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amp and subs dimming lights

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Old 07-28-2007, 08:38 PM
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okay, so on my car with a 300 watt Pioneer amp, 2 kicker 10's, and kenwood deck, all my lights, including heads and tails, neons and gauges, all dim when the subs hit. like their pulsing to the music. but i definetly dont want it. seems like my car is being overloaded with power and cant handle it all. what exactly should i do? links? names? anything? thanks.
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Old 07-28-2007, 09:59 PM
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cheapest first...

first, improve your ground points.
second add a capacitor
3rd, yellow-top (high performance) battery
4th, high output alternator.

 
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Old 07-28-2007, 11:30 PM
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^ yeah what he said, lol also big 3,and batt dosen't have to be yellow top but a high end brand is reccomended,and to be real cheap and spend nothingride with your ac off
 
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:36 AM
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can anyone recommend a brand of capacitor or a place where i can get one? where does it go exactly? on the amp? on the amp wiring?
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:10 PM
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ebay has cheap caps, you run power wire from batt to cap(+)and from that to amp(+) ground cap and amp to metal, also a new cap should come with instructions
 
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I also have a 1000 watt amp and a 15" L7, I have no dimming...make sure you have a good ground for the amp...And I would also recommend doing the big 3 grounding..upgrade the battery if that stuff doesnt help....What else are you runningoff your battery?
 
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I agree with grounding and a cap. If you don't have any trouble starting your car, there's no need for an upgraded battery. Also, the cap does not have to go between the amp and battery. It just needs to be hooked up to the main lead that powers your amp. It can be a branch on a distribution block. The cap will also help cold starts. With the power that you are running better grounding should take care of the problem, but a capacitor will buffer the electrical system from voltage spikes and valleys caused by the subs.

Bottom line, do #1 and see if you need to go from there. #2 is always a good idea and will also give you better bass suspension. #'s 3 & 4 should not be necessary with this power demand.
 
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