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vdubmk4 
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Posted: August 15, 2004 at 11:01 PM / IP Logged  

Is purchasing a cap worth it ? I was always under the impression that a cap was only needed if ur lights dimmed on big hits or if your amp wasnt puttin out enough rms for the subs ? Sorry i'm newbish in the cap area.

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cd2478 
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Posted: August 15, 2004 at 11:06 PM / IP Logged  

an amp is just a cheap workaround to the fact that your electrical system is not up to the task of powering your stereo setup..

if you are having power delivery issues and have got the correct cabling and the power just isnt there, put the money towards a bigger amp and alternator, it will be better spent than going towards a cap

a cap can sometimes help, depending on how bad your problem is, if its minor as in just lights dimming then yeah a cap would be good. if its more than minor a cap will not eliminate the problem.

do you even have any issues with your stereo? if it goes fine and ru car goes fine, dont worry about one ;)

vdubmk4 
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Posted: August 15, 2004 at 11:08 PM / IP Logged  
Nope, my car works excellent. I was just curious, Thanks for the info though.
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MBZ oe 
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Posted: August 15, 2004 at 11:21 PM / IP Logged  

If you are running some serious equipment, then a cap will always help. Rockford Fosgate has some new BIG caps out that are pretty nice for the money. 50+Farads.

Also check out batcaps by X-static. I have only heard good things about them.

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Posted: August 15, 2004 at 11:29 PM / IP Logged  
IMO it is not worth buying a 1 or 2 farad cap.
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MBZ oe 
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Posted: August 15, 2004 at 11:32 PM / IP Logged  
I agree with you AUEX
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vdubmk4 
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Posted: August 15, 2004 at 11:36 PM / IP Logged  
Sweet Jesus, 50+ farads, thats craazy.
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cd2478 
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Posted: August 16, 2004 at 12:10 AM / IP Logged  
around 50,000 watts for 50 farad cap???? damn...i dont think theres too many systems in australia with that sort of power lol. or even hardware that can support that much power! wow
Caraudiorich 
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Posted: August 16, 2004 at 9:55 PM / IP Logged  
Me,  I would recomend a second batery.   But thats me,  from experience.
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Posted: August 17, 2004 at 3:57 AM / IP Logged  
 a cap will do nothing for you if you don't have the ho alt to power it. now if you got the power then a cap will help on the hard bass hits. and a second batt will not help if you don't have the ho alt for it. they both will just make your stock alt work harder. get a high output alt, then get the other stuff  if you want you be glade you did. I run a 250 amp ac/delco alt, 2- 1000amp dura last batts and a 400amp 6 farad battcap. It all comes together very nice.
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