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Old 03-10-2012, 05:34 PM   #31
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Dual Battery Tray Build

I started building the dual battery tray today. I used the existing tray and just added to it. I used the bed frame idea for metal. I also try to recycle as much of the old tray as possible which worked out real nice. I cut up the firewall straps and rewelded them with some spacers at the top to make up for the width.

Then I cut the fuse & relay block holder in two places. Then I welded the relay block holder back on the new tray .

Then welded the main wire harness support loops back to the side of the tray. The scrap from between the two I used to make a switch mount for the 1000amp battery cut offs.


While the paint dries and until the power distribution block arrives I'll contemplate the battery hold down. I took a few hours but I did a lot of bead welding instead of just spot. And because my welding has something to be desired it took alot of grinding too. Its strong thou. Before I painted it I stood on it in the jeep and I weight 200lbs.
I'll post up more pics as I progress.
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Check out car stereo websites, you can purchase a battery isolator so that your batteries don't try to charge each other up all the time.

My suggestion is go with a battery disigned for long discharge instead. Like a kinetik
Kinetik High Current Power Cells
These batteries are designed for use with large stereo amplifiers and have some great amp hours. Another plus is its completely sealed so you don't have to worry about it leaking.

If your set on dual batteries look for The Install Bay IB500 500 Amp Battery Isolator and Relay (ib-500)
These are great for isolating a second battery if you wan't it to remain charged by the alternator but only wan't it to be used for winch or stereo.

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Check out car stereo websites, you can purchase a battery isolator so that your batteries don't try to charge each other up all the time.

My suggestion is go with a battery disigned for long discharge instead. Like a kinetik
Kinetik High Current Power Cells
These batteries are designed for use with large stereo amplifiers and have some great amp hours. Another plus is its completely sealed so you don't have to worry about it leaking.

If your set on dual batteries look for The Install Bay IB500 500 Amp Battery Isolator and Relay (ib-500)
These are great for isolating a second battery if you wan't it to remain charged by the alternator but only wan't it to be used for winch or stereo.
Thank you for your advise. I don't want to use soleniods or smart chargers for my application. I don't trust the amp ratings or quality of that system as I've heard about welded soleniods and smart chargers failing. This is far more simpler and less prone to break down. I just need to remember to alternate which battery i use everyday to keep both charged.
Depending on what switch is on, that is the battery being used and charged. The other will just be off and isloated. But I will also be able to jump the primary battery with the secondary by having both switches on making it both batts in use and charging. It's all in the wiring with these two 1000amp switches and a power distribution block. How it's being wired is on my friend the electrician. lol. But I will post a wiring diagram for this in the future.
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I got the batt. tray completed and painted. My friend gave me this quick wiring diagram so I can get the nessesary cables to complete the install.

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Nice work
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Complete

I finished the install yesterday. Everything works real nice. I can have either battery connected to the charging system, both or none connected. Plus I barely spent any money

Battery $72.00
Switches where $16.00 x2
Power block $free 99 (friend had it lying around his job)
Modified stock battery tray $free 99
1 day working on the Jeep......Priceless

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Is that big box that has the inline fuse on top of it the Power distribution/Fuse box thats on the 90 - 95s?
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Is that big box that has the inline fuse on top of it the Power distribution/Fuse box thats on the 90 - 95s?
Yes. I cut off the mount for it from the battery tray and welded it back on. Sits nearly like factory again.

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