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cowwboy

Battery Placement

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cowwboy

Has anyone moved their batteries from the observer seat?

I have a 02 vlx and I'm running 3 flooded cell batteries and with amps and batteries I don't have much storage space left.

I was wondering if anyone has ever put them down in the belly by the factory ballast bag or made brackets for them to fit by the v-drive gear box?

I haven't had time to remove mine and start playing with dimnensions yet but I think it's easily done in both places.

I've seen the sealed batteries put under the front seats but with a flooded battery that won't work.

Here is my current space not the best picture but shows my lack of space.

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liljohn

This should help you a little.

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Bobby Light
:plus1: Liljohn did a really good job on his relocation. Free'd up alot of space in there. I think an unplanned benefit to it was the addition of a playpen seat in the walkthrough. Edited by Bobby Light

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martinarcher

Dang I missed that project the first time around. Nice job dude - it looks factory! Thumbup.gif

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liljohn

Thanks it was alot more thinking than building. I had nightmares of killing batteries with water over the bow. Don`t forget it makes a good stool to look them airjunky boys in the eyes :whistle:

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cowwboy

Any pictures with the carpeted covers off? Just kind of curious where the batteries and stuff are.

Does it go under the filler cushion?

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Phoenix

Having seen it on another manufacturer's boat, I was looking to move mine to the back storage (one on either side of the engine).

Has anyone attempted that one? Thoughts about moving them to the back. (Yes, I know I will need big conductors to avoid the voltage drop).

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Bawshogg

Having seen it on another manufacturer's boat, I was looking to move mine to the back storage (one on either side of the engine).

Has anyone attempted that one? Thoughts about moving them to the back. (Yes, I know I will need big conductors to avoid the voltage drop).

That's prime real estate for extra sacks. I would not want them obstructing my surf sacks and getting douched with water occasionally.

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liljohn

More pictures have been added to my original thread!

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cowwboy

Just my luck, if I built it in mine it would cover the access panel to the center ballast.

I'm not sure if I could get them to fit in the v-drive compartment either.

After I finish my latest surf board I'll keep looking into where I could put them.

Maybe one or two under the filler cushion.

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martinarcher

Just my luck, if I built it in mine it would cover the access panel to the center ballast.

I'm not sure if I could get them to fit in the v-drive compartment either.

After I finish my latest surf board I'll keep looking into where I could put them.

Maybe one or two under the filler cushion.

I want to see a thread on that. You shape and make your own boards? That's cool. Thumbup.gif

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cowwboy

Ya after watching many of jeff's builds I built my first this summer and just started shaping my second.

I need to get some winter hardner and other stuff so at a stand still till work send me to tulsa again to shop at west marine.

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cowwboy

What do ya'll think about putting them in the belly where the factory mls center bag goes?

The seats seem to be about 2 inches to low to put them under a seat and I can't do the walk through because of blocking the access panel to the center panel.

I thought of putting them in the rear ballast area but don't want to build a complete false floor and loose 8inches of depth the whole floor only.

So maybe a rounded enclosure just the size to protect the batteries? I figure with the lead inside them they should make up for any water weight I loose with the loss of space.

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Bobby Light

Might work, and definitely a cool idea. Only potential issue could be expidited corrosion on terminals, pretty much always wet there? I would definitely be using tinned wire if putting them in that location.

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Bobby Light

What size are those battery boxes are you using, and what size batteries?

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cowwboy

A pair of srm24's and a srm29.

Looking at the specs I'm wondering if it wouldn't be better to get a srm4d and build a mount so I can stack the 29 above the 4d and have them where the amp rack is and move the amps to the hull side.

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Bobby Light

Decisions, decisions. Whatever you do I would build it so its serviceable. Things happen on boats and sometimes a guy needs to troubleshoot.

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cowwboy

How likely is it the batteries could leak acid? Wondering how much of a drain system would be necessary.

If I built a rack system it would be out of square tubing with some kind of drain pan under each battery.

Maybe a bearing slide out tray.

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liljohn

Battery acid in your bilge is the last thing you ever want to find or deal with. If your set on putting them there build a box for them so they are contained. Also consider that your bilge will have fuel vapor in it from time to time. Personaly it sounds like a bad situation waiting to happen.

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cowwboy

The way I'm thinking now is building a rack in the observer compartment and switching to a srm4d instead of the two srm24's. More capacity and less wiring.

Building a square tubing rack mount with one on top of the other with drain pans for both and panels hiding the batteries so you don't see them.

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Bobby Light

I think that would look good. I did something sort of similar on my boat last winter.

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Ndawg12

I think that would look good. I did something sort of similar on my boat last winter.

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And I thought you were a perfectionist, your cushion bumpers are crooked, that looks terrible :biggrin::Tease3:

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Bobby Light

I know its been driving me nuts :lol: .

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cowwboy

What batteries are you using? Also what is that black box to the right?

Any pictures of the in process?

I really like thge look of that.

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Bobby Light

I've got four 6v golf cart batteries. The box to the right is the onboard battery charger. Let me look to see what I have for progress pics.

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