Temporary Audio Wiring – Using what i have :)

I have been planning a full on custom build out of my trunk but it wont happen for a while. I decided to temporarily hook up an old amp & pair of subwoofers yesterday. I was going to go buy an “amp wiring kit” when i decided to look around in my garage and see what i could come up with. I used liberty 14/4 for power/ground/trigger. Liberty 16/4 for speaker level to the subwoofers. And finally… a decade old pair of straightwire interconnects for line level from the head unit. It took me about 30 minutes, didnt cost a penny.

This should hold me over until i get ready to finish the trunk. I promise that this is “temporary” wiring as in… “i will actually wire it properly SOON” -vs- “this is how it will be for ten years” :).


  • Duct Tape

    September 2, 2011

    this is not going to end well

  • @Smarthome_AV

    August 9, 2012

    Duct Tape is absolutely correct. It ain’t going to end well. You can’t run 14/4 for power to your subwoofer amp! You need 8 guage wire for ground and power. Plus, you will need a fuse connected to the power wire by the battery. You are asking for trouble with your install. I know it is only temporary, but still…

  • admin

    August 9, 2012

    Ive driven the Lincoln apx 40 miles since i cobbled together the rescued (from my girlfriends old car) amp & box. I have a complete new system for the car but i doubt i will ever have time to get to it. There is a fuse @ battery. Why did my other 25 audio systems work over the last 20 years? None of them had 8 gauge wire. Most had 12 gauge or smaller. I think some of these rules are 2 parts urban legend 1 part snake oil. Are either of you fellas Monster dealers :)?


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