Longer battery tray?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 15:43
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i'm getting a new cranking battery (Exide Extreme N70EXL) for the Prado which is 300mm long rather than the current one which is 260mm long. The existing plastic tray is only 260mm long & no-one seems to supply a longer one ... what the!!
I dont need the tray to support the battery as the existing spot is already flat .. the plastic tray is simply to catch any acid spill etc. A local battery place tells me all they do is trim the lip off both ends of the plastic tray so the bigger batteries fit. However i reckon this defeats the purpose of having a tray to catch any acid spill. Anyone know where you can buy a bigger plastic tray for a 300 x 174mm bty ?????
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Reply By: Mazdan - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 16:58

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 16:58
I suggest you pay a visit to bunnings and check out some of the thousands of different sized containers they have there..............guaranteed that at least one will have a lid that will suit your purpose perfectly.,

Simply trim the edges on the existing tray to allow your lid to sit flat.

This will work fine so long as the original tray is strong enough to support the new battery.........the lid is sinmply a drip tray that can be attached with a few screws and sealed with some silicon.
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 19:08

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 19:08
The origional batteries were quite small in the surf, when I put the NZZ70's in I just ditched the trays and clamped the batteries in hard. They over hang about 30%!! been like it for years though, and I've never had a problem. You shouldn't be spilling acid out of your batteries unless your regulator is overcharging. I've taken my batteries out several times over the years for various reasons (changing the bat's, headlight globes, alternator belt etc etc) and there has never been any water/acid/corrosion at all.
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 19:51

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 19:51
Contact me and I will send you a new tray for free.

I make them up for my 100 series kits.

320x190x8

Regards Derek.
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Follow Up By: Member - Drew T (Melbourne) - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 12:33

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 12:33
thanks for the offer Derek but after considering it i think i will just trim the existing tray.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 20:09

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 20:09
hello drew....come in drew, over........it's free!

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Member - Drew T (Melbourne) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 09:44

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 09:44
Just to let everyone know that i have changed my mind yet again and have taken Derek up on his offer of one of the trays he makes up for his 100 series kits

thanks Derek ... much appreciated
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 19:56

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 19:56
Drew,

I can think of two solutions for you to consider.

1. Go to TJM, or ARB, or similar and purchase an after market battery tray, such as that used for an auxiliary battery installation.

2. Use an AGM for your starting battery which won't spill anything.

Both options cost a bit of money though.
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:10

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:10
How deep are the edges on the original trays ? 10mm ?

Imagine driving around with water in the tray - how much will be stay in the tray after the first few curves and stopping-starting at Traffic Lights. And what's left will disappear as soon as you head off-road !

I do wonder what they're for ?

Mike
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Reply By: andoland - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 13:56

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 13:56
My 2001 TD Prado has an N70 battery as standard so the original battery tray fits this size. When I put my second battery in (N70 size as well) I just bought another tray from a wrecker and it fits perfectly.

Ando
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