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Where is your battery?

We have most of the patch panels welded in and trying to deside if we should weld in the battery tray or go to the front. Thanks.
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Old 09-25-2003, 07:27 AM
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I would suggest the stock location and a Optima - Style battery.

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I see so many people saying buy a Optima battery, are they that much better then say a Diehard which is a close cell and les likely to leak?
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I feel they are better than a "sealed cell" battery. I have seen an Optima that was dumped on its side, sitting on the engine, no problems at all! (Good thing the + terminal didn't touch the engine tin, though!) No leaks, no mess, no problem. I believe that even a "sealed cell" wet battery will leak at that point.

The Optimas also have a really large number of cranking amps, and seem to just be good batteries. I won't use anything else, at least not right now.

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I've been using Interstate batteries and they work and last pretty good. I get one with 400+cold cranking amps. They generally last @5 yrs.
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BTW my battery is in my car
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Randy, the stock location is best for enhanced handling, as the weight of the battery helps to offset the weight of the driver. For that reason, I suggest staying with the stock location.

And since the car will inevitably be driven or parked in the rain, the only wise and prudent thing to do is use an acid-free battery (an Optima, for instance).. battery price is not the issue.
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Your car (and many others) is trying to tell you something.

Relocating the battery is a gud thing. Put it anywhere that is *not* in the engine room. About 2 feet aft is a good place....easiest, also. The roof still fits (I'm told). All the stock wires reach (rerouted) except the 4 red ones. Splice them together and solder a fat one to em'....8 or 10 gauge works.
Put the battery in an ABS plastic battery box bolted to the trunk floor.

Another nice thing is the way it opens up access to the engine.....and hell hole. .......
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I would go with what most people said, with optima battery in the stock location. I'm prob gonna do that within the next few months.

How much do optima batteries cost?

I know Sams club used to have them, are they any cheaper there than other places?

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Good Googly Moogly JP! Let's have some more inside shots of that engine room~!

Damn that looks awesome, I love your car.


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Here is my battery...

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Go ahead, twist my arm. ........
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1. Are you ever doing to take it out of the package?

2. If it has been unwrapped, do you have a team of elves that clean it constantly?

3. Where do you get your elves?


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It's just a ratty autocross car.
I even ran 4 AXs in the rain this year....bout 18, total...with 2 drivers at each.
ulf leads a hard life.

Lessee if I got an action shot....he,he. ........

Of course it don't handle worth spit because of the relocated battery.
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It just seems cleaner than others, very simple, and open.

All my engine rooms have been hellholes.

Disgusting!


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There's one with stiffer rear springs to handle all the weight of the battery. ........
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man, that looks good.



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Obviously the battery being in the wrong spot dragged that car out about six feet from the apex of that turn....

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Well, Dave, since you brought it up........what you can't see in the pic is that Chicago box exit just back a bit.....AND I'm gettin' ready to screw the pooch .........turn in at the wrong point for a DNF. I should going around the next douple cones....the apex for that turn is a bit farther along. I had 2 DNFs, 1 run with 3 cones,
and one clean one. I did manage 3rd overall tho.

Hay, Tommy Lee and his Viper showed up at our last AX. He got Tom Kotzian for an instructor on a few runs. He did OK for his first AX. Tough car to learn in. Maybe you can come up and show him the ropes
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