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New Mckinley Install

Discussion in 'CB and Export Equipment and Accessories' started by undertaker, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. undertaker

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    Going to install the new radio in my pick up. What size wire should I use going to the battery??

    Thanks
    Bobby


     
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  2. sp5it

    sp5it Master of puppets

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    Thick enough.
    Can be easily calculated with Ohm's law.
    Mike
     
  3. undertaker

    undertaker Undertaker

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    10 gauge or 12 ???
     
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    undertaker Undertaker

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    I dont know about ohms law just a simple question.
     
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  5. ExitThirteen

    ExitThirteen Grumpy and Cranky

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    You bought the export version, correct? 10 or 12 gauge wire will work just fine. Install whatever you have an abundance of. (y)


    ~Cheers~
     
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    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Depends on how far you have to run it. From the battery in a pickup truck to the cab either one should be fine because it doesn't have far to go and the radio is not that big. Amplifiers are a different story.
     
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  7. TM86

    TM86 Sr. Member

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    0 gauge. That way the wire is in place when you decide to run a couple KW.
     
  8. M0GVZ

    M0GVZ Sr. Member

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    Pretty much how I wire power. Nice big thick cables from battery to connector blocks like below, connect radios etc to that.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Riverman

    Riverman Old Member

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    At first, I thought Mike was being flip, but I'm guessing he was just suggesting Googling Ohm's Law, calculating the gauge and learning from the experience.
    What he didn't factor in is that guys like us prefer a shorter less tiresome route.
    In other words, as Lt. Joe Friday would say:

    Dragnet.jpg :)
     
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  10. sp5it

    sp5it Master of puppets

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    O, I try again. What length and what amperage will flow through?
    Mike
     
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    :ROFLMAO:(y)
     
  12. undertaker

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    :whistle::D:D:whistle::whistle:
    You got it my friend!!!(y)(y)(y) Im not a mental giant I deal with dead people
     
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    Big Kahuna Sr. Member

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    For that radio you will probably just want to go up one gauge from the wire it's supplied with. It's just a single final CB I think.

    M0GVZ has it right for the long term setup - I do the same thing and run big gauge from battery to my power block and then I can run the shorter length of whatever I need depending on the radio or amp I have in the vehicle at the time. I also use a 50 amp fuse at the battery in addition to fuses on each piece of equipment.
     
  14. undertaker

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    Thank you sir....
     
  15. Slowmover

    Slowmover Elmer

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    That’s the better setup than I recommended in other thread.

    It’s how I do it in the Peterbilt. (The run from BATT to radio is enormous).

    There are some calcs that lay out amperage drop over distance done up in charts. Easy to read.

    Max possible amp draw over extended period. Wiring and connectors can get hot. “Too big” kinda doesn’t exist.

    Will need type crimp for BIG connectors. Or a handy car stereo store to help out.
     
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