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I was thinking about doing something like this the other day when I went to home depot for some mdf. I have a question


My battery is in my trunk so of course I wont need to do as much work as that project but is it worth it to upgrade my alt first then run the 1/0 guage Wire under the Car to the back battery?

If so, can I also just leave the factory positive wiring intact cause I dont wanna screw things up when I get my kenetik battery this week.
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Did you just tape the fish Wire to the 1/0 and then insert the fish wire into the conduit first and push it through until you could pull the fish out and pull the rest of the 1/0 through?
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yes you can leave the factory positive intact, infact i would probably recommend it, just because your will get that extra surface area. just think = one big hose filling up a bucket, or one big hose and one little hose filling up a bucket. so it will actually do more for you then just the 0 gauge.
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Just wondering if this "wiring" is allowed in all competitions? Not sure of the rules out there..
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Just wondering if this "wiring" is allowed in all competitions? Not sure of the rules out there..
Thats a good question. If anyone knows please post back.
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yes you can leave the factory positive intact, infact i would probably recommend it, just because your will get that extra surface area. just think = one big hose filling up a bucket, or one big hose and one little hose filling up a bucket. so it will actually do more for you then just the 0 gauge.
Ok so how should I connect the larger wire to the alt if the factory wire it still connected to it? Just use a regular terminal and screw it onto the post that has the factory wiring?


And should it be better to upgrade that wire now or wait till I get a ho alt?
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Just wondering if this "wiring" is allowed in all competitions? Not sure of the rules out there..

Can ne1 in here answer this please??
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just wanted to say thanks shon for this idea, i did my 0/1 and i bought the metalic inside conduit because it would be running sort of near the exhaust (5 in) i admit it was hard to do curves but the wire pulling was a piece of cake,no lube what so ever.. but i ran it through the conduit first then mounted its soo much easier for me
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Did you just tape the fish wire to the 1/0 and then insert the fish wire into the conduit first and push it through until you could pull the fish out and pull the rest of the 1/0 through?
yup. i secured a good foot of fish wire with electrical tape.
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just wanted to say thanks shon for this idea, i did my 0/1 and i bought the metalic inside conduit because it would be running sort of near the exhaust (5 in) i admit it was hard to do curves but the wire pulling was a piece of cake,no lube what so ever.. but i ran it through the conduit first then mounted its soo much easier for me
no prob!

as for the metalic conduit, just make sure it's rust resistant as it will get wet. also, be sure to check the conduit if it ever get hit. with the type of conduit you got, when hit, it won't return back to its normal shape being that it's metal. if the debris was large enough, it may have pinched your power wire which could possibly penetrate the surround slightly. being that it will be constantly pinched, it may pierce all the way through and might cause a short.

as for pulling wire, it's much easier to pull through the metal conduit as the surface does not "stick" as easily. with the insulated conduit that i used, the exterior and interior is lined with pvc type material. when it comes in contact with the surround of the wire, unfortunately, it's has more "stick" which causes a lot resistance when pulling.
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Good points shon. I may get the metal lined also, but run it on the inside of the frame to help protect it from such elements. G'luck wizkid with the install.
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as for the metalic conduit, just make sure it's rust resistant as it will get wet. also, be sure to check the conduit if it ever get hit. with the type of conduit you got, when hit, it won't return back to its normal shape being that it's metal. if the debris was large enough, it may have pinched your power wire which could possibly penetrate the surround slightly. being that it will be constantly pinched, it may pierce all the way through and might cause a short.
the conduit was sealed with silicone where it could of rusted the metal without it

i will check the conduit next time i drive the truck because it hasnt been driven since i did it plus i cant for a while until i get the dash done. i may be thinking about a metal plate underneith it, it would also be isolated from the frame because its still metal and i dont want to take any chances,because when shorts happen, all hell breaks loose.... thanks again for the idea shon...



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Good points shon. I may get the metal lined also, but run it on the inside of the frame to help protect it from such elements. G'luck wizkid with the install.
thanks kay, good luck with yours also ....
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wow, I wouldn't of thought even ROE would have ignored my "?".

I guess nobody knows the answer, lol.
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i'm not a heavy competitor so i don't keep up with compeition rules. if anything, rules for various sanctions can easily be found on their sites. if not clearly posted, it's not hard to ask a judge/official of the sanction you plan to compete in.
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Good idea on the conduit Shon. Was wondering when somebody would do something like this, since I've never seen anyone do it before.

As for legality in competitions, I personally don't see where it would be a problem. It's not like your actually modifying anything in the vehicle itself. It's a good safety measure to do this (most organizations are all for safety). Doesn't add or take away any space in the vehicle, well, not much more than the actual wire run itself.

Now I've got to do it. Unfortunately the Home Depot and Lowe's around here doesn't sell the conduit big enough for 4/0, at least I haven't seen it there yet. Gonna be fun running 4 runs (2 pos 2 neg) through 4 conduits.

Once again, good idea.
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I too think thats a great IDEA! i went out and bout the stuff needed to run in my V.
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Now I've got to do it. Unfortunately the Home Depot and Lowe's around here doesn't sell the conduit big enough for 4/0,
try going to a specialized contractor supply store
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Exactly what I was plannin to do sweet!
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The first time I did this I ran the 4awg under my car. Sad to say I kept blowing fuses, to find out the cause it was my zip tie that broke and the 4 awg landed on my exhaust. Would have been cool to use the conduit; but I was only 16 and it was a first attempt. Was a good lesson learned
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Just caught back up with this topic. Still good info Shon.

I still haven't done mine with conduit, but I do have the ends installed. I used the metal ones since that's all I had on hand at the time. One day, when I get ambitious again, I will change everything out to the non metallic conduit and ends..

Anyways. Don't think I posted this here, so here is an early pic of my wires going through the floor of the van.



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This is a pretty sweet idea. Something I'm going to be doing on my truck when I get the system going in.
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for those interested, to this day since the install, i have had zero problems. if anything, there's a bit a road grime on the conduit. a little degreaser and power wash, and it's as good as new.
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awesome any updates on your build anyway?
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old topic, but i plan on doing this with my MINI soon!

think its safe to run speaker wire under the car too (for my door panels)
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Have done this before with conduit and will be doing it again in the future!
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