Dual Batterty in Patrol 3.0TD

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 14:14
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Gidday all,

Seriously considering a dual battery system in the Patrol. Couple of questions, can you get a purpose made battery cradle that fits straight in, and how much of a hinderence is it when getting to the oil filter for an oil change?

Thank you in advance

Mick
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Reply By: shortgq - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 14:19

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 14:19
Yes, custom made battery cradles are available, around $90 + supplied only.
The cradles for GQs (and I think GU's) usually mount on passenger side in the centre in front of the overflow bottle or in the passnger side corner depending if your fuel filter is there (depending on model and engine) Oil filter should be on the RHS. At least a TD42 and 2.8 TDi.

You can buy the cradle of the web or ARB, OL etc..

Rgds
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Follow Up By: shortgq - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 14:51

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 14:51
Oooopps, sorry, i didnt see the heading 3.0TD.. So my info was probably useless..
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 14:34

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 14:34
I made my own battery cradle after looking at the ARB type ones for ~$100. The 3.0TD has a real nice clear spot already for the 2nd battery, complete with tapped bolt holes. It is a simple matter to make one up if you have access to a welder. If not, then easy enough to buy as all ARB, TJM, OL etc... stock them.

As for oil filter access, it restricts, but not unreasonably so. You are spoilt for access when no 2nd battery is fitted...lol

Cheers

MarkMark
Nissan 2003 GU 3.0TD
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 15:19

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 15:19
Mick,
I've got the ARB cradle fitted, no problem fits on the passengers side, solid as a rock. Oil filter is a bit more of a challenge but you can still get at it easily enough, now I've lifted the suspension 50 mm I got one of the tyre steps as a chrissy present this makes life so much easier, everthing is easier to get at. Keep the shiny side up
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Reply By: tim - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 15:19

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 15:19
I fiited the ARB duel battery kit inc battery cradle.
The cradles are powder coated and easy to fit and will last alot longer than some of those cheap ones.
I think the holders are about $90
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Follow Up By: mick - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 17:17

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 17:17
Thanks Tim,

You say the "ARB kit". Did you buy it as a kit and install yourself or did someone else fit it for you and if so without being rude how much $$

Ta Mick
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Follow Up By: mick - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 16:06

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 16:06
Hey Tim,

Thanks for the reply. What did it cost you total for battery. wiring etc etc
What sort of solenoid set up do you have,

Mick
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Follow Up By: tim - Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 07:32

Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 07:32
Mick
I got it from ARB Northern and its cost was i think about $360- with everything included that you need,wiring,solonoid,bolts cable ties,battery holder ect (no battery) . They use the smart solonoid which i think are there with all the others for reliability and usage.
I put in a 700 cca power crank battery N70ZL.
You weigh up what it would cost you to get all the parts ect and then decide if thats the way you want to go.
I went this way because it was easyier, everything is cut to the correct length and you just bolt it in
Cheers
Tim
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Reply By: tim - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 07:40

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 07:40
Hi Mick
I did the installation myself and it is easy too install.All the cables are at the correct length, all the bolts are in the pack the only thing that is not in the kit is the battery,but you can get one of those as well if you wish.
I think installation was about $100 if i remember correctly
Any other questions let me know here and i will help if i can.
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Reply By: rors101 - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 16:41

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 16:41
I have the ARB system in mine 03 GU 3.0 - Neat unit no problems.
However do your self a favour and put some insulation around the tray because without a heat sheild the turbo heats up the battery and it boils while charging killing the battery. Just make sure it non flamable - I used foil faced glass wool insulation.
Note the fresh air ducting and shroud on the main battery.
I went for a cheapish wet cell deep cycle batt and now have acid spatters due to a combination of heat, horrid corrigations, and fast charging following deep discharges.
Make sure you check mounting bolts from time to time - trays have worked loose and cracked the wheel arch welds.
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Follow Up By: Martyn (WA) - Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 14:33

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 14:33
rors101,
Thanks for the info, I had mine installed recently and didn't think the turbo would of been a problem, the distance seemed to be further apart than the GQ set up I had previously, after reading your response I had a look. Thanks for the advice. Keep the shiny side up
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