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Old 08-11-2011, 08:35 PM   #1
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Re wiring speakers and sub/amp. Help!

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So I have had some problems with my speakers and head unit, and I am want to rewire the subs to the amp and the speakers to the head unit. I consider myself to be pretty good with wiring, but I have never wired up a car stereo system. These connections are making me think maybe I shouldn't do it myself. Some of these are sodered and others have casings. In my head I'm thinking that as long as the wires are touching the right thing, everything will work. Is my logic right in this situation? Or can I potentially ruin my system.

Any tips or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance

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Old 08-11-2011, 08:38 PM   #2
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Normally an amp drives a sub, and the stereo unit itself has a built in amp to drive the speakers. The good units will use RCA cables to plug an amp into the stereo.

Sorry I can't be much more help..

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Old 08-11-2011, 09:08 PM   #3
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Those are crimped butt connectors. All you need is a crimper which you'll usually find on the end of your stripping tool. In the first pic they look like fork terminals also just crimped on. Just a nicer way than looping the wires around the screws. Long as you know what wire colors you're looking at, there's not a whole lot to go wrong.
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I'm just running speaker wire so I'm just setting up positives/negatives. So I could pull the plastic cases off, replace the wiring, and reuse the casing? I feel like I'm making it more complicated then it is, but I would rather be safe than sorry
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No you can't reuse them once crimped, you'll need to cut them out, strip the wires, and use new connectors. You'll probably want to get the ones for 14-16 gauge wire. Any auto parts store will have them. They're cheap. You just twist the wire end, put it through, and crimp it shut, the crimper will have markings for which notch to use for which gauge.
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Ok thanks. Seems simple enough. Thanks for the help.

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