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Posted by Rahdigga8188, Sep 25, 2006
Newbie Forum - Beginner/newbie/general DSM modification questions. First mods, how to run 10's when you haven't run 12's yet, any tech question that doesn't fit in another tech forum.
I removed the carb canister, and the OEM battery hold down tray and bracket. I ran my big wiring loom a bit out of the way, its easy to see once your down there.
I bought a steel battery tray and hold down bracket, and I wanted to bolt it directly to the frame peice of the car that houses the power steering rack. The tray was a bit too big and I had to trim off 2 or so inches on each side of the tray to fit, and also trimmed the front of the tray at an angle to give plently of clearance to the tranny and close wires. I then positioned the tray perfectly where I wanted it and attached it with a few self tapping screws and washers. I then proceeded to bolt the battery to the tray with the hold down and trim the hold down bolts.
For the ground there are 2 stock wires. The one comming from the wiring harness bolted right up but for the other wire on the firewall you will need to relocate it or replace it like I did with a longer cable.
For the poisitive there are 2 large wires and the "pack" of wires with the fuse block. One wire goes to the starter, one to the alternator, and the other is the pack of wires. I ran the starter wire directly to the top post, but I decided I wanted the pack of fuses still easily accesable so I ran a 2 guage jumper cable from the top post the hole on the pack of fuses, and mounted the fuses by the shock tower. I just zip tied it to the clutch line but it does not move at all. I also ran the alternator line to the fuse block connector. After it was all done I taped up the positive top post althought it really wasn't needed. I have about 1.5" of clearance from the top of the battery to the bottom of the throttle body elbow.
Here's some pics.
I was fine with it i didnt care too much i liked the easy access to the back of the intake, made it easy to get to the starter if you need to but one day my ignition fuse blew and left me sitting on the side of the road, i moved my radiator fan fuse over and turned the car on and drove it off then it blew while i was in the middle of the street, i was confused as hell. I had nothing else to do so i just grabbed the first blown fuse, spliced a couple of 16 gauge wires and stuck it in there to keep it connected and drove it home. It never gave me anymore problems until last week and while lifting the wire off the battery i noticed that the ignition wire was stripped right below the fuse box and everytime the car moved the battery it rubbed up agaist my motor mount to the point it eventually stripped the wire and grounding this power wire/blowing it.
just make sure you strap the battery down from moving
With battery - http://www.jmfabrications.com/catal...id/67?osCsid=ebf3cc791b73477fbccc5c181a3518e2 or
Without battery - http://www.jmfabrications.com/catal...id/68?osCsid=ebf3cc791b73477fbccc5c181a3518e2
Now this I like, even though the pic uptop looks really good for custom.