Looks like the owner's manual agrees. It says 8awg minimum, but I still think I may change out to 6 or 4 one day if I get bored. Can't curt. Thanks for the input guys.


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