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Old 08-20-2012, 12:04 PM   #1
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Looking to install dual battery's in my taco, need help

I am going to install 2 dual batteries in my 2004 tacoma and i am ordering a dual battery tray from http://www.columbiaoverland.com/ but it does not come with a wiring kit. Anybody know where I can get one for my truck?
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yes, you scroll down on the same page that shows that battery tray. they sell kits too
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yes, you scroll down on the same page that shows that battery tray. they sell kits too
I saw that, but i am hoping i can find some cheaper then that.
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you can build your own system too. depends on what bells and whistles you want.
can you give us a idea on how you want your system layed out?
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try 12voltguy
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try 12voltguy
I like it. Gonna order from there this week. Thanks brutalguyracing
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You're still on your own finding a wiring solution, but just a note: ATO makes a very nice dual-battery tray that doesn't require any relocating in the engine bay. You are required to run Optima yellow tops though to make it all fit so easily.

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/arm...5-tacomas.html
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You're still on your own finding a wiring solution, but just a note: ATO makes a very nice dual-battery tray that doesn't require any relocating in the engine bay. You are required to run Optima yellow tops though to make it all fit so easily.

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/arm...5-tacomas.html
The Tray they make is for 05+ I have a 1st gen 04. I don't think it will work in mine
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The Tray they make is for 05+ I have a 1st gen 04. I don't think it will work in mine
You are absolutely correct. Didn't even notice this was in 1st gen. Woops.
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I made a dual battery tray for 12 bucks out of 1" angle iron, all thread and wing nuts. I put two Optimas in the fatcory location. I'm running an ASE electronics 100w battery isolator that will charge each battery individually. It also has the option to manually connect both batteries together to self "jump-start" if one battery falls below 11VDC.
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I made a dual battery tray for 12 bucks out of 1" angle iron, all thread and wing nuts. I put two Optimas in the fatcory location. I'm running an ASE electronics 100w battery isolator that will charge each battery individually. It also has the option to manually connect both batteries together to self "jump-start" if one battery falls below 11VDC.
Do you have any pictures you can post of it.
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you can build your own system too. depends on what bells and whistles you want.
can you give us a idea on how you want your system layed out?
i just want to have one battery for aux and the other one just for running the truck. am i able to connect positive terminal to positive terminal and negative to negative teminal on the battery and have the regular terminals from the truck on the one battery? and if so will i be able to charge both?
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no, you need some sort of battery isolator to keep the batterys from draining each other (and to keep you from killing both batterys)
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no, you need some sort of battery isolator to keep the batterys from draining each other (and to keep you from killing both batterys)
Do you think a 95amp Isolator would work well or should I go with a higher amp?
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you could check out 'Hellroaring Technologies'
www.hellroaring.com
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So I'm going to ask a stupid question but what are the Pro's of running 2 batteries? And is it worth it putting into the truck? Thanks.
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So I'm going to ask a stupid question but what are the Pro's of running 2 batteries? And is it worth it putting into the truck? Thanks.
Pros: 2's always better than 1! If your starting battery is dead you can jump yourself.
You can use the battery to help power high powered lights, kinda like having a capacitor so you don't drain too much power from the main battery and alternator (dimming of the headlights is how you can tell if your drawing too much off your current system).
Theres just endless uses for it, hook it up to a TV while your out camping, not have to worry about not starting, it'll charge back up next time you drive.

Cons: More weight, takes up some of your engine bay space (which theres a good amount of if you ask me).
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my layout is similar...
but I feel muh batteries are better secured.

wonder what group YT's that OP in the link was using...
would seem they have reversed terminals..! ? hmmm
they look to be a tad larger (spelled heavier) as well

Mine are group 34/78 YT's
only available in the standard terminal layout

think muh fenders appreciate the lesser weight



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