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wiring up an amp

looking at the PBR 300*2 and a set of Focal 165 CA1 for the roadie. Can someone kinda give me some info how you wire up from the HK HU to the amp and then to the Speakers is there a product that doesn't break the bank that i can buy that really is just plug into the amp and then to the speakers? Thanks gents.
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Just get a small auto amp that wires up to the speaker output wires from OE stereo. Can't use RCA plugs. There is plenty of room in the faring to mount it. Be sure to get good speakers or you will just hear a POP and they are trash.

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looking at the PBR 300*2 and a set of Focal 165 CA1 for the roadie. Can someone kinda give me some info how you wire up from the HK HU to the amp and then to the Speakers is there a product that doesn't break the bank that i can buy that really is just plug into the amp and then to the speakers? Thanks gents.
those two should work well together, that amp would drive 2 sets of those later on too.

the PBR300x2 will accept the speaker level in, or a nicer OE converter with trim

so no direct plug in kit, but decent $30 knu concepts 8ga wiring kit will have most of the parts you need.

just watch the Front Right speaker polarity, several have had the issue of it being run backwards and frying stereo

it was wrong in the manual, now updated

best is with a meter.

try and get some air behind the amp also, start with gains about half way or just under "whish" which kicks in about 6

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Re: wiring up an amp

advanced auto sells a line output converter for $20. Takes radio output and makes rca out of it. Works well, just have to use a remote wire for the amp. Not saying you should, but I used ciggy lighter for my remote. Just did my pbr300x2, zx and rf install. Not too hard.

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Ok i get it. Will a 4g kit work.Found one on amazon real cheap, and the converter real cheap. SO i will probably buy that as well. Also i see i have to power from the battery to the amp and thenn line in to amp from HU, and then output to speakers is this correct. Sorry i really don't have any knowledge of this stuff so i need the elementary version. Thanks guys.
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4ga is a little fat, remember you have to route under your tank in the loom channel

I used some 1/4" plastic wire protector also

plus even with the 8ga you will have to swag or feather a few strands around the sides to insert into the 10ga reciever on amp.

for amazon kits the knu concepts 8ga comes in two varieties, KCA and CCA

tin over alum being $12 less, unless you need the nicer RCA's, which you don't, I'd get the knu concepts KCA 8ga kit, $19 last time I checked.

hi-lo or OE converter, massive audio has a good $23 version on ebay, and there are better ones than that, if you are getting the cheapest OE converter possible, it's a crap shoot. little trim knobs would be helpful to tweak gains if need be.

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Thanks Donut. i found a couple other kits online as well that are less money and look to have more to them such as the Boss kit-2. Just one final question. So head unit to amp then amp to converter . Power from battery to amp and ground to frame, and then converter outputs to the speakers withthe rca plugs ( which i think the focals have standard correct? is this the correct way to do it? Also looking at the hog wired adapter rings for the Focals, think this should be good?
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I used the boss kit initially, makes power, doing ultra flex 8ga the first time is a good investment in your time savings.

overall the boss speaker wire and remote wire is crap

the OE converter is between your factory speakers to the amp RCA inputs

if you skip the OE converter you can use a 4 pin molex from a computer power supply to save cutting yours. go direct in. another $2 well spent.

but an OE will potentially be a good thing, add insurance and potentially correct line voltage where needed

4.5v is a solid signal, 2.2v also works well

amp accepts up to 6v input, but starts distorting at around 5.5

some OE converters reportedly hiss, so use your best judgement as to the performance, and quality, I bought one, never used it, then sold it, switched to the sony, first 2v, then 4v, I actually liked the 2v radio better for clarity.

yes, battery, frame, some run ground to battery, usually that means there's a float on the line, or non-negtive ground present at the frame.

I had my ground at front faring mount location with one amp, then moved it to aft fairing mount near neck with 2 amps.

a good remote switch tie in is lighter circuit, should you need one

try hooking the amp up first without one.

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