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Which ones better? I heard Welding Cable is better but wanted to hear what you guys have to say or your thoughts about it? I can get is for 2.00$ a foot... Pros and Cons?
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cheaper, havent heard really anything bad about it, it will get the job done, you may lose alittle bit of flex pending what kind it is, but other than that. i say go for it.
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I use welding cable on every install and it works great to me. I think most dont use it cuz its not as pretty! The flexibility is the same and/or right up there with the flexiest!
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Either is fine. The Car audio Wire may be more flexable.
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Depends on the welding wire you get. I got some 4 gauge from Nate and it was more flexible than any wire I've ever used. I also have some 2 or 0 gauge wire with thicker walls and it's not extremely flexible, but will do the job.
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Yeah but are there any advantages of using it for $2.00 per foot? <--- with a price like that should I just use regular ol car audio wire
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Id Say Go For It...thats Some Nice Cheap Wire...
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I always use welding wire i love it, will never use car audio wire

It is just as flexible as car audio wire, alot cheaper and the jacket is a ton tougher
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Wire is wire. Find some cheap wire and run a ton of it.



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I think the welding wire jacket is tougher as well. Some wire even has 2 layers of jacket so that if it snags on something, you might just tear off the top layer. Of course, this isn't usually a problem if you lay your wire right. Car audio wire typically looks better is about the only reason I'd buy it. I got some of that for the more visible portions of my wiring.
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wire is not just wire

there is aluminum wire, copper wire, aluminum coated copper, silver infused copper, Im sure im missing a couple

That statement is also waaaayy to general if wire is wire then why bother running 1/0 when 18 gauge is a ton cheaper

But all in all welding wire is the way to go imho
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Well you can go to a local shop and spend $5/ft on Kicker 1/0, or go to weldingsupply.com and spend like $3.70/ft on 4/0 welding cable.

Hell, I ran Soundquest 1/0 in my car. Worked just fine.



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trystar.com has nice welding wire but a 50 ft roll is the smallest amount you can get. Thats because they take rolls under 500 ft from industrial purchases and cut them up into 50 footers to sell to people like us! Theres about 17 different colors and you can put up to 50 characters on the wire to make it say whatever you want. Chris Dahl will reply to E Mails
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trystar.com has nice welding wire but a 50 ft roll is the smallest amount you can get. Thats because they take rolls under 500 ft from industrial purchases and cut them up into 50 footers to sell to people like us! Theres about 17 different colors and you can put up to 50 characters on the wire to make it say whatever you want. Chris Dahl will reply to E Mails
Thats nice to know, custom labled wire
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Thats nice to know, custom labled wire
Yeah its a cool concept I guess! Theres usually just an availability issue with colors and the wire can fluctuate in price with copper rates. The wire is very nice though. The 1/0 gauge ampacity is 300 amps for 75 ft. So in our world its plenty of wire.
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Yeah its a cool concept I guess! Theres usually just an availability issue with colors and the wire can fluctuate in price with copper rates. The wire is very nice though. The 1/0 gauge ampacity is 300 amps for 75 ft. So in our world its plenty of wire.
I can deal with some pink wire. As long as it says.... "Yes, My truck is louder " LOL
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trystar.com has nice welding wire but a 50 ft roll is the smallest amount you can get. Thats because they take rolls under 500 ft from industrial purchases and cut them up into 50 footers to sell to people like us! Theres about 17 different colors and you can put up to 50 characters on the wire to make it say whatever you want. Chris Dahl will reply to E Mails
TryStar is the company Nate uses. I would definitely recommend the wire they have over any other wire on the market. It is double shielded, copper, and flexible as all hell.
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TryStar is the company Nate uses. I would definitely recommend the wire they have over any other wire on the market. It is double shielded, copper, and flexible as all hell.
Also nice to know


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If you search the seller "coppercableman" on eBay, he sells the same double shielded copper wire on there in 50, 100 and 200 foot coils I believe. Darn good prices too.

Yeah, solox is loud has given me a good laugh many a time.
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If you search the seller "coppercableman" on eBay, he sells the same double shielded copper wire on there in 50, 100 and 200 foot coils I believe. Darn good prices too.

Yeah, solox is loud has given me a good laugh many a time.
I wrote that down, Im gonna need to step up when my new subs arrive 1 run isnt enough anymore
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If you search the seller "coppercableman" on eBay, he sells the same double shielded copper wire on there in 50, 100 and 200 foot coils I believe. Darn good prices too.

Yeah, solox is loud has given me a good laugh many a time.
That's where I got mine from.. coppercableman .. I ordered #1 but was shipped 1/0. Maybe it was a confusion of terminology between us or an out of stock situation, but I got a lot more than I was asking for, so I sure as hell didn't complain.
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you bastards...car audio wire is $8/foot here in nor cal

welding wire FTW...although ive never used it, but ive only heard good things, and good prices...it will be my next wire for future installs though
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Well that answers my ? Ill be using welding cable in each install now... on Trystar.com they also have "ULTRA-FLEX Welding Cable" w00t!
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lol, i got mine at ace 30 bucks for fifty feet of 2 gauge, thats four runs in my truck
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