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southernfried

can upgrading to dual batteries eliminate engine noise?

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southernfried

I'm having engine noise from my speakers while the engine is on. I also have plans to install a dual-battery setup(blue seas add-a-battery) and was curious if putting the stereo side on the house battery and the engine battery separately connected to the starting battery would eliminate the engine noise? If not then I will probably look into re-running  some cables. 


Also can someone explain the common bus bars to me? Do I need to take the grounds from both batteries and all other ground leads(house panel, stereo, engine grounds all on the same bus bar?

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David

Whether a single or dual batteries should not have any impact on alternator noise (such as a whine). How you wire your audio system components and how you connect to the battery will make a major difference in the noise.

The two battery grounds are going to be tied together with a very heavy gauge cable running a very short distance between them. So there's no need for an external bus bar until you add a number of electronics. Distribution blocks come into play when you have more terminations than you would want to stack on any single post, whether that is a battery or switch post. I like to limit the number of stacked terminals on a single post to three and I don't like to mix large and small gauge terminations on the same post. Distribution blocks and bus bars also are a good way to keep things structured and organized.    

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great, thanks for the reply. 

 

regarding my audio install i'm going to take the deck and EQ power wires and run them to the AMP terminals, I've read a lot of people do that on this forum to help eliminate noise. I wonder if me having 3 sets of RCA cables and the power/ground cable running along with them in the bow is causing any noise?

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7 minutes ago, southernfried said:

great, thanks for the reply. 

 

regarding my audio install i'm going to take the deck and EQ power wires and run them to the AMP terminals, I've read a lot of people do that on this forum to help eliminate noise. I wonder if me having 3 sets of RCA cables and the power/ground cable running along with them in the bow is causing any noise?

Easy enough to check with nothing more than a female-to-female RCA barrel connector.

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