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hello,Trying to gather info before I just slap some 1/0 on there and call it a day...

And I have always heard to 'supplement, not replace' when doing the big 3 on any application, so this will be no different... thx
 

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As an automotive electrical design guy ..... my thoughts on the so-called "big 3".
1) It basically does no harm.
2) It provides little or no benefit for most vehicles.
3) If you have some massive electrical loads like boombox stereos or massive lighting, it may have some benefit, but you better upgrade your alternator and battery and regulator as well.
4) You can get 90% of the benefit just by optimizing your existing connections, cleaning them - the ground, battery posts, and starter terminals. Add protectant and torque them properly.
5) If you are having electrical demons, this is no cure. All this does is reduce -- by a TINY amount -- the voltage drop across your cabling.

I'd love to hear success stories from someone who has done this. But don't tell me it feels better because you spent a bunch of money doing it.
 

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I've often thought of this upgrade as I'm running around a 7500 watt stereo system in my 00 Dakota 3.9.
Stereo sounds great would make my hair dance ( when I had some) LOL
My headlights dim when it hits even with the booster caps so In my case it would probably benefit from the upgrade.
I agree with the ALT REG upgrade at the same time if your going that route
 

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I've often thought of this upgrade as I'm running around a 7500 watt stereo system in my 00 Dakota 3.9.
Stereo sounds great would make my hair dance ( when I had some) LOL
My headlights dim when it hits even with the booster caps so In my case it would probably benefit from the upgrade.
I agree with the ALT REG upgrade at the same time if your going that route
7500 watts? That's insane. Say goodbye to your hearing.
You would probably benefit from a 2nd battery (and some ear muffs).
 

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7500 watts? That's insane. Say goodbye to your hearing.
You would probably benefit from a 2nd battery (and some ear muffs).
SAY WHAT LOL I thought about the second battery as well
Just not sure of placement
Yes it's a little loud but I don't run full blast when I'm in it.
once the nose starts to get tickled that's high enough for me
 

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As an automotive electrical design guy ..... my thoughts on the so-called "big 3".
1) It basically does no harm.
2) It provides little or no benefit for most vehicles.
3) If you have some massive electrical loads like boombox stereos or massive lighting, it may have some benefit, but you better upgrade your alternator and battery and regulator as well.
4) You can get 90% of the benefit just by optimizing your existing connections, cleaning them - the ground, battery posts, and starter terminals. Add protectant and torque them properly.
5) If you are having electrical demons, this is no cure. All this does is reduce -- by a TINY amount -- the voltage drop across your cabling.

I'd love to hear success stories from someone who has done this. But don't tell me it feels better because you spent a bunch of money doing it.
Exactly I agree as even I am a design guy!
 
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