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Unread 02-13-2011, 07:43 PM   #1
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Engine compartment battery relocation? quick questions?

OK so I've been looking at the engine bay for quite some time now on my 97 Jeep cherokee. Then it was totaled then gone. Now I have a 2000 Jeep Cherokee and I just noticed this.


In the picture you can see I've moved the coolant reservoir and put in the old battery bracket(for illustration purposes)

Couple of questions.

Will it work(I know it will but what about the heat from the engine?) Do you think the heat will have an above average impact on the battery system itself?

I'm not formilar with how much heat a battery can take so would it be to close to the engine with all the heat? One would think it would be fine.

anyways my goal. Dual battery setup. One by the engine and the other where the air filter is.

Air filter relocated into the cowl.

And york air compressor in the place of the OEM battery location.

Coolant reservoir tank gets moved next to the york(if enough room) or possible put same place just opposite side of engine bay.(air filter side)

Does anyone see any problems with this setup?

I was wondering why I hadn't heard of this idea sooner but then 2000-2001 are distributerless systems. So the 99 and down would have the distributer in the way.

Let me know what you think.

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sorry bout the junky cell phone pics. but heres two more. normally take pics with the canon rebel.

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Unread 02-14-2011, 06:58 PM   #3
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Started fabbing up a new battery holder for this. I'll post pics here when I get my camera out.
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Batteries get shorter lives from being too hot, or too cold, or discharged too far.

I would put some sort of insulation if you are moving it closer to the engine.
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Batteries get shorter lives from being too hot, or too cold, or discharged too far.

I would put some sort of insulation if you are moving it closer to the engine.
I have some aluminum fins that normally go to refrigerators. Figure if need be I can rig something up with those. Maybe even go so far as to put in fan's and/or some sort of converted tranny cooler.

I'll see how it works out. If all goes as planned it's going to be one cramped engine compartment.
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Honestly, that would transfer heat to your battery, and be worse off. Batteries come stock from many places with a foil lined or foam sleeve that helps sheild them. You want to keep the heat off of them, they arent generating heat to radiate (at least that would make it useful to cool with fins)
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