Dual battery location - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


General Technical & Electrical General technical and electrical discussion for the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 01-15-2008
Step Over the Edge's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 324
Dual battery location

I have a single cab 3.0 and am looking for ideas to mount my second battery. I'm trying to keep things out of the bed as much as possible. I read an article on a guy with an explorer replacing/relocationg his washer fluid resevoir to put one under the hood, but I dont really want to do that. Any one got any ideas other than the bed for a single cab?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-15-2008
lifted97ranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Charlestown, IN
Posts: 1
the bed is your only option....
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-15-2008
RF Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: College Station, TX
Posts: 5,782
Dash-mounted battery!




ok that might be a bad idea. I think the bed is your only option as well... do you have a toolbox or anything?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-15-2008
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: LANSING, MI
Posts: 339
weld up a bracket and get a blue top and mount it under your bed on a frame rail or spot under the truck
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-15-2008
lifted97ranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Charlestown, IN
Posts: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by nicholoff
weld up a bracket and get a blue top and mount it under your bed on a frame rail or spot under the truck
there isn't hardly any room for a battery under the truck on a regular cab truck...
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-15-2008
n3elz's Avatar
RF Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Posts: 10,620
TBarCYa went to a cone filter, ad was able to mount a battery under it where the airbox used to be.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-15-2008
ScottG's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Lewiston, Maine
Posts: 4,926
Quote:
Originally Posted by lifted97ranger
the bed is your only option....

no its not



open your hood, and look around, every engine bay has different room, like Griggs said, maybe look into deleting the airbox and going to a cone filter for more room.


Or depending on your priorities, maybe remove the a/c setup.

Also, what size battery are you looking to get? What are your goals with the batteries? You could look at a smaller batteries for the starter, and then a normal size for all accessories. Might want to look into a larger capacity alternator as well


ScottG
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-15-2008
Step Over the Edge's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 324
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gearhead61
Dash-mounted battery!
Bad idea!

Quote:
Originally Posted by n3elz
TBarCYa went to a cone filter, ad was able to mount a battery under it where the airbox used to be.
This is the kind of idea I was looking for. Thanks!

I load motorcycles in my bed on a very regular basis. A good sized tool box would prevent that and with all the traffic in the bed all the time I'm trying to stay away from mounting much in there. I'm intending to leave the stock battery as is running starter and stock accessories. The second battery is for lots of lights, audio, inverter, and winch. A 200 amp alternator is already in the plan along with the painless wiring kit. Upgraded wiring throughout is planned already too. And if you've been to New Mexico before, A/C removal is NOT an option for me lol.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-15-2008
n3elz's Avatar
RF Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Posts: 10,620
Here's some pics of Tom's setup. His Ranger is long gone, but the pics live on, lol.

He mounted an Optima on it's side (one of the advantages of the Optima) where the air box was orignally. It's much narrower than it is tall or long so this makes the best use of the space:


Here is the battery in place with cone filter over the top of it:


He mounted a constant-duty solenoid to connect/disconnect it on the fender wall behind the cruise control servo:


Those pics and more here: http://www.tombarcia.net/Truck/DualBatt/index.html
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-15-2008
Rev's Avatar
Rev Rev is offline
Level I Supporter
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 1,179
Thats a neat setup.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01-15-2008
n3elz's Avatar
RF Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Posts: 10,620
Tom's a very clever guy.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 01-15-2008
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Taylorsville Ky
Posts: 289
step over the edge, if you do the dual battery thing you better use a battery disconnect relay like the motor homes use. You'll wish you did when you run both batteries down out in the boonies with no way to start the trk.

The relay allows you to use the extra battery and not draw from the vehicle battery. When you start the trk the relay links the two batteries together and charges the extra battery.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01-15-2008
n3elz's Avatar
RF Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Posts: 10,620
That's how Tom's was wired more or less, Carl. Actually, he had that kind of selectable. There's a diagram on his site I linked of one of his wiring schemes.

Mines manually isolated until I turn a manual disconnect. The spare is charged by the solar panels and maintained that way until needed.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01-16-2008
Step Over the Edge's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 324
Thanks Griggs, as always you are the man. Just what I was looking for.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01-16-2008
zabeard's Avatar
who?
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: IN
Posts: 26,045
Pull the ABS module. not need for it anyway
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dual battery rangermark General Ford Ranger Discussion 14 06-07-2009 12:10 AM
Another Dual Battery Question 99ranger4x4 General Technical & Electrical 2 10-01-2008 04:45 PM
to dual, or not to dual tluafeD General Ford Ranger Discussion 14 03-06-2008 11:10 AM
Dual Battery setup solodos General Technical & Electrical 18 02-10-2006 03:19 PM
Dual battery... solenoid TBarCYa General Technical & Electrical 5 12-22-2004 06:06 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:29 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.