Yep, it's been a while since I've posted an update on the dual batts. I've been making progress in small increments and finally have "enough" to provide a status report. But I'm not done yet...


Here's the battery box in it's almost-finished state. I coated it with a spray-on undercoating, drilled some holes for the cables (5 on the front side, 2 on the rear) and installed a 150 amp breaker for the starting battery...

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Since I had some undercoating left in the can, I decided to clean up the stock battery tray, where the Noco isolator and the winch's power interrupt solenoid will be installed...

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Here are some "thumbs" of the mounting bracket for the isolator and solenoid (click on them to see the full-size photos)...

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And here's the mount with the isolator and solenoid installed...

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The cables I'm using are quite beefy and heavy. So I opted to run them through non-metallic flex conduit to protect them while mounted beneath the body...

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Some thumbs of the cables mounted on the "belly of the beast"... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/evil.gif" alt="" />

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A pic of the batteries in the box... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" /> Also, I used some expanding foam sealant for landscape-applications to seal the gaps between the box and the body. You can see the excess that expanded through the edges (black blobs). I will clean up the excess once I'm ready to button it all up...

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The isolator/solenoid assembly mounted in position, with cables attached...

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And the lid I made for the battery box: I made it using 1/2" plywood and the "repurposed" hinges from the original lid that covered the "jack well"...

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I have hooked up the batteries and have power to the vehicle. However, I still can't get the starter to function (same problem I had prior to starting this project). I'm going through the wiring on the passenger-side floor board because my Sporty had a leak in the heater core prior to my buying it. And this is how one of the previous owners decided to "fix" the corrosion in the cable connectors. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angry.gif" alt="" />

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So... I'm going through and soldering all of the twist-n-tape splices and checking the non-spliced connections for corrosion. This is a very tedious process, to say the least. And I suspect I'll still be busting out the multimeter to locate the bug in the starting circuit... after I'm done cleaning up the bird's nest... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/baby.gif" alt="" />

More to follow... soon?!? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/zombie.gif" alt="" />

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1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />