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Old 01-09-2010
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Removing Battery Tray?

Does anyone know if its possible to remove the battery tray in an 01 ranger?
Most of it looks welded to the frame, but then again that could just be a visual thing.

I ask because i bought a battery that is 3" longer than the stock size and dont want that resting on the sharp edges of the tray.
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why would you not purchase the correct battery for your truck. they come in various sizes and shapes to match your vehicle not the other way around.

if you cant pull the tray, just get a dremel and cut off the section of tray you need gone. done.
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I was in the same boat man. For me they didnt have a big enough cold cranking amps in the battery sizes that fit in the tray. Battery I bought was about an 1" longer than the box. I did a little redneck engineering to get mine in. Took a hammer and beat one of the ends down. Not something I would usually do but needed a battery in it right then and there
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It isn't possible to remove without sacrificing parts of your inner fender. I had to remove one of the edges to allow my battery to fit properly as well. Also, the bigger size required a universal battery hold-down kit that consists of a couple of J-hooks and a rubber strap.

I used a pneumatic cut-off wheel and die grinder to "modify" mine for the fit. Pictures available if you need them.
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I guess I have never looked at the battery tray in my truck but you should be able to cut the two ends of the lip where it meets the other sides of the tray and then take a duck billed Vice grips or a hammer and dolly or a hammer and a chunk of wood and bend the lip over 90 degrees so its flat. Just let the battery hang off the one side the 3". just make sure your method of holding down the battery is still secure. If you are careful it should look OEM and not like you attacked the tray with a pick axe
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Yeah, those were all things i was thinking of doing if i couldnt remove the tray easily.
Thanks for the input guys.
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the correct battery for my truck costs around $80 i found one with the same specs for $40 it sits a little bit higher than the more pricey (correct) battery, so i'm going to use my cutoff tool to cut the tray out and modify it then weld it back in.
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