Dual Battery set up for Frontera

Submitted: Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 21:06
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ARB said that a tray was available from Piranha but when I left them the car to do the job they phoned to say they weren't prepared to move the computer to the firewall and bend an air con pipe to fit it in.
Has any Frontera owners had a dual battery set up done if so who did it and what did they use.
Any Ideas
Spratty.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 22:16

Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 22:16
Try TJM. They distribute Piranha products and didn't have any problems bending the air con pipe in my Jack.
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Reply By: fatz - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 07:15

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 07:15
Spratty,
You might find someone on here who can answer your question.

http://forum.australia4wd.com/index.php?showforum=18
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 08:08

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 08:08
Spratty,
How much were they going to charge you.
Let me know how you get on as I want to do the same to my 2000 Frontera
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Follow Up By: Spratty - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 11:50

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 11:50
Hi Vince
$750 bucks fully installed

Spratty
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Reply By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 08:25

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 08:25
spratty....
i have a dual battery set-up in my 99 frontera.. did everything myself except for the wiring of the isolator (done by auto electrician)... can take some pics today at work with the digi cam if you want me to email through ???
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Follow Up By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 08:30

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 08:30
forgot to mention that this link ( http://www.traxide.com.au/trax1sc80_2.html) for a dual battery isolator was on here a few weeks back.. ... looks like a good unit to me... will be upgrading to this unit when i finish the off-road trailer in about 5 weeks or so...
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Follow Up By: Spratty - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 11:51

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 11:51
Mozza, pics would be great if you can

Ta Spratty
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Follow Up By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 11:52

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 11:52
what's you email address ? i'll take some at lunch...
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Reply By: Spratty - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 16:35

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 16:35
Mozza email davros@qldnet.com.au

ta mate
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Follow Up By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 07:29

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 07:29
sorry spratty didn't get to them yesterday arvo... they'll be on there way in 5 mins...
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Reply By: Richard & Leonie - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 21:01

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 21:01
I do not think it is worth fitting an extra battery under the bonnet. You can only get a 200mm long battery in. Hardly worth the effort. Consider putting one in the back using one of the enclosed battery cases available on the market. You can then put a good size battery in. Bummer aint it.
Richard
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Follow Up By: Spratty - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 21:20

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 21:20
Richard
How do these work when in back of car ie: getting charged, running fridge, running c'van fridge etc, it may seem obvious but got no idea!
Ta.
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Follow Up By: Richard & Leonie - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 21:47

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 21:47
They installation is exactly the same as under the bonnet excepting the wiring is run to the back of the Frontera. The wiring has to be of sufficient cross sectional area to take the loads over the extra distence. I am not an electrician but I think the normal wiring size would be sufficient. I have seen the ideal battery boxes in a ship chandlers so you would have no fear of spillage. Have a look at www.rotronics.com.au for what I am informed is a top system along with Piranha. e-mail them for advice as to sizing the wiring.
I was planning to do it myself but we will be putting our Frontera on the market soon to possibly buy a dual cab.The latter will be more use on our property and in building a new house. I bought the Frontera because it was an ideal size for me and SHMBO. Changing to a dual cab was going to give us about the same size vehicle. The only dual cabs on the market now which are not the mammoth size of F100s are the Triton and the Rodeo. Have to get in quick.
Richard
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Follow Up By: jackablue - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 23:18

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 23:18
Richard I don't know how much room there is under the bonnet of the fronty, but is it possible to put a larger size battery in the original cradle. If so what about swapping the positions of the standard battery & second battery? Just a thought.

Cheers

Jackablue
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Follow Up By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 07:46

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 07:46
richard... just to let you now... mu 2nd battery is 170mm wide.. x 300mm long... 125amp hours.. Deep Cycle Long Life... what's your email and i'll send some pics through 2 u.
i thuoght about puttting 2nd abt in box in the back.. but then i was going to loose to much space in their and would have to amend rear drawrer system... not worth it...
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Follow Up By: Richard & Leonie - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 08:57

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 08:57
What Jacablue says is OK but I have already have changed the small standard battery to a bigger Exide Extreme. I wanted to fit another big battery other wise the setup is the same as proposed by Piranha excepting the batteries have changed places.
Richard
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Reply By: Spratty - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 21:54

Friday, May 20, 2005 at 21:54
Thanks Richard I'll check it out.
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