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Old 05-03-2007, 02:09 PM   #1
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2nd battery questions...

just got the new SRC bumper installed and will have another set of hella 500's on next week. my question is about getting a sevond battery. i also, have a 10" sub in the rear seat, two hella 500's (windshield mounts), and plan on putting two more on the rear bumper. if i go with a second battery what all will i need to get with it so that it wont get drained (like i have stated in the past i know pretty much nothing about the mechanical aspects of a vehicle). thanks in advance

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Old 05-03-2007, 09:02 PM   #2
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come on guys, i know someone out there knows something about this...

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complete detailed write up and info here

http://www.stu-offroad.com/electrica...k/kodiak-1.htm
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Old 05-04-2007, 06:28 AM   #4
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Basically, you need to wire the batteries in parallel to each other (+ to + and - to -). Be very careful not to cross the + and - terminals or you will be in a lot of trouble.

You can follow the wiring requirements as per the directions with the light kits at that point.
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Old 05-04-2007, 06:48 AM   #5
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good write-up, thanks for the help.
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Basically, you need to wire the batteries in parallel to each other (+ to + and - to -). Be very careful not to cross the + and - terminals or you will be in a lot of trouble.

You can follow the wiring requirements as per the directions with the light kits at that point.
but i will still need a seperate solenoid correct? cant just go get to batteries and connect them can you?
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You can connect just the two batteries but you lose some of the advantages. Best to have a relay to separate the batteries so if the main drains the secondary battery is there for backup.

Here is a write up on using the Wrangler NW dual battery set-uo. I just ordered mine. The toughest part is getting the Odyssey batteries.
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Old 05-04-2007, 12:29 PM   #9
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Or, just get a better alternator.
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Its all so expenive! I was thinking bought just putting a battery in the spare tray just to jump myself w/ if need be. Maybe get a relay from an older f350 and a switch, just incase a CB and couple extra lights give me issues, maybe a winch later, but geez, too much work involved. Maybe ill just get a jump box
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If you have the cash, a solenoid interlocked system and an upgraded alternator is a really nice way to go. However, if you have a limited budget, just wire the two batteries in parallel.

Basically, you want the "limited" ability to crank your stereo real loud, light the woods on fire with the extra KC's while hauling your buddy out of a mud hole with your winch.... So maybe you'll need to turn down the stereo a bit till you get the upgraded alternator.

IMO - Keep it simple and grow into a more complicated system as you need it.
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wiring 2 batteries together will charge both (i think..) so is there anything wrong with tossing a battery in the spare tray, and just connecting them when need be(running radio a long time etc.)?
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<snippity> ...... just to jump myself .......... <snip>
Can't pass this up...... trying.... really, really trying...... but......... are you going to do that in public? Aren't there laws against that sort of thing?
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Can't pass this up...... trying.... really, really trying...... but......... are you going to do that in public? Aren't there laws against that sort of thing?
Why does everyone always have to follow the rules... If you aint got no shame, why hide it..?

Stupidity that is..everyone needs a jump start every once in awhile
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You have a really dirty mind.

I like it.
Scares you a little doesn'r it? Go ahead admit it.
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