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post #1 of 6 Old 04-15-2019, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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JK Fabrication of a Dual Battery Tray with Plans and Dimensions wanted

I am currently outfitting my beautiful 2015 JKU X-Edition for a cross country month long adventure. I have decided to add a 2nd battery. I have fabrication and metal work skills. What I would love is some actual dimensions for successful builds or from factory setups like Genesis (really like this one) or RR and the like. I just can't justify the expense when I can buy a 4x8 sheet of 3/16 steel for the price of one of these and my welder and plasma cutter are needing work.

I was hoping someone had some successful plans out there for an underhood design. Or was willing to take accurate measurements and post them to avoid some trial and error waste. I found one opst on here but none of the links provided seem to work.

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-16-2019, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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What I've come up with so far
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-20-2019, 01:18 AM
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I like this Idea. I'm gonna follow this.. I want to fab one for the XJ since I like my radios....

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The final build.

So here is what was finally installed. All made out of 1/8" plate and angle iron. Easy welding job and fit right in. Waiting for Cole Hersee Smart Battery Isolator 48530 200A to come in (Same one used on Genesis tray). Figured out the dimensions of the tray by measuring the stock battery and multiplying it by 2 and adding 1/2" in each direction. The holder for the stock fuse box was simply taken from the stock holder’s dimensions and welded on. I also added a bit of a box below it (Different from Genisis tray) as I felt it would protect from splashes from water from below. There is a 2” l shaped tang at the bottom which mounts just above the wheel well and this sits the tray high enough to clear a wiring loom that is coming out of the firewall. Because the batteries are isolated I think I will be fine running the stock battery for the starter and all stock accessories, the deep cycle will take care of all my auxiliary needs like winch and assorted power points and lights. Very happy with the result and aside from the time it took to build and the purchase from eBay for the isolator I think I saved a ton of cash and have a pretty professional looking install with a little job satisfaction.
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Great job. Like how you've turned the battery's orientation within your design. Looking at our Battery, it's a wonder Jeep didn't turn these like yours to save space and opt for a second battery.

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Great job. Like how you've turned the battery's orientation within your design. Looking at our Battery, it's a wonder Jeep didn't turn these like yours to save space and opt for a second battery.
I have been thinking the exact same thing since I started this project. Guess the engineers wanted to give us guys something to do.
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