$200 for a battery tray????

Submitted: Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:03
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I just got quotd $200 for a battery tray for a GUII. When I protested the guy said, the best I can do is $180. man am I out of touch, or am I being touched?? It is a bit of pressed metal!! Oh well looks like I make my own again.
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Reply By: datto311 - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:08

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:08
Hopefully it is a bit more than pressed metal. It should 2 or 3mm thick with braces welded to it. They have to be strong to withstand the weight of a battery. Think about all of the forces on the tray on a corrugated road!!!

For a well engineered one $180 is OK IMO

Noel
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:19

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:19
Yep 2 to 3mm and pressed.
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Reply By: richopesto - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:12

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:12
is that the titanium version with inbuilt battery analyser and charger? :-0
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:22

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:22
Nope

Bit of crappy metal, very definitely pressed and has a bolt to replac airbox mount. If I had a press (mate living 600k away does), I'd press one out of stainless and it would still be cheaper.

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Follow Up By: Boc1971 - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:25

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:25
Stainless would be no good --- very brittle steel --- all the flexing it would do - this material would crack and break in no time ----

better of with mild steel - $180 is a little steep - im sure you can get one made up at any sheet metal place for half that

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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:13

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:13
I have a bloke around the corner from me who has a GQ ARB battery tray for $60(new still in box)

Or make your own. Its easy. Some pieces of angle iron, and maybe some galvanised tin for a base.

Some resellers get a bit excited.
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:20

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:20
Hey Willem if he still has it and wants to be rid of it, point him my way. I have enough projects to keep me busy without having to build a battery tray.
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:25

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:25
Oh hang on the GQ one won't fit I tried. Sorry didn't read properly
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:14

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:14
Bought an ARB one for $125 for the GUIII, so $200 does seem high.

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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:21

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:21
Captain,

Thats exactly the price I expected. I think I was once quoted $130 which is expensive, but I would have paid that.

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Follow Up By: Peter McGuckian (Member) - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 09:48

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 09:48
From expereince - take a look at Pirahna. They have plenty of additional support both vertical and horizontal which is important.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 12:29

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 12:29
My ARB one was $80 some time ago, I was quoted $130 for TJM and would expect about $100 now from ARB
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Reply By: Nudenut - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:29

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:29
deep pockets and short arms eh?
i'd want $300 for mine....lol lol lol

as an alternative...a sheet metal shop could fold up a 3mm stainless one real easy and quick..and probably cheap...i/2 hrs lab top and retail price of stainless ? 50bucks?
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:33

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:33
Hey! I resemble that remark.

Yeah will look into it for sure.
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Reply By: russ36 - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:43

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:43
a 1.8 m length of galv steel scaffolders plank laying round my backyard had the perfect snug fit for my auxillary deep cycyle, so no prizes for guessing what i made mine out of, tough as nails, no movement , made and fitted in 30 mins, zero expense other than now my plank is only about 1.5m
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:48

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:48
hope you walk off the end...lol lol lol
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Follow Up By: russ36 - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:41

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:41
ok mr scaffolding contractor let me know how much i owe you for the plank! lol
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Reply By: Eddy - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:57

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:57
Hi David.

What happened to the original tray, if you don't mind me asking.

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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 19:00

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 19:00
Eddy

Nothing. This is auxilliary battery- setting up a new vehicle.

David
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Reply By: Member - Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:58

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 18:58
David,

Which ever way you go just make sure the cradle is attached to the side as well as the inner gaurd. I just bolted a flat tray to the inner side of wheel arch, and guess what?? That's right the inner side of wheel arch started to crack in no time. I was then told that this is a common problem with newer cars and the thinner metal they use.

Cheers Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 19:00

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 19:00
Thanks for that there are plenty of good support spots.
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Follow Up By: russ36 - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:37

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:37
regarding the thinner metal being used nowadays, i remember doing some work on an old 1975 holden farm ute with an angle grinder. you could almost use the offcuts to make an axe, but not anymore,recently some dick in a 4wd stationwagon ignored me while on a pedestrian crossing in a supermarket. i drove my palm into the side of his vehicle not to cause any damage but just to make him more carefull around pedestrians on crossings next time... hell, i got the shock of my life , it all just fell inwards like aluminium foil, but luckily for me returned to original shape. i still cant get over the feel of it, so thin it must flap in the breeze when driven
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 22:06

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 22:06
I had the same drama with mine. I've recently moved the 2nd battery into the cargo area so I could re-mount my dual bypass oil system in the engine bay (and the spot where the dual battery sat was the only area big enough). I have now made a bracket for the dual bypass gear to attach to the battery tray, but when mucking around I found that the 2 captive nuts on the inner guard have completely broken away and also 2 of the 3 captive nuts that the tray itself was secured to, were also broken away. So the only thing really holding the battery tray in place was one captive nut plus the strut from the battery's own bracket to the 10mm bolt on the inner guard join (just under the edge of the bonnet).

Bloody hell it sure is thin metal!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 22:11

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 22:11
Makes you wonder how they stand the battering we give em at al.l
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Reply By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 19:48

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 19:48
I paid $100 for mine from ARB for a 2005 4.2 TD (and it came with instructions on exactly which bolts to remove and etc in order to fit it (took the battery managment out of my old Gu and rewired it etc for the new one too. But the tray only cost $100 (bought a low voltage cutout for Engle fridge at the same time, among a few other accessories, so I git a bit of a deal, but it shouldn't be much more than that..
In fact not sure if it would fit, but if you wanted to check it the details with a dealer, I would sell you a 3 month old ARB battery tray from my 2.8TD for $80. (I paid $100 for that one too before I decised to upgrade to the new car.)
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 20:23

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 20:23
Thanks for the offer. Unfortunately the space for the battery tray in a 3.0 is much smaller and the other trays don't fit. I tried :-)

I am sure I will be able to make one up without trouble, just time.
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Reply By: roofscooter2 - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 20:27

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 20:27
i think i've just found who stole my bloody plank.lol.
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Reply By: rolande- Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 23:18

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 23:18
G'Day David,

Paid $85 for mine from ARB. Came with instructions and all

Regards

Rolande
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 23:20

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 23:20
Damn!!! for a Patrol GU with a 3.0 litre engine?

I need to search around some more obviously.
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Follow Up By: rolande- Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:29

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:29
Sorry, fits everything except 3litre and Ti models,

rolande
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