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Old 12-15-2016, 10:33 AM   #1
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Default New front speaker wiring question.

I want to run new speaker wire for my front door speakers. I thought there would be a continuous set of wires from behind the deck and then straight to the door speaker. Instead I see the 2 wires from the door speaker going into a plug behind the kick panel. Then I assume in the other mess of wires coming out the other side of that plug that 2 must continue to the deck? Is there any reason I could not just run my new wire from the speaker and then straight to the deck and just skip that plug. Installing new Pioneer DEH-X6800BS CD receiver and new 6.5" Polk door speakers with boom mat baffles and just want new wires ran. Thanks for any help or advice.

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Old 12-15-2016, 01:20 PM   #2
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Is there any reason I could not just run my new wire from the speaker and then straight to the deck and just skip that plug.
Hi Jigga,
No there is no reason you cant just run wiring straight from the speaker to the radio. If the plug you are referring to in the kick panel is the one I am thinking of, then it is there so that you can unplug the door from the truck in the event you ever have to have the door removed for whatever reason......

BUT the real question should be why do you feel that you should have to do all that extra work? The factory speaker wiring is ~20g.... so for your install it will be of little benefit. Here is the reason, 20g wire can handle minimum of 1.5A of current, in a vehicle that will translate to ~150watts of power(rms)http://www.the12volt.com/ohm/ohmslawcalculators.asp
..... you are running these speakers with radio power 45watts(max, not rms). Here is the chart for AWG current ratings http://www.powerstream.com/Wire_Size.htm for reference. Again it is not a bad idea to run your own wiring but just to point out you should not need to if you don't want to take on running those wires through the door boot, into the cab, through the dash into the radio cavity.......

If your reasoning for running new wire is to insure proper polarity, just install the speakers to the OEM wiring then pop them with a 9v battery at the wiring in the radio cavity, when the speaker moves out the polarity is correct.

I hope this makes sense, and saves you some work in the process.
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I ran my new speaker wires from my amp to the wires behind the kick panel, that way I don't have to mess with running new wires into the door. The stock wires are small but I don't notice any difference or negative effects by doing it this way.
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i chopped up an outdoor extension cord and used that wire for my door speakers. double insulated.
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I guess I always think that new is better. The stock speakers are running fine but thought I should run new wire in case I ever do add an amp, sub, etc. The wire I ordered was from Crutchfield and it is Stinger 16AWG. If I will be fine using the stock wire then less work is fine by me.
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you could also, cut the wire behind the kick panel and attach the new speaker wire to where you cut and use the existing to pull the new into the door.
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When I ran the wires for the shaved door kit on my son's truck I removed all the wiring from the door after that connector and cut all the tape off. I ran my new wires through the loom with all the other wires and taped it all back up. It's a little more effort but looks better than having extra wires hanging out of the loom. Like the others have said, it's not necessary at all, but if you're in the mood to do the work and you may throw an amp on there in the future you can pull that piece of the harness out and run the new wires through the loom.
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Also, depending on if the truck has power windows and locks or not, there will only be the speaker wires running through from the body into the door. should be plenty of room in the rubber loom if it only has the speaker wires in it.
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