Since you were all amazing providing me me with valuable info for my sound system challenge, I have got a new one for you!
As most of you probably read my dilema in this posting:
you can get a feel for what I'm runing in the car. This system and bad setup have killed my battery numerous times and now that I'm going to re-wire it from scratch to prevent this from happening, I am going to replace the battery at the same time.
Here's the killer...I don't know what kind of power I'm drawing from this system??!!
My current setup is pretty much this:
2 Phoenix Gold ZX600ti amps - 1 for each sub
1 smaller Phoenix Gold amp - for internal speakers
2 12" Kickers subs - I have no clue the watts? I would need to get behind them which I still haven't manage to do
MB Quart speakers in front and rear doors - mids and tweeters totaling 8 pieces - still no idea of watts.
I wonder if this is a stupid question asking which battery I should buy since I don't have all the info, however was hoping with images in the link above and item list above, you could get an idea of the power being used. Remember, I bought the car like this and don't know in full what's in it!
I hear lots and lots about Optima Red and Yellow, NAPA batteries, Duralast, AutoZone, and Costco/Kirkland brands. I want something that wont make my battery take a beating and will last a while. I do not listen to the radio and system when the car is off so that is not going to be a factor.
Price is not such an importance, I set around $150 - $175 for this. What is the biggest batetry I can put in my 96 Imapala? I know larger batteries fit compared to stock, but don't know if that will change anything. The crappy battery I currently have is a 770 CCA and a very low quality battery from a local store.
Things to take into consideration:
- I live in Montreal : weather gets COLD here!! Last week we hit lows of -22 degrees F. with wind chill, I need a battery that can start car in severe cold when it happens.
- As shown in picture below, I currently have a "disk" attached to both negative and positive top posts of my battery. I'm not sure if I like this and think (don't ask why) that this is not great for current flow - See picture below.
I am thinking and would like to change this back to stock and putting the OEM wires back to the side post and use the top post to power sound system so that all these wires are not draining from the same place. As the stock wires from side post have been cut to fit into disk, I am thinking just better to buy new ones instead of re-wiring old ones.
Please let me know what you think I should do, and best battery for my application. See image below for current set-up.