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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 10-14-2011, 01:28 PM
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Capacitor in my 06 e60

Hello everyone. I installed a sweet sound system a couple months ago and I hate how the capacitor looks and I either want to relocate it or move it. I need your help. Here's the story:

I have a jl 12w6 with jl 500/1v2 amp. After installing it, I'd get the battery drain error message almost every time I turned on the car. To combat this, I installed a 1 Farad capacitor and mounted it to the back of the rear seats next to my amp. The problem is that I hate how it looks. I want to either hide it somewhere or remove it but I don't want to get the battery drain error. Has anyone been through this? I welcome any and all suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:14 PM
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Disconnect/cut the capacitor, get a soldering iron and solder [long enough] wires to the leads on the capacitor, place the capacitor behind either of the quarter panel trim.
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:58 PM
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My subwoofer is a stealth box tucked into the one quarter panel and the other one covers the battery and my car guy and I checked and there is no room there. I have an RF RFC1 Cap. Can someone offer a suggestion of a smaller cap that is 1 farad?
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:14 PM
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http://www.alumapro.com/

They make a 5 and a 15 farad cap. They are square and much smaller than your average round cap. They are not cheap though but they will most likely fit behind the quarter panel trim.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:24 PM
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Thanks those look good. I might go with that unless anyone has a better idea? Does anybody have an alumapro cap installed that can testify that hiding it is 100% possible?
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:37 AM
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I do have an old 15 Farad, I suppose I can see how it would fit. I'll report back but in the meantime:

Here are the dimentions for the CAP5
Length: 8"
Width: 5"
Height: 1.6"

Oh and if you do end going this route you need to be careful when you install these they have a potentially very dangerous charge/discharge rate. So either follow directions very carefully of have a shop that knows what they are doing perform the install.
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