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new battery box

ive been drawing up plans to fabricate a new battery box out of stainless steel. Each side of the cube will have a plastic honeycomb replacing the larger portion of the center. (like a square without the center) Then ill be adding a rubber padding to any and all exposed stainless steel on the inside (to keep the battery from shorting out. And the top will simple be a full stainless steel lid with the same rubberized coating. (probably gonna get i <3 my 3 machined onto it lol)

the result? hopefully have a pretty battery box that adds ease of access for my assortment of wires and to get rid of the gaping hole where there battery vent used to be.

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Re: new battery box

I would caution you to be very careful with a metal battery box, and keep in mind that whatever you use an insulator needs to withstand the thermal cycles, high temperatures, and vibrations of the engine bay. That being said the result sounds like it will look cool (not my cup of tea but to either their own). Post pictures when your done (or sketches of the concept). One thing to consider while doing this is some kind of ventilation for the battery, a way of bringing in cold air from below where the stock intake is/was and up thru the battery box would help prolong the battery's life.

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[quote author=John_in_the_LBC link=topic=208240.msg4205592#msg4205592 date=1332305123]
http://www.cyrilhuzeblog.com/wp-cont...batterybox.jpg
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haha this thing looks like satan. the last thing i want is for a shorted battery.

Most of it was gonna be a heavy duty plastic, with the stainless steel as the frame.

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pretty sure that's just protection for an inner box housing a gel cell or shock resistant battery.

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[quote author=John_in_the_LBC link=topic=208240.msg4209444#msg4209444 date=1332914037]
pretty sure that's just protection for an inner box housing a gel cell or shock resistant battery.
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well that makes more sense.

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Re: new battery box

I have been trying to figure out a different box as well. I actually want more of a tray, but with a back for the ecu to mount to.

I may be a little dense, but what are you worried about shorting against? The majority of the underhood area is metal with wires running everywhere. IF the battery is securely locked down, I'm not sure how it will short against anything, but don't want to learn this the hard way, so to speak.
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if the lid for my battery box was all metal, it runs the risk of having the (-) terminal touch the (+) by going through the lid. sure, the lid wont be touching it, but you can never be too safe.

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That explanation makes sense. Thanks.
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and on a side note. Does anyone have any good tips for wire management? Ive been heavily modding the engine and it turns out, that the wires are all over the place now.

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