Fitting battery tray to GU 2005 3.0L

Submitted: Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 18:30
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I am looking at fitting up my Nissan with a battery tray for the second battery. Can anyone suggest the easiest fitting tray available currently? I understand ARB, Pirahna and TJM all make a tray. Has anyone fitted on and had no problems..or lots of problems?
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 19:25

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 19:25
The TJM product looks really easy to fit- I made my own tho because the price is horrendous in my view
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Follow Up By: PandJ - Saturday, Feb 25, 2006 at 14:49

Saturday, Feb 25, 2006 at 14:49
HI,

I priced a ARB at the rip off mob in Pt Augusta, $120-00 so went home and made two for $14-00. One for my 2003 nissan and one for the sons 2005 nissan and they do a real good job at holding the second battery.
Good luck. P&J
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Reply By: the real chopper - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 19:29

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 19:29
Yep, the TJM one was very simple
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Reply By: muzzimbidgie - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 20:03

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 20:03
I fitted the ARB tray and found it reasonably easy.

My only concern is the air intake pipe going into the aircleaner box. Watch out you don't break the seal where the pipe connects to the inner guard. It is not held by a clamp and I had lots of trouble with the MAFS afterwards because of dust.

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Follow Up By: hl - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 20:53

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 20:53
Even if you broke it right off at that point, it has NO effect on the filtered air. Think about it!!!!

Cheers
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Reply By: Star Bug - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 21:18

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 21:18
Just fitted an ARB tray........ The only tricky bit is one bolt goes through the side wall of the engine bay. You have to remove the grill, and headlight assembly on a 2005 model to access the cavity behind this to tighten the nut up.

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Reply By: Jim Evans - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 23:28

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 23:28
I'm in the process of fitting a Pirahna tray. Very simple - no complications in my 2004 model. With the help of a mate we are fabricating an additional support for the inner rear of the tray as I want to fit an AGM battery and the higher weight (30Kg) has me a little nervous on corrugated (like Cape York) roads.
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Reply By: junior - Saturday, Feb 25, 2006 at 00:57

Saturday, Feb 25, 2006 at 00:57
Piranha make a good product- try to stay away from any powder-coated brands, as first chip in pc will allow spilt acid underneath, and it's all over from there
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Saturday, Feb 25, 2006 at 19:16

Saturday, Feb 25, 2006 at 19:16
I've commented several times recently on various other POSTS on here, that I now recommend people avoid placing the 2nd battery in a tray under the bonnet of Patrols (probably be the same for some other makes as well).

My problem became apparent when I decided for another, totally unrelated reason, to move my 2nd battery to the cargo area of the Patrol. It now resides in a spot right behind the cargo barrier (it's a 120a/h Fullriver AGM, weighing 35kgs). The previous battery (a N70ZZ) was in the tray....Pirahna I think it is.....and when I removed it, I found that 4 of the 5 captive nuts that the tray used as it's anchor points, had broken away from the bodywork of the Patrol.

I do plenty of corrogated tracks and they certainly DO take their toll on the very thin body metal which manufactures use these days.

Good luck

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Saturday, Feb 25, 2006 at 19:51

Saturday, Feb 25, 2006 at 19:51
Bill,

i discovered the same problem with two mounts on my Piranha tray last year while changing the 2nd battery in Alice Springs. i got the local Piranha agent to check it. He fixed, reinforced and fitted a new tray. Piranha have added more support now and there was no charge for the tray. Agree that you need to w
tch weight over the guards.

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