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Old 10-27-2011, 11:38 PM
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Thanks for the replies guys. May be a dumb question, but what is "the big 3"? And my amp is older, probably an early 2000's Soundstream amp. So it may be inefficient when compared to brand new ones. I have a 4ohm dvc sub wired to 2 ohm. It is a brand new memphis sub. Not trying to blow the niebors ear drums, just add some depth to the music. And the lights don't dim excessively, just enough to notice when driving down the highway at night. I have the power wire (4 ga)run from + on bat thru a 100amp fuse, then to amp. Ground wire may be the culprit, prob only 12ga maybe. It is only 10"-12" long. This is about the only thing that I can think of. Dont want to fork out $ for a different battery...
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your ground should be at least 8 gauge, and make sure its grounded to unpainted metal surface of your truck body.
That could very well cause power issues. not sure if dimming lights would be what you would notice however.
the soundstream amp is 200w? that Memphis sub, shouldnt you be putting more like 500w to it? too little power can damage a speaker is what i was always told.
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I've never heard of too little power damaging an sub, but that's not saying it's not true in some respect. If you're not pushing enough power to the sub, it's like trying to push your truck up a slope by yourself, it may eventually get there, but it won't be fast or pretty. I would agree that if your power wire is 4ga, then your power wire should be minimum of 8ga, but I'm a firm believer in power in = power out, so the ground should be the same as the power wire.

The big 3 is an upgrade to your stock power supply system. You replace the alt - fuse box, fuse box - +battery, and -battery - ground. This allows maximum current to pass from the alt through every device and return to the battery. It's important to put a fuse in the alt-fuse box line as you are removing the OEM fusable link.
I personally upgraded all my grounding on the block and tranny as well to 4ga to combat some of the alternator whine. I also did my Big 3 with 1/0 as I had 4ft left over from my install. It definately made a difference in the cranking speed.
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I have noticed an increase in cranking speed, but have noticed that my voltage gauge needle has moved about 1/4" higher. its almost halway between the 1/2 mark and the 3/4 mark on the gauge.
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I'm having this same issue. 1000 watts rms, dual red tops, 200 amp mean green, 1/0 cable jumped from alternator to battery, and 1/0 main ground. And if I'm just being strait rude my HID's will turn off, thats how bad mine is dimming. I'm at a total loss of where to begin now? Tear it all out or just let it smolder to the ground, not a good time right now with this thing.... To much time and money
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...And if I'm just being strait rude ...
Haha!

I am surprised 1000 watts RMS is causing problems. Shocked actually. Especially with the jacked up alternator and 2 red tops. That said, not sure about the red tops. I suspect 1 higher end Shuriken or Kinetic might be a much better bet. Nonetheless, wow. What kind of amp(s) are you running? Newer Class Ds? Are you confident your alternator is an honest 200 amps? Are you confident your Big "2" is hooked up properly? Maybe complete it for the Big 3?
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I would deff test that alternator output, then make sure you wires are nice and tight, then look at the amp.....Do you have a friend or anyone that has a 1k amp and swap them out and see if it does the same thing?
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PDX-M12 Mono Power Amplifier
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1200W RMS x 1 [4 ohm @ 14.4V ≤ 0.04% THD+N]
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We swapped it out for a new one thinking it was the amp itself, no such luck.

We got a new alternator, hints the Mean Green.
http://shop.mean-green.com/2010-07-R...MI-MG1390A.htm

Upgraded the cables and ran a second battery and still the same.
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PDX-M12 Mono Power Amplifier
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We swapped it out for a new one thinking it was the amp itself, no such luck.

We got a new alternator, hints the Mean Green.
http://shop.mean-green.com/2010-07-R...MI-MG1390A.htm

Upgraded the cables and ran a second battery and still the same.
Holy crap. That's a brand new, Class D, decently efficient amp - the fuse in it is 120 amps. I am so screwed if I ever get around to getting my system installed. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise that I've been delayed. At least my truck runs.
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So I'm missing the fuze box? Then "the big three" will be complete? What is the 1/0 cable I put strait from the alternator to the battery doing then?

Sorry to steal your thread man, but it sounds like we both might find a solution.
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