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    Battery Relocate - The Beauty of Optima

    So as some of you may know I relocated the battery to where the spare tire typically goes. I used a Taylor relocation kit with 1 gauge wire. The initial install looked like this:






    The problem was I would have to fasten the terminals to the battery, sit it on the bottom tray, lay under the truck, lift the whole thing up and try to hold it while I put the aluminum angle pieces on, then the washers, lock washers, then the nuts. Problem was it was a side mount battery and if the terminals touched the box it would arc all over the place. There were some other issues that I'm too tired to get into, but long story short the positive terminal broke in half the other day in traffic and everything just died. So there I am under a lowered truck trying to drop the battery box, stuffs arcing everywhere, I'm on Haskell Ave. (not exactly the nice part of town), homeless people are literally asking me for money while I was under the truck in 100 degree heat screwing with a broken down truck.

    Anyway, I found a one week old Optima Yellow Top on Craigslist for $140. Awesome battery - can be mounted in any position. Worked perfectly for my setup. Now I can install it upside down so I can remove the cover and easily access the terminals without dropping the battery. I know there are other ways to go about this, but this worked pretty nice for me...



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    I know it's okay to do with an optima but....that just doesn't look right
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    Quote Originally Posted by DBTBSS View Post
    I know it's okay to do with an optima but....that just doesn't look right
    Word, it hangs down too far. Tuck it alittle more and it will be pretty badazz.
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    I think he meant because it's upside down...but thanks.

    I plan on having it powdercoated black which will make it blend a whole lot better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamnYankee View Post
    I think he meant because it's upside down...but thanks.

    I plan on having it powdercoated black which will make it blend a whole lot better.
    Yep that'll work too... And when I think about it it's prolly not going to be that noticeable from eye level.
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    im using factory battery and wrapped rubber around the terminals so it wouldnt touch while putting it up in hte box
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    hell id undercoat it or have daniel spray the box with bedliner. that'd help it blend in and make it wear resistant to like rocks and stuff. looks good tho!

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    nice work man, i would just paint it if anything. if you powder coat it you wont be able to repair the chips from stones and stuff. and it will see them under there im sure.
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    also not sure when you bought the optima but they have a rebate going

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    it wont tuck in any more its up against the bottom of the bed now...lol
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