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Old 08-21-2012, 02:16 AM   #11
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Everyone I have ever talked to (some of the highest ranked installers in the USA, top ten actually) have said capacitors are a band-aid/garbage. I also have a high demand system running off my factory alt with no problem. The key is appropriate sized wiring as everyone has already suggested, as well as audio batteries. Regular batteries are not capable of putting out the power needed for those heavy bass hits. An audio battery (such as those manufactured by ) can keep up. I replaced the main battery with a full size stinger battery, and tucked a smaller stinger battery behind the back seat.
Agreed, they are more of a accessory, than a necessity.
I already had my wiring upgraded, and had no need for a high put alternator,so that is the only reason I got the cap at the time is it looked cool, and to relieve a little battery strain at night when using my lights, now if I had the equipment I used to have, I'd probably spend that 360.00 along with a little more cash on a Stinger battery and a 200A relay isolator, put that in the back, and upgrade the alternator to a 200A with dual rectifier bridges.
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Thanks for the advice guys, I have two small kinetic batts in the trunk but I have a four year old Walmart special under the hood I think that might be a bigger problem than my alt.
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You can't go wrong with a Stinger or Optima battery if you want to make sure your battery can keep up.
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OK I've spent considerable time researching which route I should take in regards to my voltage drop issues. I'm happy to say that I have finally solved my problem, I should've listened to the pros from the beginning. I checked out a ton of Batts like XS, Kinettic,and Stinger and settled with a Die hard Platinum AGM Battery(Made by Odyssey) couldn't go wrong with a five year warranty. I needed a new battery anyways so I bought the 60 pound monster over the H/O alternator. I installed it as my main battery and noticed little difference with my voltage drop. I thought my next move was the alternator but I put a equalizer/line driver in first and immediately I noticed a random interference problem some where in the system and assumed it was the EQ that I just installed. long story short after days of trouble shooting my system I located the problem..........it was my Damn Capacitor. It was randomly and rapidly discharging causing all kinds of problems. I couldn't tell you how many threads I've read from people saying don't use caps cause they suck, and guess what...... they do. After just taking out the cap my voltage drop went from 1 1/2 volts to less than a 1/2 of a volt and not to mention my bass is longer and lower now, and no headlight dimming.
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