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Old 12-16-2004, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default Anyone here using the Spoon Ground Voltage Stabilizer?

I saw this on Ebay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=33577
and thought it might be a nice addition to the car to help supplement the grounding kit. This item kinda sounds like it does the same thing as a power capacitor on a car stereo system. Is this thing worth buying?
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:22 PM   #2
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As far as I know it is just a CAP. So I would say If you allread have a CAP for your stereo then this will do allmost nothing.
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:27 PM   #3
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As far as I know it is just a CAP. So I would say If you allread have a CAP for your stereo then this will do allmost nothing.
I don't have a cap, but even if I did that would only affect the stereo equipment not the whole car's electrical system, right?
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:31 PM   #4
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Ether way you put the cap across the battery. weather its in the tunk or under the hood its still one side of the cap to positve and the other to ground. Yes from the engine and computer it wound be beter to have the cap as close to the battery as posible. The more wire the more voltage drop.
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:31 PM   #5
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Waste of money. Your car already has a voltage stabililzer, it's called a battery. There is also the voltage regulator in the alternator.
Spend a few bucks and add some extra grounds to your car if you like, it can't hurt although you shouldn't expect magic results. If you have a high-power stereo or other accessories you can upgrade the main engine and chassis grounds, and alternator output wire, for beefier ones. But don't bother buying a commercial grounding kit or anything like this "stabilizer".
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:36 PM   #6
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I think its the same as the Sun Automobile's Hyper Voltage System.
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:45 PM   #7
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^
Probably. Someone had one of those here in the Classifieds a few months ago, nobody wanted it.
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:46 PM   #8
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Spoon doesn't make a product like that, and if they did it would be for honda/acura. Not for anything else. Ha, amazing! I can't believe they are using Spoon's name.

Do what mulder said, get some 10ga. wire, ground a few extra places, and be done w/ it.
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Old 12-16-2004, 07:07 PM   #9
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Spoon doesn't make a product like that, and if they did it would be for honda/acura.
True but the seller listed it under other cars since it's kinda of got a universal application that makes it compatible with other makes/models of cars.
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Seems like all the products the seller selling are not the real thing.

Just like those seats, all are the same except the stitching is TRD or Mugen, etc...

So I think this Voltage Stabilizer is just those copy cat products that stick on the Spoon badge to fool you.
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Old 12-16-2004, 07:16 PM   #11
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True but the seller listed it under other cars since it's kinda of got a universal application that makes it compatible with other makes/models of cars.
True, but he is using a well known, respectable name in motorsports to sell his product. I would never buy from someone like that.
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Old 12-16-2004, 10:31 PM   #12
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Don't waste your money on a riced up capacitor. A capacitor is used to remove the variations in voltage from a dc source. A filter of sorts. They work by storing a small amount of charge that can be stored or released quickly to stabilize voltage. The voltage in you cars electrical system doesn't fluctuate quickly enough for a capacitor to make a difference. The reason they are used in car audio is to provide stabilization to a system that changes it's power requirements rapidly. The amp for you subs like a cap the most as it's power drain varies wildly when the bass hits. And the cap crammed in that little voltage stabilizer would be 1/4 farad or so. Not enough to dampen the only surge draw in a standard electrical system, the AC pump. Spend the money on a DIY ground kit. It has more tangible results, but nothing magical there either. The battery is a suffecient voltage stabilizer for the constant stable draw of the cars electical system.
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Old 12-17-2004, 01:30 PM   #13
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Don't waste your money on a riced up capacitor. A capacitor is used to remove the variations in voltage from a dc source. A filter of sorts. They work by storing a small amount of charge that can be stored or released quickly to stabilize voltage. The voltage in you cars electrical system doesn't fluctuate quickly enough for a capacitor to make a difference. The reason they are used in car audio is to provide stabilization to a system that changes it's power requirements rapidly. The amp for you subs like a cap the most as it's power drain varies wildly when the bass hits. And the cap crammed in that little voltage stabilizer would be 1/4 farad or so. Not enough to dampen the only surge draw in a standard electrical system, the AC pump. Spend the money on a DIY ground kit. It has more tangible results, but nothing magical there either. The battery is a suffecient voltage stabilizer for the constant stable draw of the cars electical system.
Sounds like the best explanation so far...
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