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avengerc4 09-02-2012 12:38 AM

Finally finished the battery relocate...56k need not apply
Well here it is. I finally finished the damn relocate. It actually wasn't too too hard or complicated. Everything is custom made just how I wanted it. I lifted it off the floor so I could keep the spare. Which involves making the box to raise it and also the box itself

So first things first once that is done you have to take careful consideration and lay out all your pretty and expensive stuff you just bought. This is to make sure you have everything! You don't want to be going out and buying more if you don't have to

Start with all the old crap and move onto the new!

Find out where you want to put your posts to connect everything. Also make sure you run your wires and crimp your connections according to where everything is laid out. YES CRIMPING YOUR CONNECTIONS CAN EASE INSTALL! I actually crimped a lot of the wires at different angles so they match up without having to bend anything.
I ran the wires through an existing hole I made over a year ago for the boost gauge and air fuel ratio gauge. Only reason I made it that big was because it was the only size circular drill bit I could find. Well it was the perfect size and I didn't even know it!
The power and grounds new home
Running the wires under the carpet
Yes taking out the interior is suggested. It's not hard to take it out either, so might as well do it.
I changed this bend. DO NOT go this way. It will probably interfere with putting the drivers seat back in. I ran it in between the 2 posts where the seat bolts in and through the center of the floor over the hump and out the rear
Just for giggles. I SITZ on the ST170!
Where they come out the back
Box and ground with primer. I hit it with flat black after.
What I found under the carpet under only the drivers seat...I wonder what's under the passenger carpet?
Here they sit
I redid the front ground wire and reran the grounds so it's a little cleaner
Grounds all connected to their places
Carpet in and box in
Dry run to see how everything fits
Positives now ran!
Complete. Wires rerun and tucked and I even finally cut the hole out in the coil pack cover so I could throw that back on there in the meantime before I paint the valve cover.
Done as well
All carpet is back in now and the spare

euro-bred 09-02-2012 01:01 AM

Pretty cool, all very clean! My only question is: isn't it bad to have the battery setting on it's side?

Btw, you should really seal up that box air tight and run a vent tube to the outside. We don't want you to die by breathing those fumes.

TBLightning84 09-02-2012 04:34 AM

You can put an optima battery any way you want.

avengerc4 09-02-2012 11:34 AM

^ What he said. It's a dry cell so there are no fumes and you can mount them anyway you want. Only thing that sucked is when we did the dry run of the box and how high it was going to be there was room left over so I could put rubber padding around everything. I have no clue where any of that space went to after we welded it together lol.

euro-bred 09-02-2012 03:53 PM

Sweet! That just became even more awesome!

WiscoGTI 09-02-2012 05:08 PM

Nobody has 56k anymore, silly..

avengerc4 09-02-2012 06:06 PM

I know I figured I'd be funny since I'm livin in the stone age lol ;)

But anyone got any ideas on how to cap those distribution blocks up front? I was thinking the battery covers like in the box, but I think gravity will win. Any ideas?

dodgeguy 09-02-2012 07:02 PM

I was wondering why you moved the battery to the back?

avengerc4 09-02-2012 07:10 PM

Where the battery WAS I'm going to move the coolant bottle for the heat exchanger to that location. Then I'm making some custom hood scoops to let cooler air into the engine bay.

Optima Bill 09-05-2012 02:51 PM

Great pictures and installation. I can understand what you are saying about trial and error, not many books to tell you how to do a project like this and getting the wiring run so it doesn't get in the way of anything is tough sometimes. I need to caution you about one thing though. As euro-bred said, you really need to seal that box and vent it to the exterior of the car, down through the floorboard will be fine. We do make ventable batteries, but the one you used, a group 35 (as best as I can make out in the pictures) isn't one that has venting provisions. You are correct, it is fine to mount it on it's side, but, any battery that is overcharged has provisions to vent itself and our batteries are no different. Without being able to vent, they would explode and that isn't a good option either. However, those gasses are toxic and can harm you and your passengers in the event that the battery did get overcharged. Please look at maybe a new cover for your box, some rubber gaskets or something to seal what you have there and then make some provision to vent it outside. Depending on the area you are working with, you may be better off to google ventable battery boxes and buy something that will be plug and play.
Thanks for posting the install though, very informative.
Bill Howell
eCare Manager, OPTIMA Batteries, Inc.

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