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BurninGT
03-28-2005, 09:10 AM
Im thinking about putting a system in my car two 12" subs and an 800 watt amp but also puttin in a 20 watt capacitator.

So I'm woondering will i need to be worried about my alternator burning up.

I have a 2003 Grand Am GT
V6 3.4L engine
it only has 14,550 miles so its like brand new i also have a radar dectector hard wired in.

Any help thanks,
Kole

NorKoastal
03-28-2005, 10:17 AM
Get an Optima Yellow top battery and a jucier alternator.. Your car will thank you for it...

Kdawg207
03-28-2005, 10:27 AM
the alt on our cars sucks brand new....lol...I'd say yes...coming from a guy who went through 2 stock alternators in 8 months

boost21
03-28-2005, 11:10 AM
is tht 800 rms or peak.....im going to be running 2 12's with a 900watt peak rockford amp.....will I have problems?

NorKoastal
03-28-2005, 11:28 AM
is tht 800 rms or peak.....im going to be running 2 12's with a 900watt peak rockford amp.....will I have problems?

Yes.... At Idle.. If you dont mind dimming at the red lights I guess you could get away with a 900 watt amp with a cap..... At least get an Optima to reduce the strain if your city driving ghetto blastin everywhere.. A stock battery will be dead in months....

BurninGT
03-28-2005, 04:29 PM
where can i get a juicer alterator from

NorKoastal
03-28-2005, 05:34 PM
http://www.gaupgrade.com/index2.shtml

puckyou
03-28-2005, 05:41 PM
I run alot of power off of the stock alt and original battery with no issues. I cannot stress enough to upgrade (add to) the stock wiring with larger gauge wiring, BIG 3.

99GApunk
03-28-2005, 05:54 PM
i dont think you will need a new alternator, id wait to kill the one you have first.

its not often you pump your system to its full specs and really the only tough strain on the alternator is upon startup. make sure all your **** is off when you start your car, that helped me at least.

it will cut down the life of your alt, and when it goes you should upgrade, but no sense in rushing at this point