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Adding aftermarket audio to factory amp.

I have a 2001 DODGE STRATUS R/T and the factory system was ok but i want more. I am replacing the head unit with a jvc cd player useing the factory speakers with the factory amp.

Now for more bass I am adding a boss 1000 watt amp, a boss 1.0 farad capacitor, and a boss 12" two sub box to the preamp output from the head unit

I had the head unit, the amp, and the box hooked up in my truck and the lights would dim when i turned it up. I hope the farad capacitor solves the problem with the STRATUS.

My questions are there any problems that I should be careful with and will this farad capacitor kill my battery since there is no remote wire to turn it on?

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