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Unread 05-14-2003, 07:53 AM   #1
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battery dead ....argh... dual battery setup????

AND NO THE ZJ LIFT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BATTERY BEING DEAD!!!!


j/k LOL i had to do it......


anyways once again battery died on the jeep starndign me at my apartment with nothing but my motorcycle to ride


anyways have been toying with the idea of a dual battery setup for awhile, anyone done this on their tj? i think i spy a second battery tray up near the firwall on the drivers side, any of you all every wire one up? what did you do witht he canister that sits there?

diagrams for wiring? etc?


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Unread 05-14-2003, 08:02 AM   #2
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I would get at least one optima battery...Do you have a winch? Why do you need dual batteries?
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Unread 05-14-2003, 08:24 AM   #3
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well the winch will be forthcoming (by the end of the summer i hope...)


but i am so tired of leaving my stereo on for an hour (maybe a little more than that ) and having a dead battery... was thinking if i am going to add a battery may as well add one, and have twice the operating time you know? besides would be handy with the winch
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Unread 05-14-2003, 08:34 AM   #4
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well the winch will be forthcoming (by the end of the summer i hope...)


but i am so tired of leaving my stereo on for an hour (maybe a little more than that ) and having a dead battery... was thinking if i am going to add a battery may as well add one, and have twice the operating time you know? besides would be handy with the winch
Dude you can run a radio for days on the yellowtop and you will only really need one for the winch too...I would get one yellowtop for now..you can always upgrade to another battery if need be...
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Unread 05-14-2003, 08:44 AM   #5
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i wals also thinking those zj coils would use up some extra battery as well, sorry owen , just kiddign around lol whats new? i saw your thread jacking the other day....... loved it
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I am a thread terrorist..But I also try to be very helpful when I can...Laughing about your problems always helps IMO...
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Unread 05-14-2003, 09:39 AM   #7
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absoluteley, i am shocked that noone has responded and told me what they did to move the canister though.... just havent decided where to put it..........

i know eventually i want a dual battery system... and that location looks perfect....
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Unread 05-14-2003, 09:49 AM   #8
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I agree, go with a yellow top first. But I also think getting a higher amp alternator would do you some good. If your alternator can't keep up with charging your battery, two batterys will just die after twice as long.

If you end up getting a second battery, regardless of where you put it I recommend the isolator/combiner from Hellroaring.com. I had one on my Bronco and is was fantastic. Much better & safer than the homebrew deals....

And don't mind Owen, he's just trying to catch back up to me in the pad...uh I mean post count
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my alternator is fine, the main problem i have is levaing lights on, or the alarm driaing the batetry all ngiht, and the stereo runnign.. etc lol


if i put in about 15 batteriies i think i could leave my lights on all night
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my alternator is fine, the main problem i have is levaing lights on, or the alarm driaing the batetry all ngiht, and the stereo runnign.. etc lol


if i put in about 15 batteriies i think i could leave my lights on all night
I am tellign you...You will be amazed how long the yellowtop will go before it dies...Get one and I almost guaranteee you will be shocked. We run my roomates radio on for hours while wrenching on my jeep and he never has any issues. He left his lights on over night the other day and it was fine also
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i definetely will have to do that, if ig et one, can i use my old battery as the second one though? for temporary use? is that abad idea? i mean why throuw out a good batter (it's ntot the best but it usually starts the jeep if i havent drained the batt 1st lol)
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i definetely will have to do that, if ig et one, can i use my old battery as the second one though? for temporary use? is that abad idea? i mean why throuw out a good batter (it's ntot the best but it usually starts the jeep if i havent drained the batt 1st lol)
sure..my point is that you won't need it..at all..throw it in the garage as a spare.
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what garage? i have a garage? where i need it


lol i store everything in my apartment or my jeep lol... now to get a welder too
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Aside from the expense and trouble to get two batteries working together in a Jeep, there's really no drawbacks to having them. On the other hand, are two batteries really needed if the alternator and single battery are in good condition and rated highly enough?

I've done some serious winching with my single Optima Yellow Top battery and it has held up well for 4 1/2 years now. So while I can see where two batteries would be better than one, I've yet to have my single battery give me any problems while winching. That said, I wouldn't turn down an offer of a dual-battery setup.
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Duals are coolz

I ran two redtop optimas and an Orion Wired MBR 70 multiple battery regulator. Worked Great! I of course had a winch, stereo, heavy duty lights, etc.... This was a much better setup than most dual batteries because it regulates power between two batteries keeping both charged FULLY even when heavy duty use is in progress (no need for a heavy duty alternator). As for keeping the vehicle on Acc to listen to radio, it allowed you two batteries to drain. If you want two, have room, and a little extra cheese in the wallet two batteries are cool. The other guys are right about the yellow top though.
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