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Dual Battery Install

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Coastie1952, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Feb 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM
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    Coastie1952

    Coastie1952 [OP] Member

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    Hi, I am new to Tacoma World and new to Tacomas! I am a retired Coastie, flew from Oregon to North Carolina to bring this 2008 Tacoma TRD home - the dealership hid some problems, but I a working on getting those fixed and starting on upgrades. My first is the dual battery install - see photos.

    Great to join the group!

    Steve

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  2. Feb 7, 2013 at 8:20 PM
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    TacoSkeet

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    Truck looks awesome!! Welcome to TW!!
     
  3. Feb 7, 2013 at 8:45 PM
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    Flip Dog

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    Nice, I like the tray for the batteries, where did you get that? Also what AH are you expecting to get out of those two red tops? I was thinking bout doing the same but using the blue ones.
    Looks good!
     
  4. Feb 7, 2013 at 8:59 PM
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    Spoonman

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  5. Feb 8, 2013 at 2:36 PM
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    Coastie1952

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    Columbiaoverland.com is who makes Dual Battery Tray about 185.00 with shipping, then lots of 2 gauge cables custom made at your local auto parts store.
    Took me about a week to finish. Went with 2 new Optima Red Top 35 batteries at a cost of about 420.00 for both, and about 100.00 for cables and 15.00 for 2 100 amp ANL inline fuses. Went with Cole Hersee 200 amp smart battery isolator at a cost of 120.00 and put a momentary switch with an led light for connecting both batteries for self jumping. Cost way more than expected.
    Now on to my next project replacing upper A Arms with adjustable to correct the alignment problem.
    Love this site its full of helpful info.

    Coastie1952
     
  6. Feb 9, 2013 at 7:57 AM
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    Failure2Comply

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    Welcome to TW!

    Great looking truck and a very nice job with those batteries. Oh, and thank you for your service to our Great Nation! :oldglory:
     
  7. Feb 11, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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    01GREENTACO

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    Dang! That thing is awesome
     
  8. Feb 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM
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    Ghost848

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    OME + Dakers, 285/75R16 Nitto Trail Grapplers, ARB Bumper, Columbia overland Dual battery, Super winch,CC stage 4 clutch, bestop supertop, URD TO bearing, BHLM headlights, Cruisin offroad rear bumper, Harrop front E-locker.
    I have that dual kit and i must say it is awsome, very happy with it. Very nice job on the wiring btw
     
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