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Old 03-04-2008, 05:15 AM   #11
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Sounds like you need an optima battery and do the big3 wiring upgrade and you won't dim anymore. Truck will run better and it might pick up some mileage too. I'd buy a battery and not a capacitor, they're too much of a bandaid for electrical issues.
What he said...did it in mine...no more dimming lights
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:16 AM   #12
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Do they sell big 3 install kits at install shops or am i better off buying seperately....wires, and ring terminals right? Is that all I need? Can I usually find those at install shops?
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:43 PM   #13
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I also did the big three and hooked a 400 watt amp and my lights are still dimmin when I turn it up so next is the Optima Yellow top.

You'll only need around 7-8 foot of wire to do the big three. I used the excess from my amp install kit, which was 4guage. Then bought 5foot of black 4guage. Do a search for the big three on here and there is a link someone posted to buy the whole complete kit including the terminals! Good luck!!
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:18 PM   #14
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I wouldn't put a Yellow top under the hood because that's not what it is meant for. You want a red top under the hood.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:54 PM   #15
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Have talked to a couple of different people with bigger systems and they all say the "Yellow Top" is the way to go. Also saw a lotta pics on here where others have the yellow top.

Boost or JK would know!???? Lil help???
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:59 PM   #16
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I work at a car audio shop myself. Yellow top is a deep cycle battery and meant to be drained and recharged. A starter battery can be drained only a few times before it is junk.

I'm not saying you can't put a deep cycle battery under the hood but why would you drain your main battery you use to start the truck.

Red top has more Cold cranking and cranking amps.

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Old 03-06-2008, 10:34 PM   #17
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I've heard yellow top is the way to go too, but I'd definitely like to hear what Boost and JK have to say.
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:40 PM   #18
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Most Red top models have higher CCAs than the Yellow tops, just like Travis stated. This is good for starting your vehicle in extreme temps. They are not deep cycles, so they don't cost as much as a yellow top. You can use a dual purpose yellow top model, one made for starting and deep cycling purposes. To help you decide, you have to look at this:
If you're simply replacing your conventional starting battery due to age and/or only have a few accessories, I'd go with the red top. It's cheaper, and will work great if you are not deep cycling. Spending more on a yellow top in this case isn't going to improve anything.
If you have a lot of high current accessories and/or run your equipment with the eng not running, use a yellow top, or add a yellow top as a second aux battery to run your accessories.
Both models have low IR and decent CCA capabilities. Main difference is how many times the battery can be completely discharged and charged. But if you don't ever discharge your battery all the time below 10 volts, then why spend the extra money on a yellow top when the red top can do everything else the ylw can?
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Old 03-08-2008, 12:31 AM   #19
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Okay, so in my situation I'm running a double din Kenwood DNX7100 w/ GPS, bluetooth, ipod, 600 watt amp, and a 10 in. 400 watt sub.

What is considered a few accessories? Would you consider my setup as high current accessories? I do tend to watch movies occasionally in my car on lunch breaks so I do tend to run my accessories when the engine is not running.
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:13 AM   #20
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Do the big3 and a replacement battery and you'll be fine, there are alot of misconceptions regarding aftermarket batteries but anything is better than the stocker when you're adding accessories.
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