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Old 21 May 2013, 15:24   #1
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Side opening battery box

I have been to remove my batteries today as I think they are past their best. On the Ballistic these are in the middle of the lower console, and a right PITA!


Well, a simple job turned into a right pain, had nothing on the batteries to lift, and tried with screwdrivers, mole grips, pliers you name it. Due to the location you can't get above and lift them, I ended up breaking the battery box

Well, got me thinking, as I am going to have to replace it I want one with a removable top and side - has anyone seen one before?
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Old 21 May 2013, 17:16   #2
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Do you need a box as it is inside? or do you need a fixing device kind of like the on on the oil tank in the picture or Durite Battery Hold Down Clamp / Retaining Bar | eBay?
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Don't know if you can see how I've done the batteries on my Ballistic on the build thread, but they were originally the same sort of idea and in the bottom of the console. It wasn't well designed.

I've cut a pair of plastic battery box bottoms down into trays and the batteries are held down using a couple of webbing bridges and straps. They arent' going anywhere.
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Nos, I cant seem to find it?. I can see the original post where the battery boxes have been cut to create what I am after, but they don't look the best.

Starovich, I want a box for them, so they are tidy - out of the way - and safe.
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Nos, I cant seem to find it?. I can see the original post where the battery boxes have been cut to create what I am after, but they don't look the best.
I thought I'd posted one, looks like I didnt even take one though.

They were hideous. I cut them right down to about 1.5" high so they're just a tray to stop the battery sliding around,screwed them to the deck then strapped the batteries down into them.

They look tidy (though the batteries are fully visible when you look inside the console)and they aren't going anywhere.
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Hmm, there must be a battery box with a removable side and top out there? I liked the idea of looking in and it all being white and clean.

I might use your idea of a tray and then make a cover to go around / slide over the top.

The other problem is my main batt switch is fixed to the battery box
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think i go these from unipart marine will try to check
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Thinking more about my problem, I have the current box, although its a little smashed up.

So my plan is to cut this all the way round to create a tray, that's 2" or so and strap the batteries into the tray. Then make a sleeve that can slide over the batteries to hide them, and I have my current lid that I can put over the top.

I am still undecided if I should cut all 4 sides off, or leave the side with the battery switch - this would also make it easier / neater to route the cables.
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Started the work to modify my battery box


Don't know if I should leave it like this, or add a cover round the 3 open sides.
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Looks quite neat

Give it a small drain hole if you leave it open, and radius the 2 internal 90 degree cuts or it may start to crack there.
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