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Old 08-26-2009, 03:13 PM   #1
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01 mustang stereo questions

hi, i just got my first mustang. its a 01 mustang convertible.


i have 2 10' w6 jl subs and a 500/1 jl amp.

if i buy a 2.0 capacitator will this be enough for all of the watts? and for the car to still run good?

ive been hearing that you need to upgrade the alternator and other stuff to get the max out put of energy?

if i install this, with a capacitator will my mustang run good? and stay in good shape? or will this effect my performance and ability in the future?
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Caps are a big waste of money, if you want it to act right, build or upgrade your alternator to a higher amperage. Or get a second battery and a switch relay.
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Yeah they are, unless you're pushing 5k+ watts. I would just upgrade the big 3 (wires from your battery, alt, etc) or buy a yellow top battery.
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Capacitors are just band aids. Are they terrible to have, no. Will they be a nice component to an audio set up, yes. While I could go into details and details of capacitors I'll spare you the bore and never wanting to come back

When the subs "hit" and the lights dim it's usually a sign that the subs are drawing too much from the battery and alternator. A higher output alternator will fully charge the battery and put out enough to power the subs when they peak or "hit".

The other way to help avoid this is not draw so much power through the amps, that is not have the amp and sub level all the way up. Many times an installed capacitor is not needed.
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Before you start with a cap, try this:

http://forum.sounddomain.com/ubbthre.../312025/page/1
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so instead of buying a cap, i should just upgrade the alternator then.

is there any good websites that sell discounted alternators?

if i upgrade the alternator then once i install everything the lights wont dim?
or should i install the alternator with the capacitator?

what is the big 3? sorry new to this.
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so which is my best bet?

a cap and a yellow top battery.

the big 3 upgrade and a cap?

a new upgraded alt? and maybe a cap as well..

or a yellow top battery, the big 3 and a upgraded alt?

what should i do? i want to do a fairly inexpensive fix... and still have a nice sounding car with no dimming, or future car problems.
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If you want inexpensive, upgrade the big 3 and buy a red top/yellow top battery. A high output Alternator will run you about 350-400 dollars. A yellow top battery and the upgrade will run you around 200.
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The big three is (1) the positive lead from the alternator to the battery (2) the battery ground to the chassis and (3) the engine's ground to the chassis. Upgrading the three consists of usually replacing with stock wiring with thicker cables or adding wires to the existing wiring.

Upgrading any component will help whether it be the alternator, upgrading the big three, new battery or the addition of a cap.

There's really no inexpensive cure all fix.

Usually audio batteries are shallow discharge which compensates for the quick and constant charging and discharging, however this maybe torture on other electrical systems especially the starting system which requires a more constant current. A "shallow" (forget exactly what they call it) battery will start a car but with an increase of electrical problems down the road (if it's not set up properly).

A cap will probably be the cheapest and easiest fix.
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Deep Cycle? I think cap's are over rated and they take up more ground/power wire use. I had 2 15" L7's in a blazer and I just upgraded the big 3 and added a yellow top and problem solved.
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