SX/SXi/SXi Pro Car audio capacitor with total loss??

Whats going on guys, I was surfing fleabay earlier and came across something that I haven't seen before. I searched the site but didn't find anything related to this. I don't have a whole lot of knowledge/experiance about total loss set ups but I have followed numerous build threads involving them and have never seen anyone use what looks to be a car audio capacitor in their ignition set up...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/high...Personal_Watercraft&hash=item2571833f79#v4-37

You can see it in the third and fourth pics.. I just wanted to see if anyone could shine some light on the reasoning for doing this. It doesn't make much sense to me being as they are normally used to compensate for split second power drains (I wouldn't think that would be an issue on our skis).

If there's no reason for it, well you guys can have a quick laugh lol.
 
Stiffeing capacitor....is that the bastard child of the flux capacitor?

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Yup that what I was thinking it was.. a stiffening capacitor, couldn't for the life of me remember what they were called. I think I might email the seller and ask about it.. Its really got me wondering what the purpose of it is in this application.. We'll see what they say...
 

Matt_E

steals hub caps from cars
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Absolutely pointless in an ignition application. Charging times would be way too short and it's not really like there are sudden, unexpected power drains.
 
I was going to email the guy but I don't want to leave my name and phone number. I guess we will just have to wonder what the deal is with it.
 

snowxr

V watch your daughters V
20yrs ago a product calls "Roost Boost" was marketed to PWC's and other 2-stroke toy markets. It was a capacitor, and their intent was to give the coil more energy to produce a stronger spark.
 

Matt_E

steals hub caps from cars
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It might work with a smaller capacitor, but a car audio capacitor is meant for very intermittent use times and long recharge times.
 
Or you can take the electrical engineers advice who just said there's absolutely no point to it.

I didn't know Matt was an electrical engineer.. I figured there wasn't anything to it being as I had never seen it before but I thought it might be interesting to see what kind of miracles it worked in the owners eyes:lmao:
 

motoman96

Banned
Oh I'm sure he's got a great sales pitch for it.lol Only thing a 1 farad capacitor is good for, revenge, or drunken stupers.
 

augustaf

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Looks like it is in the primary circuit, might help an ailing starter motor briefly and good for increased arcing across the solenoid contacts
 
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