Cap should be as close to the amp as possible to be effictive. If its too far away, it'll like no cap at all. Don't know how far is far but I have mine right beside the amp.
??????? where did you Hear that? with the addition of a cap generaly there is no need for any other power upgrade...eddiem67 said:Why are you putting in a cap to begin with, did you upgrade the big 3 first? If you haven't you haven't fixed anything, your just causing more strain on the battery and alt.
yeah well that is good and all- but the cap only cost me $50- and my system is fine, my headlights do not dim anymore with the cap and i got a buddy hooking me up with an optima for around $1-120... I appreciate you other info but i didn't "waste" money on the cap- i got a good deal and i would buy the battery now- just gotta wait for my buddy to hook me up, i would like some extra sound equip- but actually the kicker puts out enough bass for me, i wanna save my hearing since i am not doing any comps or anythingJaJay721 said:
With the $100 you wasted on the cap you could have gotten an L5 or a better driver. But, I guess your system looks better with an SPL cap. I would have gone with a better sounding system personally.
So where do you think the cap gets its voltage from, some magic power source built inside it? No from the battery. So now not only are you supplying power to the amp, now you need to for the cap as well. Its a buffer but not a good one. now say he hasn't upgraded the big 3 and has a cap in his car, That is like water flowing through a straw to a cup, now you add another cup (a cap) so now the water needs to fill both cups, that would be very hard to do and put a huge strain on the alt. But if he upgraded his big 3, then the water would flow through a water hose (larger gauge wire), more flow, more current. Now the amp will be happy because it is getting the voltage it needs without a cap. Also you battery theory is bogus, most aftermarket batts, ie Optima, SVR, Odyssey are deep cycle high output batts, and with a magic 3 upgrade, the alt will charge the bat just fine. Alt is the key source, if your alt cant support you system, then nothing can fix it, not even 5 caps.david in germany said:??????? where did you Hear that? with the addition of a cap generaly there is no need for any other power upgrade...
the cap will not assist when the car is off but when running there is nothing that would be better.
larger batteries add more of a strain to the system than any other upgrade but extend the vehical off listening times a larger alternator would help a little but the cap is 10 x faster energy than the pulses created by an alternator. under 18" from the battery is the IASCA text book perfect install for a fuse between the battery and the amp. the cap should on the other hand be "as close as possable" to the amp
that is the key. But the design of the cap and the battery are completely different. I believe that a high output alternator is a big BIG plus when you are running lots and lots of watts but for the average system (500 watts RMS) the alternator is really not that much of a benefit. you said you were running 2000 watts of PPI correct? in your case the Big 3 you mentioned were a must. ( (I am assuming the big 3 for you are bigger battery, bigger cable, better alt) most people wopuld see the most benefit with upgrading the grounds from the chassy to the engine then running a better alternator.eddiem67 said:My alt is set up to put out more amps at idle, dominick can customize your alt to whatever amount of amps you want it to put out at idle.
assuming ur talking to me...i had a lanzar powering 2 JLs (w0s) i believeeddiem67 said:I see you have an MTX now, so what amp were you running before?