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Unread 08-12-2009, 05:52 PM   #1
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Home made dual battery tray

I searched the forum and the dual battery sticky and found no plans for making a dual battery tray. I want to attempt to make one. Does anyone have plans?

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Unread 08-12-2009, 05:55 PM   #2
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Been thinking about it myself. I just plan on patterning out two batteries side by side then make up a plate out of 3/16 and then fab supports. Should be one of the easier fabs.

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Unread 08-12-2009, 06:02 PM   #3
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Been thinking about it myself. I just plan on patterning out two batteries side by side then make up a plate out of 3/16 and then fab supports. Should be one of the easier fabs.

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I have found while working on the jeep that nothing is ever easy, although it does sound like it should be!
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Unread 08-12-2009, 07:55 PM   #4
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Angle iron with a center support under the batteries,
Center support makes a good place for tie down.

Just a square frame with center support, so it's not a big deal.
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Unread 08-12-2009, 09:00 PM   #5
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Angle iron with a center support under the batteries,
Center support makes a good place for tie down.

Just a square frame with center support, so it's not a big deal.
Cool. What about mounting it to the firewall. I am worried about the extra weight with another battery. Do most people use the same holes their OEM battery tray used or will I need to drill some more holes and add extra nuts and bolts?
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Unread 08-13-2009, 03:36 AM   #6
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Angle iron with a center support under the batteries,
Center support makes a good place for tie down.

Just a square frame with center support, so it's not a big deal.
Here's some pics for us visually stimulated fabricators

http://cjoffroad.com/forums/topic.as...l,battery,tray

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Unread 08-13-2009, 06:01 AM   #7
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I used 'Nut-Serts', Also called 'Riv-Nuts'.
It's a threaded sleeve you can insert in sheet metal, expand, and leave behind threads to bolt something up.

Extra places to bolt to the firewall,
Then same support arms the single battery tray had.
Seems to be working OK so far, have about 4 years on it with no problems.
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Unread 08-13-2009, 07:42 AM   #8
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Thats more or less what I was looking for. Thanks for the link. The battery tray looks much easier to make with the fender off like the pictures in the link displays.
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Unread 08-14-2009, 03:41 AM   #9
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The battery tray looks much easier to make with the fender off like the pictures in the link displays.
I don't think it's easier, nor harder with the fenders off (esp. for a prior service Marine ). After you fab up the tray, and either weld the lower bolts to the tray, or fit/weld on the brackets for the lower support, it should be a 'slip-in and bolt-up event'.
I rebuilt my single tray to accept a larger battery. It took more time for the paint to dry than to cut, grind, fit and weld up the wider/longer tray.

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Unread 08-14-2009, 08:40 AM   #10
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Yeah, my main concern was the weight of the extra battery, but it seems to be working for you guys. An extra battery is another 30-40 lbs or so and I just want to make sure I dont strip out any nutserts or anything with the extra weight and have the battery tray fall off while Im wheeling.
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Unread 08-14-2009, 11:49 AM   #11
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Ive built a few of these. The way I do mine is to brace off of the fender instead of just the tub. I didnt have any of the original braces for the battery tray so I figured if I was going to do anything that wasnt stock then I might as well go a different route. It is made just like everybody else says, with some angle iron.

This is the only pic I have right now. I can post some more later if you like.

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Unread 08-14-2009, 12:46 PM   #12
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I made my own. While I do not have any directions I do have some pics. I have a source with an over abundant supply of stainless steel so that was my metal of choice. I'm not complaining.



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Stan99 and NWA CJ7 great job on the boxes both

NWA I've been thinking of making an s/s box, then polishing the parts that show ... but then again, I come up with these hair-brain ideas and never get them done, so it will probably just be mild steel and painted
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Unread 08-15-2009, 06:35 AM   #15
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ON the cheap side...

One time I made one of these for the natives, I said something about the materials going to cost around $100...

He ran out and brought me some bed frame rails, and went to the local second hand stores and got me a bunch more for about $5 a set...

Plenty of angle iron that worked fine for a battery tray,
(Battery trays are like beer, You don't OWN them, you only rent them from the corrosion gods!)
And I haven't ever forgotten about that cheap source of angle iron...

Yard sales, second hand stores, ect....
So if you are a cheap bastard like me, keep your eyes open, you might be surprised what you find in places like that!
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