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Hey all, I've already had my amp installed but the problem was i decided to upgrade the amp and I have 8 gauge wiring. So I bought a streetwires 4 gauge kit and I'm going to rewire everything. Problem is, i just looked at my old wiring and there is no fuse (the new streetwires one comes with an inline fuse) and no distribution block (which also came with the kit.) What is a distribution block for anyways, and how do I install both of those. Thanks
 

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The inline fuse goes within about 18" of your battery, this is so you dont fry your battery(or worse) if you get a short. As far as the distribution block typically they take one large cable in, ie your 4 guage, then it has outputs for 2 or 4 8 guage wires. The idea is to run multiple amps off the same power wire. Mount this in a secure location somewhere as you do not want the wires pulling out of it.
 

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If i use the distribution block, do i lose power to the amps as the 4 gauge power wire is now becoming 8 gauge?
 

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Depends on what you are running if they really need the power. If your amp doesn't push more than 500rms or so 8 guage should be fine, but bigger is always better in my mind. If you are really planning on building up your system I would take the 4 guage kit back and buy yourself something bigger and a distribution block to match. That way you can run 4 guage to sub amps and 8 guage to speaker amps. If you share you setup specs I can help you out.
 

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You don't need the distribution block! Just run the wire straight to the amp. If you look at pictures of myset up, I have a distrbution block thats bringing the 0 gauge wire down to 4 gauge because my amps can't hold a 0 gauge wire. You don't need another kit though. 4 gauge will be the biggest wire you'll have to use.
 

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Well my new system will be the Kicker 450 Rms amp, with the 12" Kicker Solo Baric, so basically i'm looking at 450 rms. I don't think i'll be using the distribution block, only wierd thing is that the streetwires kit came with a 4 gauge power cable but no 4 gauge ground wire... is that normal? It came with an extra set of 8 gauge power and 8 gauge ground wire, that's why i was asking if it was necessary to use that distribution block. any comments would be awesome thanks!
 

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The block is really only needed if you have more than one amp. If you dont, then like LaVism said, you really dont need it. But if you are going to have 2,3 4 or however many, the block helps.
 

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^^Agreed. Also, with only 450 rms a quality 8 guage kit will do you just fine. Personally I like setting the whole system up with heavier wire and the distribution block, because 1 year down the road when you want to add more stuff (as we all do eventually) you would just have to use one of the extra ports on the distribution block.
 
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