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Auxilary battery tray that isn't overkill?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Eselkopf1, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Mar 12, 2018 at 11:38 AM
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    Eselkopf1

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    Does anyone make a gen two auxiliary battery tray that isn't completely ridiculous?

    I mean they are cool and all. CNC machined, waterjet cutout, powder coated, ceracoated, LED, polished aluminum, titanium, airbrushed flames, and all manner of other stuff. But that is not really my style. I am just trying not to freeze to death at high elevation next elk season.

    I haven't been able to find much that isn't insane or "trick" aside from the generic Jegs (and the like) trays. Jegs tray would be fine, I would have to fit it myself (under the hood passenger side). Does anyone know of a sensible direct bolt up option?
     
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  2. Mar 12, 2018 at 11:46 AM
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    twhalm

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    I bought some sheet metal and made my own janky one. My truck is still in one piece!

    But yeah I agree, there are a lot of garish and overpriced battery trays out there.
     
  3. Mar 12, 2018 at 11:47 AM
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    I couldnt find a Group 27 battery tray that would work for me, so I made one out of angle iron. Super easy.
     
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    Simplest would be to just get a battery box and throw it in the bed.


    It would be pretty easy to make up a bracket yourself if you're so inclined.

    Here is a good thread to read up on lots of ideas:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...ts-see-them-multiple-batteries-thread.295653/

    Curious what you are going to use for heat that requires 12v?
     
  5. Mar 12, 2018 at 11:57 AM
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    "Curious what you are going to use for heat that requires 12v?"

    The engine, I carry about 10 extra gallons around also. I really just want starting redundancy. Nearly got in serious trouble last season. I had a chainsaw, ax, and fuel and everything would have been ok. Luckily I got a jump from another hunter before the weather came in. I would have been stuck out there a few days and had to weather blizzard. I also would have had to make a MONSTER fire. Electric coffee maker would be nice, or a small heating element in the cooler to keep my liquids liquid. Other than that not much.
     
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  6. Mar 12, 2018 at 12:02 PM
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    I hear ya. If you are just looking for a back up for starting I highly suggest one of these:

    https://www.amazon.com/DBPOWER-1800...1221&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=jump+starter&psc=1

    Cheaper, lighter, and more compact than dual battery setup, I carry one and it has been great, you can also use it as a battery pack for anything thing that uses usb.


    I have also been considering grabbing one of these for a warm meal while on the go:

    https://www.amazon.com/RoadPro-12-V...UTF8&qid=1520881273&sr=1-1&keywords=12v+stove
     
  7. Mar 12, 2018 at 12:33 PM
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    I try to always hunt with a partner and two vehicles, but that's not always possible.

    Those little boost boxes are cool, and I did consider them. But if I am out wheeling in the snow with a stick shift and I choke her out or I gotta outrun a mountain storm then I don't want to have to get in and out and jump myself over and over. Especially if I find myself sliding around on something steep. I want to be able to hit that clutch override and turn the key.

    It can get pretty hairy trying to lose elevation quickly sometimes. The mountain weather is dangerous and really hard to forecast. You will know the weather is coming, but be expecting it way later. All of a sudden you see it come over the mountain next to you 6-10 hours early and its time to go! Your conditions at 12k feet in weather might be certain death, or at least buried for a few days, while 3-4 miles down the train and at 7k feet pretty easy going. There is also the windswept side of the mountain and the side where the snow just piles up. Or you may be on the north side, but the southside will melt faster.

    Plus riding out a storm in a hotel with a pizza is more my style.
     
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  8. Mar 12, 2018 at 1:46 PM
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    Depending on what year/package of your Tacoma, the below might work for you. I'm currently trying to find others interested and pointing them towards this thread. Iggy, the vendor, needs 5 orders to do a batch run. We've currently got 4 if anyone is interested. It fits on the passenger side, but not if the brake booster and whatnot are over there. Take a look and see if it fits!

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/2nd-gen-or-second-battery-mount.419262/
     
  9. Mar 12, 2018 at 2:06 PM
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    Whats the price? Mine is a TRD and that whole passenger side is empty
     
  10. Mar 12, 2018 at 2:21 PM
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    I believe it's $175.00. Not cheap, but nowhere near as crazy as those ones over $450 for all the pretty anodized stuff. And they usually only fit smaller batteries. This fits a group 27 battery and has mounts for a breaker and MLACR (battery isolator control). Will make setting up the dual battery system components easy, and it'll look great.
     
  11. Mar 12, 2018 at 2:36 PM
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    No thank you.
     
  12. Mar 12, 2018 at 2:38 PM
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    Haha, no worries. If you find anything else more reasonable that fits in that giant void we have under our hood, let me know! I might need to keep looking if we can't find a fifth person.
     
  13. Mar 12, 2018 at 5:10 PM
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    3 inch lift with Toytec Boss and All Pro UCA's up front. AP expedition leafs with Bilstien 5100 shocks in the back. 255/85/16 Interco TrXus MT's. All Pro skids, rear bumper and sliders, Hidden winch mount with XRC 8000 winch. Dual Optima batteries with IBS combiner/isolator and solar. CMC. Auto sliding rear window mod, hidden CB, and plenty of other little mods.
    I got mine from Armor Tech Offroad. Works great, fits two optima's just fine

     
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