DUAL BATTERIES IN TURBO HILUX

Submitted: Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 20:38
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CAN ANY ONE HELP ME WITH THE INSTALLATION OF DUAL BATTREIES IN MY 2002 TURBO DIESEL HILUX AS THERE IS NOT MUCH ROOM AND WHAT SORT OF BATTERY YOU USED TO DO THIS?
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Reply By: leighh - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 21:10

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 21:10
Hi Bob, encountered the same problem in terms of where to mount in a 2002 3.0td Lux. Looked at underbonnet options but concluded (regretfully) that it would need to be set up on the tray particularly if it was going to be durable. There are underbonnet solutions availbale but I did not like these options. Not much metal under the bonnet to get a decent hold and somewhat concerned about fatigue and being limited to small battery only.
Ended up with a stainless steel frame and battery box mounted to the floor of the tray. Very sturdy and has stood up well to a couple of desert trips. I use a large deep cycle battery to run fridge etc. Cable is routed through the chasis and up into the engine bay below the brake booster. ARB Surepower solenoid is used,........ at present!
You are welcome to inspect if you are in Melb or I can send a couple of digital photos if that helps but you will have to send email address & wait for me to take the photos and download etc.


Cheers, Leigh H


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Reply By: Member - Alpaca (SA) - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 21:34

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 21:34
Another suggestion is under the tray in front of the rear wheel in a tray fixed to the chassis.
cya
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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 22:23

Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 22:23
Bob,

although not the same model, I had the same issue with my 1990 2.8 Hilux. Like leigh, I ended up putting it in the tray, running cabling along chassis rail to engine bay and hooking it up to a Rotronics unit. This at least allows for battery to be closer to the accessories (fridge on custom frame and inverter mounted behind bench seat) Worked well on the trip I did last year. Regretably I have not had a chance to use it since.

cheers,
Sam.
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Follow Up By: BOB - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 19:19

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 19:19
thanks 4 your ideas guys
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Reply By: Brad - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 21:23

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 21:23
Hi Bob,
I had the same problem with my 2001 Bravo. Not much room under the bonnet and could only fit a 10inch tray. At one stage thought I would only be able to fit a 55amp/hour battery in which wasn't really what I wanted. Found a 77amp/hour Motorlite Deep Cycle battery that fitted perfectly into the 10inch tray. Just had 3 weeks away inc 9 days on Fraser and ran a 40 litre Engels, ( I aslo had a Everkool Esky ). I ran the Engels as a freezer between -17 and -3 the whole time we were away and didn't have to buy one bag of ice the whole time. Hope this is helpful
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