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Looking to install dual battery's in my taco, need help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by MDtaco, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Aug 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM
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    MDtaco

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    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?
     
  2. Aug 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM
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    yes, you scroll down on the same page that shows that battery tray. they sell kits too :D
     
  3. Aug 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM
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    I saw that, but i am hoping i can find some cheaper then that.
     
  4. Aug 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM
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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?
     
  5. Aug 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM
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    F.U> GUYZ
    broken mods
    try 12voltguy
     
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    I like it. Gonna order from there this week. Thanks brutalguyracing
     
  7. Aug 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM
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    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.
     
  11. Aug 22, 2012 at 5:30 AM
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    Do you have any pictures you can post of it.
     
  12. Aug 23, 2012 at 5:23 AM
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    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)
     
  14. Aug 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM
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    Do you think a 95amp Isolator would work well or should I go with a higher amp?
     
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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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    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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  20. Sep 15, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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    yea it looks like he did use a bit different battery..to bad he never gets on here anymore haha

    you have an isolator tho too right?
     
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