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Old 22-Nov-2003, 01:20 AM
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DIY Ground wire kit help....

hey guys, my friend and I were bored so we read up on the H-T Ground wire kit post, bought the parts and started working on the cars.

I just have a few questions to ask, as I'm still uncertain on what's the best part to use and a good method of hooking up the wiring.

1) I went to an audio shop to buy the 8 and 4 gauge Gold Plated Terminals. My friend went to a audio surplus store and bought them also. I paid for mine $2.50 each and a total of $18.00 for 6 Terminals. My friend paid $7.00 for 10 gold plated terminals.
I'm wondering, is there any difference between the Surplus Terminals and Audio Store terminals??? Both are "Gold" but I don't know if I should return mine and get the ones he has.

2) I'm using the diagram below to ground my car. Would this be a good illustration on what I should ground???


Is there something that I should ground on there that isn't listed in the illustration????

2) When buying 8-gauge wire, is it better to purchase the audio store type(wire strands are very small and plenty of them) or should I buy the Home Depot one where the cable is pretty small but the wire strands are much thicker????


please help because I'll be starting on my car tomorrow.

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Old 22-Nov-2003, 11:47 AM
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answer to #1 - the higher percentage of gold plating = less resistance and more conductivity

answer to #2 - it is best to run each ground ie thermostat housing, tranny casing all to the same location.

answer to #3 - a larger strand isnt always the best, multiple strands will not corrode as fast as singles and be able to conduct more current faster.
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Originally posted by Blue Dream
answer to #1 - the higher percentage of gold plating = less resistance and more conductivity

answer to #2 - it is best to run each ground ie thermostat housing, tranny casing all to the same location.

answer to #3 - a larger strand isnt always the best, multiple strands will not corrode as fast as singles and be able to conduct more current faster.

thanks for the help
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I have one more question.
What's the difference between 6-Gauge and 8-Gauge wire????

I bought both and 6-gauge is a bit thicker
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Definitely use a wire with many little strands. That will conduct a whole lot more current due to the overall increased surface area of the conducting wires.
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i custome make ground kits and i use gold terminals or titanium and 8 awg wire into a distribution block witch leads to a single 4 awg line to the main grounding point them an other 8 awg to the bat termanial neg side.
go to group buys and look at the car audio wireing pics from ed
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i custome make ground kits and i use gold terminals or titanium and 8 awg wire into a distribution block witch leads to a single 4 awg line to the main grounding point them an other 8 awg to the bat termanial neg side.
go to group buys and look at the car audio wireing pics from ed
hey man, I have a question.

What if I use 8 gauge terminals(gold plated) throught the setup??? and never used 4-g. what would happen with that???
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