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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-13-2004, 01:04 PM
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Okay, I'm slowly getting this stuff together. I have the HU, changer, eq, sub (box is built and installed!), Rear speakers (SPR176a's) and amps (3544 &3552). Now...can I use that silly aux batt post under the hood for the power cable? You know, the one that melted is some cars! Sure would make things a lot cleaner if I can. Any suggestions? Should I go straight to the battery? Is the Fuel Pump ground still the best grounding piont? I know how to wire the amps but any help and suggestions would be great. Afterall, it has been well ove 10 years since I've done this.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-13-2004, 01:20 PM
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IMHO, get a battery with dual posts and run your stereo to the top post. The wire to the aux battery post from the battery is only 8 gauge, which means that if you try and run your stereo thru it (with any decent size amp) you're gonna be stressing the hell out of your positive battery cable.

Ground : goto the trunk hinge (i.e. near the fuel pump ground). Use the same gauge wire for your ground(s) as for your main power wire.
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-13-2004, 03:47 PM
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I just went to Car Toys and bought a new $10 (?) gold-plated terminal for the positive side of my Diehard battery. It replaced the original screw-in portion perfectly and had a stud/nut outside of the boot for me to lock down my power cable to. It took me forever and a half to learn how to get that bastard in, but it works like a champ and keeps everything clean looking. [img]smile.gif[/img]

For the ground, I used the rear seat mounting bolt. Just make sure you scrape/brush off the paint and grease in the area for proper electrical contact.
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-13-2004, 05:17 PM
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Exactly! Kevin and Ed are both correct here!
Dont use the Aux terminal! Any decent car audio shop with have the replacement + battery post with a threaded bolt and nut on the end. Just get the appropriate eye terminal and crimp it on the end of your power wire! Better yet, this is a good place to put in an "Inline fuse". Mine is mounted on the fender well and a short piece of power wire goes from the fuse to the new battery post. other side of the fuse runs all the way to your amp! Here's what the post And fuse holder looks like.........Mike





post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-14-2004, 03:06 PM
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If you look closely next to the battery, under a red case is a AUX Postive wire thingy.

I believe it is used for the heavy duty 9c1 equipment. Anyway I hook my 4ga Power wire right to that so I dont have to see it on top or side of my battery plus, my posts are screwed up and rounded off!

IMHO that is the best place to connect your power wire
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-14-2004, 03:23 PM
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I used the auxillary mount for my stereo with no problems. I just picked up an 18 inch 2 guage cable from pepboys and ran it from the battery to the aux. box, and ran the stereo cable from there. I have an optima redtop, so it has dual mounting posts on it. I haven't had a problem with mine. If you want to take a look in person, just send me a pm, and we'll set something up.
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-14-2004, 03:55 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Joe Malczewski:
If you look closely next to the battery, under a red case is a AUX Postive wire thingy.
FYI, that is only on the 9C1. Part isn't there on the SS or Civie Caprice. Headsick : ditto on the 94-96 cars underhood vs 91-93 cars.

Wiring it to the aux battery post (i.e. on the side of the underhood fusebox) in a 94-96 car is just asking for an electrical system meltdown....
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-15-2004, 03:48 PM
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Ahh, thanks for the heads up autocroSSer. I didn't realize they were that different.
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