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    Can my car handle this?

    The car is a 99 cavalier, has like a 60-70 amp alternator i think. I'm looking to run two alpine type R 12's on about 1200-1600rms total. I know the stock electric cant handle that so what do you guys think i should do to run that much power?







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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    start by getting a larger alternator, then do the big 3 and make sure your battery is in good condition, floating around 12.6-12.8VDC.



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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    Quote Originally Posted by keep_hope_alive View Post
    start by getting a larger alternator, then do the big 3 and make sure your battery is in good condition, floating around 12.6-12.8VDC.
    He just put it all into one post for ya'.





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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    Make sure you get a respected alt brand as well. Getting cheap Ebay knockoffs will end badly for you




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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    I would do everything they said and strongly consider getting a dedicated battery just for the system.




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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    What amp is also important. Your 1600 watt amp may only do 500



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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    ^what everyone up there said....



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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    The cavalier has a 105 amp alternator so its a lil bigger than what i thought. But where do you guys reccomend buying a alternator from? That wont break the bank. And im a fan of hifonics amps. Ive had good results with them and there pretty cheap.




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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boomstang99 View Post
    The cavalier has a 105 amp alternator so its a lil bigger than what i thought. But where do you guys reccomend buying a alternator from? That wont break the bank. And im a fan of hifonics amps. Ive had good results with them and there pretty cheap.
    Just a little tip if you cant afford an extra battery or ho alt at least do big 3 and get a capacitor




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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    model of amp?




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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    Im not looking to spend 600 on a alternator for a crapalier when i only want to run like 1200 rms lol. Heck ill put a bigger system in my mustang they can handle some high power with just a extra battery and big 3. And rate now i have a hifonics glx1000.1d amp running around 750rms im the stang. So id probably just put that in the cavalier for the winter. I was just wonder if i could run that much power in that kinda car. Ill probably just play it safe and run 750 rms or less in that car for my daily driver.




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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    big difference between 105A and 60A.

    in that case, start with a good battery and the big 3. see what happens. monitor voltage with a meter visible while driving (i.e. dash). cig lighter meters are fine for this. if you drop below 12.5 and stay there, turn it down until the voltage comes back up. if you get tired of that process, buy a new alt and budget $300-$400. gotta pay to play.

    otherwise you'll just keep killing batteries and spend more on batteries than an alt.



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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    So you're saying its possible. I plan on upgrading the battery regardless of how much power im running. So ill save up and do the big three as well. I barely even turn my system up in the mustang. lol so not like o plan on blasting it full power all day everyday. Is it cheaper to just buy straight 1/0 gauge wiring than a big three kit?




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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Babykinns View Post
    Just a little tip if you cant afford an extra battery or ho alt at least do big 3 and get a capacitor
    Do us a favor and never listen to this person ^^^^. Do not ever buy a capacitor, they are useless unless you have a few supercaps but I wouldn't even think about that..

    With a 105a alt, you may get away with running 1500w on it. Do the big 3 in 1/0 (or 2/0) oxygen free copper OFC. I would put a decent AGM up front and a nice G31 in back.

    The AGM Duracell batts at Sam's Club are rebadged Dekas made by eastpenn, much cheaper than Deka also.



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    Re: Can my car handle this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lowflyin View Post
    Do us a favor and never listen to this person ^^^^. Do not ever buy a capacitor, they are useless unless you have a few supercaps but I wouldn't even think about that..

    With a 105a alt, you may get away with running 1500w on it. Do the big 3 in 1/0 (or 2/0) oxygen free copper OFC. I would put a decent AGM up front and a nice G31 in back.

    The AGM Duracell batts at Sam's Club are rebadged Dekas made by eastpenn, much cheaper than Deka also.
    You dont have to say that like I'm a dumb ***. I know a lot about car audio now days. I've never used a capacitor so I dont know jack about them. I've just heard they help cut down on the draw from battery




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