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    HO alt or battery first, and why?

    When beefing up an electrical system, would one want to first purchase a high output battery (ie, Yellow top) and then an HO alt, or the other way around? And why would it be a good idea to pick one over the other as the first upgradE?



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    Re: HO alt or battery first, and why?

    depends on how big of a cheap skate you wanna be. if you have a battery charger it would be ok but not great.



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    Re: HO alt or battery first, and why?

    what does having a battery charger have to do with anything?



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    Re: HO alt or battery first, and why?

    and it's not abotu being a cheapskate, the question is simply what is the better choice, replaceing your battery first or replacing your alternator first?



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    Re: HO alt or battery first, and why?

    alternator. my theory is what good would a battery do if i can't get charged?




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    Re: HO alt or battery first, and why?

    I would first do the big 3 and then do BOTH the Alt and the battery at the same time.....



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    Re: HO alt or battery first, and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by MegaHurtz
    what does having a battery charger have to do with anything?
    what does an alt do? if the alts to low the system pulls from the battery, and yes you can charge up your batteries this way but wouldnt be the best thing to do plus bothersome to do.



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    Re: HO alt or battery first, and why?

    I say battery, you do not drive around every second of every minute the car is running with a constant 100% max current draw (IE bass sweek or test tone). Your ALT will keep both batteries charged just fine. For two years I ran a stock 90A Ford ALT with 6 Batteries and 6 amps! After the first year I did add an adjustable voltage regulator to it so I can idle at 15.2V in the lanes. Other then that it was completely stock.

    Start with a battery, it adds to the capacity of your electrical system.




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    Re: HO alt or battery first, and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by iceteebone
    alternator. my theory is what good would a battery do if i can't get charged?
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    Re: HO alt or battery first, and why?

    Let me rephrase, Are you ADDING a Battery or just replacing the stock one? If you are ADDING a battery or getting a HO ALT, get the battery for the reasons above.




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