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lights dimming hard core

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by bumpin yota, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Feb 16, 2010 at 6:29 PM
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    bumpin yota

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    ok i just put a new amp to my L5 and the amp will cut out due to lack of power and my headlights dim really bad. the worst i have ever seen an amp and sub do. if i were to put a 2 farad cap would that solve my problem or do i need to go the route of a red top optima battery and get my alternator worked to produce more than the factory 80 amps.
     
  2. Feb 16, 2010 at 6:39 PM
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    Try the cap first as that is good to have anyhow. What gauge wiring do you run? The right way is to get a worked alternator. If you have a Tacoma with tow package I believe they have a decent battery.
     
  3. Feb 16, 2010 at 6:41 PM
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    damn, i'm not an audio/electrical guy, but that sound like you're drawing a shit ton of power. maybe the 130 amp alternator that you get with the tow package would help? i'm sure a better battery wouldn't hurt either. how old is the battery?

    like i said, i'm not expert, so i hope someone else chimes in. good luck bud
     
  4. Feb 16, 2010 at 6:42 PM
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    You can get a 2 Farad - 5 Farad on ebay relatively cheap. I would think that should do the trick, but it depends what other accessories you are running. Maybe install the Yellow Top or Die Hard Platinum.
     
  5. Feb 16, 2010 at 6:51 PM
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    Why spend all the money on everything you listed when you could get a Cap which is the 2nd cheapest fix on the list? Fill the cap and neither the alternator or battery will be working as hard at such a constant rate.
     
  6. Feb 16, 2010 at 6:59 PM
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    You might need a capacitor.
     
  7. Feb 16, 2010 at 6:59 PM
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    I know when I blew my alternator and battery, I replaced the alt. with an OEM one and an Optima Yellow top battery. Then added a 1 F cap, zero problems after that. I would think if OP added a decent sized Cap and maybe a new battery he would be fine.

    Just my thoughts, you very well can prove otherwise.
     
  8. Feb 16, 2010 at 7:05 PM
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    Nah, we're all here to help. :thumbsup:

    I understand his point of saying the cap still needs to be filled, but it won't be drawing as much as an amplifier would each time.
     
  9. Feb 16, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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    I do. When I referenced to blowing my alt. this was in a Saturn Sl2. :D:laugh:
     
  10. Feb 16, 2010 at 7:09 PM
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    :notsure:
     
  11. Feb 17, 2010 at 1:22 PM
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    kenwood kvt-512, kicker L5,
    no i do not have the tow package i have reg cab 4 banger
     
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