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    200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    I've been browsing the board for a few weeks now and am finally posting for the first time. I have some questions about my electrical system. Currently I am running all Crossfire amps: VR1000D, VR302, VR404. Here is a link to a full description of my system and pics: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2327549/2

    I know the combination of amps is pulling less than 150 amps at max pull since it isn't blowing fuses. I'm not sure exactly how much though. Is there any way to check this? I've upgraded to a 200amp alternator, have 2 optima red tops, and 1/0 awg wiring for the big three. Here's a link to my big three upgrade if you care to look: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2327549/3

    My question is are there any other steps I should take in order to improve the electrical. I was considering a cap but many on this site seem to HATE them. I'm curious if it would be of any benefit to me, since I already have a extra battery in the trunk and power is close to my amps. If it would be benefit, how many farad and how would you wire it? Any other suggestions are welcomed as well. I'm just trying to make sure I'm using everything to full potential. Thanks.

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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    If there arent any problems then just leave it alone
    Youve done about as much as you can do
    Unless you want to run a 16V system...oh my




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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    caps cause problems..waste of money..good batts and alt and wiring is all you need properly fused




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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    u have to add up how many amps ur actually pulling from the car stock, then add up how many amps ur pulling with ur amps, and u will know how amps of current u r pulling exactly




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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    Quote Originally Posted by badstang123
    I've been browsing the board for a few weeks now and am finally posting for the first time. I have some questions about my electrical system. Currently I am running all Crossfire amps: VR1000D, VR302, VR404. Here is a link to a full description of my system and pics: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2327549/2

    I know the combination of amps is pulling less than 150 amps at max pull since it isn't blowing fuses. I'm not sure exactly how much though. Is there any way to check this? I've upgraded to a 200amp alternator, have 2 optima red tops, and 1/0 awg wiring for the big three. Here's a link to my big three upgrade if you care to look: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2327549/3

    My question is are there any other steps I should take in order to improve the electrical. I was considering a cap but many on this site seem to HATE them. I'm curious if it would be of any benefit to me, since I already have a extra battery in the trunk and power is close to my amps. If it would be benefit, how many farad and how would you wire it? Any other suggestions are welcomed as well. I'm just trying to make sure I'm using everything to full potential. Thanks.

    - Justin
    im going to guess your not very happy with the system?




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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    A cap when used properly can be effective, you have a second battery already, which is good. Adding a cap may help reduce any voltage spikes, this allows the amplifiers power supply to operate more efficiently and improve SQ.

    EVERY AMP has some amount of caps built into them - they keep the power supply voltage from excessive voltage spikes. Also note that most are now where near 1F inside an amp total and you are better off using several smaller caps then one gigantic one.




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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    Quote Originally Posted by 60ndown
    im going to guess your not very happy with the system?
    I am actually very happy with my system. My install went well considering it was the first time I have every done it and everything sounds great. I just have so much invested already, I want to make sure there isn't something else that I'm leaving out that I should have.




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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    If you aren't having any problems, be proud of yourself and call it a day. Don't add more stuff just for the sake of adding it. You don't NEED a cap. You won't see or hear a benefit from adding one. Save your money and time.



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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    Sounds good to me. Thanks for the input.




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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    Quote Originally Posted by helotaxi
    If you aren't having any problems, be proud of yourself and call it a day. Don't add more stuff just for the sake of adding it. You don't NEED a cap. You won't see or hear a benefit from adding one. Save your money and time.
    You basically regurgitated what i said
    helotaxi= noob
    Swing on over and i'll take a look see to see if everything is peforming its best
    Actually, i just want to hear it




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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    I would actually recommend one. IF your electrical system is up to par. From reading some of Dave Navone's, Rob Hephner's and Richard Clarck's comments, I believe you will see a difference in response when a capacitor is properly installed with a system. Check out this thread if you're interested.

    http://www.carsound.com/forum/showth...t=power+supply




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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    And for the record, I still highly recommend against installing a capacitor as a bandaid for a hurting electrical system. Though in this case, I believe they can help. As I always say, when used properly, they do serve a purpose.




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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    If anything, get a batcap
    If you are going to get one, get a good one




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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eldorado
    If anything, get a batcap
    If you are going to get one, get a good one
    I never got into the batcaps. I assume it's a battery and capacitro together???

    And did you read the thread I linked?




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    Re: 200 amp alternator, 2 optima's, Now Cap?

    I read it
    Yes, they are a cap/battery kinda thing
    The 800 being more battery than cap




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