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    Default Upgrading Stereo - Reviews Requested

    OK,

    I'm ready to get rolling on a stereo upgrade for our 2011 LSV. I've got the factory Kicker system in it right now and will be adding 4 Exile SXT speakers to the tower powered by a Harpoon amp. I'll also be adding a 2nd battery, charger and ACR and switch. A couple of pictures of the existing setup. Please comment on anything you see that you'd change or needs to be reworked or added.

    I haven't pulled everything to check yet, but I'm assuming the 30 amp fuse is for the Kicker amp and the 50 amp breaker is for the main power. Existing setup:





    Here's what I'm thinking for the new wiring setup. Wire gauge is what I think i have on the existing and what I think I should use for the new. Let me know if you think it's too small or overkill. I know I do not have fusing drawn in yet either. I'd like your thoughts so I get that correct as well.

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    Ron,
    That is a very nice job, not only the illustration but the scheme. Nice that you inverted the voltage sensing relay and switch in relation to the batteries.
    I do question layering the HU and EQ light duty 16-gauge ring connectors over a 3/8" Blue Sea post. Instead I would use a stepdown barrier strip off the distribution blocks, combine those two and run a small in-line fuse at the barrier strip power source. I would do the same thing on the ground side less the fuse.

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    If you need a hand installing any of the new hear give me a buzz. I think I even have some 4 conductor 12 gauge wire left from when I did my tower that you can use.


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    Quote Originally Posted by EarmarkMarine View Post
    Ron,
    That is a very nice job, not only the illustration but the scheme. Nice that you inverted the voltage sensing relay and switch in relation to the batteries.
    I do question layering the HU and EQ light duty 16-gauge ring connectors over a 3/8" Blue Sea post. Instead I would use a stepdown barrier strip off the distribution blocks, combine those two and run a small in-line fuse at the barrier strip power source. I would do the same thing on the ground side less the fuse.

    David
    Earmark Marine
    Thanks David. I thought there might be a better way to do the small gauge stuff. I'll check that out.

    I think I got the idea on the switch and ACR placement from reading your suggestion on it in an earlier post.
    Last edited by rca; 08-23-2012 at 03:11 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdlangston13 View Post
    If you need a hand installing any of the new hear give me a buzz. I think I even have some 4 conductor 12 gauge wire left from when I did my tower that you can use.


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    Thanks David, I'll let you know when I get ready.
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    change the kicker 200 to something beefier to power your six cabins, you will lose them with the harpoon.

    Great diagram BTW i will snap a pic of mine with the harpoon, and the kicker 700.5 with the wiring this weekend.

    only difference i did not add the blue seas acr, Yet?
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    Looks real nice Ron, I do how ever not agree with running your Distro block to the Blue Sea switch.

    I would run the Distro block power right to your Second Battery. Everything else looks pretty squared away.
    I also agree with changing out the 200.4 amp as its a bit under powered for your cabins, the nice caviate though is the 4 SXTs on the tower is going to make up for a lot of the cabin thats lacking. In time you will fine yourself wanting to upgrade the cabin amp and possibly the speakers
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    I figured we would be doing some upgrading eventually. That's why I'm trying to get it right the first time and get parts that will allow me to expand.
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    Yeah man I had an MBQuart 600.6 amp that I used to power 6 polk db651s in my cabin and I didnt think it had enough power, and that was at 100 watts per channel.
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    So Mike what's the thinking on Distro block straight to the battery vs. the switch? I guess it wouldn't make any difference as far as isolating or combining the batteries and it would remove a piece of equipment from the power loop of the stereo.
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