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  1. DC-to-DC conversion

    WOW!!! what a difference. We installed the OPUS-320 this past weekend, modified the relay controls so the system is 100% AC power free...

    I checked the voltage on the aux battery after 30...
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    If you are soldering 2 x 10 into an 8 you will...

    If you are soldering 2 x 10 into an 8 you will need the 4-8 shrink. But keep in mind that you may want some 10-12 on the other end where the 10 gauge wires connect to the relays.

    So, i'd buy...
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    I was once an electrical tape only guy... but I...

    I was once an electrical tape only guy... but I got tired of the static and shorts in my sound system that wire nuts and tape allowed.

    So, a friend taught me how to solder. Once you learn to do...
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    I hate the smell of burnt wire

    The group of Crimp on ends are referred to as solderless connectors... and require a special tool, used properly to work.
    ...
  5. Planning for power...

    The time has come to let the "easy" DC-AC inverter go, and install the OPUS-320 that i purchased 2+years ago...

    RDholtz has inspired me to get this thing moving...

    Also, the added fun of...
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    a very short response would be... where there is...

    a very short response would be... where there is a will, there is a way...

    Not sure about under the hood on your ride, but-- one of my favorite setup's for high-end audio systems is a 2nd...
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    So, based on those numbers, your peak maximum...

    So, based on those numbers, your peak maximum load would be 50 amps--

    And, since the OPUS is 20 of the 50, it's not a real 50. The opus 120 is closer to 10amps peak. So, your real peak load is...
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    Ok, so depending upon the AMP you are using-- we...

    Ok, so depending upon the AMP you are using-- we can use some rough rules and say divide the max output by 6 and come up with 33 amps at 12V... but its easier to look at the inline fuse provided by...
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    If you can help me with the load calculations of...

    If you can help me with the load calculations of what you are running, we can figure out if a relay will carry the load.

    99% of the battery isolator's use diodes to prevent the batteries from...
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    The new battery is great news! I am looking...

    The new battery is great news! I am looking forward to hearing about your run times with the aux battery system!

    I still use an inverter—which is a VERY bad idea. The math on the power...
  11. Wow... i'm not sure a 62" would do well in the...

    Wow... i'm not sure a 62" would do well in the XB... maybe front to rear?? Yeah, I could replace the passenger side of the car completely, and install a rotating captains chair in place of the...
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    LOL-- ok... now this makes a lot more sense!! ...

    LOL-- ok... now this makes a lot more sense!!

    If the Aux battery has dead cells, it is a 100% drain on the system while they are connected.

    During your run time, the alternator is providing...
  13. The other portion, I forgot to mention... since...

    The other portion, I forgot to mention... since someone ripped my 15" screen out of the dash... I decided with the 17"... Steel, Welding and large bolts were in order...

    Since the monitor is...
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    I have some questions about your battery...

    I have some questions about your battery failure... My first impression it that this is a coincidence... and you really have had a primary battery failure. Also, since you drove the car to...
  15. Work in Progress

    I know it’s a waste of time telling any of you that this is a work in progress...

    But it is.

    I spent some time this weekend visiting friends who live.... hmmm... to say this politically...
  16. LOL -- yes, you have figured us out! On the...

    LOL -- yes, you have figured us out!

    On the question of screen rotation: I have tried to keep the mount as rigid as possible, and also maintain plausible deniability when it comes to law...
  17. Screen on Mount Here's how the 17-inch Elo...

    Screen on Mount

    Here's how the 17-inch Elo touchscreen looks from the driver's side. The angle of the screen is adjustable, from tilted back, as shown, to tilted down about 30 degrees from the...
  18. Touchscreen Floor Mount Here's how the mount...

    Touchscreen Floor Mount

    Here's how the mount looks installed with the Elo 17" touchscreen on it.


    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/imagehosting/thum_146508495f9dc2491f7.jpg

    Click to enlarge....
  19. New Screen Mount Here are images of the screen...

    New Screen Mount

    Here are images of the screen mount after sandblasting, but before painting:


    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/imagehosting/thum_146508495f9dbe05f90.jpg

    Click to enlarge.
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  20. Progress....

    It's amazing how much momentum my project lost after the break-in.

    rdholtz helped me get the new screen installed after 4+ months of down time!! thank you!!

    And this time the screen mount is...
  21. Just a quick note on the Motorcycle battery. ...

    Just a quick note on the Motorcycle battery. Most of the ones Iíve seen are not sealed.

    Not sealed=venting the hydrogen and oxygen gasses that occur during charging. While by my math, if the...
  22. Smash and grab....

    Well it seems that someone liked my screen soooo much... they decided to steal it.

    Busted out the tinted drivers window... and forcefully ripped the mounting system out of the dash... then...
  23. Trapster- live speed trap update via cell phone

    RDholtz just introduced me to an cool new site called trapster.

    www.trapster.com

    It is currently focused on the cell phone... and my first question to the developer was... do you have anything...
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    easy laptop holder for scion or cubby hole dash

    Yours seems quick and easy, but you may want to check this one out.

    It is very stable and easy to remove- no bounce-- and :-( no bandanna... but you could add your own.


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    more info

    If this unit indeed came off of a 1987 deville:

    It is a 120amp unit and it is externally regulated.

    Here are some photos of things to look for:

    3-wire connector:

    Rear-photo of alternator
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