Hilux duel battery

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 23:01
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Hi to all...i have a 1999 Hilux 3.0Lt diesel 4x4 duelcab,i have been quoted $1300.00 by one of our local 4x4 centre's to install a duel battery system in it.
Is there a cheaper way out or has anyone out there got any good ideas,
i am open for any suggestions.

Regards

Joe
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 23:18

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 23:18
Well first of all duel batteries are a bad idea, just as duelling bajos are :-)
Dual batteries however are a different matter :-)

I have for years used a simple home-made system. Since I used it just to runa fridge etc and not a winch, and was happy to use jumper leads if I needed to start from auxilliary battery, I simply run a small wire from one battery +ve to the other via a 30 amp relay. The relay is switched by a voltage from charge wire on the alternator, or in petrol from the =ve sde of ignition coil.

Has worked fine for years running a 3way fridge. If you want to start from aux or run winch this may not be ideal but it sure works for simple set up and the cost is about $20.
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 23:21

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 23:21
Ha well thats what you get for correcting someone elses spelling. :-)

Try again-

Since I used it just to run a fridge etc and not a winch, and was happy to use jumper leads if I needed to start from auxilliary battery.

I simply run a small wire from one battery +ve to the other via a 30 amp relay. The relay is switched by a voltage from charge wire on the alternator, or in petrol from the +ve sde of ignition coil.
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:27

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:27
What's a "bajo" ?

;)
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:35

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 19:35
well spotted

it is a banjo that has been duelling too long and often.

:-)
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 23:32

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 23:32
Joe, $1,300 seems over the top if it is based on a simple Solenoid or Redarc. The job is fairly easy to do yourself. Or you can do the simple stuff yourself and get an auto elec to finish off.

Buy the battery tray and install it yourself. I used a Piranha one that I got from TJM. Well made and real easy to install. Shop around for the battery. I got mine from Battery World which was cheaper than the 4WD shops. Buy a Redarc on the web. Then if you like, get an auto elec to connect it up. I'd be surprised if it cost more than $750. Say $160 for battery tray, $160 for battery, $130 for Redarc, $300 for cable, circuit breakers and labour from the auto elec.
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 23:33

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 23:33
Hi Joe

The simple solution is a Universal Dual Battery System. The 12V Power Pack will contain a battery up to 120 ah to suit your needs and is fully portable and can be installed in just 10 minutes.

Our system and the one supplied by Opp.lock. have built in battery management and are a fit and forget system.

I heard that ARB might also be trying out a similar product. Not to be confused with ABR

Regards Derek.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 05:13

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 05:13
Hi

In my old lux I installed one myself and I thought that it's very simple and easy. The setup was working well for a couple of months. The most important thing I can say about this is make sure you do it properly. I didn't do mine properly and I actually ended up with a electrical fire. If I followed the instructions and didn't take short cuts it never would have happened. If you talk to allot of people and get a mate to come over and help you could do it for pretty cheap. But I can't say it enough don't take shortcuts like I did with it....I didn't have my car for close to 3 weeks
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Reply By: Howard T - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 11:37

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 11:37
Hi Joe
Redarc $90/$100 on e-bay maybe $130 - $150 at battery world. Cable, couple of inline fuses, and some battery fittings, another battery and a tray if required.
Follow the directions supplied with the Redarc.I have done it on my 97 2.8 Hilux.
Has never missed a beat and I am no genius when it comes to doing this sort of stuff.
Good Luck
Howard.
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Reply By: Wisey (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 16:31

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 16:31
joe1

A battery tray from a "petrol" model ($25 rekers) will sit in behind the left headlight. Some "low profile" type terminals to clear the bonnet, Redarc etc as above. Got pics if ya like.

Andy
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Follow Up By: joe1 - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:52

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 20:52
Hi Andy and to all that have responded ...i wouldnt mind some pics if you have them Andy as for room under the bonnet of a 99 hilux well just isnt there any pics of that mdl would be appreciated.

Joe
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Reply By: Wisey (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 21:12

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 21:12
joe1

awise181 at aapt dot net dot au, and i will send pics. I'm in Sydney if ya want a peek about. 99 mod.
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