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Kweisner
02-03-2013, 08:17 PM
Did the dual battery install with Borg Warner relay as described by Diesel in the Official Dual Battery Thread. And went the extra mile by following Sodar's idea to mount the battery forward of the driver footwell. It was a pain to get it in there but better than taking up accessible space under the observer seat. Thanks guys for the great ideas and guidance.

I think I get OCD style points for using a billet aluminum battery holder for the Optima Blue top and Streetwires terminations in a place where NO ONE will see them (truth be told, I had the billet and Streetwires stuff laying around).

mart_it
02-03-2013, 10:24 PM
Why not post a picture of the install, so we all can have a look!

thatsmrmastercraft
02-03-2013, 11:19 PM
:popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

Lumbergh
02-04-2013, 12:28 AM
http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr66/Lumbergh556/PicsOrItDidntHappen.jpg

02ProstarSammyD
02-04-2013, 08:10 AM
Pics now or I'm just gonna sit here and wait

Kweisner
02-04-2013, 02:47 PM
Sorry about the delay. . . darn work! I'll get some pix tonight--hopefully good enough to see the important bits (with all that wiring in the way). Thanks for being patient.:)

Sodar
02-04-2013, 06:18 PM
Glad it all worked out for you. Hopefully you put in some good batteries and maintain them regularly, so you will not need to get them in or out of that spot for a few years! :)

Let's see some pictures. I never really looked into Diesel's Borg Warner unit, so I would like to see the completed project.

mikeg205
02-04-2013, 06:32 PM
http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr66/Lumbergh556/PicsOrItDidntHappen.jpg

+1 - nice story - didn't happen... ;)

ttu
02-04-2013, 06:38 PM
has anyone heard from diesel in a while? never see him on here anymore.

Sodar
02-04-2013, 06:40 PM
He hasn't logged on in over a year.

Kweisner
02-04-2013, 06:52 PM
Okay guys--I'm not an expert at this so bear with me. Also, shooting photos under the dash with all the spaghetti made for some tricky lighting.

First, modified the batter cover a la Sodar's install:
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/picture.php?albumid=811&pictureid=4924

Then, ran custom terminated wiring (did my own but I have a tool just for compressing lugs onto cable--2 Gauge in this case.
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/picture.php?albumid=811&pictureid=4925

Here's one part of the install that I could use some other ideas on. Currently, the wires to the House Batt/Isolator run forward from the starting battery and then through the cutout for the heater duct. I did sleeve the cable in plastic loom so that the fiberglass edge of the heater access cutouts won't damage the softer insulation on the cable. Any ideas of alternate routes?

At any rate, here's the isolator as suggested by Diesel--mounted on the bulkhead near the other electrical bus bars. Positive in/out secured with nylocks. Signal cable tied to the ignition key and ground for relay activation:

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/picture.php?albumid=811&pictureid=4926

And finally, the overkill billet holder and streetwire clamp (ground side shown). A bear to get it in there and I will be adding a battery maintainer for just this unit--taking Sodar's sage advice so that I don't have to wrestle that thing much:

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/picture.php?albumid=811&pictureid=4927

mikeg205
02-04-2013, 08:26 PM
okay - that's a nice project...well done!

thatsmrmastercraft
02-04-2013, 08:28 PM
Very nice job.

bturner2
02-05-2013, 08:07 AM
Nice post.

Sodar
02-05-2013, 10:26 AM
Looks good. There is a chase from the battery box, under the floor and then over to the dash if you want to get the aux battery cables hidden.

Kweisner
02-05-2013, 07:40 PM
Thanks Sodar. I see the original cables from the batt to the dash bus bars going into a chase but could not figure out how to fish it through. I need to give that another go when I'm more patient--I know it will look neater!

02ProstarSammyD
02-05-2013, 09:08 PM
use a fish tape or coathanger. Make take a few tries. Fish tapes are cheap for short ones and well worth the $ if you are going to work on the boat yourself.