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Old 10-09-2005   #1
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Question How can I tell if I have 2 Ohm or 4 Ohm subs? (bought used)

I bought my subs off of a friend already in the box w/ amp, etc. and I do not know whether they are the 2 Ohm or 4 Ohm Kicker Comp-VRs.

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I have been having a problem with my Sony XM-2165GTX Amp overheating and thought there may be a problem w/ the setup of everything. I have tried to understand all of this but it is just too far over my head so all help is appreciated.
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Best thing to do is take the sub out of the box first then hook up any multi-meter that has an ohmmeter on it the hook the leads up to the voice coil. If it reads around 2 then 2ohm, around 4, then 4 ohm.
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didnt know that. guess u do learn something new everyday
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yeah an ohm meter can save ur *** sometimes lol
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actually you dont even really need to take the subs out of the box...if there is only one terminal on the box, that means your running the subs in parallel. If the ohm meter reads 3 ohms, you're subs are actually 6 ohm subs. If you have 2 separate terminals, one for each sub, put the ohm meter onto one of the terminals and whatever it reads is what your ohm level on your sub is
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if there is only one terminal on the box, that means your running the subs in parallel.
Even if you only have 1 terminal, it can still be hooked up in series in the box.
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or just take it out and look at it haha... it should have a sticker on the bottom of the magnet around the vent that read whether it's a 2 or 4 ohm DVC sub (check the pic below)... rep me for saving you at least $20 on a multimeter ...
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then go to this website to make sure you're wiring it up correctly... hope this helps... good luck!
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It's still not a bad idea to have a Digital MultiMeter laying around. Especially if you're gonna be messing around with electronics. Every man needs one. I picked up a Craftsman one from sears that was usually $79.99 for only $9.99. Not the little POS one either, this one is big. Usually they have them on sale too.
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Regardless, there should, as USF said, be a sticker, or something on the back of the sub around the pole vent. Or at least a model number stamped on the basket somewhere.
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hey i had those, kicker comp vr? 4ohms
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hey i had those, kicker comp vr? 4ohms

CompVRs are available in 2- or 4-ohm DVC configurations, so just because yours were 4-ohm does not mean that his are...

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