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Rockman 05-08-2015 08:16 PM

Dual Battery Setup Completed
 
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Got the dual battery setup cmpleted this week...there are alot of threads on here on this topic but some pictures have been removed since the threads are so old...I thought it would be good to do a walk thru of mine in case anyone wants to take on this challenge...not a difficult job to do but definitely takes time and some planning...thanks to Chuck (Cloaked) for his help answering the many questions I had :D...here ya go...

Removed the battery from the back next to the gas tank and decided to install the starting battery under the passenger seat...ordered 2 guage tinned wires from Genuinedelaz.com...I used Cloak's diagram of how the wires were to be run and did some measurements giving myself just enough wire to make it all fit...the numbers on the diagram are feet and the fractions are the end rings I had Genuinedelaz put on for me...along with heat shrinks.

Rockman 05-08-2015 08:20 PM

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Next up, ordered the switch and ACR from Amazon along with some fuse terminals and fuses...also picked up a deep cell to use as the house battery for all the accessories...

Rockman 05-08-2015 08:22 PM

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Next up was getting a new alternator...original alternator on the 190 was a 50 amp (IIRC) and decided to move up to a 95 amp from DB Electrical ($90)...also got some 12 guage wire (Orange wire) from Genuinedealz to change out the original orange wire from the alternator to the starter...

Rockman 05-08-2015 08:30 PM

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I wanted to do the install so you would not be able to see all the wires...so i made a template out of cardboard of the panel between the driver's feet and the storage area behnd the passenger seat...I used 3/4 inch and I estimated where everything was going to be attached and then coated the wood with deck sealer, spray glue and then some carpeting...drilling holes as necessary...I used a 1 inch spacer of scrap wood to provide enough space between the 2 boards for the wires to hide.

Rockman 05-08-2015 08:35 PM

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I was not too happy with the pos and neg wires coming off the back of the motor and running up the driver's side compartment without being in some type of casing or tubing...the thought of having the wires in the bilge and possible exposed to water from time to time was not to my liking...so I went to Home Depot and picked up some outdoor tubing and ran the battery cables in the tubing to keep them nice and dry.

Rockman 05-08-2015 08:39 PM

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The next issue I had was where I wanted the house battery to reside...if it was placed in the storage section, it would take up alot of room...usually we have alot of gear in there and the battery had to be put somewhere else...so I decided to put it right in back of the driver kick panel...The area there was not even so I had to make a block to even out the surface area and the battery fit in the nice and tight.

Rockman 05-08-2015 08:42 PM

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I installed the red Blue Seas switch, ACR, negative bus bar and On-board charger to the plywood board and connected all the wires with the exception of the pos and neg off the motor. Test fitting the wire placement as well as where I wanted the board to be took a long time...this was probably the most aggrevating part.

Rockman 05-08-2015 08:49 PM

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Once I had all the wiring run, it was time to place the batteries and hook up...house battery first...see wiring diagram in first post...

Rockman 05-08-2015 08:53 PM

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The starting battery was going to be placed under the passenger seat...I had to cut out some of the pieces of plastic on the sides of the case it would sit low enough so when the seat was put back in place there was clearance between the top of the battery and the bottom of the seat...drilled holes in the top so the cables would be easier to install and test fitted cables as well...

Rockman 05-08-2015 08:56 PM

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One thing that I did and may change is how to prevent the battery from sliding around in the well under the seat...I used a piece of leftover Trex from our deck and screwed it in to the sides of the the tub, holding the battery in place...


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